UAM students receive honor

Three University of Arkansas at Monticello students have been selected as program presenters during the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society annual convention in Louisville, Ky., April 6-8. Cody Bijou of Crosby, Tex., Reagan Dobbs of Dayton, Texas, and Bronte Pearson of Monticello will present original research as part of a convention that highlights student research and creative presentations from across the nation.

Bijou, a senior communications and political science double major, will discuss recruiting techniques used by the terrorist organization ISIS. Dobbs, a senior political science major, will present a paper entitled “A Search for Justice: An Exploration of the Nature and Role of Women.” Pearson, a senior English major, will read from her original short story entitled “Yellow.”

Student presentations, grouped by academic discipline, are adjudicated by faculty advisors attending the convention, and 30 presentation prizes recognizing outstanding research and creative entries are awarded at the final session of the convention. All of the students are also competing for regional and national fellowships for graduate study.

“Presenting at the annual convention offers a national platform for the original research and creativity of our students,” said Dr. Kate Stewart, professor of English and co-sponsor of UAM’s Alpha Chi chapter. “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 our students, our chapter, and our campus.”

Stewart and Dr. Carol Strong, associate professor of political science and also a chapter co-sponsor, will accompany the students at the convention. Dr. John Janovy Jr., noted scientist, author and educator, will present the keynote address at the awards Gala Saturday evening. Dr. Ed Madden, award-winning poet and professor at the University of South Carolina, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Alpha Chi National College Honor Society is restricted to juniors, seniors, and graduate students from all disciplines in the top 10 percent of their class.

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