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SUBR students excel at national scientific honor society - NIS annual meeting

4/15/2016
A group of students and advisors from SU Baton Rouge recently attended the 73rd Joint Annual Meeting of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honors Society and the National Institute of Science on April 6-9, 2016, in Hampton, Virginia. Several students won honors for their research presentations. Pictured: (back row standing – left – right) Oswald D'auvergne, Sharon Chriss, Thomas Hulbert, Shervia Taylor, Luke Williams, (front row – left – right) Terrence Curry, Nsombi Roberts, Serrenthia Joseph, Genesis Green, Deadra Mackie, Kevin James, Ashley Guye, Simone Rochelle, OhGad Agu, and (seated) Jasmond Tucker.

 

Three Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR) students Arnedia Wallace, Andre Spears, and Luke Williams won honors for presentations at the 73rd Joint Annual Meeting of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honors Society and the National Institute of Science, April 6-9, 2016, in Hampton, Virginia. 

Approximately 236 faculty and students from 17 Historically Black Colleges and Universities were present at the meeting. Hampton University and Norfolk State University served as co-hosts for this highly competitive, academic event.

Eleven SUBR students made technical presentations on results of their scientific research. Wallace, a 4.0 Honors College student, won first place in the behavioral sciences category. Spears, another Honors College student, won second place in physics, and Williams, a junior, also won second place, in sociology. 

"As usual, these student presenters rose to the occasion, on this national stage of intellectual prowess, and earned the admiration of others. Their presentations were simply professional," said Deadra James Mackie, assistant professor, biology, and Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors College advisor.

SUBR representatives at the event included faculty advisors Sharon Chriss, assistant professor, chemistry; Oswald D'Auvergne, professor, biology; Mackie; and Shervia Taylor, instructor, biology. Undergraduate SUBR students attending were Anifalje Adetola, Terrence Curry, Keona Daniels, Genesis Green, Ashley Guye, Mar'Lesha Hollins, Serrenthia Joseph, Keva Powell, Simone Rochelle, Nsombi Roberts, Spears, Megan Thomas, Wallace, and Williams, and graduate students OhGad Agu and Thomas Hulbert.

Curry, a biology major, was elected as south central regional vice president of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honors Society and the National Institute of Science. Taylor was re-elected as south central regional vice president of Beta Kappa Chi and south central regional director of the National Institute of Science. Mackie was re-elected as the national executive secretary for Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honors Society and the National Institute of Science for her fourteenth year holding that office. 

The Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honors Society was founded in 1921, in Lincoln, Pennsylvania.  It is a nationally recognized honors society, created by seven African-American males who were majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields.  In those years, African-American students could not join some other honors societies, irrespective of their academic and scholarly calibers. The Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honors Society was designed to highlight academic and research achievements by minority students with a 3.0 GPA and above. It is a platform for networking between high caliber, purposeful African-American students and STEM professionals. The Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honors Society is a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

 

DOLORES MARGARET RICHARD SPIKES HONORS COLLEGE CONTACT:

Diola Bagayoko, Ph.D.|
Dean, Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors College
Director, the Timbuktu Academy and LS-LAMP
Southern University System Distinguished Professor of Physics
P.O. Box 11776
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
(225) 771-4845 (office)
(225-771-2730 (office)
bagayoko@aol.com

 

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