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Ruleau Inducted to Phi Beta Kappa
Issue Date: May 6, 2020
The Alpha Chapter of Wisconsin Phi Beta Kappa has granted membership to 134 UW-Madison students, including Saige Ruleau of Crivitz, announced Professor Catherine Stafford, president of the chapter.
These initiates embody excellence in both depth and breadth of study in the liberal arts and sciences. Approximately 5 percent of the Letters & Science senior class is inducted into the liberal arts and science scholar society.
Psychology professor C. Shawn Green is the 2020 Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. Student nominator Zachary Demko (class of 2021) said, "Considering his creative application of empirically-tested teaching methods, his attentive mentorship, and his engaging facilitation of lab meetings Professor Green possesses all the attributes necessary for the Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award."
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic society honoring the liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa stands for freedom of inquiry and expression, disciplinary rigor, breadth of intellectual perspective, the cultivation of skills of deliberation and ethical reflection, the pursuit of wisdom, and the application of the fruits of scholarship and research in practical life.
Phi Beta Kappa has 290 chapters at leading colleges and universities in the United States. The Society sponsors activities to advance the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences in higher education and in society at large. The UW-Madison chapter was founded in 1899 under the leadership of Edward Birge.
Psychology professor Seth Pollak will lead the Madison chapter as president for the 2020-2021 year. During the 2019-2020 year graduating seniors Amanda Janquart (neurobiology, Spanish) and Lily Oberstein (journalism) served as undergraduate fellows. Laura Bunn (2020 M.A. Public Affairs) and Elizabeth Neary (Ph.D. student, Spanish) served as graduate fellows.
The 2020 inductees will be celebrated at the 2021 Phi Beta Kappa ceremony scheduled for April 17, 2021.