Ten Senior Student-Athletes Honored with Phi Beta Kappa Induction

Ten Senior Student-Athletes Honored with Phi Beta Kappa Induction

From L to R: (Back row) - Gregory Kristof, Eric Zheng, Edward McKlveen, Viviana Hanley, Christopher Magnani (Fron row) - John D. Nichols Family Director of Athletics Bob Scalise, Claire Harmange, Akash Mirchandani, Hannah Mullen, Jennifer Guidera, Varsity Club Executive Director Bob Glatz. (Not pictured: Brian Drumm) - Courtesy Dave Silverman


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Phi Beta Kappa honor society completed its final inductions just before graduation last week, inducting six Harvard student-athletes as Final Seniors. The six new inductees join the Alpha Chapter of Massachusetts, along with the two Senior 48 and two Junior 24 selections to give the Class of 2015 a total of 10 student-athletes inducted into the prestigious organization.

To earn induction into Harvard’s chapter of the nation’s oldest honor society as a Junior 24 or Senior 48 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. Students being considered for Final Senior selection in May are not informed they are being considered. Rather, elections are conducted by Chapter officers in consultation with Directors of Undergraduate Studies in the relevant concentrations, on the basis of transcripts and departmental honors recommendations. Students will only be notified if they have been elected.

The six Final Senior selections that graduated as members of a varsity athletics team are: Brian Drumm (sailing), Claire Harmange (women’s lightweight crew), Christopher Madnani (men’s lightweight crew), Edward McKleveen (men’s lightweight crew), Akash Mirchandani (men’s golf) and Hannah Mullen (women’s lacrosse). Previous inductions as Junior 24 were Viviana Hanley (women’s track and field/cross country) and Gregory Kristof (wrestling), as well as Senior 48 selections Jennifer Guidera (women’s track and field/cross country) and Eric Zheng (men’s swimming).

Drumm, an applied mathematics concentrator, served as an A division skipper during his senior season. As a junior he was named All-NEISA second team skipper and was named to the Spring Academic All-Ivy League Team.

Harmange, a chemistry and physics concentrator, has rowed with the first varsity for the better part of the last three seasons, primarily as the second seat. During her career, Harmange has helped Harvard to the EAWRC and IRA titles in 2014, earning the Radcliffe IRA Crew of the Year honors, as well as runner-up finishes at the IRA Championships in 2013 and 2015.

The men’s lightweight crew team had a pair of selections. Magnani, a astrophysics and chemistry concentrator has been most successful rowing with the varsity four boat. After finishing as the runner-up at last season’s IRA Championships, Magnani sat in the third seat for this year’s championship performance. McKlveen, a chemistry concentrator, has split time between the second and third varsity boats, helping the 3V finishing fourth at the EARC Championships in 2014 and fifth in 2015.

Team captain of the men’s golf squad and an economics concentrator, Mirchandani was previously recognized as a Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize Winner. During his junior season, Mirchandani earned PING All-Region honors and was name a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar.

Mullen, a government concentrator, was also named a Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize Winner. During her junior season she garnered IWLCA Academic Honor Roll recognition.

Guidera, a neurobiology concentrator, and Hanley, a sociology concentrator, both wrapped up fine careers for the Crimson as cross country and distance runners. Both women were award winners at the 2015 Senior Letterwinners’ Dinner on Wednesday, May 27. Guidera received the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women's Athletics Prize as the senior woman who best exemplifies the qualities of excellent scholarship, character, leadership and athletic ability. Hanley was presented with the Francis J. Toland Community Service Award. Hanley worked throughout her Harvard career at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and as a member of the steering committee for the Harvard Square Youth Housing Initiative, helping to raise more than $20,000 from Harvard’s undergraduate population to fund a homeless shelter for local youths. She twice earned all-region honors and was Academic All-Ivy League,. Both women have been members of a combined five indoor and outdoor Ivy League Heps titles.

Wrestling’s Kristof is a philosophy concentrator that is also a Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize Winner, as well as the recipient of Harvard’s Beck Family Unsung Hero Award.

From men’s swimming, Zheng is a chemical and physical biology concentrator that competed in freestyle, back and fly events during his career.