Chi Beta Phi is a scientific honorary for undergraduates.  The organization's primary objectives are to promote interest in science and give recognition to scholarly achievement in science. 





















Activities
On April 27, 2017, five members of Zeta Chapter were recognized for achievement in the sciences at the annual Academic Awards Convocation, held in the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the D&E campus.  Samantha Davis received an academic achievement award from the Department of Biology & Environmental Science.  Nick Akins and Brandon Sellers received academic acievement awards from the Department of Chemistry.  Sarah Gustafson received an academic achievement award from the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, & Physics.  Colton Allen received the Faculty Senior Award and the Outstanding Senior Student Life Award.

On April 13, 2017, Zeta Chapter sponsored a seminar by D&E alum and former chapter president Becca Martin.  Becca is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University.

On Saturday, October 1, Zeta Chapter hosted the 2016 Chi Beta Phi National Conference at the Eshleman Science Center on the D&E campus.  Chapters from Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA), West Liberty University, the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA), Franklin College (Franklin, IN), and Glenville State College were represented at the conference.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Renaud Stauber, an assistant professor of mathematics, physics, and computer science at D&E.  Twenty-two students also presented research data, and the top three in each of the two concurrent sessions were awarded cash prizes.  In session 2, Jacob Smith of Alpha Chapter (Randolph-Macon College) won the first place award, Zeta Chapter vice-president Colton Allen was awarded second place, and Brianna Caison of Alpha Iota Chapter (Glenville State College) took third place.  In session 1, Julia Knapp of Alpha Chapter won fist place, Katelyn Yauch of Rho Chapter (West Liberty University) took second, and Taylor Rogerson, also of Rho Chapter, won the third place award.  Rho Chapter was given the Outstanding Chapter Award, and Zeta's Colton Allen was presented with the National Key Award as the most outstanding member of the honorary.

On April 28, 2016, seven members of Zeta Chapter were recognized for achievement in the sciences at the annual Academic Awards Convocation, held in the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the D&E campus.  Alyssa Edwards, Jessica Nelson, Brandon Sellers, and MacKenzie Smith received academic achievement awards from the Department of Biology & Environmental Science.  Trey Furby received an academic acievement award from the Department of Chemistry.  Sarah Gustafson and Guilherme Hubsch received academic achievement awards from the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, & Physics. 

On March 3, 2016, Zeta Chapter sponsored a seminar by D&E alum and former chapter president Chris Racine.  Chris is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, & Toxicology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University.

It was announced on Saturday, October 24 at the 2015 Chi Beta Phi National Conference (on the campus of  Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA) that D&E's Zeta Chapter had won the Outstanding Chapter Award for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Dr. Michelle Mabry, Colton Allen, Guilherme Hubsch, Sarah Marshall, and Jessica Nelson represented Zeta Chapter at the conference.

On May 7, 2015, Zeta Chapter sponsored a seminar by D&E alum and former chapter member Tyler Hern.  Tyler is currently a biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. 

On April 16, 2015, three members of Zeta Chapter were recognized for achievement in the sciences at the annual Academic Awards Convocation, held in the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the D&E campus. Colton Allen received an academic achievement award from the Department of Biology & Environmental Science.  Guilherme Hubsch received an academic achievement award from the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, & Physics.  Sarah Marshall received the Robert E. Urban Memorial Award.

It was announced on Saturday, October 18 at the 2014 Chi Beta Phi National Conference (on the campus of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA) that D&E's Zeta Chapter had won the Outstanding Chapter Award for the 2013-2014 academic year.

On April 17, 2014, three members of Zeta Chapter were recognized for achievement in the sciences at the annual Academic Awards Convocation, held in the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the D&E campus. Phylicia Hudok and Kaitlin McDade received academic achievement awards from the Department of Biology & Environmental Science.  Phylicia Hudok and Ethan Roy received  academic achievement awards from the Department of Chemistry.  Ethan Roy also received the Hypercube award from the Department of Chemistry.

Members of Zeta Chapter served as judges for the 47th annual Eastern Regional Science Fair on April 4, 2014 in the McDonnell Center on the D&E campus.  Andrew Harper (Pendleton County Middle School) and the team of Dakota Cook & Paden Rightsell (Pendleton County High School) received the Chi Beta Phi awards for best use of the scientific method.

On March 6, 2014, Zeta Chapter sponsored a seminar by D&E alum and former chapter president Jenny Sisler.  Dr. Sisler is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Morgantown. 

On Saturday, October 26, Conner Berkey, Becca Martin, Jay Adams, and Ryan Finnegan represented D&E's Zeta Chapter at the 2013 Chi Beta Phi National Conference, which was hosted by the Alpha Iota Chapter at Glenville State College.  Chapters from Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA), West Liberty University, the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA), and Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) were also represented at the conference.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Thomas Pauley, a herpetologist and Professor Emeritus from Marshall University.  Fourteen students presented research data, and the top three were awarded cash prizes.  Fred Parks of Alpha Chapter (Randolph-Macon College) won the first place award.  Tim Landis, also of Alpha Chapter, took second place.  Zeta Chapter president Becca Martin was awarded third place.

On April 18, 2013, three members of Zeta Chapter were recognized for achievement in the sciences at the annual Academic Awards Convocation, held in the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the D&E campus.  Jay Adams and Conner Berkey received academic achievement awards from the Department of Biology & Environmental Science, and Phylicia Hudok received an academic achievement award from the Department of Chemistry.

Members of Zeta Chapter served as judges for the 46th annual Eastern Regional Science Fair on April 5, 2013 in the Myles Center for the Arts on the D&E campus.  Paden Rightsell (Pendleton County Middle School) and Corrine McDaniel (Philip Barbour High School) received the Chi Beta Phi awards for best use of the scientific method.

On March 21, 2013, Zeta Chapter sponsored a seminar by D&E alum and former chapter president Chris Racine.  Chris is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, & Toxicology at the Marshall University School of Medicine.

On Saturday, October 20, Zeta Chapter hosted the 2012 Chi Beta Phi National Conference at the Madden Student Center on the D&E campus.  Chapters from Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA), the University of Charleston, West Liberty University, the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA), Franklin College (Franklin, IN), and Glenville State College were represented at the conference.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Glen Langston, an astrophysicist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, WV.  Ten students also presented research data, and the top three were awarded cash prizes.  Maggie Benson of Alpha Chapter (Randolph-Macon College) won the third place award, Zeta Chapter president Carissa Dunn was awarded second place, and Hayley Williamson, also of Alpha Chapter, took first place.

On April 19, 2012, three members of Zeta Chapter were recognized for achievement in the sciences at the annual D&E Academic Awards Convocation, held at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church.  Rebecca Casto and Becca Martin received academic achievement awards from the Department of Biology & Environmental Science.  Phylicia Hudok received an academic achievement award from the Department of Chemistry, as well as the Charles E. Albert Memorial Prize in Chemistry. 

Members of Zeta Chapter served as judges for the 45th annual Eastern Regional Science Fair on March 30, 2012 in D&E's McDonnell Center.  Austin Simmons (Pendleton County Middle School) and Julia Fregonara (Elkins High School) received the Chi Beta Phi awards for best use of the scientific method.

On March 15, 2012, Zeta Chapter sponsored a seminar by Holly Cyphert, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biochemistry at West Virginia University.  Holly's research focuses on the regulation of  Fibroblast Growth Factor-21, a protein that enhances insulin sensitivity and stimulates weight loss.

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Ryan O'Connell, Brandon Sellers, and Colton Allen at the 2016 Chi Beta Phi National Conference.