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Three HDFS students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Three School of Education students – all majoring in Human Development and Family Studies – are among Carolina students who have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society.

The students – Danielle Bruce, Annie Ford and Casey DeMarco – are among 124 UNC-Chapel Hill students recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Bruce is a senior from Winston-Salem who is majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and in global studies.

Ford is a senior from Kernersville, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and gender studies.

DeMarco, also a senior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, is from Arden.

Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. Less than 1 percent of all college students qualify.

A student who has completed 75 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a GPA of 3.85 or better (on a 4-point scale) is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has completed 105 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a 3.75 GPA.

Phi Beta Kappa has 286 chapters nationwide. UNC-Chapel Hill’s chapter, Alpha of North Carolina, was founded in 1904 and is the oldest of seven chapters in the state.

The School of Education’s Human Development and Family Studies program is in its second year, with enrollment growing this year 73 percent to 183 students in the fall semester.

HDFS is a pre-professional interdisciplinary program, devoted to learning around the development of individuals, with focus on teaching, research, and outreach activities on the well-being and healthy development over the full span of life, including relations within the family as well as the family's interactions with other social institutions and communities.