Three Azusa Pacific University students were honored by the Alpha Chi Honor Society among 18 others at a super-regional competition, bringing together all seven regions at one time. Hundreds of students from across the nation presented on myriad topics, but were eventually narrowed down to the top 10 percent who, as prize winners, are the recipients of $100 cash prizes.
This year's convention, held at the historic Peabody Hotel in Little Rock Arkansas, was themed Multiple Talents, Multiple Opportunities. It was there where the three APU students wowed the judges, with Jason Mills presenting "Does Foreign Aid Help Reduce Poverty?" in the political science category, and Margarita Ramirez and Alisha Gilbert presenting "Rethinking Academic Integrity: What Really Matters" under the education category.
Mills is an economics major from Seattle, Wash., who decided to tackle an important and controversial issue. Mills explored the implications of whether providing international government-based aid allocations to developing countries is in fact beneficial. Ramirez, a political science major from Tulare, Calif., and Gilbert, a nursing major from Escondido, Calif., are both Academic Integrity Peer Counselors who decided to take a new look at academic integrity. Both decided that academic integrity should be more just a policy, and instead, a value of the community.
The students had 10 to 12 minutes to present and then an opportunity to respond to questions from peers and professors.