The Phi Beta Kappa honor society announced its final inductions last week, with six Harvard student-athletes on the list – four among the Final Senior selections, one on the Senior 48 and one on the Junior 24 list.
PHI BETA KAPPA - ALPHA CHAPTER OF MASSACHUSETTS
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Phi Beta Kappa honor society announced its final inductions last week, with six Harvard student-athletes on the list – four among the Final Senior selections, one on the Senior 48 and one on the Junior 24 list. The group joins the Alpha Chapter of Massachusetts and includes senior Henry Cousins (wrestling), senior Zach Dinan (wrestling), senior Julia Lord (sailing), senior Katelyn McEvoy (women's lightweight crew), senior Abby Parker (women's heavyweight crew), senior Michael Savarese (men's lightweight crew), senior Erin Walk (women's lightweight crew) and junior Annika Gompers (women's track and field).
To earn induction into Harvard's chapter of the nation's oldest honor society as a Junior 24 or Senior 48 students must have completed two and a half years of undergraduate study at Harvard College and submit copies of his/her transcript, along with two letters of recommendation. After narrowing the choices, the selection committee makes its decision off a variety of factors, including grade point average, difficulty of courses taken and research participation. Students being considered for Final Senior selection in May are not informed they are being considered. Rather, elections are conducted by Chapter officers in consultation with Directors of Undergraduate Studies in the relevant concentrations, on the basis of transcripts and departmental honors recommendations. Students will only be notified if they have been elected.
Cousins, a molecular and cellular biology concentrator, was also one of 36 students nationwide to receive a Gates Cambridge Scholarship at the University of Cambridge. He received the 2017 Thomas Temple Hoopes '19 Prize for outstanding senior thesis or research projects, and howcased his tremendous work ethic for the wrestling program, competing at 157 and 165 pounds. Cousins won his first-career battle at the Jonathan Kaloust Open in an 8-6 decision.
Dinan, an economics concentrator, competed at 141 pounds during his career and served as United States Men's Freestyle World Championships Team Manager during the 2016 Olympic Games cycle.
Lord, a neurobiology concentrator, was a valuable member of the sailing team and an ICSA All-Academic selection.
McEvoy, a history concentrator, competed in the second seat for the varsity double at the 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta, and also saw time in the second varsity eight and varsity four during her career with women's lightweight crew.
Parker, an integrative biology concentrator was a key member of the varsity eight boat, sitting in the bow seat.
Walk, an engineering sciences concentrator, sat in the first seat for the varsity double at the 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta and competed with the varsity eight throughout her senior season.
Gompers, an integrative biology concentrator, has been a been a member of the women's track and field team since arriving on campus, competing in various distance events throughout her career.