Two Anderson University students won awards for best research paper presented in their discipline at the Alpha Chi Honor Society National Convention in St. Louis at the end of March.
Alpha Chi is an honor society for upperclassmen college students around the nation. According to the Alpha Chi website, “Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of an institution’s junior, senior and graduate students. Invitation to membership comes only through an institutional chapter."
Three students participated in the convention: senior psychology major Haley Beer, senior biology and complementary psychology major and Spanish minor Alexis Kaiser, and senior biology and psychology major Tricia Haley. Haley is also the president of AU’s Alpha Chi chapter. The convention lasted for two days, during which Beer, Kaiser and Haley presented their papers.
“You can go to this convention and either attend, or you can go and present your own research papers,” said Haley. “The presentations started Thursday evening and had block sessions throughout the days where there were 20 to 40 presentations going on at once in different rooms throughout the convention center.”
As students presented their paper or research project, faculty representatives judged them. Generally, these judges have a Ph.D. in that category. Haley and Kaiser excelled in the presentation of their projects and were presented the $100 award.
There were a variety of presentation topics throughout the convention. “It was awesome because they’re pretty much everyone’s special pet projects,” said Kaiser. “There is every single category you could think of. You get a chance to present what you have been working on all year, and then you get a chance to hear what others have been working on all year.”
Along with the others, Beer recognized the valuable opportunities Alpha Chi provided. “It sounded like a great opportunity to get involved and a good thing to put on my résumé,” said Beer. “It was an amazing opportunity. There were tons of great presenters from all disciplines, and it was a great chance to make some connections and take an interest in topics that I may not have considered interesting in the past.
"I also enjoyed the opportunity to share my research from this year with other psychology majors and those currently working in the field. I got some great insight from some professionals that I’ll be considering in the future.”
The convention was a great way for the three seniors to finish their AU careers. All three said they were happy to be a part of the honor society and had great memories in Alpha Chi. Branching out of their comfort zones to present at the Alphi Chi convention will be one more memory to add to their AU experiences.
[Photo: Seniors Alexis Kaiser (left) and Tricia Haley (right) attended the Alpha Chi National Convention. They both won an award for best paper presented in their discipline.]
— Jenn Warne is a junior from Carmel, Ind., majoring in communication arts. Warne is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.