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Townsend Earns Phi Beta Kappa Recognition

Matt Townsend (
Matt Townsend (

Junior Has Shine in Classroom And On Court

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In early October, Matt Townsend received a phone call saying that both his dean and master wanted to have a talk with him. It turned out to be a memorable meeting for Townsend, who learned he had been elected to the Yale Phi Beta Kappa society.

"It was an unexpected honor," said Townsend. "I had no idea what to expect [at the meeting]. They kept things a secret."

Townsend, a molecular and cellular development biology major, is certainly deserving of the honor. He has a 4.0 grade point average through four semesters and was the recipient of the Edward Meeker Freshman English Prize for excellence in English composition.

The Phi Beta Kappa election process is determined by percent of a student's Yale grades that are straight "A"s. For each Yale class, the top one percent is elected during junior fall, the next four percent during senior fall, and another five percent at commencement. Townsend was one of only eight juniors elected this fall.

The induction ceremony was Dec. 9 in Battell Chapel, and Yale head coach James Jones was in attendance.

Townsend has been a solid contributor for the Bulldogs throughout his Yale basketball career. This season he has appeared in all 11 games and is averaging 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds.

Off the court, Townsend interned at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York this summer.

Townsend was profiled by Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant prior to Yale's game against UConn in November.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity