Twelve of Langston University’s LINC  STEM Scholars Present Research Findings at BKX/NIS Joint Conference in Atlanta, GA

& Five Win Top Awards


winners at bkx-nis meeting 2011The Langston Integrated Network College (LINC), and Oklahoma EPSCoR supported twelve (12) undergraduate STEM students and two supervisors (faculty/staff) to participate and present in The  68th Joint Annual Meeting of the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society (BKX) and  the National Institute of Science (NIS), hosted by Fort Valley State University in conjunction with the Office of Graduate Studies at Clark Atlanta University, at the Loews Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia on March 23 – 27, 2011. 


The purpose of BKX is to encourage and advance scientific education through original investigation, the dissemination of scientific knowledge; and the stimulation of high scholarship in pure and applied science. Undergraduate students are eligible for membership if they rank in the upper fifth of their class and have completed at least sixty-four semester hours of college work, seventeen semester hours of which shall be in one of the sciences recognized by Beta Kappa Chi with a grade average of at least B in the science area and a general college average of at least B. LINC makes way for students to be eligible for membership.


At this scientific meeting five (5) of the twelve students from Langston University (LU) won awards for their presentations: two (2) first place winners (Kayla Love, Yasmeen Schumate), two (2) second place winners (Justina Bradley, Phoebe Lewis),  and, one (1) third place winner (Justin Williams). Other LU STEM students who submitted absracts and were accepted to participate include: Tristan Allen, Sarah Ballard, Rashanda Brown, Rose Cooper, ShaRhonda Pickett, Brittany Stoutermire, and Quanisha Vickers. Students were accompanied by LINC Director and LU Physical Science and Chemistry Department Chair Dr. John K. Coleman and LINC Coordinator Irene Williams.


The 68th Joint Annual Meeting of the BKX/NIS highlights undergraduate student research and institutional strategies to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research at HBCUs. All twelve participating LU students were extremely competitive in defending their research projects to faculty judges from across the country in their respective areas. Each did an excellent job of showcasing the type of scholars LU has in the STEM disciplines.


Each student had to be accepted for participation by the event’s selection committee.  Selection was based on the research abstract submitted.  Leading up to the conference, each spends hours honing their presentation content and skills under Coleman’s tutelage and the assistance of Williams and STEM faculty.  “Practice increases confidence”, says Coleman.  “Each session makes the student’s familiarity with the material. They become more able to inject the presentation with their personality and style.  The become better able to anticipate their audience’s reaction and the questions that might arise during the open discussion that is part of the formal presentation.”

More than seven hundred (700) students from thirty three (33) universities participated in the competition phase of the conference. Students competed in the oral and poster competitions for the following areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry & Chemical Sciences
  • Computer Sciences & Information Management
  • Ecology & Environmental Earth Sciences
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Nanoscience
  • Social & Behavioral Science
  • Technology & Engineering

Langston’s STEM scholars have won 11 awards at this one event during the past two years (2009-2010). The group has also garnered numerous other awards.  See the full list here.


Look at amazing photos from the event here