This fall, seniors Colleen Carpinella, Kathryn Lawton and Tyson Reuter were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society. Associate Professor of Economics Judith McKinney and Assistant Professor of Russian Kristen Welsh, both Phi Beta Kappa members, led the initiation. Cerri Banks, interim dean of William Smith College, the students’ honors advisers and their families attended the ceremony.
Carpinella holds a double major in psychology and public policy and a minor in women’s studies. She is involved in Americans for Informed Democracy, Social Justice Collective, and Hai Timiai Honor Society. She is a senior intern for the Office of Admissions, and previously worked as a research assistant during the summer with Jonathan Iuzzini, assistant professor of psychology, for the Summer Science Research Program. Carpinella is pursuing an honors project in women’s studies with Betty Bayer, associate professor of women’s studies, on the topic of women and leadership and the 2008 Presidential Election.
Lawton is a history major and American studies minor. She is a member of the William Smith Cross Country team, a representative for the Student Athletic Advisory Council and co-president of Rotaract Club. She is currently working on an honors project in history on the issue of class in the 1863 New York City draft riots. Lawton studied abroad in the spring of 2008 in Bath, England, where she interned at the American Museum.
Reuter holds a double major in psychology and philosophy and minors in cognition, language and logic. He is an America Reads volunteer, a public policy teaching assistant, and a psychology research assistant. He has also been a literacy tutor for the Boys and Girls Club, worked at Yale’s summer camp and taught psychology and philosophy to high school students. Reuter is currently pursuing an honors project in the psychology department and plans to spend a year on research in clinical psychology before applying to Ph.D. programs in the discipline.
Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies – the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences – in higher education and in society at large.