CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A pair of Harvard student-athletes were honored Thursday, as Phi Beta Kappa extended the invitation to join the academic honor society to 24 members of the class of 2014.
Juniors Devi Lockwood of the women's lightweight crew team and Lauren DiNicola of the women's track and field team were both selected to join Harvard's chapter of the nation's oldest honor society. In order to be considered for membership in the honor society, 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 to 48 finalists, the selection committee makes its decision off a variety of factors, including grade point average, difficulty of courses taken and research participation.
Lockwood is a member of Dudley House, concentrating in folklore and mythology with a citation in Arabic. While she has not yet rowed this season due to an injury suffered last summer, she was a vital member of the team in 2012. As a sophomore, she rowed the second varsity eight to an undefeated season. Additionally, she contributed to a fourth-place showing at the IRA National Championships as part of the varsity four and helped the second varsity eight take gold at the EAWRC Sprints.
The Ridgefield, Conn., native also recently received an Artist Development Fellowship from Harvard's Office for the Arts, which will allow her to spend the upcoming summer creating a series of interlocking poems examining the folklore and stories associated with the southern Mississippi River between Memphis, Tenn. and New Orleans.
"It takes a whole team to do something great," Lockwood said. "I am humbled by these two awards, which are the culmination of years of support from my teammates, coaches, teachers, family and friends, both on and off the water. Athletics and academics are inseparable for me. Rowing provides structure, rhythm and inspiration – not just for my life, but also for my poetry."
"It is great to see Devi (Lockwood) being a recipient of two important awards in such a short time," Michiel Bartman, head coach of Radcliffe Lightweight Crew added. "Devi is a great member of the lightweight squad... I am proud of her attitude in and out of the boat, she is always very positive and eager to get better."
DiNicola is a distance runner on the women's track and field team and also a member of the cross country squad. The Lowell House member was the fifth Harvard runner across the line at the Princeton Invitational this past October, finishing with a time of 23:22. A psychology concentrator, DiNicola recently shattered her personal best in the 5,000 meter race at the Sam Howell Invitation, completing the race in 17:56.63.
"I am honored by my election to Phi Beta Kappa and am so thankful for the supportive responses I have received from my peers and teammates," DiNicola said. "I am very excited to count myself as a member of this unique society."
"All of us with Harvard Track and Field are incredibly proud of Lauren for this achievement," Jason Saretsky, Harvard director of track and field/cross country, noted. "She has had a great two weeks – setting a new lifetime best in the 5k on Friday and then learning of this amazing academic achievement. Lauren has embodied the work ethic and pursuit of academic and athletic excellence that we strive for with all of our student-athletes."
Lockwood and DiNicola will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in the near future, along with 22 other members of the class of 2014.