Phi Beta Kappa Society Elects 24 New Members

Twenty-four members of the Class of 1994 were elected last week to the Phi Beta Kappa society.

Leverett House and Adams House led with four inductees each. Eliot House had three winners.

The Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Chapter of Massachusetts will induct Paras P. Mehta, Hadi Partovi and Daniel J. Sharfstein of Leverett House, Joel E. Brown of Dunster House, Howard Y. Chang of Quincy House, Arthur P. Chu of North House, Mark J. Garmaise of Adams House, David R. Liu of Currier House, Matteo J. Paris of Eliot House, Rajat Rohatgi of Cabot House, Roopak J. Shah of Lowell House and Peter C. Stern of Winthrop House in a ceremony to be held on April 29.

During the same ceremony, the state's Phi Beta Kappa Iota Chapter will induct Hillary K. Anger of Dudley House, Sheryl A. Brandalik of Dunster House, Chi-An J. Chung of Winthrop House, Julie Cooper, Kristin J. Cummings and Vivian I. Linn of Adams House, Clare G. Crawford and Rebecca Suk of Eliot House, Amy L. Eisner of Mather House, Qing R. Fan of Cabot House, Clare S. Peeters of Kirkland House and Nadine D. Tanenbaum of Leverett House.

"I am honored to have been among those selected for this distinction," said Mehta.

"I had no clue--I really didn't know how they were going to go about choosing," said Crawford. "I hadn't really been thinking of it, so it did come as a surprise," she said.

Tanenbaum also said that her first reaction upon hearing she was among the 24 nominees was surprise.

"I didn't really think about it," Tanenbaum said. "In fact, I didn't even know that juniors could be elected."

Liu said he did not consider the honor "something that people worry about striving for--Harvard students are generally too busy with their studies and activities to spend a lot of time watching out for awards."

The new members were selected from among 24 nominees for each chapter. Each prospective member had to submit two recommendations from members of the Harvard faculty.

Dean of the College L. Fred Jewett '57, who served as election committee chair for the society, then sent congratulatory letters to the students informing them of the outcome of the election.

"I was happy; it was like a feather in a cap," said Chang. "But I wish that the other students could have been recognized as well--I felt rather undeserving in their company."

Female honorees were notified of their election when letters were delivered to their doors before spring break. New members of the Alpha Chapter, 10 of whom are concentrating in either mathematics or a science, were notified by letter during spring break