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June 2004

Release Date: June 03, 2004

ASU's Biology Honor Society Recognized as Nation's Top Chapter

Angelo State University's chapter of Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society has been named the nation's most outstanding chapter during the society's national biennial meeting May 26-30 in Grand Junction, Colo.

In recognition of that honor, the ASU chapter received the society's Lloyd M. Bertholf Award at the meeting. The Bertholf award is presented for undergraduate participation in research and for student-originated programming that promotes biological scholarship at the institution. The ASU organization also won first place for its demonstration of chapter history.

In addition to the chapter award, two ASU biology majors also earned individual honors. Abilene junior Lori Stuart received a second-place award for her undergraduate oral research presentation on survival of staphylococcal bacteria on stainless steel. Dr. Crosby Jones, ASU biology professor, was her research adviser.

San Angelo senior Kera Gineva received a third-place award for her undergraduate research poster presentation on ultraviolet light reflectance from the surface of selected plants. Drs. Bonnie Amos of biology and David Bixler of physics served as her research advisers.

Both Stuart and Gineva were invited to participate in the conference after placing first and second respectively at the Tri-Beta South Central regional convention in April in Oklahoma.

At the national meeting Jones, the ASU chapter's faculty sponsor, was re-elected as national vice president responsible for Beta Beta Beta's south central region of the U.S.

Beta Beta Beta is a national undergraduate honor society with chapters in 500 colleges and universities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. Its national office is located at the University of North Alabama in Florence.