CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Junior Kacie Albert, a member of the North Carolina women's fencing team, has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious academic honorary society. Albert, one of 144 UNC students to earn the honor this spring, participated in the induction ceremony on March 25 at the Friday Center.
Albert, from Lebanon Township, N.J., is working toward a double major in journalism and mass communication (public relations focus) and exercise and sport science (sport administration focus).
She is a third-year member of the fencing team and represents the Tar Heels in women's epee. In 2012-13 she qualified for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional, finishing 30th overall.
Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates who meet stringent academic requirements. A student who has completed 75 hours of course work and has a grade-point average of 3.85 (on a 4.0 scale) or better is eligible membership. Also eligible is any student who has competed 105 hours of course work and has a 3.75 grade-point average. Less than one percent of all college students qualify to be members.
Past and present Phi Beta Kappa members from across the country have included six American presidents, 12 U.S. Supreme Court justices and numerous artistic, intellectual and political leaders. There are 270 Phi Beta Kappa chapters nationwide. UNC's chapter, Alpha of North Carolina, was founded in 1904 and is the oldest of six chapters in the state.