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ASU Students Head to Regional Conference

March 27, 2012

Eight students from Angelo State University’s Honors Program will attend and make presentations at the annual conference of the Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC) March 30-April 1 in Kansas City, Mo.

Three ASU students have entered research posters in the conference’s Poster Session.  Biology major Shaheena Anene will present “Survey of Household Kitchen Supplies for Enteric Bacteria;” kinesiology major Megan Lewis will present “Effect of the BIG Exercise Protocol on Gait in Persons with Early or Mid-Stage Parkinson Disease;” and chemistry major Binhong Lin will present “The Use of Polypropylene as a Support for Catalysts/Reagents.” 

Three other ASU students will give oral research presentations.  International business major Erica Adkins will address the question “Is Argentina a Safe Bet for Investors?;” English/mathematics major Yolanda Elias will talk about “When Science, Faith and the Classics Collide: Darwin’s Impact on the ‘Education Question’ in Victorian England;” and biology major Cassady Hossenlopp will speak on “Detection and Identification of the Dengue Virus that Tested Positive by ELISA but Negative with Conventional RT-PCR.” 

Additionally, Adkins, Hossenlopp, Elias and Dr. Shirley Eoff, ASU Honors Program director, will present a panel entitled “Learning Outside the Classroom: International Internships and America’s National Parks as Tools of Student Engagement and Program Development.”  Eoff will talk about ASU funding and support for experiential learning for Honors students and its use as a recruiting and retention tool.  Adkins will discuss her summer internship experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hossenlopp will discuss her research internship at the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangkok, Thailand; and Yolanda Elias will discuss her participation in the National Collegiate Honors Council Partners in the Park program at Olympic National Park in Washington. 

First-year ASU Honors Program students Aimee Denham and Duncan Knox will also attend the conference as observers. 

The GPHC serves collegiate honors programs in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Coordinating its activities with the National Collegiate Honors Council, the GPHC promotes the flow of information, ideas, fellowship and professional encouragement throughout its member programs.  More details are available online at