SWOSU Biology Students Win Top Awards at Tri Beta Regional Convention
Southwestern Oklahoma State University students Melanie Graham of Thomas, Kassandra Guthmueller of Purcell and Tyler Hardin of Broken Arrow won awards for their research presentations at the recent regional convention of Beta Beta Beta (Tri Beta), a national biological honor society.
Graham was selected as the first place winner in the Frank G. Brooks oral presentation competition, while Guthmueller and Hardin were selected as first and second place winners, respectively, in the John C. Johnson poster presentation competition. By winning the first place awards, Graham and Guthmueller qualify for a travel grant to present their research at the 2012 Biennial National Tri Beta Convention in Puerto Rico.
The Tri Beta chapter at SWOSU was also awarded the Best Chapter Award for the District One South-Central Region. Tri-Beta members representing the Delta Sigma chapter of SWOSU were Taylor Baxter, Erica Benda, Angela Edwards, Carissa Fischer, Graham, Guthmueller, Hardin, LaKesha Seals, Claudia Nkeih, Sue Ball, Dr Gunnet Kaur and Dr. Andrea Holgado.
The research presented and awarded at the Tri Beta South-Central Regional Convention was performed under the supervision of Dr. Holgado. Financial support was provided by the National Science Foundation, OK-INBRE and Tri Beta.