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April 2009

Release Date: April 28, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Biology Honor Society Named Top Chapter in Region

Angelo State University’s Epsilon Sigma chapter of the Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) National Biology Honor Society was named the top chapter in the South Central Region/Texas District at the Tri-Beta Regional Convention held earlier this month at the Oklahoma University Biological Field Station.

More than 150 students and faculty from 13 Tri-Beta chapters in the region, including 26 representatives from ASU, attended the meeting that included contests for undergraduate research posters and oral presentations of research papers.

ASU’s Jared Bird won the John C. Johnson Award for first place in Session II of the research poster contest with fellow ASU representative Marie Tipps winning the award for Session III of the poster contest. Robert Heischman placed third for ASU in Session I.

In the oral presentation contest, ASU’s Jason Strickland won the Brooks Award for first place in Session I, with Erin Regan of ASU placing second. A scrapbook prepared by the ASU contingent took first place in the Chapter History contest.

By winning first place in their respective sessions, Bird, Tipps and Strickland will receive expense-paid invitations to the 2010 Tri-Beta National Convention in Gunnison, Colo. In all, there were 35 posters and 36 oral presentations entered in the contests. Other ASU presenters were Juliana Stalter and Kayla Ehrman.

Additionally, Marie Tipps of ASU was elected Tri-Beta regional president for the upcoming academic year and the ASU group was officially presented its Bertholf Award for 2007-08 for being named the top chapter in the nation. ASU has won the award a record six times. No other chapter has won it more than four times.