Six COPH undergrads invited to join Phi Beta Kappa

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Phi Beta Kappa (PBK), the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society for the liberal arts and sciences, recently invited six USF College of Public Health (COPH) students to become members. 

Only 10 percent of American colleges and universities have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The USF chapter—now two years old—is one of just 280 nationwide. 

According to its constitution, “The purpose of Phi Beta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship, friendship and cultural interests, and to support excellence and integrity in the pursuit of the arts and sciences. Chapter activities encourage liberal education, scholarship and concern for the responsible uses of knowledge.”

Membership in the society is by invitation only and is highly selective. Some of the requirements include having a:

  • GPA of 3.6 or higher for courses taken within the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of the Arts
  • Competency in a language other than English
  • Breadth of academic experience

Divya Kaushal, a junior majoring in public health with a minor in chemistry, is one of the six COPHers invited to join PBK.

Phi Beta Kappa inductee Divya Kaushal. (Photo courtesy of Kaushal)

“PBK’s mission statements and foundations align with my beliefs,” said Kaushal, who has hopes of earning a master’s in nutrition and public health before ultimately becoming an ophthalmologist and retina surgeon. “I believe that PBK will help me connect with leaders and other like-minded students and individuals. I Iove learning and expanding my knowledge, and I was honored and humbled to accept the invitation.” 

Anais Pain, a senior health sciences major with plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy after her graduation this summer, echoes that sense of honor—and looks ahead to the competitive edge membership in the society can bring her.

Phi Beta Kappa inductee Anais Pain. (Photo courtesy of Pain)

“It’s an honor to be chosen to join this prestigious society and to represent it as best I can,” she said. “I hope being part of it will set me apart.”

You can learn more about USF’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter here.

Story by Donna Campisano, USF College of Public Health