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ASU Biology Honor Society Tops in District

April 08, 2013

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 2012-13 academic year at the Tri-Beta South Central Regional Convention April 5-7 at the Oklahoma University Biological Field Station in Kingston, Okla.

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.

Individually for ASU, Malorri Hughes and Sarah Ensley won second-place awards for their research presentations out of nearly 70 entries.  Hughes won the John C. Johnson Award for her poster presentation “Prevalence of the Sinus Roundworm, Skrjabingylus chitwoodorum, in Rabies-Negative Texas Skunks (Mephitis mephitis).”  Her faculty mentor is Dr. Robert Dowler.  Ensley won the Frank G. Brooks Award for her oral presentation “Visible Staphyloxanthin Production in Response to Selected Virulence Factors from Pseudomonas aeruginosa.”  Her faculty mentor is Dr. Crosby Jones.

The ASU chapter also won second place in the Chapter History Contest, and ASU’s Jazmin Humphreys was elected South Central Region parliamentarian for the 2013-14 academic year.  In all, 35 ASU students attended the regional conference with 10 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 Ashley Hampton of San Angelo.

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