Undergraduate Honors and Awards

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Worth Award

Each spring, the Philosophy Department names an outstanding philosophy major winner of the Worth Award. The Worth Award is Carolina’s oldest academic award. See here for more information about the Chancellor’s Awards, and here to view a full listing of all Worth Award recipients.

Recent Philosophy Department Worth Award Recipients

Spring 2021
Annie Evans

Spring 2020
Ruth Tomlin and Ryan Kramer

Spring 2019
Elizabeth Beckman

Spring 2018
Russell McIntosh

Spring 2017
Jake Z. Rohde

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

Spring 2009
Douglas A. Romney

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 (select a semester from the “Inductees” drop-down menu).

Recent Philosophy Major Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

Spring 2021
Tyler V. Kay, Maxwell C. Levinson

Fall 2020
Rajeev R. Dutta, Anna (“Annie”) D. Evans, Greer G. Underwood

Spring 2020
Andreamarie Efthymiou, Kethan A. Galloway, Adila T. Islam

Fall 2019
Savannah O. Baker, Ruth J. Tomlin

Spring 2019
Sarah M. Arney, Hope C. Cary, Scott A. Diekema, Seamus M. Holland, Ryan J. Kramer

Fall 2018
Sophie G. Capshaw-Mack, Loc Ho

Spring 2018
Zaid Khatib, Kyungmin Park

Fall 2017
Alexander R. Bennett, Russell A. Mcintosh, Gabrielle B. Nair, Vishnu Ramachandran, Sarah K. Yaghoubi

Spring 2017
David Cortese DeGenova, Lewis M. Malone, Brian C. Shields

Spring 2016
Zack A. Powers

Fall 2015
Matthew J. Kauffman, Mitchell G. Young 

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

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

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

Alexandra Corbett, Ayush Dagar, Andrew Draper, Mariah Evans, Robert Hare, Mark Muse, Sina Shahnizadeh, Greer Underwood, and Megan Yerger

Alex Martin and Matthew Winget

Sarah Green, Ashton Hicks, Le Ho, Loc Ho, Grayson Holmes, Zhangsinong Liu, Nathaniel Putsis, Richard Wheeler, and Sarah Yaghoubi

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


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

Hunter Cameron, Kelsey Kaul, and Keith Pulling

James Dennison

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

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

UNC-CH undergraduate philosophy major, Sarah Arney, has won a Tolerance Means Dialogue series scholarship! Click here for more details.

UNC-CH undergraduate philosophy major, Wilson Sayre, has won the 2018 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize! Click here for more details.

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.

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.

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.