Biology Majors Receive National Honors

by University Relations

Undergraduate biology students presented their current research at the Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) National Biological Honor Society's Pacific District Convention held at Chapman University on April 26, 2014. These six promising scholars–Jane Huang'14, Austin Layton '14, Reade Tillman '16, Elizabeth Hughes '15, David Poulin '14, and Kyle Fish '16–participated alongside top students from eight regional universities, with impressive results.

Five of the APU students earned coveted TriBeta student research grants totaling more than $3,500 (part of more than $7,000 earned over the last three years) and shared their research findings. Huang placed third overall in poster presentations in the Molecular Biology category. Poulin and Fish placed first for oral and poster presentations in the Organismal Biology category, winning the Frank G. Brooks and John C. Johnson awards, respectively. They also earned full travel awards to attend the biennial National TriBeta Convention at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, June 4–8, 2014, to present their data with biology honors students nationwide. Wesley Priddy ’13 and Greg Hanson ’13, APU’s top-placing alumni from last year’s district convention, joined Poulin and Fish in Pennsylvania, where Hanson placed first in the Oral Presentations category and earned the national Frank G. Brooks Award.

“Membership in TriBeta affords outstanding students with biology majors an opportunity to expand their research skills inside and outside the laboratory through the practice of writing grants, performing and presenting original scientific research, and collaborating with other undergraduate biology students from across the country,” said Skyla Herod, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry and district director of TriBeta West-II Division. “APU’s involvement in this esteemed national honor society enhances the reputation of the university as well as the Department of Biology and Chemistry in scholarship, student learning, and professional development.”

Originally published in the Fall '14 issue of APU Life. Download the PDF or view all issues.