Memphis – The Christian Brothers University (CBU) TN Theta chapter of Alpha Chi received the Star Chapter Award for the third year in a row during the Annual Convention in San Diego, CA. Star Chapters must meet a number of criteria including: induction of new members, scholarship applicants, an annual scholarly event sponsored on campus during the academic year, and student attendance and presentations at regional and/or national conventions.
CBU students, Mary Jane Dickey (Biomedical Science ‘11) and Rachel Haag (Biology ‘11), accepted the Star Award on behalf of CBU. While in attendance at the Annual Convention, they also made PowerPoint presentations on their biology research in the Molecular/Cellular Biology Division. Dickey’s presentation was entitled “Effect of a functional PB1-F2 protein on viral RNA expression of 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus” and Haag’s was entitled “Determination of Therapeutic Transgene Dose.”
Alpha Chi is an interdisciplinary honor society, admitting students from all academic disciplines that are among the top 10% of that institution’s juniors, seniors and graduate students. Membership is by invitation only and occurs in the fall semester based on previous spring semester grades. There are 300 chapters nationwide and more than 11, 000 members are inducted annually.