NEW YORK—Four Columbia student-athletes—Colin Conroy, Chris Schroer, Abigail Sharkey and Mitchell Tuckerman—were initiated into the New York Delta Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society on Tuesday evening at the Columbia University Faculty House. The students were chosen by a faculty selection committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs, as well as recommendations from faculty members who have worked closely them.

 

Each year, 10 percent of the Columbia College graduating class is elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Two percent (Junior Phi Beta Kappa) is elected in the fall and the remaining eight percent is elected in the spring. The University announced 92 seniors who were initiated into the society on April 25.

 

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1777 for the pursuit of “friendship, morality, and literature.” It was the first student group to adopt Greek letters, standing for the Greek words philosophies bios kubernetes, or “love of wisdom, the guide of life.” Today, this honor society celebrates and promotes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. To be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa is one of the highest academic honors for undergraduate students and recognizes their exceptional scholarship.

 

Here is additional information on each of Columbia Athletics’ four inductees:

 

Colin Conroy ‘18CC, Men’s Lightweight Rowing

Recognized as a 4.0 Club honoree and Dean’s List student … Member of the 2016 Columbia lightweight rowing team that captured the  IRA Rowing national championship … East Williston, N.Y. native … Enrolled at Columbia College and is a Political Science major.

 

Chris Schroer ‘18CC, Football

Became just the 11th football player and 34th all-time student-athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as he was named to the second team in 2017 … Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree (2016 and 2017) … Recognized as a 4.0 Club honoree and Dean’s List student … Ranked No. 7 in the Ivy League and led Columbia in rushing yardage with 638 yards on 137 carries and one touchdown (long of 40 yards) … Ranked fifth on Lions in receiving with 18 catches for 162 yards and a TD (9.0 yards per catch) … Ranked No. 2 on the squad in all-purpose yardage … Tallied two 100-yard rushing games, the only Columbia player to rush for over 100 yards in a game on the year … Emerged at the tail end of the 2017 season as he rushed for 398 yards on 74 carries (5.3 average) and totaled back-to-back 100-yard rushing games (183 at Cornell and 125 vs. Harvard) over season’s last three games … Over four-year career, rushed for 920 yards on 217 carries with two touchdowns and caught 33 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown … Cincinnati, Ohio native … Enrolled at Columbia College and is a Sociology major.

 

Abigail Sharkey ‘18CC, Women’s Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field

Earned the prestigious Marion R. Phillips Watch for Columbia’s highest ranking female senior scholar-athlete … Recognized as a 4.0 Club honoree and Dean’s List student … Pole Vaulter who registered a career-best 3.75m (12-3 vault … Cleared a 2017-18 season-best 3.70m in the pole vault in the DYC Tri-Meet … Mesa, Ariz. native … Enrolled at Columbia College and is a Political Science major.

 

Mitchell Tuckerman ‘18CC, Men’s Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field

Earned the prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower Watch for Columbia’s highest ranking male senior scholar-athlete … Recognized as a 4.0 Club honoree and Dean’s List student … Competes in the middle distance runs … Clocked a career-best 1:56.83 in the 800-meters at the Fastrack National Invitational … Finished 61st in the five-mile run at the Metropolitan Cross Country Championships in 2016 … Columbus, Ohio native … Enrolled at Columbia College and is an Economics major.