students present at convention

Photo courtesy of the Alpha Chi Facebook page.

April 21, 2023–Three students represented Missouri Western State University’s Alpha Chi Lambda chapter at this year’s Alpha Chi National Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

students and faculty at convention

Shannon Buehre, Hannah Shoemaker, Dr. Angela Hass, Dr. Teddi Deka, and Jordon Anderson (from left) at the Alpha Chi National Convention.

Students Shannon Buehre, senior biology major from Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Hannah Shoemaker, senior biology major from Goodman, Missouri; and Jordon Anderson, junior nursing major from St. Joseph, presented an interdisciplinary research project, “Climate change: The ‘ticking’ bomb – A program to prevent and treat Lyme disease in St. Joseph, Missouri.” 

The project, mentored by Dr. Angela Haas, associate professor of history in the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, incorporated the climate change conference theme by bringing awareness of the increases in tick populations with temperature increases. The project included a hypothetical grant proposal to increase Lyme disease awareness, identification and treatment. 

Alpha Chi is a national college honor society for college juniors, seniors and graduate students of all academic disciplines. The society was founded in 1922 to promote and encourage academic scholarship by recognizing high-achieving students. 

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