Fall foliage on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has inducted 14 Morehead-Cains into Phi Beta Kappa (PBK), the most prestigious academic honor society in the United States. The organization, founded in 1776, seeks to celebrate “excellence in the liberal arts and sciences” and foster freedom of thought. More than 1,200 Morehead-Cain Scholars have earned membership in PBK since 1957.

Morehead-Cain Class of 2021

  • Jona Boçari, a double major in history and mathematics, of Tirana, Albania
  • Kayley Carpenter, a double major in journalism and dramatic art and a medicine, literature, and culture minor, of Monroe, North Carolina
  • Jack Dinges, a double major in mathematics and economics and a business administration minor, of Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Laney Henley, a quantitative biology major and a business administration minor, of High Point, North Carolina
  • Rhea Jaisinghani, a double major in biostatistics and mathematics, of Nashville, Tennessee
  • Max Kobernick, a double major in political science and global studies and a social and economic justice minor, of Saint Petersburg, Florida
  • Sean Nguyen, a history major with minors in public policy and statistics and analytics, of Palm Harbor, Florida
  • Francie Sentilles, a double major in environmental health sciences and anthropology with a Hispanic studies minor, of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jay Sheth, a double major in computer science and political science and a chemistry minor, of Charleston, West Virginia
  • Raymond Tu, an environmental health sciences major and a philosophy, politics, and economics minor, of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Mina Yakubu, a double major in African, African American, and diaspora studies and political science, of Wilmington, North Carolina

Morehead-Cain Class of 2022

  • Scott Hallyburton, a mathematics major and a computer science minor, of Durham, North Carolina
  • Michael Marand, a biochemistry major and a business administration minor, of Apex, North Carolina
  • Mary Hunter Russell, a double major in business administration and statistics and analytics and a philosophy politics, and economics minor, of Belmont, North Carolina

PBK members include 17 U.S. presidents, 41 Supreme Court Justices, and more than 150 Nobel Laureates. The academic honor society has 290 chapters at undergraduate institutions throughout the country.

Carolina admitted 194 students as new members to its PBK chapter, Alpha of North Carolina, this semester. The University’s PBK officers for the 2020—2021 academic year include Mollie Pepper ’21, vice president of the chapter.