The Langston Integrated Network College (LINC) supported ten (10) undergraduate STEM students and supervisors (faculty/staff) to participate and present in The  69th Joint Annual Meeting of the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society (BKX) and  the National Institute of Science (NIS), Tennessee State University, in conjunction with Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee March 21 – 25, 2012. 


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 Three (3) of the ten students from Langston University (LU) won awards for their presentations: Phoebe Lewis 1st place Biology poster presentation;  Kayla Love 2nd place Chemistry oral presentation; Brittani Vann 3rd place Psychology poster presentation. Seven other LU STEM students submitted abstracts and were accepted to participate. This included oral presentations by Justin Williams, Justina Bradley, ShaRhonda Pickett, and Brittany Stoutermire. Tiffany Glover, Rajah Singh, and Terry Philips completed poster presentations of their research. Students were accompanied by LINC Director and LU Physical Science and Chemistry Department Chair Dr. John K. Coleman and LINC Coordinator Irene Williams.

 The 69th 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 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.  They 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 numerous other awards.  See the full list here.


Photos from this event can be viewed here