Amherst Residents Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at UB

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: May 19, 2008

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Amherst residents attending the University at Buffalo recently were inducted into the Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa honorary society.

Students selected to be members must be seniors graduating in a liberal arts degree program or one of a small number of juniors. They must have a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher with 85 credit hours completed, or 3.50 or higher with 100 credit hours completed.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system that is its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.

The students who were inducted and their areas of study are:

AMHERST: Allison Fisher, psychology; Jonathan Lau, biomedical sciences; Shaun Lohnes, psychology; Hayley Sunshine, theatre and dance; Matthew Licata, media study; Mohammed Ansari, psychology; Marissa DiGennaro, social sciences interdisciplinary; Kathrine Panzarella, psychology; Hassan Shibly, political science; and Dalibor Stare, media study.

EAST AMHERST: Lisa Sanders, social sciences interdisciplinary; Emily Smith, romance languages and literatures; Michael Stearns, mathematics; Zhi Wang, mathematics; Ece Yildirim, psychology; and Joseph Huntz, biological sciences.

EGGERTSVILLE: Hiroyo Kai, psychology, and Aaron Pontikos, English.

GETZVILLE: Sean McDonald, psychology; Ramanujam Prativadi, biomedical sciences; and Emerson Stevens, classics.

SNYDER: Julie Czyrny, psychology; Lauren Mook, romance languages and literatures; Juliet Barry, romance languages and literatures; and Caitlin Foor-Pessin, biomedical sciences.

WILLIAMSVILLE: Marina Blitshteyn, English; Dana Carter, social sciences interdisciplinary; John Decarlo, American studies; Timothy Lauffenburger, psychology; Eleni Petrou, biological sciences; Michelle Sevilla, communicative disorders and sciences; Laura Tirabassi, political science; Lindsay Brownell, communicative disorders and sciences; Aderonke Olutunmbi, biological sciences; Eric Vaccaro, computer science and engineering; Melissa Hauger, communication; and Michael Hooper, computer science and engineering.