Southern to host national scientific conference

Southern University and A&M College is hosting the 74th Joint Annual Meeting of Beta Kappa Chi (BKX) Scientific Honor Society and the National Institute of Science (NIS), March 15-18, at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel located at 7000 Bluebonnet Boulevard. The theme of the 2017 conference is Utilizing Innovative STEM Research to Address Today’s Current Global Challenges.”  

The four-day event will feature lectures from renowned scientists, cutting edge workshops, exhibits from national programs, a career exploration fair and sundry competitive student research presentations. Monetary awards and prizes will also be given. 

Students and faculty from historically black colleges and universities across the country will be in attendance. A high school component for students, 9-12 grade, has been incorporated for young scientists to present their posters during the conference. 

Students will be recognized for scholarly achievements; however they must be registered to participate. The focus of this meeting is to provide a platform for graduate, undergraduate and high school students to present scientific research findings from all STEM areas.

Please submit abstracts and register for this event at  The abstract submission deadline is February 12, 2017. A discounted rate is provided for early registrants until February 13, 2017.  For further information, please contact Deadra James Mackie, organizing Committee Chair/Honors College at 225.771.4854.


About the Organizations

The Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society was initially established at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.  The 94year-old organization encourages and advances scientific education through original investigation; the dissemination of scientific knowledge; and the stimulation of high scholarship in pure and applied sciences.  A common goal of BKX and NIS is to increase the number of well-trained scientists by providing academic support and research activities.

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