Computer Science Students Selected for Phi Beta Kappa Oregon Six
Two seniors, CIS major Mike Matloff and CIT minor Sean Wallace, were chosen as members of the Oregon Six by the Alpha of Oregon Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society. Each May, the Phi Beta Kappa society elects members based on academic success and recommendations of Phi Beta Kappa faculty. The society honors students whose undergraduate academic records fulfill the objectives of a liberal arts education. Members are generally selected from the top 10 percent of the university's graduating class. Six exceptional members are further designated the Phi Beta Kappa Oregon Six because they combine extraordinary breadth and excellence in upper-division liberal arts courses with very high grade point averages.
Mike Matloff will receive his B.S. in Computer and Information Science and Linguistics in June. He received the Geoffrey Eric Wright Outstanding Junior Award from the department in 2005, and has been accepted to the department's Ph.D. program, where he will study computational linguistics with an emphasis on speech recognition and synthesis.
Sean Wallace will receive his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics with minors in Political Science and Computer Information Technology. He is a recipient of a Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship from the National Science Foundation and a Presidential Scholarship from the UO. Sean has accepted a research assistant position at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC.
Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Phi Beta Kappa Society is the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in the nation. Alpha of Oregon became the first chapter in this state in 1923. The University of Oregon has the only Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the public Oregon University System. Former CIS graduates selected for the Oregon Six include Oliver Levine (B.S. 2003), Moira Burke (B.S. 2001), Chia Wood (B.S. 2000), and Michele Hart (B.S. 1998).