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Biology Honor Society Tops in District

April 15, 2015

Angelo State University’s Epsilon Sigma chapter of the Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) biology honor society was named the Outstanding Chapter in District 2 for the 2014-15 academic year at the Tri-Beta South Central Regional Convention April 10-12 at the Oklahoma University Biological Field Station in Kingston, Okla.

Tri-Beta members at the regional conference in Oklahoma.Tri-Beta members at the regional conference in Oklahoma.The South Central Region is composed of two districts. District 1 includes colleges and universities in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma while District 2 encompasses all of Texas. The award for Outstanding Chapter in District 2 is based on the number of student research papers submitted for presentation at the regional conference, number of members attending, chapter history results, paper and poster presentation results, and number of chapter officers serving official functions. 

Tri-Beta CrestTri-Beta CrestIndividually for ASU, senior Sarah Murray of Boyd took second place out of 22 competitors for her oral presentation of her research on “Sampling the Anterior Nares for Staphylococcus aureus: One Nasal Passage or Both? Does it Matter?” Her faculty mentor is Dr. Crosby Jones, professor of biology. 

The ASU chapter also won first place for its scrapbook entry in the Chapter History Contest, and sophomore Uriel Minjares of El Paso was elected president for Tri-Beta’s South Central Region. In all, 26 ASU students attended the regional conference with five of them making research presentations. 

The Beta Beta Beta organization emphasizes undergraduate research and scholarship in the biological sciences. Its national office is located at the University of North Alabama in Florence.  ASU’s Epsilon Sigma chapter was formed in 1970. ASU chapter president is senior biology major Haley Hale of Brackettville. 

For more information, call Dr. Crosby Jones, ASU Tri-Beta faculty advisor, at 325-486-6642. More information on Tri-Beta is available at www.tri-beta.org/.