Alpha Chi National Convention 2017

By Kara Morrow

A group of GCU honors students at the convention

The Alpha Chi National College Honor Society is the most competitive and rigorous honors society at Grand Canyon University. Alpha Chi members are eligible for induction by invitation if they are in the top 10% of their college, have at least a 3.5 GPA and have completed at least 60 college credits. This includes all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students actively enrolled at GCU. Though the GPA minimum is a 3.5, most GCU inductees have above a 3.9 GPA.

Every year, the Alpha Chi National Council organizes a conference to allow students to present original research, network with others in their field and “make scholarship effective for good.”

This year, the Grand Canyon University Alpha Chi board had the incredible opportunity to attend this year’s national conference in Louisville, Kentucky. This is the first time in over 10 years that GCU has sent a group to the national conference! Six students attended, including Clarissa Galaviz, vice president of community outreach, who said, “I learned more than I expected from peers from all over the country at the convention, and I was pleased to see such a diverse range of fields of study at the event.”

The purpose of the national conference is to connect members of Alpha Chi around the U.S. and allow both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their original research in either a poster setting or as a presentation. GCU had several poster presenters this year, including Anna Cofrancesco’s “The Effect of Documentaries on Students’ Awareness and Attitudes Toward Sex Trafficking” and Thomas Varkey and Zachary Merhavy’s “Antimicrobial Screening of Sonoran Desert Plants.”

Cofrancesco said about the experience, “It was such a privilege and honor to present my research proposal on the topic – human trafficking – about which I am genuinely passionate. The convention has also provided me with an opportunity to connect and converse with like-minded, intellectual and motivating individuals, as well as hear some creative, innovative and riveting research studies and proposals.”

Marshall McLean, a student who attended but did not present, said, “The poster presentations truly stood out. During this time, we were able to learn about the research that our fellow Alpha Chi members had been involved in and hear about their biggest accomplishments. The sessions were very interactive and encouraged constructive conversations about each topic.”

Additionally, the attendees worked through several chapter improvement sessions. At these sessions, they learned skills to improve the opportunities and involvement of all members.

On a personal note, it was wonderful to meet and connect with people who are passionate about their education and want to use that to serve others. I also learned so much from the chapter improvement sessions that I hope to implement in our chapter and help GCU Alpha Chi members take advantage of many opportunities available to them.

Looking forward to next year, the board is excited to have more student presenters for the 2018 convention in Portland and take advantage of all the opportunities Alpha Chi gives its members.

The GCU Honors College offers exciting and diverse opportunities for bright and motivated students to find their purpose. Learn more by visiting our website or contacting us today using the Request More Information button.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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