On Saturday, May 1, 2010, three Gustavus physics majors were inducted into the Eta of Minnesota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Bradley Abell (’10), Christina Lewis (’10) and Daniel Mellema (’11) were among the 17 Gustavus juniors and 43 seniors to receive this honor. They are shown in the photo at right along with physics professor, advisor (of Brad and Christina), and proud father (of Dan) Steve Mellema (’72).
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large. The Eta of Minnesota Chapter of the society was founded at Gustavus in 1982.