MEDFORD – Nine Tufts University current and former varsity student-athletes and five from club sports were recently inducted into the Tufts chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) at a ceremony held on Sunday, April 14 at Goddard Chapel.
Jumbos elected to PBK for the Class of 2019 include Natalie Bettez of Cross Country / Track, Emily Bowers of Soccer, Madeline Lee from Swimming, Erika Madrian from Rowing, and Sabrian Van Mell from Sailing. Former rowers Erika Odmark and Maia Tarnas as well as former fencer Julia O’Gara were also Class of 2019 inductees. Swimmer Grace Goetcheus was an elected among the Class of 2020.
The five members of Tufts University club teams who were also inducted are Hannah Gould (Tennis), Emily Dubuc Grussing (Women's Water Polo), Gabriel Kennedy (Shotokan Karate), Emily Touchet (Women's Ultimate) and Alexander True (Equestrian).
The PBK Executive Board of Delta Chapter at Tufts University elects students in the spring who show academic excellence in a wide array of disciplines, intellectual commitment, exceptional originality and achievement in a particular area, and the quality of mind characteristic of a true scholar. All graduating seniors with a GPA of 3.75 or above and all juniors with a GPA of 3.85 or above are automatically considered. However, only about 60-65 seniors and 10-12 juniors are typically elected per year, so the selection is very competitive.
The Tufts Chapter, Delta of Massachusetts, was organized on September 7, 1892.