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Five Science Students Win Research Grants

CONWAY, Ark. (November 8, 2012) - Five Hendrix College science students recently received research grants from the national biological honor society Beta Beta Beta.

Student recipients and their advisors include:

  • Chad Binns '13 (Dr. Varsha Kaushal)
  • Meghan Kerin '13 (Dr. George Harper)
  • Laura Klasek '13 (Dr. Matt Moran)  
  • Alex Saunders '13 (Dr. Varsha Kaushal)
  • Chelsea Woods '14 (Dr. Rick Murray)

The TriBeta grants totaled $2,725, according to Hendrix biology professor Dr. George Harper, advisor for the student Tri-Beta chapter at Hendrix.

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 553 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

TriBeta was founded in 1922 at Oklahoma City University--the Alpha Chapter--by Dr. Frank G. Brooks and a group of his students. The idea of an honor and professional society for biology students spread rapidly and by 1925, the society was a national organization. Biennial national conventions of student and faculty members began in that year and in 1930 the society journal, BIOS, began publication of student research, articles of interest to biologists and society news. As the society grew, it was divided into regional and district groups, each of which holds a convention annually. At the heart of every district and national meeting are student research papers presented in the style of graduate meetings. Awards are given for outstanding individual and chapter accomplishment.

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