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Alpha of Mississippi Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Recognizes New Members

by Web on May 31, 2018

The Alpha of Mississippi Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Millsaps College initiated 15 members during the spring 2018 semester.

Phi Beta Kappa is synonymous with excellence in the liberal arts, and membership in the society is considered a great honor. Millsaps College is one of 280 colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Millsaps College was the first college or university in the state of Mississippi to be granted a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The Alpha of Mississippi Chapter was installed on March 4, 1989, and since that time hundreds of Millsaps students have been initiated by the chapter.

New members, initiated in the spring of 2018, are:

Noah Vincent Barbieri, B.S. 2018, of Belden, earned a double major in economics and philosophy and a minor in mathematics. He completed two honors projects: “The Ethics of Controlling Capital” and “Why are Labor Force Participation Rates So Low in Mississippi: A Case Study of Prime Age White and Blacks.” He served as student body president, earned both a Truman Scholarship and a Rhodes Scholarship, and was named a member of the Millsaps Hall of Fame. He will pursue a master’s degree in economics from the University of Oxford beginning in the fall of 2018.

Cavan Lansing Breland, B.S. 2018, of Hoover, Ala., majored in biochemistry. He earned the College Physics Award and the Joseph B. Price General Chemistry Award. A member of Omicron Delta Kappa, he will attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

Lillian-Lee Maclaren Broussard, B.S. 2018, of Meridian, majored in biology and minored in chemistry and Spanish. She completed the honors project, “Species Delimitation of Two Sky Island Scorpions: Reconciling Morphological and Molecular Data” and received the Biology Research Award. She studied abroad in Yucatan. She is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, Beta Beta Beta, and Sigma Delta Pi.  Broussard will attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center to earn a master's degree in biomedical sciences.

Sierra Ann Burris, B.A. 2018, of Panama Beach, Fla., majored in classical studies. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Eta Sigma Phi, and Phi Eta Sigma. She worked as a residence hall director. Burris wrote and received a grant to produce the inaugural Women in Leadership Summit at Millsaps. She received the Swearingen Prize for Excellence in Classical Languages and Literature. She will teach Latin at Bay High School in Panama Beach, Fla.

Lise Caspersen, B.A. 2018, of Gullaug, Norway, earned majors in economics and psychology. A member of Omicron Delta Epsilon and Psi Chi, Caspersen studied abroad in Japan. She plans to earn a master’s degree in finance and econometrics from Queen Mary University of London.

Lauren Nicole Gaddie, B.A. 2018, of Meridian, majored in psychology with minors in neuroscience and business administration. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, president of Psi Chi, and a founding member of Nu Rho Psi. She was a research assistant for Dr. Elizabeth A. Krusemark, visiting assistant professor of neuroscience. Gaddie was among Millsaps students who presented their research, ”Examining Self-Conscious and Individual Differences in The Availability Heuristic” at a poster session at the Southwestern Psychological Association convention. She received the William James Award for Academic Excellence and the Chi Omega Social Science Award.

Manish Fulton Harrigill, B.S. 2018, of Madison, majored in biochemistry with an economics minor.  He received the William Tribette and Janet Lynne Sims awards and was named a member of the Millsaps Hall of Fame. He served as the student body vice president and treasurer and president of Omicron Delta Kappa. He will attend the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.

Grace McWatters, B.A. 2018, of Arlington, Wash., majored in economics with minors in political science and business administration.  She completed an honors thesis on charter school economic policy.  She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and Phi Eta Sigma.  

Co Dai Quach, B.S. 2018, of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, majored in both applied mathematics and American Chemical Society-accredited biochemistry. He earned honors in mathematics, completed a Ford Fellowship, and conducted research with Dr. Tim Ward, professor of chemistry, in the Keck Lab. He completed the honors project, “Some Results on 2-Backbone Coloring of K-trees.” He will attend graduate school at Vanderbilt University and study chemical engineering.

Karam Rahat, B.S. 2018, of Meridian, majored in biochemistry with a philosophy minor. He was the recipient of the Darby Ray Soul’s Afire award. He was an editor for the Stylus. Rahat is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta, and Phi Eta Sigma. He is a first-class black belt holder in Tae Kwan Do. He will attend the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in the fall.

Regan Leigh Riddle, B.S. 2018, of Collierville, Tenn., majored in biology with minors in psychology and chemistry. She is a member of Beta Beta Beta honorary and served as captain of the volleyball team.  She will attend chiropractic school.

Sarah Elizabeth Scales, B.S. 2018, of Madison, majored in biochemistry with a history minor. She completed the honors project: “Memory & Meaning After September 11, 2001.”  She was vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa and chair of the Student Conduct Council, and was named to the Millsaps Hall of Fame. She will attend Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health for a master’s of public health in epidemiology with a certificate in history, ethics, and law.

Anna Lynn Sit, B.S. 2018, of West Monroe, La., majored in biology with minors in chemistry and psychology. She served as secretary and vice president of the Student Body Association, and twice served as a Foundations director. She was named Omicron Delta Kappa’s Leader of the Year and a member of the Millsaps Hall of Fame. She plans to earn a master’s degree in healthcare administration, and then attend medical school.

Mariah Suzanne Stewart, B.S. 2018, of Mobile, Ala., majored in biology with minors in chemistry, neuroscience, and archaeology. She completed the honors project: “Mitochondrial DNA Repair: A Pharmacological target to increase the pool of Donor Lungs Available for Transplant,” and worked on an archaeological dig in Cusco, Peru. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Lambda Alpha, Nu Rho Psi, and Beta Beta Beta.

Connor Jones Woodall, B.S. 2018, of Madison, majored in applied mathematics with a physics minor. He was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, served as a Foundations leader and student body representative, and played on the Millsaps baseball team. Woodall will attend Vanderbilt University for the 3-2 engineering program.