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ASU Student Research Award

April 11, 2013

Cassady Hossenlopp, a senior in Angelo State University’s Honors Program, received a Dennis Boe Award for outstanding scholarly work at the 2013 Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC) Conference held April 5-7 in Amarillo.

A biology/pre-med major from Belton, Hossenlopp was one of only six Boe Award recipients at this year’s conference.  The award includes a $200 cash prize and a recognition plaque.  Her research paper, “Detection and Identification of the Dengue Virus that Tested Positive by ELISA but Negative with Conventional RT-PCR,” was selected for the award after blind readings by three honors faculty or directors from other institutions.  She then presented her paper to the entire conference.

The Boe Award is a merit-based, competitive award sponsored by the GPHC, a regional affiliate of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), to showcase and reward outstanding scholarly work by undergraduate honors students at member institutions.  Hossenlopp’s paper is a portion of her Honors Program thesis and an extension of research she began during a summer 2011 internship at the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangkok, Thailand.  The research was funded through an Alvin and Patricia New Honors Program Enhancement Scholarship.

“Cassady’s success is a tribute to her intellectual maturity, her diligent research and her scientific acumen,” said Dr. Shirley Eoff, ASU Honors Program director.  “She represented ASU and the Honors Program superbly at the conference, and we are very proud of this latest noteworthy accomplishment for Cassady and for the Honors Program.”

In all, 12 students represented the ASU Honors Program at the GPHC conference.  Senior physics major Blake McCracken and junior math major Adrienna Bingham presented research posters.  Sophomore biology major Aimee Denham, sophomore history major Duncan Knox and junior biology major Tara Serio presented a panel on their summer 2012 NCHC Partners in the Park experiences.  Junior psychology/pre-med major Sean Motl, sophomore sociology/Spanish major Holly Miles and junior history major Josh Logsdon gave oral research presentations.  First-year Honors Program students Kari Dunn, Emily Perez and Jack Rebrovich also attended.

The GPHC serves collegiate honors programs in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  More information is available online at