By James Stafford, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor graduate Kelsey Kunk and seniors Elizabeth Stefanski and Kelsey Belcher spent their spring break at the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society’s annual convention in Chicago. All three participated in the student presentation competition with both Stefanski and Belcher earning top honors.
Kunk presented in the Alumni category on the subject of “Suicide Assessment in the Emergency Department.” Belcher participated in the World History category, where her presentation, “Dissection, Body Snatchers, and Reform,” was awarded first place. Stefanski’s presentation, “How do Movies Affect the Readership of Young Adult Books,” was entered in the American Literature category and also won first place.
Student presentations were judged on focus, organization, complexity, use of research, audience engagement, and contribution to scholarship in the field. Both Stefanski and Belcher’s awards came with $100 prizes. The two students were also recognized with regional Alpha Chi scholarships in the amounts of $1,200 and $1,000, respectively.
Alpha Chi is a national college honor society. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of an institution’s juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Invitation to membership comes only through an institutional chapter. Founded in 1934, the Texas Beta Chapter at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is the second oldest chapter in the United States. There are currently 300 chapters of Alpha Chi, located in almost every state and in Puerto Rico. More than 12,000 members are inducted each year.