The Psi Lambda chapter of Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) added a new twist to its annual induction ceremony. Four TriBeta students (Camille Colvin, Ereny Gerges, David Pedersen, and Caleb Smith) exhibited posters of their research and service learning projects during the ceremony. In an oral presentation, Katherine Rentschler described her research in Dr. Ben Bahr's Alzheimer's Disease Laboratory. Nearly two dozen students were inducted during the evening ceremony, which took place in the University Center Annex on 27 April 2017.
TriBeta President Jacklynn Hunt gave opening remarks, and Dr. Jeff Frederick (Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences) welcomed the attendees. In addition to TriBeta students and candidates, guests included family, friends, faculty, and staff.
Several of the guests mingled with the student poster presenters to ask them about their work. TriBeta students not only work hard in the classroom to achieve high GPAs, but many of them are actively engaged in scientific research through off-campus internships, independent study, and through UNC Pembroke programs -- RISE, COMPASS, and PURC.
After brief, student research presentations, TriBeta officers Jacklynn Hunt and Natasha Wells read biographical sketches of the TriBeta candidates. Officer David Pedersen recounted a history of the Psi Lambda chapter and described the meaning of the TriBeta symbols, and Jacklynn Hunt gave the charge to the candidates. Jacklynn Hunt, Natasha Wells, and David Pedersen presented certificates to the new inductees. Honor cords, bearing the TriBeta colors of red and green, were bestowed upon inductees who will be graduating in May.
During his concluding remarks, Dr. Dennis McCracken (faculty advisor of TriBeta) remembered Prof. John McDonald, former and long-time Biology faculty member at UNC Pembroke who had just passed. TriBeta is a national honor society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.
COMPASS group (from left to right): Ereny Gerges, Dr. Maria Santisteban (Director of Compass), Adrianna Oxendine, Kelsey Leigh,
Katherine Rentschler, Kaila Chavis, Quaison Gilchrist, Naveen Issa, and David Pedersen
Portraits of individual inductees receiving their certificates can be viewed by clicking here.