Chapters of Excellence 2007-2008 Awards

Certificates of Excellence were awarded to the following chapters for exceptional chapter activity, innovative programming and true community leadership during the past year. Nominees were chosen by the Constituency Directors based on Chapter Annual Reports, and winners were selected by the Committee on Qualifications and Membership.

This year marks the 10th year of the Columbia Willamette Chapter lecture series for this area group. The chapter sponsors student participation in the Student Research Symposium which culminated in a winner in Orlando last year

This Kirksville Chapter area group hosts several academic institutions in its membership. Every year the chapter sponsors a wealth of activities from lectures, a school assistance program and speakers bureau to help K-12 teachers, honoring a teacher of the year, researcher of the year as well as a fall social picnic

The New Mexico Highlands University Chapter hosts a monthly lecture series, started a science café that meets weekly on campus as well as a research day and student poster session.

The Texas A&M University Chapter has a wealth of activities throughout the year. Activities ranged from a lecture and pizza social, distinguished scientist lecture, a spring symposium, a teleconference on “Science and Religion: How to End the Unnecessary Conflict” and an activity called a Polar Palooza in which scientists and Arctic residents tell personal stories of life and research in polar regions.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney Chapter initiated a science café program this year along with its usual complement of programs. One of their café programs was on the education of young men with a discussion of "Five factors that contribute to the growing number of unmotivated boys and underachieving young men."

The Pace University Chapter bioethics forum is now in its twelfth year and growing. The chapter has also hosted a lecture series and continues its programs on environmental issues.

The Sigma Xi Georgia Partner has grown tremendously since its inception in 2003. The partner hosts a lecture series, works in K-12 outreach programs, hosted a regional conference and introduced an ethics in science program to their region.

The Eastern South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair continue in its 10th year hosted by the South Dakota State University Chapter. This group also hosts a Science Café each month with more than 100 participants while continuing the graduate research competition and undergraduate research and poster competition

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