Founders Cup Applications 2017


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 Chapter Applying for Founder's Cup Award

Gamma Eta

Steve Dougherty
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In the fall of every new school year, we have a mandatory induction ceremony for the new class of inducted members. At these ceremonies, we have a great turnout with at least 80% of the chapter members attending. At the conclusion of each semester, we have a “celebration” meeting, which is mostly a social event, but also a time to reflect on the successes of the chapter that semester as well as ways to improve in the upcoming semester. The spring semester brings a mandatory orientation meeting. At this meeting, we go over the event and speaker opportunities of the semester and reminders for the semester, stressing the importance of participation in the events that Sigma Zeta holds. This again is another time to socialize with the chapter members. We believe that this is an important opportunity for success of the society as a whole so that we go into events as a team, rather than isolated individual members. All events that are held in this nature always have a component that is “fun.” Most events have food and drinks and other activities such as bonding activities. 

We also have officer meetings, approximately once a month (dependent on the time of year- for example we have had more officer meetings this spring as we are planning the National Convention). Here, the 5 officers meet with our advisors.

This year we have been active in local and regional science fairs as both mentors, judges, and volunteers. At a local Middle School, Cardinal Ritter, chapter members served as mentors to eighth grade science students on their science fair projects, giving guidance and possible ways to improve their projects.  Mentors also continued to encourage students in hopes to foster a love and excitement for science. At their science fair, other chapter members who were not mentors, served as judges. Those who were mentors encouraged their mentee as well as promoted the importance of participation in such events, encouraging them to follow their interests in the field of science. Additionally, chapter members also judged at the Central Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair which is held at Marian University annually. This includes 2 weekends: K-5 students and 6-12 students. As a judge, members had the opportunity to interact with young scientists and encourage them to come back next year and continue to explore the world around them. This event also provided the opportunity for the judges to give students constructive criticism. Those who volunteered were not only able to interact with the students but they were also vital to the smooth and efficient running of both weekends. To further promote science in our community, we volunteered at Celebrate Science, Indiana’s premier science festival, where students, children, and their parents flock from around the state to learn more about science. Those of our members who were in certain science classes were volunteers at booths, teaching students about various science topics and encouraging them to be scientists in their daily lives, observing and analyzing the world around them. Other volunteers were much more general but continued to encourage science in all the tasks that they were assigned. 

An additional volunteer opportunity was through Marian’s Annual Rooted in Education Gala where more than 1,800 supporters and alumni of Marian come together to celebrate Marian’s commitment to developing “top notch” educators. This allowed chapter members to further their social network through interactions with fellow students, alumni, board members, as well as various sponsors of Marian University. This was also an opportunity for chapter members to give back to the university that allows for the Gamma Eta chapter of Sigma Zeta to exist. 

We partnered with Marian’s student led group, Students for Sustainable Stewardship, for a day of invasive species removal and clean up in Marian’s Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab, which is an area of 55 acre natural area on campus where environmental restoration began 100 years ago and continues today with the help of students, faculty, and the general public. Through this event, we helped remove invasive species as well as with general clean-up and take care of the environment around us. This further promoted this act and of such around campus and to the visitors of the EcoLab.

We partnered with another organization at Marian, Pre-SOMA, for various events (detailed below) regarding medical school and pre-medicine preparation. This is very beneficial to work with Marian’s College of Osteopathic Medicine because a majority of our chapter members are pursuing a career in medicine. 

We also partnered with Marian University’s Chapter of College Mentors for Kids to interact with the children, teaching them about science. We made Cloud Jars and Elephant Toothpaste. Cloud Jars were used to teach students about the weather and how clouds hold the rain. We modeled this with a jar full of water and shaving cream as cloud. The children then added individual drops of “rain” to the cloud and predicted how many drops of rain it would take for the cloud to “break.” This also allowed the chapter members who volunteered at this event to talk and explain what a hypothesis was. The Elephant Toothpaste was used to talk about not only hypotheses again, but also chemical reactions and enzymes as it used water, yeast, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap in a water bottle. This created a foamy “toothpaste” that was expelled from the bottle. When then allowed the children to analyze and touch the product, making observations about what they saw, smelled, and touched. 

We promoted our individual chapter through various activities such as the following: tie dye social gathering, game night social, liquid nitrogen ice cream social, and the chemistry of beer making. The tie dye social and game night social were solely social events. However, the liquid nitrogen ice cream social and the chemistry of beer making, although entertaining, were also educational and promoted scientific learning. One of our chemistry professors, Dr. Lecher, led these events and explained the chemistry behind making ice cream with liquid nitrogen and making beer. The liquid nitrogen ice cream was followed by the chapter members socialized while eating the ice cream we created. The lecture on the chemistry of beer making was followed by a trip to Sun King Brewery for those 21 and older for a tour. These events encouraged socialization between chapter members to facilitate new friendships and connections. We also strongly encouraged chapter members to bring friends who were either interested in Sigma Zeta or just wanted to socialize to broaden our connections on campus and possibly recruit new members. 

Marian University's College of Arts and Sciences is a continuous proponent and supporter of this organization. The faculty of the sciences and mathematics are always willing to participate in events and volunteer their time to give opportunities to our chapter members that we would not have otherwise. Other organizations affiliated with Marian University, such as College Mentors for Kids, Students for Sustainable Stewardship, and Pre-SOMA, continue to support this organization through positive interactions and joint activities/speakers to give opportunities to members of each group. This also allows for expansion of both group’s members social networks.

We have hosted multiple events that have utilized outside resources to further benefit our chapter members as well as others at Marian University who are not involved in Sigma Zeta (to further promote our society and recruit new, qualified members). Geofest was a “field trip” to the Indiana State Museum where experts and vendors from across the country come with fossils, rocks, minerals, and jewelry. This was a great event for those that are interested in subject areas such as archeology. It is important to hold events and opportunities for members who have interests that not many do.  Dr. Genevieve Bell, an admissions counselor at Trinity College was a guest speaker who came and informed chapter members about Trinity’s medical school and answered any questions that students might have. Additionally, we had Matt Hosteler, a Marian University alumni and a PhD candidate at Purdue University, speak about his experiences at Purdue as well as tips and helpful information to know for those who are pursuing graduate school or of the like. 

In partnership with Pre-SOMA (Pre Student of Osteopathic Medical Association), in part with Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine), we had a KAPLAN Representative speak to our groups about the courses offered through KAPLAN to prepare for the MCAT, which many of our members plan on taking eventually in their careers. We also partnered with Pre-SOMA to host a representative from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine.

The following are possible innovative ideas that other chapters of Sigma Zeta could model: (1) Liquid Nitrogen Social: Dr. Lecher, a Chemistry professor at Marian, lectures on liquid nitrogen and then alongside chapter members, ice cream is made from liquid nitrogen (that is then enjoyed in the company of fellow Sigma Zetans), (2) partnering with other organizations on campus: this allows for interactions with additional groups and expands the opportunities that chapter members (these joint events are further explained above in Criterion 1B and 1D), and (3) Working with local schools to promote and encourage students to continue learning about science: this is very important, especially as the national theme this year is science outreach in your community.

Marian University's Sigma Zeta Gamma Eta Chapter is hosting the 2017 National Convention at the end of March. Thus, the majority of our chapter members and advisors will be attending as well as volunteering at this event. During planning of this, we delegated specific roles and jobs to various committees of chapter members which included a Hotel Committee, Field Trip Committee, Meal Planning Committee, and others. This allowed for optimal efficiency for planning and execution of this event. Last year we had two advisors and 13 members went to the National Convention at McKendree University. We have been represented at the National Convention by advisors and members since the founding of our chapter in the fall of 2012.

Multiple students from our chapter have presented year long and summer projects at various conventions. Specifically, at last year's National Convention, we had one oral presentation (Amanda Scanameo, Christine Skaggs, and Alyssa Heffren) and one poster presentation (Madeline Weber, Jocelyn Young, Samantha Collins, and William Grabowski). In years past, we have had up to 3 individual presentations at a National Convention. Additionally, four of our chapter members (Luke Elsener, Marek Lisek, Baylen Shoemaker, and Paige Swan) received a $500 grant for their biochemistry project and will have an oral presentation at the Spring 2018 National Convention.

We answer all forms of communication promptly and on time. For all required and optional reports, forms, and applications, we continuously submit them not only on time, but quite some time in advance to further insure that we meet all of the national requirements.

Our co-advisor, Joyce Horton attended the National Officers meeting in Florida in September and she was involved in recruiting new chapters from the surrounding areas.

We use our online applications through Marian University, CANVAS and OrgSync, to post announcements and calendars for events and updates throughout the semester. Each of our chapter members are a member of these pages, ensuring everyone gets the announcements posted. We also post on our Facebook page as a social media outlet. Additionally, we use word of mouth to spread information about events. In the spring, an email was sent out to potential new Sigma Zeta members which allows for, if they accept membership and fill out the application, more participation in Sigma Zeta events.

We do and will continue to in the further respond promptly to all communication with other chapters as well as continue to back and support other chapters of Sigma Zeta.


Beta Eta

Cheyenne Stienbarger
[email protected]

We hold bi-monthly officer meetings and monthly chapter meetings. The first officer meeting of the year consisted of setting dates and planning events for the first semester. A very similar officer meeting was conducted at the beginning of the 2017 year that set the dates for the second semester. Shortly after planning, semester calendars were handed out to members. Bi-monthly officer meetings took place throughout the semester to take care of details for events and research progress. Our first chapter meeting was held at a local park where we hosted a department-wide picnic for faculty, current members, and prospective members. This picnic allowed for us to discuss our vision for the year and possible research opportunities. Also, we handed out applications, passed out completed first semester calendars of important dates and events, and had various professors speak about their research opportunities. Our September chapter meeting was also our induction ceremony. We went through the details of applying for the research awards through the National Office. A checklist was also handed out to members to help guide them to start off their research and to encourage as many members to turn in research proposals as possible. Our chapter secretary also gave a presentation about the undergraduate research she conducted last summer at Oklahoma State University at our October chapter meeting. At the November chapter meeting, we discussed T-shirt designs with hopes of fundraising and talked through National Convention to assess the interest level. The chapter vice-president gave a presentation about the medical school application process, as well. Our December chapter meeting consisted of a Christmas party at our advisor’s home where we did a white -elephant gift exchange and reflected on the semester. At our January chapter meeting, we handed out a calendar for the second semester and discussed fundraising options. The February chapter meeting involved preparing for our annual Chili Cook-Off fundraiser, taking sign-ups for the Pre-Healthcare Society blood drive, and taking ideas for when our university hosts convention. For the March meeting, all groups scheduled to present at Convention practiced their presentations for the chapter and received poster presentation advice from our advisor. We also provided the Convention schedule, along with a packing list. Our April chapter meeting will consist of reflecting about National Convention, the announcement of new officers, and the passing out of graduation cords and medals. We will also host a community clean-up day and end-of-year party in April.

Beta Eta has participated in many local events within our campus and the community. On our campus, we had a booth at the Club & Organization Fair the first week of classes where we were able to increase awareness of Sigma Zeta on our campus and recruit potential members. We sponsored the third annual Chili-Cook Off Fundraiser among our department faculty and staff that was open campus-wide to students and faculty; this year was the most successful year for the chili-cook off fundraiser. In our community, Beta Eta, along with Evangel’s Pre-Healthcare Society, co-hosted the semi-annual University Blood Drive. The two blood drives were open to the community and facilitated by Springfield’s Community Blood Center. In addition, Beta Eta members volunteered and served as judges for the Ozark Science and Engineering Fair. Volunteering at the science fair allowed our members to give back to the young scientific community.

The following groups have recognized us on our campus and in our community:
• Kappa Mu Epsilon: several members of KME are also members of Beta Eta, providing research collaboration opportunities. 
• Pre-Healthcare Society: Blood Drive 
• Springfield Community Blood Center: Blood Drive 
• Convoy of Hope: Sustainable and agriculture-focused research opportunities 
• University of Michigan: Scott Lab for biochemical research

Several efforts have been made to utilize outside resources. Up until December 2016, a group of students was working in collaboration with Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO. The project involved a metagenomic analysis of the zoo's Asian elephants; this project was unfortunately disbanded because the university's geneticist resigned. 

Dr. Matt DeVore - former scientist as the Los Alamos National Laboratory - served as a guest speaker where he discussed some of the research conducted at the National Lab. He also spoke of the importance of undergraduate research, especially when it comes to medical or graduate school acceptance. Our field trip consisted of Evangel's Make a Difference Day where students go out into the Springfield community and serve in whatever capacity is needed, including house cleanup, fence building, volunteering at Convoy of Hope, etc. n.

Last year, we created a new officer position called the Vice President of Research Extension and Outreach. This position focuses on collaborating with outside resources and application of our findings, and the position has been greatly developed over the past two years. Our former officer contacted Convoy of Hope, a non-profit humanitarian organization that distributes food, water, additional resources, and help internationally to areas in need. Recently, our VP of Research Extension and Outreach coordinated with the Springfield Discovery Center to provide our members with volunteer opportunities. By partnering with the SDC, our chapter has been able to promote scientific awareness in the Springfield community.1

Sixteen students and two faculty members will be attending National Convention, making this year Beta Eta’s highest convention attendance in the history of the chapter. Six members attended in 2016, and four members attended in 2015. 

Beta Eta will have four groups presenting, two of which were awarded Sigma Zeta research awards. This year’s presentations will exceed the amount our chapter has presented at Convention, and these projects are of the highest caliber we have ever produced.
• Trey Shupp (Poster Presentation): Determination of the Crystal Structure and Kinetics of the Human Airway Trypsin-like Protease
• Julianne Ankrom, Halie Suttles, and Heather Culbertson (Poster Presentation): Cloning, Expression, and Purification of Human Airway Trypsin-Like Protease Domains
• Brittany Miller and Cheyenne Stienbarger (Poster Presentation): Expression and purification of transmembrane serine protease 2 (TMPRSS2) to determine crystal structure
• Katherine Crank (Poster Presentation): Seeds vs. Stems: Two economical water purification methods

Beta Eta has been in excellent contact with the National Chapter throughout the year. Forms submitted by their deadline include: Chapter Officer List Report Form, New Members Report Form, Student Research Award Form, Convention Chapter Registration, Presentation Abstract Submission Form, and Travel Reimbursement Request Form. We will also be submitting our Chapter Annual Report Form at the end of the year. Our chapter will be hosting the 2018 National Convention.

Beta Eta has made contact with and is in the process of recruiting a chapter at Drury University in Springfield, MO. Drury currently produces quality undergraduate research, but they lack a Sigma Zeta chapter. Our advisor has a connection with the organic chemistry professor at Drury who shares the common goal of undergraduate biochemical research collaboration between our universities.

Once the date is set for the April community clean up, Beta Eta will extend invitations to surrounding chapters at College of the Ozarks and Southwest Baptist University.

In the coming years, we would like to establish cooperative relationships with the Beta Phi and Gamma Kappa chapters.



David Styers-Barnettt
[email protected]

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. 

To get members excited for the year, and to better spread the word about the organization, a t-shirt was designed depicting all areas of study on the back (biology, computer science, mathematics, physics, earth science, chemistry). Just by representing Sigma Zeta around campus, students are seeing the shirt and asking questions about the society.

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.

Sigma Zeta Rho often collaborates with other science organizations on campus, including the chemistry and biology club. This year, Sigma Zeta worked with the chemistry club to produce the mad science exhibit during the “Halloween in the Halls” event.

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. 

Dr. Jim Hurrell, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is a UIndy alumni. He became a member of Sigma Zeta Rho as a student back in the mid 80’s. For the last two years Dr. Hurrell has come back to campus to speak on the hot topic of climate change. His talk was geared to a wide audience and promoted the discussion of this uncomfortable topic. 

In April, Sigma Zeta Rho has a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago) planned. Students will learn about technology behind robots, energy and weather, to name a few. This field trip is open to the entire campus. We hope to connect with students interested in STEM who don’t yet know about Sigma Zeta. 

Sigma Zeta Rho suggests the following:
1. Professional development via resume workshops, headshots
a) Work with career services on campus to provide additional resources to students in science, math and computer science
2. Utilize technology
b) Make sure all members voices are heard - employ a shared online folder with meeting minutes, send out surveys so even if a member can’t attend a meeting, their voice is still heard

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. 

Sigma Zeta Rho answers all communication from the National Chapter in a timely fashion, providing new inductee dues, reports and forms on time. All deadlines are outlined for officers upon receiving their position, so it’s not up to the faculty adviser to complete and turn materials in. Sigma Zeta Rho members delegate responsibility for reports and Founder’s Cup submissions throughout the board to ensure each person takes part. 

Our adviser, Dr. David Styers-Barnett, is the president elect of Sigma Zeta. He has been in e-mail correspondents over the last year with national officers from Sigma Zeta regarding the creation of new chapters. 

One of our own, Taylor Hauersperger, junior molecular biology and psychology major, is in the running for the first national student representative of Sigma Zeta. Taylor has proven herself as a leader through her work with Sigma Zeta. 

President elect, Dr. David Styers-Barnett, is active in the society assisting with the formation of new chapters, among other duties.

Sigma Zeta Rho looks forward to the conference every year. It’s both a chance to share our wealth of knowledge and to network with fellow chapters. 


Gamma Gamma

Jessica Watson
[email protected]

At the moment, our science building is in the process of being rebuilt. While we have had smaller officer meetings, there has not been a large chapter meeting as of late.

Several chapter members have been heavily involved in Concordia Science Academy, our science outreach program. Dr. Graeme R.A. Wyllie, an avid leader of our chapter on campus, is the leader and organizer of Science Academy. This involves college students going to elementary, middle, and high schools in the Fargo-Moorhead area and beyond. They perform different science experiments for the kids trying to install a love for science and math to the kids in the area. They also perform science experiments to underprivileged people in our community. Science Academy are also developing programs working with Gigi’s Playhouse in Fargo, ND to provide a positive hands on science experience for children with down syndrome. They are also starting to help children with reading issues in our local schools. However, Science Academy does not only operate during the school year. Science Academy is an all year, all age program for everyone in the Fargo-Moorhead area and beyond. This summer, Science Academy will also start working in English Language Learners in the areas schools to provide science outreach to them. Science Academy provides biweekly science themed events to Cobber Kids, our campus kindergarten, to get them involved and interested in science at a young age. They also help the Salvation Army during the summer to help bring meals to the underprivileged people in the local area. Science Academy also provides science booths at local festivals and events during the summer. 

Last year, several chapter members also participated in Expanding Your Horizons, a national organization dedicated to helping young women getting interested in science and math. A few of our chapter members brought a group of local middle school girls to our campus, and taught them how to use telemetry to track our squirrels. This year, we will also be hosting middle school girls on our campus again through Expanding Your Horizons. Robin, one of our chapter members, will be hosting a chemistry workshop for the girls. Dr. Whittaker and several other chapter members are teaching them squirrel telemetry again as well. 

Some sigma zeta members did a lot of different research over the past year and a lot of members presented their research. Two members went to France to do studies on an invasive aquatic species and have presented their research at Scholars at the capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota. They also presented at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. Our chapter’s president as well as two other members were given the honor of presenting through the Sentinel Scholars program on our campus. Their research in France, as well as their research in Minnesota was presented.

We also had four posters at the Minnesota chapter Wildlife Society Meeting and one of the members won best undergraduate poster for a projected that was supported by Sigma Zeta. Two members presented their research at the American Society of Mammalogists Meeting which is an international organization. Last spring, two of our chapter members when to the Minnesota Academy of Science and Winchell Undergraduate Symposium and presented their research there. This month, a few sigma zeta members participated in IMPACT, a research program run through Mayo Clinic. They were assigned a research question to research, and recently presented their findings at Mayo Clinic. 

Chapter Gamma Gamma has been a part of some great things this past year. One awesome thing that we did was had a fundraiser (and are in the processes of having it again this year) for the Maasae Girls' School in Tanzania, Africa. This fundraiser was in the form of a volleyball tournament in which we raised money to help them pay for any supplies they may need. Members of sigma zeta (including the president) went to Tanzania where the school is located to donate both the money that was raised and also some tennis shoes that were also donated for the girls at the school. These tennis shoes were collected as a fundraiser for the girls that attend that school and wanted to play basketball. We brought three large bags full of shoes to these girls so they would not have to play on the court barefoot. We also brought donated flash drives and colored pencils. While there, we helped the girls attending the school learn about different research strategies like animal trapping and soil chemical sampling. We also assisted the girls during a dissection. Although the additional bonus of getting to travel to Africa and see where the donations go, these fundraisers can be done by any chapter to help areas in need like the Maasae Girls' School.

Due to our science building being rebuilt, we have not been able to bring in as many speakers this year.

We would encourage other groups to participate in outside groups, such as Science Academy and Expanding Your Horizons, as well as admissions activities. We also would like to encourage groups to help international organizations. For the last three years, our chapter has fundraised for the Maasae Girls’ School in Tanzania through different events such as a volleyball tournaments. We also have brought supplies to the Massae Girls’ School when our Ecology of Africa class visits them.

Our chapter is bringing fourteen student members, two faculty members, and two students who are nonmembers. We have been sending members since our chapter was founded 2012.

Our chapter is presenting eight poster presentation and one oral presentation. Two of our poster presentations are on research supported by the Sigma Zeta Student Research Grant.

President’s Report has been recently submitted. We have been answering emails regularly.

We have talked to Dr. Donna Stockrahm, and one of her students Elli Teige, from Minnesota State University in Moorhead about creating a chapter there. Dr. Stockrahm’s students have participated in local conferences around Minnesota, and would make a great chapter. We also have been encouraging Dr. Leif Hembre from Hamline University to think about creating a chapter at his college.

Our Chapter has been active in many different aspects throughout this year. Our chapter has grown to have about 60 members that are still in undergraduate while having 36 members that have now graduated. We also have given funding to students to help them travel to different conferences.
While we have not done with, we are hoping be able to start doing this.