Students Win Awards at Alpha Chi National Convention

Posted April 12, 2017

Seven Missouri Valley College students represented the Missouri Sigma chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society at the annual Alpha Chi National Convention April 6-8, 2017 in Louisville, Ky. Four students presented their scholarly work with two students earning award recognition.

Maria Del Mar Jimenez Abad, an economics, management and marketing triple major from Almería, Spain, and Mariana Kiyoko Osaki, a biology major from São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, presented “Social Interactions Between Domestic and International Students in the U.S.” Their paper, which examined the extent of, and barriers to, interaction between domestic and international students at Missouri Valley College, won the Avery Grenfell Church prize for Best Conference Paper in Sociology and Anthropology.

At the convention, student presentations, grouped by academic discipline, are adjudicated by faculty advisors attending the convention. Thirty presentation prizes recognizing outstanding research and creative entries are awarded at the culminating session of the convention.

In addition, Tea Guttorm Mortensen, a dance major from Greve Strand, Denmark, presented “Rejsens (The Journey) Choreographic Process: How to Express Oneself within Choreography.” Mortensen’s presentation, which emerged out of her senior project in dance, examined choreography as a means of self-expression and storytelling. This was Tea’s second year presenting at the national convention. Alexander Porsmose Nielsen, a psychology major from Aalborg, Denmark, was the final MVC student presenter who presented a poster reviewing and evaluating recent research on connections between video gaming and violence entitled “Drinking the Hot Sauce: Are Researchers Actually Measuring Aggression in Violent Video Game Research?.”

“Presenting at the annual convention offers a national platform for the original research and creativity of our members,” said Dr. Trisha Yarbrough, Alpha Chi executive director. “Because we’re a general honor society, the projects may be in anything from accounting to zoology. Seeing their projects alongside those of their peers from around the country is a valuable academic experience, and their participation shines a positive spotlight on the student, their chapter, and their campus.”

Missouri Sigma chapter members also in attendance at the convention were Bethany Davis, a mathematics major from Roy, Wash., Laura Bustos Martinez, a mass communications major from Madrid, Spain and Jaime Rafael Acuña Maurera, an exercise science major from Caracas, Venezuela.

Dr. Christopher Libby, associate professor of religion and philosophy, is the official chapter sponsor at Missouri Valley College. The Alpha Chi chapter sponsors are instrumental in mentoring student members, including preparing them for presentation at a national convention.

Alpha Chi National College Honor Society invites membership to juniors, seniors and graduate students from all disciplines in the top ten percent of their class. Active on nearly 300 campuses nationwide, Alpha Chi is a member in good standing of the Association of College Honor Societies, the only national accrediting body for honor societies.


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