Undergraduate Honors and Awards

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Worth Award

Each Spring, the Philosophy Department names one outstanding philosophy major winner of the Worth Award. Click here for more award details and to view a full listing of all Worth Award recipients since 1977.

Recent Philosophy Department Worth Award Recipients

Spring 2016
Nathan L. Smith

Spring 2015
Olivia L. Branscum

Spring 2014
Thomas A. Pendlebury

Spring 2013
Daniel E. Ferguson

Spring 2012
Maegan M. Fairchild

Spring 2011
Diana M. Hofler

Spring 2010
Kenneth M. Silver

The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Each semester, Alpha of North Carolina Chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society initiates exceptional undergraduate students. Click here to view a full listing of all inductees since 2001.

Recent Philosophy Major Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

Spring 2016
Zack A. Powers

Fall 2015
Matthew J. Kauffman and Mitchell G. Young 

Spring 2015
Arthur Barefoot, Daniel J. Irvin, Jake Rohde, Ellery N. Beard, Nathan L. Smith, Sarah G. Thompson, and Miles J. Owens

Fall 2014
Justin H. Price, John W. Denton, and Acacia G. Cosentino

Spring 2014
Olivia L. Branscum, Jesse V. Holloway, Rachel E. Kratz, Joshua S. Mooneyhan, Arjun J. Padalia, Paul W. Parker, and Michael Sokoletsky

Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society

Each year, the international philosophy honors society, Phi Sigma Tau, initiates stellar undergraduate students. Information on induction eligibility may be found here.

Recent Philosophy Department Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society Inductees

2016
Michael Johnston, Tate Overbey, Michael Sanders, Siyu Zhao, and Elizabeth Zwart

2015
None

2014
Nan Pincus, Chris Register, Nathan Smith, Cameron Weiner, and Siyu Zhao

2013
Hunter Cameron, Kelsey Kaul, and Keith Pulling

2012
James Dennison

2011
Timothy Armstrong, Joshua Burrows, Emily Gotwals, Michael Guarino, Joseph Heffner, Wilson Sayre, and Saurav Sethia

2010
Christpopher Bakke, Amos James Espeland, Maegan Fairchild, Diana Hofler, Zoe Hughes, Russell Martin, Doruk Onvural, Kevin Richardson, Joseph Strader, Leah Townsend, Katrina Tsang, and Nicholas Williams

Other Undergraduate Honors and Awards

2015
UNC-CH undergraduate philosophy major, Jake Rohde, received the NC Philosophical Society’s 2015 Undergraduate Essay Prize for his paper, “Plato and the Tripartite Analysis of Knowledge”. Click here for more details.

2014
UNC-CH undergraduate philosophy major, Margaret (Maggie) Owens, received recognition for presenting the best paper (“Recollection and Cognitive Science”) at the second Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Click here for more details.

2013
UNC-CH philosophy alum, Travis Tygart, was named one of the 100 most influential people of 2013 by Time Magazine. Click here for more details.