In March, nine students from Belmont University presented their research at the Alpha Chi National Honor Society Convention at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Mo. Faculty advisor Dr. Sarah Ann Fleming (Mathematics) also attended the convention. The annual Alpha Chi convention is organized around student presentations by juniors and seniors from their respective chapters.
Membership in Alpha Chi is the highest academic honor awarded by Belmont University. Its members are invited based on their academic standing in the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes within any academic major. Belmont has had an active chapter of Alpha Chi for over 25 years. Dr. Fleming and Dr. Caresse John are the current Belmont Alpha Chi faculty sponsors.
Belmont student presentations at the national convention:
- In the Art section, Sam Frawley presented his work on “North Dakota Parks and Recreation Rebranding.”
- In the Political Science section, John Thomas (J. T.) Faircloth presented “Race and Rhetoric: How Obama’s 2008 Race Speech Sought to Build a ‘More Perfect Union.’”
- In Music, Jesse Peck presented his composition “Tunnel Tonicization.”
- In World History, Christy Vitkus discussed “Lithuania: The Road to Freedom and Independence.”
- In the Sociology section, Emily Snyder presented “Things that I Learned from My Mother: The Impact of Family Narratives on Resilience.”
- Also in the Sociology section, Miranda West presented her work on “Exploiting the Homeless.”
- In the Psychology section, Savannah Ladage and Elizabeth Wilson presented their research on “The Effect of Positive Training on Attention to Negative Stimuli in Anxious Individuals.”
- In the Nutrition section, Sofia Elmaliki discussed “Oh, Sugar. Oh, Sweet, Sweet Drug.”