Chapter Activity Reports 2017

 


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Date Submitted Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 22:32
Academic Year of Annual Report 2017-2018
Chapter Name Gamma Omicron
School Name Saint Joseph's University
Contact Email Address sijgmazetasju@gmail.com
Chapter Meetings Once a month

 


 

Date Submitted Monday, May 8, 2017 - 19:54
Academic Year of Annual Report 2016-2017
Chapter Name Alpha Theta
School Name Asbury University
Contact Email Address ann.witherington@asbury.edu
Chapter Meetings Meetings were held regularly throughout the school year to organize and plan events for the chapter.
Chapter Activities Activities for the 2016-2017 academic year are as follows: Activities Fair, Fall picnic, Christmas decorating party, Kid's College, and end of the year banquet.  All activities were planned, organized, and directed by the Sigma Zeta cabinet and the Sigma Zeta advisor, Ann Witherington.  Sigma Zeta members were encouraged to attend and events were open to students in the math and science department.
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  Awards were given to various members of the chapter at the end of the year banquet.  These awards were given to the top student members of the society.

 

Date Submitted Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 17:43
Academic Year of Annual Report 2016-2017
Chapter Name Beta Beta Chapter
School Name George Fox University
Contact Email Address jjara13@georgefox.edu
Chapter Meetings Fall 2016-Meetings occurred on an as needed basis in order to plan and organize events for members and the student body.
Spring 2017-Meetings occurred every two weeks due to the frequency of events that were being held during the semester.
Chapter Activities Fall 2016:

-Welcome BBQ to recruit new freshmen and get them socializing with the faculty and upper-division students
-Mole Day celebration with periodic table cookies and hydrogen balloon explosions
-Fall faculty lecture with Physics professor Bob Hamilton
-Holiday game night with food and drinks



Spring 2017:

-Four science & religion discussion nights
-Science & Faith Dalton Lecture in conjunction with the biology & chemistry department
-Three club fair's showcasing the chapter to potential freshman for recruiting
-DNA day celebration with plasmid & double helix themed donuts and a free textbook raffle
-Combined fall and spring semester recruits induction ceremony with a game night following
-Be the Match bone marrow registry drive
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  This year, our chapter welcomed 11 new members to the honor society making it one of the largest inductions. 
National Convention Attendance  None for this year.
National Convention Presentations  None for this year.
National Awards, Accomplishments, or Recognitions  None for this year. 

 

 Date Submitted Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 20:24
Academic Year of Annual Report 2016-2017
Chapter Name RHO
School Name University of Indianapolis
Contact Email Address styersbarnett@uindy.edu
Chapter Meetings Sigma Zeta Rho officers meet every 2 weeks to discuss upcoming events and brainstorm recruitment ideas. All meetings are logged in a Google Drive folder. Meeting minutes are sent out after for all members to read over. Many times our officers use Survey Monkey to get feedback from members. This has proven most effect for us due the the busy schedules of our members - they are very dedicated to their area of study and research. Utilizing technology available to us is the best way for us to get member feedback.

Inductions occur twice per year, once each semester. Inductions in the 2016-2017 school year increased our total chapter membership by 17. Our officers represent three different science departments on our campus. In the future, we plan get more faculty across the sciences involved, seeing as professional development in science and mathematics are universally necessary.  Chapter advisors held meetings with each science department to discuss the role Sigma Zeta can play for their students and to encourage participation.
Chapter Activities The Sigma Zeta Rho chapter members at the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) are heavily involved with the Indianapolis community. It’s important for our members to stretch themselves, learn by doing, teaching and engaging with others.
As a group, Sigma Zeta members volunteered their time at the annual “Hound Hustle 5k,” which funds a scholarship for a graduating senior in the chemistry department at UIndy (who in recent years, has also been a Sigma Zeta member). Students set up tables, distributed t-shirts and helped track runner’s time. The 2017 scholarship will be given out at the annual Science and Mathematics banquet on April 12th. Many of our members will be in attendance, receiving awards for their outstanding work in science and math.
In addition, Sigma Zeta Rho teamed up with the chemistry department to partake in UIndy’s annual “Halloween in the Halls,” a time for faculty, staff and community members to bring their children to campus for safe trick-or-treating, with a splash of science. The collaboration yielded a mad science exhibition and a haunted lab.
Sigma Zeta Rho members also participated in National Chemistry Week, Celebrate Science Festival and the Summer Research Institute (SRI) at UIndy. During the SRI students worked alongside a faculty member on research, preparing a poster at the end of the project.
Though Sigma Zeta Rho members enjoy collaborating as a group, many students promote the importance of STEM in the community individually. Members within our chapter volunteered at “You be the Chemist,” (YBTC) a program through Dow Agro that engages middle school students in competition to test their understanding of chemistry innovation and safety. One of our own also took their high altitude ballooning research to local elementary schools in an effort to teach 2nd graders about the structure of the atmosphere by launching a weather balloon on site.
Sigma Zeta Rho members also hold positions within their respective departments as tutors, teaching assistants and lab techs. Our members work in the chemistry and earth science labs as a “go to helper,” setting up labs, grading papers and answering student questions.
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  Sigma Zeta Rho works hard to foster professional development. For the last two years, our chapter has collaborated with the Professional Edge Center (career services at UIndy). Mrs. Kendall-Deitz, the science and healthcare careers adviser, frequently works with our members. For the last two years, our chapter has provided free professional headshots to students at UIndy. Students were also given the opportunity to have custom UIndy business cards for networking, in collaboration with career services and the UIndy marketing team. Later that evening their cards were put to good use at the Science and Networking event, open to all science majors and professors on campus. 
National Convention Attendance  This year Sigma Zeta Rho submitted 5 projects, 4 poster (Nikki Raymond, Paige Stansell, Aubree King, Delmar Oropeza) and 1 oral presentation (Caitlin Behme). Caitlin is the reigning first place oral presentation 2016. A total of 10 students and 2 faculty attended the national meeting at Marian University this year.
National Convention Presentations  This year Sigma Zeta Rho submitted 5 projects, 4 poster (Nikki Raymond, Paige Stansell, Aubree King, Delmar Oropeza) and 1 oral presentation (Caitlin Behme). Caitlin is the reigning first place oral presentation 2016. 5 research grants were obtained by our members this year. Of the 5, 3 will present in the 2017 conference. The remaining 2 will be back next year to present.
National Awards, Accomplishments, or Recognitions  Many of our students will be in attendance at the annual Science and Mathematics banquet at the University of Indpls on April 12th, receiving awards for their outstanding work in science and math.
<hr>Other Activities or Comments: Great conference at Marian! We look forward to hosting in the future! 

 


 

Date Submitted Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:25
Academic Year of Annual Report 2016-2017
Chapter Name Beta Xi
School Name University of Pikeville
Contact Email Address christopherwalker@upike.edu
Chapter Meetings Induction ceremony for new members.

Monthly meetings to discuss recruitment, future projects, and status of current projects.
Chapter Activities This year our Sigma Zeta-Beta Xi chapter has tripled in size. Several of our chapter members participated in campus activities such as club day. Most of chapter members volunteered in the regional Science Olympiad where middle school and high school students competed in science and mathematics events. In November of the Sigma Zeta-Beta Xi chapter members volunteered at a local church to provide Thanksgiving meals for the less fortunate. During the Christmas break several of our members also volunteered time at a local nursing home spending time with those that have been left without families and spreading holiday cheer. Many of our members also volunteer their spare time individually at the local hospital.
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition Three of our Sigma Zeta-Beta Xi members have been awarded a summer fellowship with The Atlantis Project where they will travel to various European countries to shadow physicians and participate in research efforts.

Two of our members have been accepted to medical school.

One of our Sigma Zeta-Beta Xi members received the Colonel B. Ledford Scholarship to fund their summer research project and will be presenting at various conferences.

Two of our members are student representatives for the Appalachian Biodiversity Consortium.

 

Date Submitted Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:13
Academic Year of Annual Report 2017-2018
Chapter Name Gamma Gamma
School Name Concordia College
Contact Email Address jwhittak@cord.edu
Chapter Meetings Officers meet 2-3 times a month, whole chapter meets only when necessary like preparing for the convention or a fundraiser.
Chapter Activities Volleyball tournament fundraiser for the Maasae Girls' School in Africa
Presenting research at the Minnesota capitol building
Presenting research at Minnesota Chapter Wildlife Society meeting
Presenting research at the American Society of Mammalogists Meeting.
Members have been a part of Science Academy which is a science outreach program for elementary school students.
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition Award for best undergraduate poster.
National Convention Attendance 16 students
2 faculty
National Convention Presentations 6
National Awards, Accomplishments, or Recognitions N/A
Other Activities or Comments:

Members are encouraged to participate in many different volunteering opportunities such as HERO, science

 

academy, and other local locations.  


 

Date Submitted Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 15:21
Academic Year of Annual Report 2016-2017
Chapter Name Beta Iota
School Name Bethel University
Contact Email Address rseaberg@bethel.edu
Chapter Meetings The advisors and officers meet biweekly for planning purposes.
Spring 2016 Speaker with Dessert, April 20:
We enjoyed an evening of chocolate fondue and Sigma Zeta member research reports. Katlyn Humrichouse, Aeli Olson, Anna Slattery and Annie Melling presented brief descriptions of their undergraduate research. We handed out Sigma Zeta medallions to our spring 2016 graduates.
Fall 2016 Banquet, October 20:
We held our Sigma Zeta Fall Banquet on Thursday, October 20, at 6:00 pm in the Eastlund Room. Our guest speaker was Dr. Shaundra Daily, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. She spoke on the topic "Designing for Passion: Technology-rich Environments to Support Interdisciplinary Learning." As is our custom in the fall, our banquet is a combined event with members of the Minnesota Microscopy Society. We recognized new members and fall graduates. This banquet provided a great time of camaraderie between the different science disciplines and an opportunity for students to interact with experts from industry.
Spring 2016 Dessert & Research Report:
We are planning another Sigma Zeta member research report night with chocolate fondue for Tuesday evening, May 2. Senior members will give brief discussions of their research projects and we will recognize our spring graduates, handing out Sigma Zeta medallions to wear at commencement.

Chapter Activities Fall 2016 Clubs Fair, September 7:
During the first week of school in the fall we participated in Bethel’s Clubs Fair. We displayed a poster with information about Sigma Zeta and last year’s activities for potential new members to see. A Sigma Zeta officer or advisor was always present to answer questions.
Fall 2016 Fundraising, October 22:
On a Saturday in October Sigma Zeta members went to a Bethel faculty member’s home to help with projects such as raking leaves, moving logs and moving outdoor furniture. Another group will help at a home in the spring. These faculty give us generous contributions for our efforts.
Minnesota Science Museum and Omnitheater Visit, January 20:
A group of 16 student members and 2 faculty visited the Minnesota Science Museum on a Friday evening in January. We had about 2 hours to roam the museum displays and then enjoyed “A Beautiful Planet” at the Omnitheater. They have special discount rates for students on Friday evenings.
Minnesota 2017 Science Olympiad, March 4:
We were asked to provide help as Bethel hosted the Minnesota State Science Olympiad Tournament on Saturday, March 4. Beta Iota members provided help with directions to event locations on campus, helped run some competitions, and provided a “Minute to Win It” show at the end of the day as high school groups waited to hear competition results. We plan to help with this event regularly each year.
Chapter/Member Accomplishments, Awards, Recognition  
National Convention Attendance National Convention 2017, March 23-25:
We have a group of six students and two faculty attending the spring 2017 convention. The students are Luke Arend, Caroline Bell, Zack Peterson, Sarah Thorud, Alissa Montzka and Greta Knefelkamp. They will be accompanied by Dr. Amy Dykstra and Dr. Bob Kistler.
National Convention Presentations Luke Arend, Caroline Bell, Zack Peterson, and Sarah Thorud are presenting posters about their undergraduate research.
National Awards, Accomplishments, or Recognitions Katerina Estrada received a Sigma Zeta Research Award during the fall of 2016.

 


 

Date Submitted Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 13:45
Academic Year of Annual Report 2017-2018
Chapter Name Alpha Phi
School Name Marist College
Contact Email Address Kristin.Dragos@Marist.edu