GLENVILLE - Glenville State College recently hosted the 70th annual Chi Beta Phi National Conference on campus.
Chi Beta Phi is an interdisciplinary scientific honorary for undergraduate students and is an affiliate society of The American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The primary focus of the meeting was to allow students from the different chapters to present their research, some of which was facilitated through Chi Beta Phi grants.
The 18 presentations were divided into two sessions. Glenville State College senior biology major Kelly Weaver of Weston, West Virginia took second place in the second session, senior biology major Carrie Huffman of Tioga, West Virginia took first place in session one, and senior environmental science major Michael Pracht of Paw Paw, West Virginia took second place in session one.
“One thing that is unique about Chi Beta Phi is that it is interdisciplinary. We encourage and welcome students from all scientific disciplines and in order to be a member, you must excel in all those courses related to your scientific disciplinary because science today is very interdisciplinary,” said President of the National Board of Chi Beta Phi Bill Pohley.
In addition to hearing reports from national officers, attendees also listened to a guest lecture from Dr. Ross Conover who discussed sparrows in the Colorado Rockies and his research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in the Colorado Rockies.
Glenville State College’s Alpha Iota Chapter of Chi Beta Phi has been active since 1964. Chi Beta Phi was originally organized in 1916 by students at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.