Millikin biology students win Several Awards for Research and Presentations

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DECATUR – Millikin University biology students took home many awards from the 2016 Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society North Central District 1 Convention on April 2.

Students from Millikin’s Tri-Beta Chapter, Iota Epsilon, received awards for their research efforts and presentations. The convention gives students and faculty members an arena to share current research and discuss scientific topics.

Out of the 30 colleges and universities from Illinois and Wisconsin in the district, six schools sent student presenters, with eight biology majors attending from Millikin.

Millikin students swept the oral presentation awards as Kelsey Going, a senior from Butler, Ill., received 1st Place; Morgan Kincheloe, a senior from Lincoln, Ill., earned 2nd Place; and Mackenzie Peck, a junior from Livermore, Calif., received 3rd Place. Nicole Koch, a junior from Morton, Ill., received Honorable Mention.

Students from Millikin also won awards for posters. Jessica Brinegar, a senior from Decatur, Ill., earned 2nd Place; and T.J. Holmes, a senior from Decatur, received 3rd Place.

Students’ research ranged from topics the effects of injuries during development on frog performance as adults to early life stress and parasites in birds of prey. Associate Biology Professor Dr. Travis Wilcoxen says conventions like these help the Chapter carry out its mission to promote scholarship and research for undergraduate students.

“The success of our students at this conference is strong evidence that we are a leader in this field and that our students not only take the opportunity to complete research projects, but that they also embrace Performance Learning,” Dr. Wilcoxen explains.

Koch says, as a student, that this convention was a great opportunity to get feedback and experience for the future, whether it is conventions or further schooling.

“Performing and presenting my own research will also help me become a unique standout when applying for physical therapy school,” Koch adds.

In addition to these accomplishments, the Tri-Beta Chapter, Iota Epsilon, won three awards including: Most Delegates, Spirit Award and the Best Chapter Award.

Further information about Tri-Beta is available on the society’s website.

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