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  Students Place First

Norfolk State University students took first place in poster and oral presentation competitions at the 70th Joint Annual Meeting of Beta Kappa Chi and the National Institutes of Science Conference recently held in Reston, Va. In oral presentation, Sara Nelson-Owens won first place in the biology category and three other NSU students took third place in three other categories: Bianca Riddick for biology, Nicholas Sapp for chemistry and Dallas Ellis for computer environmental science. Bronson Hayes placed third in chemistry. NSU also took first place in the poster presentation with Chi’Niese Evans winning in the psychology category.

In addition to the wins, Norfolk State students were also elected as officers of the organizations for 2013-14. The following students were elected to national officers of Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society: biology major Dallas Ellis, president; biology major Ebony Nottingham, secretary; biology major Bianca Riddick, treasurer; and computer science major John Ellis, historian. Biology major Alissa Sierra Harrell was elected eastern region vice president.

Two NSU students were elected to national offices for the National Institutes of Science – biology major Ian Saunders, president and chemistry major Crystal Bell, secretary. Additionally, Maureen Scott, NSU Beta Kappa Chi and National Institute of Science advisor, was re-elected the national historian of the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society.

Beta Kappa Chi encourages the advancement of scientific education through original investigations, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and the stimulation of high scholarship in the pure and applied sciences, while the National Institute of Science provides students and faculty members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities opportunities to exchange information and present scholarly research papers in science and mathematics.

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