On Friday April 3rd, the Southern Nazarene University (SNU) Biology Department initiated 15 new members into the new Omicron Phi chapter of Beta Beta Beta (a national Biological Honors Society). Members of this new chapter traveled April 3rd and 4th with advisors Dr. Caroline Bentley and Dr. Dennis Siegfried to the University of Oklahoma Biological Station on Lake Texoma to attend the South Central Regional Conference.
Pictured above is Kyle Wilson, president of the Omicron Phi chapter of Beta Beta Beta at SNU as he accepts the Outstanding Chapter award from Dr. Terry Cluck, VP of the South Central Region.
The conference gives students the opportunity to meet students from other colleges and universities from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana and compete in an oral and poster competition to present their research projects. SNU students gave 3 posters and 6 oral presentations.
Of the 9 presentations given by SNU students, 6 were recognized as winners in their sections. Junior Mike Green was awarded 1st place for his poster presentation, and senior Jennifer Kemp and junior Aaron Buchanan both won 2nd place for their posters. As a first place finisher, Mike is eligible to compete in the national biennial meeting at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO in the summer of 2010. Juniors Daniel Linville and Philip Cox won 2nd place in their sections for their oral presentations while senior Chris Schafer won 3rd place for his oral presentation.
As part of the conference, regional chapters were recognized for their accomplishments throughout the year and at the conference. Points were awarded in a variety of areas, and SNU was awarded with the Outstanding Chapter Award for the Oklahoma/Arkansas region. Since the chapter just began at SNU within the past two weeks, this early and significant accomplishment in competition really high lights the strength of student research that is already the benchmark at SNU.
SNU won this award despite tough competition against schools with larger programs such as the University of Central Oklahoma, University of Tulsa, University of the Ozarks, and Oral Roberts University.
Congratulations to the Omicron Phi chapter of Beta Beta Beta in their winning start at SNU!
Posted on Tue, April 7, 2009
by Eunice Trent. Written by Dennis Siegfried.