Half of Langston University’s presenting researchers win at The National Institute of Science and Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society's 70th Joint Annual Meeting



Eleven Langston University (LU) students participated in The National Institute of Science (NIS) and Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society (BKX) 70th Joint Annual Meeting. The event was held  on  March 13 – 17, 2013, and was hosted by the University of the District of Columbus at Reston, Virginia.

Langston STEM scholars attending the event were Princess Hays, Staci Gleen, Lindsay Davis, Jodeci Ross, Jazmenn Smith, Tiffany Glover, Terry Phillips, Martell McKinney, Rajah Singh, Megan Bowlin, and Denzel Pugh. These students are participants in Langston's Integrated Network College (LINC) for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Students were accompanied by Dr. John K. Coleman, LINC's Co-PI and LU's Chemistry department chair, and by Ms. Brittanie Atkinson, LINC's Education Coordinator. Ms. Atkinson, a LINC & LU alumna and a member of Beta Kappa Chi, also presented her graduate research at this joint meeting.

Eight of the eleven LINC STEM scholars who submitted abstracts of their research projects for this competitive event had their work accepted for presentation during the conference. LINC’s Education Coordinator, Brittanie Atkinson, also submitted her work in the Graduate category.  Student researchers (and Ms. Atkinson) defended their research projects, presented as oral or poster presentations,  before faculty judges from across the country.  A total of 202 undergraduate abstracts were accepted into competition.  Four of Langston’s eight student presenters won awards.  Ms. Atkinson also won an award in the Graduate category, bringing Langston’s total to five awards.






Rajah Singh




Regiospecific lithium-Mediated SN2 Benzylation of a Nautral Anthoquinonoid Dye: Producing Eco-Friendly Dye for Eco-Friendly Fabric

Rajah Singh1, George john2, Julian Silverman2. 1Department of Chemistry, Langston University, Langston, OK; 2Department of Chemistry, City College of New York, New York City, NY.

Lindsay Davis

Chemistry & Biology



The Productin of Xanthan Gum as a Substainable Source of Hydraulic Fracturing

Lindsay Davis1, John Thomich2, Ben katz2, Deane Lehmann2, 1Department of Chemistry, Langston University, Langston, OK; 2Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

Tiffany Glover




Effect of Maize Mosaic Rhadovirus on the Behaviior of the Planthopper Vector, Peregrinus maidis

Tiffany Glover1, Karen B. Alviar2, Anna E.Whitfield2. 1Department of Biology, Langston University, Langston, OK; 2Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

Terry Phillips

Chemistry & Biology



Revealing the Components of the Cgi Regulatory System of Complementary Chromatic Acclimation in Fremyella Diplosiphon

Terry Phillips1, Lisa Wiltbank2, LaDonna Jones2, David M. Kehoe2. 1Department of Biology & Chemistry, Langston University, Langston, OK; 2Department of Biology Indiana University, Bloomington IN.

Brittanie Atkinson

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

(at OU Health Sceicne Center)



Glut4 Overexpression Protects Against Insulin Resistance

Brittanie J. Atkinson1, Beth a. Griesel1, Caleb D. King2, Miranda A. Josey1, Ann Louise Olson1. 1Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK; 2Department of Biology, Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond, OK.


The Joint Annual Meeting of the NIS/BKX highlights undergraduate student research and institutional strategies to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education and research at HBCUs. Students who attend this conference are highly driven, assertive, serious minded young men and women. Students from LU are LINC Scholars and members of the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society.

About the NIS/BKX

Seventy years ago, two independent African American scientific organizations, BKX and NIS met and decided to jointly provide a forum for African-American scientists and students to come together under the auspices of a credible national scientific meeting to present their research data. This transpired during a period when African-American scientists, professionals and students could not present their scientific research data to their peers at majority meetings. They decided the forum would not only be a meeting for exchange of scientific research data, but would stimulate professional, academic and student networking.  Both organizations strongly believed that a joint meeting should be a vehicle to promote greater student interest and access to careers in the STEM disciplines (sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics) through novel activities. Through participation in these activities, students would have additional invaluable tools to immediately cultivate their successes as students and, in the long-term, as future STEM professionals. The organizations forged a bond of support with the faculty of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by having them commit to providing meaningful mentorships and top-notch laboratory research opportunities for their students on-campus, and at outside institutions. The BKX and NIS pledged that these students would be the primary focus of the joint meeting and guaranteed to recognize them for their hard work at this forum.

The goals of the Joint Meeting have been established as follows:

  • To provide a forum for students to exchange research data and information through oral and poster presentation sessions.
  • To enhance exposure, interest and opportunities for students (undergraduates and graduates) through workshops, Town Hall Meetings, Hotzone Series, a Market Place where students can shop for future academic exposures, student meetings, and a Summa lecture with a Nobel Laureate presenting and a series of distinguished lectures.
  • To provide awards for outstanding oral and poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students.
  • To provide awards or special recognition to outstanding professionals.
  • To enhance student opportunities through the establishment of a network of research professionals, faculty, administrators, and exhibitors who will recruit students to graduate, professional schools and post-baccalaureate programs.
  • To promote and develop scientific interest and literacy in youth by BKX chapters and NIS clubs interacting with their respective local public school systems through community outreach activities.

2013 marked the 70th year for the Joint Meeting. The forum has grown from 200 in 1999 to over 600 in attendance for the past six years. Originally a meeting for African-American students and scientists, this meeting has expanded to embrace several different minority and ethnic groups, as well as majority students who attend and present. There is a contingency from the Virgin Islands University of the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas) and Puerto Rico, Universidad Metropolitana (San Juan) and several other universities that are not in mainland USA who have consistently participated.  At the past three meetings (67th, 68th and 69th), two additional schools from Puerto Rico attended for the first time: Universidad Del Turabo (Gurabo, PR) and the Ana G. Mendez University.

Over 90% of the students who attend this meeting are college STEM undergraduates in their sophomore - senior year. The meeting is open to all eligible students to attend and present, with and without membership to either organization. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and young investigators whose terminal degree was granted no longer than 5 years prior to their presentation present their research data in a poster or oral platform sessions over the course of this four-day meeting. These presentations are judged in seven categories: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, engineering, psychology, and science education.

In addition to presentations made by undergraduates, graduates, and young researchers, exhibitors promote:

  • Undergraduate student research programs
  • Graduate school programs
  • Fellowship opportunities
  • Faculty research programs