Phi Beta Kappa: New members 2021

Phi Beta Kappa: A Brief Introduction
Phi Beta Kappa Handbook


Eli Akerfeldt-Howard

Major(s): Chinese Studies
Minor(s): Anthropology; Asian Studies; Fashion History and Culture
Hometown: Wilmington, DE

Five points of interest:

  • I love to experience and learn about cultures around the world. Prior to college, I spent a gap semester backpacking in Uttarakhand, India, with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and during college, I have studied abroad in both Beijing, China, and Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • I am a dual US-Swedish citizen, and have also “studied abroad” in Sweden during parts of daycare and high school 🙂
  • Over the past year, I have been learning about the anthropology of sustainable fashion as an undergraduate research assistant. Later this year, two articles that I assisted in researching and revising will be published in the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion.
  • In the summer of 2019, I co-founded a program for international students at UD’s English Language Institute (ELI) designed to facilitate the adjustment to living and studying at UD.
  • After graduating, I will take a gap year to read, travel, and apply to graduate schools for sociocultural anthropology. I hope to further engage with sustainable fashion discourse for my dissertation!
Jane Allen

Major(s): Art History / Ancient Greek & Roman Studies
Minor(s): N/A
Hometown: Clayton, DE

Five points of interest:

  • As a World Scholar, I have spent semesters in both Madrid, Spain and Rome, Italy.
  • I interned and did community outreach at Winterthur Museum and at the Biggs Museum of American Art.
  • I am a member of three honors societies, including one for Classics students.
  • I have sold my art through my own small business since summer of 2020.
  • Post graduation, I will be attending the M. A. in Museum Education program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
Deeanne Almeida

Major(s): Neuroscience and Liberal Studies
Minor(s): Public Health
Hometown: Newark, DE

Five points of interest:

  • I am a member of the first group of Community Engagement Scholars.
  • I conducted research relating to Phenylketonuria (PKU) during a summer fellowship at the Fox Chase Cancer Center.
  • I had an internship in the Patient Care Coordination Department at United Medical, LLC.
  • I was Vice President of the RSO Buddies for a Brighter Future on campus.
  • After graduation, I will be attending Sidney Kimmel Medical College.
Ari August

Major(s): Biological Sciences and Liberal Arts of Medical Studies
Hometown: Rehoboth, DE

Five points of interest:

  • Following graduation I will be attending Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia.
  • I have been very involved with the university’s one-of-a-kind Simulated Patient program (Healthcare Theatre) through my four years here at UD.
  • In my spare time I love camping and hiking!
  • I wrote 22,000 words of my senior thesis in the three days before my draft was due!
  • I have “collected” all of the fellows positions the university’s Honors College has to offer (First-year Fellow, Munson Fellow, Community Fellow, Writing Fellow, Teaching Fellow) in my years here.
Caleigh Bauer

Major(s): International Relations
Minor(s): History, Italian, and Latin American and Iberian Studies
Hometown: Wilmington, DE

Five points of interest:

  • Next year, I have joined Teach for America and will be teaching English as a Second Language in Massachusetts while working towards my EdM at Boston University.
  • As a sophomore I founded the United Nations Association at UD and have acted as President for the past two years.
  • I studied abroad in Rome, Italy last Spring (before being sent home due to the pandemic).
  • I am a member of the National Italian Honors Society and the National International Relations Honors Society.
  • I interned with the Office of Senator Chris Coons in Washington D.C. as a sophomore, and since have worked in Advocacy with the Fund for Global Health.
Brandon Bell

Major(s): International Relations, History, and European Studies
Minor(s): French and Global Studies
Hometown: Middletown, NY

Five points of interest:

  • I will be working for the US Department of Agriculture-Forest Service after graduation and am currently exploring graduate school programs.
  • I am a member of the Sigma Iota Rho (International Studies), Phi Alpha Theta (History), and Pi Delta Phi (French) honor societies.
  • I received the Department of History’s Junior and Senior Alumni Undergraduate Awards and the Eve Holst Clift Award and the Department of English’s John and Frieda Arak Journal Award for Excellence in Writing.
  • I studied, completed an internship with a French NGO, and visited ten countries during my semester abroad in Paris.
  • Vice President of UD’s Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA)
Edward Benner

Major(s): English Education
Minor(s): Women and Gender Studies/ Art History
Hometown: Havre de Grace, MD

Five points of interest:

  • Following graduation, I will join the English department at Baltimore City College High School teaching secondary-age students.
  • In 2019, I was awarded the Secondary Education Award for Educational Promise. In 2020, I presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention’s virtual “Future is Now: Underground” session about the importance of and recommendations for teacher ally work with secondary-age transgender and non-binary students.
  • I was the Executive Editor of Main Street Journal and the Music and Society Editor of The Review in addition to working as an Honors Writing Fellow, English department TA, and student assistant in the UD Library Special Collections Department.
  • As a result of an Honors Enrichment Award, I travelled to London, Edinburgh, and Dublin to study art and literary history. Most notably, I attended Tate Britain’s William Blake retrospective, saw “Richard III” at the Globe Theater, and marveled at the fashion holdings of the Victoria & Albert.
  • One of my largest passions and interests is book collecting. My collection of the works and influences of Patti Smith took first prize in the 2020 Seth Trotter Book Collecting Contest.
Sarah Blum

Major(s): Cognitive Science (specialization in pre- speech language pathology)
Minor(s): Psychology and Disability Studies
Hometown: Pennsauken, NJ

Five points of interest:

  • I will be attending Thomas Jefferson University in the fall where I will be working towards a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
  • I worked for the University of Delaware’s Writing Center as a Tutor and Writing Fellow during my time at UD..
  • I held a Research Assistant position at the Speech Language Acquisition and Multilingualism (SLAM) Lab on STAR Campus where I helped to conduct research on how children acquire and learn language.
  • This past year I served as the Vice President of UD’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA).
  • I graduated Summa Cum Laude a semester early.
Victoria Bobowska

Major(s): Cognitive Science and History
Minor(s): Computer Science
Hometown: Collegeville, PA

Five points of interest:

  • I am a member of UD’s club figure skating team.
  • I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant in a cognitive science lab on campus.
  • I am a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and Phi Alpha Theta history honor society.
  • I have been coaching figure skating for over five years.
  • I am a four time national theatre on ice competitor.
Olivia Bowman

Major(s): Economics
Minor(s): Spanish Certification
Hometown: Hockessin, Delaware

Five points of interest:

  • UDaB was a huge part of my UD experience, as both a site leader and a participant.
  • I have a job with Techtronic Industries in their leadership development program as an Event Marketing Specialist.
  • I ran cross country my first two years at Agnes Scott College and participated in Women’s Rugby for one year at UD.
  • I love to hike and play guitar!
  • I have loved my time at UD and will always be a proud Blue Hen!
Hui Hsuan Chen

Major(s): Medical Diagnostics and Liberal Studies
Minor(s): Biology and Disability Studies
Hometown: Hockessin, Delaware

Five points of interest:

  • I plan to attend Sidney Kimmel Medical College this fall
  • I published 2 papers and a chapter in an updated chapterbook as part of a research lab at Nemours/AI duPont Children’s Hospital over the past 4 years. I am currently working on my 3rd as my senior thesis.
  • I presented research at 2 poster presentations as part of the research team for the Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery Department at Christiana Care Health System
  • I won the Honors Day Award from the Department of Medical and Molecular Sciences both my sophomore and junior years
  • I have an interest in food, both eating and making. I’m always looking for new and innovative dishes to try!
Amy Ciminnisi

Major(s): Anthropology
Minor(s): Museum Studies, Women and Gender Studies
Hometown: Nutley, NJ

Five points of interest:

  • I have held internships in museum education, non-profit development, and social services and outreach.
  • As a 2020 Plastino Scholar, I hoped to conduct ethnographic fieldwork in Malaysia in the summer of 2020 to study youth participation in politics. Although postponed due to COVID-19, I intend to complete my research after graduating.
  • I was an active member of Anthropology Club, where I held positions as Executive Board Member and President, and Illumine, an interfaith campus group. I was also a Resident Assistant for two years.
  • I plan to work in non-profit development (grant writing, fundraising, donor relations, etc.) after graduating.
  • Hobbies and interests include knitting, reading, cooking, and listening to podcasts.
Noah Dolan

Major(s): History
Minor(s): English, Philosophy, and Aerospace Studies
Hometown: West Chester, PA

Five points of interest:

  • My next stop on the ladder is serving as an Intelligence Officer for the US Air Force. I will commission as a 2nd Lieutenant this May before heading down to San Angelo, TX for intel training.
  • My actual next stop on the ladder will probably be as a bartender in Philly or Pittsburgh. Air Force pipelines are a mess due to COVID so I plan on being semi-nomadic for the next year.
  • I was a part of the first ever batch of Biden Institute Interns, working with Student Veterans of America as a policy intern. The issues facing student veterans (especially those raised by for-profit colleges) is an area I’d like to focus on after moving on from the Air Force.
  • When I’m not bartending, ROTC-ing, studying, or forgetting to respond to Mr. Peters’ emails, I’m probably playing some sort of sport. I played rugby and ran track for UD for a few years. I now enjoy a semi-retirement consisting of basketball (you’re talking to the 2021 Intramural Co-Ed Runner-Up), baseball (our men’s league team went 15-2 last year while I sat the whole season with a blown shoulder), tennis (I started playing last week but it seems fun), and golf (see tennis but remove the part about it being fun).
  • One day you’ll be able to read about something other than pigeons at – the “brainchild” of three guys that all consider themselves decently skilled but as of yet can’t seem to be bothered to prove it.
Josh Featherman

Major(s): Political Science
Minor(s): History
Hometown: Media, PA

Five points of interest:

  • I will be entering the Political Science PhD program at Binghamton University (SUNY) in the Fall of 2021.
  • As a PhD student, I plan to study American Politics with a focus on the presidency and the federal judiciary.
  • I served as a Fellow with the Biden campaign during the 2020 primaries and worked at the Philadelphia headquarters.
  • I am a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Societies.
  • My favorite food is sushi.
Julia Felsenstein

Major(s): Biology
Minor(s): English and Environmental Humanities
Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ

Five points of interest:

  • I will be attending Downstate Medical School starting in August.
  • I love to learn about different cultures and traveled abroad twice during my time at UD (I spent a month in Athens and a semester in London).
  • I work as a tutor in both the ISE Lab and the Writing Center.
  • I am an undergraduate researcher in the Gleghorn Lab and first authored a review paper on engineered nanoparticles and fetal development that will be published this summer.
  • I love to read! My favorite book is The Stranger by Albert Camus.
Cally Gant

Major(s): Political Science Secondary Education
Minor(s): History
Hometown: Upper Gwynedd, PA

Five points of interest:

  • I served as a Writing Fellow for the Honors College Writing Fellows Program.
  • I am a recipient of the 2019 Educational Promise Award
  • I am currently student teaching seventh-grade social studies at PS duPont Middle School.
  • I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honors Society.
  • Upon graduation, I am planning to pursue a career in the field of education.
Hannah Goodman

Major(s): International Relations
Minor(s): International Business Studies, Economics, Jewish Studies with Language
Hometown: Wilmington, DE

Five points of interest:

  • I will be working as an Analyst for TD Bank after Graduation.
  • I am a member of the Delta Eta chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma at UD.
  • I love to travel and spent the spring semester of 2020 abroad in Madrid, Spain (prior to COVID being declared a pandemic)
  • Served as a chapter representative for my sorority to UDance–helped support the fundraising of nearly $200,000 in the fight against childhood cancer.
  • A life goal of mine is to be a participant on Jeopardy.
Allison Graub

Major(s): Honors Political Science
Minor(s): Arabic and History
Hometown: Blue Bell, PA

Five points of interest:

  • Following graduation, I will be moving to Israel to receive my MA in Government with Specialization in Counterterrorism and Homeland Security as an Anna Sobol Levy Fellow
  • I was fortunate enough to study abroad twice through UD! I spent winter session of 2019 in Morocco, and spring semester of 2020 (pre-Covid) in Copenhagen
  • I spent the summer of 2019 living in Jerusalem, Israel and interning for a private intelligence firm
  • I am a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • I have a goldendoodle named Bailey after the movie A Dog’s Purpose
Krys’tal Griffin

Major(s): English
Minor(s): Journalism
Hometown: Newark, Delaware

Five points of interest:

  • I love connecting with other people and constantly learning more about the world so I’m very excited to exercise this passion in my job as a journalist.
  • After graduation, I’ll be working for the News Journal, a local newspaper in Wilmington, Delaware. As a Delawarean, it is a huge honor to start my career at home and I’m looking forward to the great things the future has in store for me.
  • I’m a huge movie fan and have probably seen way too many for my own good so I will definitely give unsolicited recommendations! In the longrun, I hope to blend this interest with my work in journalism and be able to write about films and the people involved in making them.
  • Throughout my time at UD I’ve been involved in quite a few organizations including the first-year mentor program Blue Hen Buddies, the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, and the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. UD has exposed me to many amazing opportunties and I will always be grateful for my undergraduate experience and proud to be a Blue Hen.
  • I love the outdoors & exercise and would love to do a bit of traveling at some point after graduating to see different nature places.
Natasha Gurevich

Major(s): Quantitative Biology
Minor(s): Bioinformatics
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY

Five points of interest:

  • I will be pursuing a PhD in Bioinformatics at Boston University starting this fall.
  • I performed with the UD marching band in the color guard for four years, and was color guard captain for the 2020-2021 season.
  • I worked as a TA for a computer science course and as an Honors Teaching Fellow for a biology lab course.
  • I am the 2020 recipient of the Math Department’s S.J. Wolfe Memorial Scholarship.
  • My hobbies include dancing, figure skating, reading, watching live theater, and spending time with friends.
Elizabeth Habash

Major(s): Biological Sciences
Minor(s): Arabic Language; Women and Gender Studies
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware

Five points of interest:

  • I was named a Plastino Scholar.
  • I am completing a senior thesis in the Neurovascular Aging Laboratory at the University of Delaware.
  • I really enjoy helping others learn and become excited about learning.
  • I didn’t start learning Arabic until my first year of college, and my goal is to become fluent within the next five years.
  • I would love to see all 7 wonders of the world.
Nicola Habash

Major(s): Honor’s BS in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology & Genetics
Minor(s): Africana Studies, and Women and Gender Studies
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware

Five points of interest:

  • I will be attending Sidney Kimmel Medical College in the Fall of 2021.
  • I have been an undergraduate research assistant in a neuroscience lab for the last 2.5 years and published a senior thesis.
  • I am a member of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity
  • I am a Summer Scholar and a recipient of the Ethel and Donald Hofmann Scholar Award.
  • I enjoy the history and mechanics of American and European cars.
Georgia Halmo

Major(s): Biology
Minor(s): Italian
Hometown: Manorville, New York

Five points of interest:

  • I’ve been a member of the University of Delaware’s figure skating team for the past four years, and was an elected board member for two of those years.
  • My proudest moment representing UD’s figure skating team was winning second place at Nationals in 2019 on home ice.
  • After graduation I plan on taking a gap year, and my long-term goal is to get accepted into medical school.
  • During my gap year I will be taking an EMT course to serve my local ambulance company as an EMT. I am very excited!
  • “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t- you’re right” -Henry Ford
Lindsay Hawtof

Major(s): Cognitive Science
Minor(s): Psychology and Vocal Performance
Hometown: Newark, Delaware

Five points of interest:

  • Following graduation, I will be attending University of Delaware’s Speech Language Pathology M.A. program. I am really looking forward to this next chapter in my life.
  • Throughout my undergraduate experience, I was a research assistant at the Child’s Play Laboratory followed by the UD Phonetics and Phonology Lab. Throughout these positions, I developed my leadership and analytical skills tremendously.
  • I was a 2020 Summer Scholar and conducted original linguistic research on a lesser-known language in Cameroon, known as Rikpa. This was such an extraordinary experience, and I was able to continue this research the following year. This April, I presented my novel findings at the Association of Contemporary African Linguistics Conference.
  • During undergrad, I was largely involved with Hillel. I absolutely cherished my time getting to know other Jewish students on campus and getting to build my leadership skills through the Campus Engagement Internship (CEI).
  • Aside from my major, another huge passion of mine is singing. UD has provided me with so many wonderful opportunities to get to perform. I got a minor in vocal performance, and I participated in two choirs, University Singers and Chorale. I am so grateful
Leah Heisler

Major(s): Cognitive Science (Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology track) & Spanish Studies
Minor(s): Disability Studies
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Five points of interest:

  • I will be attending the University of Arizona for my master’s in Speech-Language Pathology.
  • I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority on campus.
  • I volunteer with the Lori’s Hands and Best Buddies organizations.
  • I am the community service director for the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • I currently speak English and Spanish, but hope to learn more languages one day!
Gillian Isabelle

Major(s): Criminal Justice and Human Services- Clinical Services
Minor(s): None
Hometown: Wilmington, DE

Five points of interest:

  • I will be attending law school next year at George Washington University
  • I have an internship this summer with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender
  • I recently received the Lila C. Murphy Human Services Award for dedication to service
  • I am so excited to move to DC this summer and explore a new city
  • I feel so grateful to be chosen as new member of Phi Beta Kappa!
Dario Alberto Lecusay III

Major(s): Biological Sciences
Minor(s): Chemistry
Hometown: Flemington, NJ

Five points of interest:

  • I will be attending medical school next year.
  • I am a guitar player and had a band throughout high school and college.
  • I have worked as an emergency medical technician.
  • I helped run chemistry workshops at the University of Delaware.
  • I’m a big baseball and Yankees fan.
Alison Lobo

Major(s): Neuroscience and Spanish Studies
Minor(s): Mathematics
Hometown: Newark, DE

Five points of interest:

  • Next year, I will be joining the Psychology PhD program at Northwestern University to study language acquisition in infants.
  • I had the opportunity to study abroad twice: in Heredia, Costa Rica during Winter session of my freshman year and in Granada, Spain during the Fall semester of my junior year.
  • I have worked as a Research Assistant at the Visual Cognition lab at UD the past 3.5 years, including the past 3 summers as an INBRE scholar.
  • I am President of the Honors Engaging in Neighborhood Service club (HENS)
  • I love to hike, bake, read, and play the piano.
Shrey Mittal

Major(s): Biological Sciences and Liberal Studies
Minor(s): Psychology, History, and Medical Humanities
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware

Five points of interest:

  • After graduating I will be attending the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in July to earn a MD degree.
  • I am a member of the Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Fraternity.
  • I participated in clinical research in the emergency department of Christiana Hospital for two semesters.
  • I have been a Honors Biology and Chemistry tutor at the ISLL center for three years.
  • My hobbies include watching movies, reading, hiking, and traveling to new locations.
Emerson Page

Major(s): Art History and Anthropology
Minor(s): Museum Studies and Religious Studies
Hometown: Landenberg, PA

Five points of interest:

  • I will be attending Case Western Reserve University to get my master’s degree in art history as a Barbato Fellow which includes a full tuition scholarship and stipend.
  • I am a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Society and Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority.
  • I have interned at the New Castle Historical Society, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Winterthur Museum.
  • I work as a historical interpreter at George Read House and Gardens.
  • I was recently inducted into the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society.
Gabrielle Pancio

Major(s): Biological Sciences BA, Liberal Studies BA- Medical Scholars Program
Minor(s): Spanish for Healthcare
Hometown: Penfield, New York

Five points of interest:

  • I am a Eugene DuPont Memorial Scholar and Distinguished Scholar at UD.
  • I am a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity.
  • I have been an involved member of the Blue Hen Leadership Program for the past four years.
  • I studied abroad in Granada, Spain.
  • Next year I will be attending Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.
Matthew Piechnik

Major(s): Medical Diagnostics (BS) // Liberal Studies (BA)
Minor(s): N/A
Hometown: Chatham, New Jersey

Five points of interest:

  • Attending Sidney Kimmel Medical College this summer after graduation from UD.
  • Recipient of the Newark Morning Rotary 2020 Public Service Award for my work as an Emergency Medical Technician.
  • Recipient of the John T Brook Leadership Award for my work as Director of Training for UD’s student-run volunteer ambulance (University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit)
  • Eagle Scout
  • Interested in pursuing a career as a critical care physician.
Sonora Rivera-Heinz

Major(s): Three Languages (Spanish, French, Arabic) and Linguistics
Hometown: Bronxville, New York

Five points of interest:

  • I am a UD World Scholar! I have studied abroad in Rome, Italy and Granada, Spain.
  • I was a research assistant in the UD PhonLab, where I helped develop the methodology for a study on co-speech gesture in Medumba, a language spoken in Cameroon.
  • I am a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national service sorority.
  • I am a member of Sigma Delta Pi, a Spanish honor society and the vice-president for Pi Delta Phi, a French honor society.
  • After graduation, I am hoping to teach English abroad in Spain and I plan to pursue a career in education!
Jessica Rubin

Major(s): Neuroscience
Minor(s): Biology, Forensic Science
Hometown: Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Five points of interest:

  • I am the President/Founder of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
  • I am the President of Save a Child’s Heart
  • I have over 1,000 hours of community service with a variety of organizations
  • I am a certified Emergency Medical Technician
  • I interned in pediatric neurosurgery at a top children’s hospital in Israel
Miriam-Helene Rudd

Major(s): Art Conservation, Art History
Minor(s): Fashion History & Culture, History
Hometown: New York City

Five points of interest:

  • Following graduation, I will be entering the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.
  • I strongly believe that the material remnants of the past are deposits of critical knowledge and stories, and bear intangible significance to contemporary humanity.
  • While at UD I have been president of the Art Conservation Club and on the board of the Swing Dance Club and Chronic Illness Advocates.
  • In 2019 I was awarded second prize in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest for my collection “20th Century Mystery Adventure Series for Young Women.”
  • I am a recipient of the Emalea Pusey Warner Outstanding Senior Award and the Phi Beta Kappa Clift and DeArmond Award.
Jack Stone

Major(s): Meteorology and Climatology; Geography
Minor(s): none
Hometown: Middletown DE

Five points of interest:

  • I am pursuing my Masters in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State starting this Fall
  • My hobbies include running, music, and reading
  • Extracurriculars I am involved with include American Meteorological Society student chapter, Honors Engaged in Neighborhood Service (HENS), club cross country
  • I’m originally from NY, but have been living with my family in DE since 2017
  • I have a 3 year old Yorkshire Terrier named Avery
Michael Szczechowski

Major(s): Philosophy & Neuroscience
Minor(s): N/a
Hometown: Newark, Delaware

Five points of interest:

  • I will be pursuing a PsyD degree at West Chester University next fall. I hope to eventually work as a therapist of some sort.
  • I loved studying philosophy at UD and wrote a senior thesis on free will during my time there.
  • I currently working at Sean’s House, an organization dedicated to addressing the suffering of mental illness, especially suicidality and depression in young adults.
  • I received 1st place in the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium’s 2019-2020 Essay Contest in Asian Philosophy for an essay on the Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna’s text, Mūlamadhyamakakārikā.
  • Anything of merit attributable to me has its roots in the positive influence of others – my family, friends, and teachers.
Johanna Voznak

Major(s): English, Linguistics
Minor(s): N/A
Hometown: Stow, OH

Five points of interest:

  • I will start my graduate studies this fall at Kent State University, where I have received a fully funded offer to earn my M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration & Student Affairs.
  • Throughout my undergraduate experience, I obtained a variety of student-support roles that have developed my passion for this field. For instance, I was able to work as a peer tutor within the Office of Academic Enrichment and in the UD Writing Center, in order to help students overcome the academic challenges of math and writing. I also became a mentor for incoming freshmen for two summers through Get Ahead, a program tailored toward helping conditional admits adapt to university life. Most notably, however, is my current role as an Enrollment Services Specialist, a position that has exposed me to a phenomenal amount of knowledge about college admissions, student financial services, and the registrar.
  • My long-term goal is to work within a community college in a student-support position, in order to help other first generation and nontraditional college students the way my institutions helped me. As I know firsthand from my own personal journey, the presence of a support system can make all the difference.
  • In addition to a Bachelor’s in Linguistics, I also earned my Bachelor’s of Arts in English with Distinction for completing my senior thesis. Entitled “Fairytales, Retellings, and ‘The Little Match Girl,'” this thesis was a creative project involving the research and development of a Young Adult novel retelling Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. Throughout my novel, I explored several key issues, including the clash among different cultures and language groups, the struggles of individuals from the lower class, and the impact of education.
  • Before moving to Delaware, I resided in Nashville, living the life of a college student by day and sing-songwriter by night. I performed my original music almost every night at various venues like the Bluebird Cafe, where Taylor Swift was discovered. Although I have entered a new chapter of my life, my ukulele is still one of my most prized possessions.
Molly Warndorf

Major(s): Chemistry
Minor(s): Biochemistry and Theatre Performance
Hometown: Round Hill, VA

Five points of interest:

  • I am involved in the Blue Hen Leadership Program, Odyssey of the Mind, and Catholic Campus Ministry.
  • I will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for my Ph.D. in Chemistry.
  • I am currently researching molecules for cancer therapy with the Rosenthal Research Lab.
  • I have recently taken up quilting and orchid growing as a hobbies.
  • I am terrified of dolphins. They are untrustworthy.
Hayley Whiting

Major(s): English Education and French Studies
Minor(s): none
Hometown: Newark, Delaware

Five points of interest:

  • I studied abroad in Paris, France for one semester during the fall of my sophomore year, which was definitely my favorite life experience so far!
  • I am a proud member of the UD Honors College and served as co-editor of the Honors blog, 186 South College, for two years.
  • I’ve really enjoyed my roles on campus as a Writing Center peer tutor and English peer leader for the Get Ready program for two summers. I also served as the Vice President of Secondary Educators of Tomorrow, an RSO for secondary education majors.
  • A few awards that I am proud to have received at UD are the 2019 Secondary Education Award for Educational Promise, the 2021 Margaret Tindall Award, and the Theodore E. D. Braun French Undergraduate Award.
  • After graduation, I am looking forward to becoming a high school English and/or French teacher, hopefully teaching English in France at some point, and pursuing graduate studies in education.
Parma “Ellie” Wright

Major(s): Biological Sciences
Minor(s): none
Hometown: Pike Creek, Delaware

Five points of interest:

  • Following graduation, I plan to attend medical school.
  • I will be taking a gap year in which I hope to spend time practicing my Spanish in Spain, as well as traveling Europe.
  • At the University of Delaware I have received Deans List awards as well as the Eugene DuPont Scholarship.
  • While at UD I enjoyed doing winter session in Hawaii, being a member of Phi Delta Epsilon premedical fraternity, mentoring at Gallagher elementary school, and being a teaching assistant for microbiology.
  • I will miss doing research at the Move2Learn lab at STAR campus.
Alice Wu

Major(s): Biological Sciences, Liberal Studies
Minor(s): Chemistry, Philosophy
Hometown: Downingtown, PA

Five points of interest:

  • I have worked with the Office of Academic Enrichment as a PASS Leader (and Mentor) for the past three years.
  • I worked at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute as an undergraduate researcher for 3 years.
  • After graduation, I will continue my education as a medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.
  • I love to paint and spend time outdoors!
  • I spent a year and a half as an American Global Fellow at English Language Institute, which was one of my favorite activities of my college experience.
Stella Zhao

Major(s): Neuroscience and Biological Sciences
Minor(s): Global Studies with Language
Hometown: Newark

Five points of interest:

  • Member of the World Scholars Program where I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Italy, act as the co-chair of the community building committee, and participate in globally focused events.
  • Served as a chemistry tutor in UD’s department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and as a Writing Fellow in the Honors College.
  • Conducted research in a neuroimmunology lab and in a cognitive psychology lab.
  • President of Nu Rho Psi (Neuroscience Honors Society) where I had the privilege to meet some like minded individuals and hopefully fostered a greater sense of camaraderie within the neuroscience community.
  • Reflecting back on my experiences in college, I am extremely grateful for all the friendships I have formed along the way and for all the professors I have interacted with. I can’t wait to see what the future holds! I sincerely want to thank everyone w

2021 DeArmond Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship

Caleigh Bauer

The DeArmond Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship is funded by the estate of Anna Janney DeArmond, an English professor who was a founding and long-term member of the Alpha of Delaware Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The purpose of the scholarship is to support graduate study in history or literature at an institution outside the state of Delaware. The winner must intend to teach in a secondary school, college, or university.

This year the DeArmond Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship was awarded to Caleigh Bauer, an International Relations major with minors in History, Italian, and Latin American and Iberian Studies. Caleigh has joined Teach for America and will be teaching English as a Second Language in Massachusetts while working towards her EdM at Boston University.

2021 Clift and DeArmond Award

Kelsey Wagner

The Clift and DeArmond Award recognizes the second-year undergraduate who shows the most outstanding scholarly potential in a Phi Beta Kappa curriculum. Criteria considered are both quantitative and qualitative: the student’s grade point average, the number of Phi Beta Kappa courses taken, the proportion of those courses that are Honors designated, and the number of those courses that are above the introductory level. Also considered is the intellectual diversity of the student’s course of study as measured by advanced course work in more than one field. Especially impressive is a student who is combining depth in humanities and sciences. Coherence in the overall pattern of course selection is also sought. The award is in honor of Professors Eve Clift and Jan DeArmond, who were founding and long-term members of the Alpha of Delaware Chapter.

This year the Clift and DeArmond Award goes to Kelsey Wagner. Kelsey, who is from Wilmington, Delaware, majors in history and three languages (Spanish, German, Ancient Greek) with a minor in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies. She is heavily involved with The Review and will serve as editor-in-chief for the year 2021-2022. For the past year and a half, she has worked on the UD Honors History Project. Next fall Kelsey will begin serving as Honors College Writing Fellow. By her own admission, she is a bibliophile, who plays the violin in her free time and constantly listens to classical music. After graduating from the University of Delaware, Kelsey plans to get a PHD in history.

2021 Herbert Ellis Newman Award

Timothy Mulderrig

Our second award is the Herbert Ellis Newman Award recognizes the third-year undergraduate who shows the most outstanding scholarly potential in a Phi Beta Kappa curriculum. The criteria are similar to the Clift and DeArmond Award. This award is in honor of Professor Herbert Ellis Newman, who was a founding member of the Alpha of Delaware Chapter.

This year the Herbert Ellis Newman Award goes Timothy Mulderrig. Tim, who is from Middletown, Delaware, majors in Plant Science; Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Biological Sciences, with minors in Chemistry and, Environmental Soils Science. He serves as a lab assistant in Dr. Angelia Seyfferth’s lab in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, where they are researching the interaction between arsenic (which is toxic in trace concentrations) with rice. He is involved in many activities, including Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Pep Band (trumpet), Ag Ambassadors, UD Alternative Breaks, Delaware FFA Association Alumni Chapter. Tim is Past State President of the Delaware FFA Association. After graduation, he plans to pursue a PhD in Plant Breeding with a focus on International Agricultural Development and Sustainability. After some years in a research career, he hopes to transition my career to become a high school teacher.

Phi Beta Kappa: Alpha of Delaware Chapter