Concordia’s chapter of the Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society was awarded the Founders' Cup at the organization’s national convention in March.
The Sigma Zeta Honor Society provides research grants for undergraduates and opportunities to present and gain exposure to research in the natural and computer sciences and mathematics. Dr. Joseph Whittaker, assistant professor of biology and faculty advisor to Concordia’s Sigma Zeta chapter, thinks students stand to benefit from attending conventions like this one.
“It gives students important practice presenting to their peers that will serve them in any of the professions they choose in the future,” Whittaker says. “Students get to hear about original research from around the country and it gives them a chance to network with other students and faculty.”
The Founders' Cup is awarded to the chapter with the highest scores in local and national participation. The trophy will be hosted by Concordia until the 2016 convention.
In addition to the chapter’s success, one of Concordia’s student presenters was also honored.
Biology major Brenton Douglass '16 earned the Best Poster Presentation award for presenting the vaccine research he and other students have been conducting with Dr. Jennifer Bath, associate professor of biology at Concordia.
Douglass believes the experience has helped prepare him for challenges in the future like interviewing for medical school.
“A big part of research and science in general is the ability to share your findings with others,” Douglass says. “Conferences like this have helped me grow in my abilities to talk to others about scientific topics and to present myself in a professional way.”
In total, 14 students traveled to Pikeville, Ky., for the national convention, the highest number of students attending from a single chapter. Eleven students were presenters or co-presenters.