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BSI students selected for Phi Beta Kappa membership

Sunday, 04/09/2017

Four students from the bachelor of science in information program were inducted into the prestigious academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa. Sarah Barnitt, Danielle Livneh, Annabel Weiner and Natalie Wysocki joined more than 100 students recognized in the induction ceremony held April 9, 2017.

Sarah Barnitt works as an editorial/analytics/account management team member at the University of Michigan Department of Social Media. In high school, she graduated with honors. Her favorite aspect of the BSI program is the variety of classes to which every student is exposed.

Danielle Livneh is a research assistant for UMSI Assistant Professor Daniel Romero. She also tutors EECS students. She is very inspired by the UMSI professors and their research. One thing she enjoys about the program is the importance placed on the greater implications of the work she does.  “I am really impressed by the school’s emphasis on using technology and data to encourage social change.”

Annabel Weiner received a $5,000 UMSI international internship grant to conduct research in Ethiopia last summer. Since 2015 she has worked as an assistant librarian in the UHS Patient Education Library. This year she worked as a research assistant for Assistant Professor Michael Nebeling in the Information Interaction lab. 

“I've loved the BSI program and the support and flexibility from our professors to pursue our interests,” she said. “One of my favorite parts has been my UX capstone course. It has been rewarding to work with a real client and apply what I've learned in the BSI program to create a page that solves common U-M administrative student problems.”

Natalie Wysocki is an instructional aide for SI 106, an introductory Python coding class. This is third semester she's served in this capacity.

She has a lot of respect for the professors and feels they inspire and exemplify excellence. "I feel the professors take time to share as much knowledge and guidance as they can. It makes me feel like everyone in the BSI truly cares about the success of the BSI, and that is very motivating."

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most widely recognized honorary society in America. Founded in 1776, it celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Fewer than ten percent of graduating seniors in Literature, Arts & Sciences are invited to join each year. The U-M chapter, Alpha of Michigan, has inducted more than 7,000 students since it was founded in 1907.  

- UMSI News Service