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Biology Students & Prof Honored at Regional Convention

April 06, 2017

Two Angelo State University biology students were elected region officers, and Dr. Crosby Jones of the ASU biology faculty received a Distinguished Service Award at the Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) national biology honor society’s annual South Central Regional Convention held March 31-April 2 in Cedar Hill.

<strong>ASU Tri-Beta members who attended the 2017 South Central Regional Convention in Cedar Hill.</strong>ASU Tri-Beta members who attended the 2017 South Central Regional Convention in Cedar Hill.ASU biology majors M’Kayla Motley of Lamesa and Marisa Thompson of Mansfield were elected vice president and secretary, respectively, for Tri-Beta’s South Central Region. The South Central Region comprises 67 Tri-Beta chapters spread over two districts. District 1 includes chapters at universities in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, while District 2 encompasses all of Texas. 

<strong>Dr. Crosby Jones</strong>Dr. Crosby JonesJones is a professor of biology and has been the faculty advisor for ASU’s Epsilon Sigma chapter of Tri-Beta since 1979. Under his guidance, the ASU chapter has won the Lloyd M. Bertholf Award as the top chapter in the nation a record eight times. None of the other 600-plus chapters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico has won the award more than four times. 

ASU’s Tri-Beta chapter also acted as organizing host for this year’s annual convention, and 33 ASU student members attended along with Jones. ASU members Madison Sudduth, Tyler Birk, Mattie Price, Uriel Minjares, William Hunter Miears, Danielle Molotsky and Laura Cruz presented their undergraduate research projects. 

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.