Women’s Rugby’s Lin Selected to Join Phi Beta Kappa Society

Shelby Lin helped the Harvard rugby team to a league championship in its first varsity season (Gil Talbot).

– Shelby Lin, a senior on the Harvard women’s rugby team, was honored this November, as Phi Beta Kappa extended the invitation to join the academic honor society to 48 members of the class of 2014.

Lin, a flyhalf/wing for the Crimson, was 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, the selection committee makes its decision off a variety of factors, including grade point average, difficulty of courses taken and research participation.

The senior is a member of Adams House and helped the women’s rugby team capture the Ivy League Tournament Title in 2013. Her final year with the team was also the squad’s first season as a varsity program, putting together a 5-2 overall record in its inaugural campaign. Lin was a key part of the Crimson backfield, scoring a handful of tries on the season, including a score in the 29-0 win over Dartmouth in the Ivy League Tournament championship game.  

“It's an honor to join the Phi Beta Kappa community, and especially to represent student-athletes and the rugby program,” said Lin. “The team provides an incredibly supportive environment for achieving goals in all aspects of our lives, so it is great to see recognition of that.”

“I am extremely proud of and happy for Shelby on her selection to Phi Beta Kappa,” said head coach Sue Parker, herself a member of the elite society. “(Shelby) is an exceptional person in every respect.”

For the complete list of Phi Beta Kappa honorees, click here.