Celebrating Excellence: 2023 National Convention Presentation Prize Winners
Posted by GreekTrack Support on April 26, 2023

It's that time of the year again when the academic world witnesses a special display of talent and intellect. Alpha Chi National College Honor Society recently announced the winners of several convention presentation prizes at the 2023 National Convention, an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of its student and alumni members across various disciplines.

With a history dating back to 1922, Alpha Chi has consistently championed the cause of "making scholarship effective for good." Today, we're proud to celebrate the winners who have upheld the tenets of Truth and Character and have made a difference in their respective fields.


Albuquerque at Last!

This year's Alpha Chi National Convention was extra special because it was originally intended for 2020. The long-awaited event finally brought together hundreds of students and alumni, providing them with the opportunity to present their scholarly and creative work to a multidisciplinary audience comprising peers and faculty advisors. In addition to 30 discipline-specific prizes, the convention also awarded an overall prize for graduate student presenters and one for alumni presenters, regardless of their academic field.

The excitement in the air was palpable as participants showcased their work, fostering an atmosphere of collaboration, innovation, and camaraderie. Each presentation was a testament to the dedication and perseverance of these exceptional individuals who have risen to the top ten percent of their classes at their respective institutions.

Best of the Best Selected

Each year, our outstanding convention presenters continue to inspire each other with their outstanding work and research. Each one of them has contributed immensely to their respective fields, demonstrating a commitment to excellence and scholarly pursuit. The following 20 Alpha Chi members were selected from roughly 100 student and alumni presentations that were awarded at the 2023 National Convention (in order by university name):




Presentation Title

Ashlee Reed

Abilene Christian University

Ellen Millsaps Prize in American Literature

The Pursuit of Authenticity in a Technological World

Michaela Zimmerman

Angelo State University

Johnny and Frances Williams Prize in Performing Arts

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903, by Johann Sebastian Bach

Brittany Brown

Brescia University

Patricia A. Williams Prize in Education

Project-Based Learning (PjBL) in Middle School STEM

Derek Ryan Driskill

Carson-Newman University

Clark Youngblood Prize in Philosophy and Religion

The Roman Jesus: Exploring The Gospel of Mark through Propp’s Narratemes

Danya I. Gonzalez

Fresno Pacific University

Walden Freeman Prize in American History

Slow to Respond: The United States HIV/AIDS Epidemic Federal Response During the Reagan Presidency

Allyson Butts

Gardner-Webb University

Jeanette Wieser Prize in Exercise Science and Nutrition

Mindfulness and Motivation: An Qualitative Examination of Peak Performance in NCAA Division 1 Golfers

Damian Chance Hutchins

Gardner-Webb University

Dennis M. Organ Alumni Member Prize

Personalized Immunocompetent Tumor-on-a-Chip Platform Produces Tumor-Reactive Cytotoxic Lymphocytes

Erik P. Yost

Grand Canyon University

Milton L. and Avery G. Church Prize in Environmental Science

STELLAR Research: Taking Organic Energy to Space and Around the World

Sophie Rossitto

Harding University

Brown’s Graduation Supplies Prize in Communication

Connecting Artists to Audiences: The Role of Music Journalism in Society

Elizabeth Milner

Hawaii Pacific University

Joseph E. and Bessie Mae Pryor Prize in Chemistry

Potential Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Compounds from Marine Natural Product Extracts

Audrey Sineath

Kansas Wesleyan University

Mary Waterstreet Prize in Psychology

Exploring College Students' Beliefs and Attitudes Towards Hookup Culture

Edward T. Hansford

Lindenwood University

Margaret A. Fitzgerald Prize in Political Science

Understanding Community Perception of Lindenwood University’s Sustainability Efforts

Bailey McCarl

Lipscomb University

Suzanne and J.T. Pundt Graduate Student Member Prize

Studying the Perception of Facial Affect and Emotional Body Language

Kim Ho

Lyon College

Alexander Bendazzi and Strayer University Prize in Art, Music, and Dance Papers

Ceramic Glaze Chemistry Documentation Using Emacs Org Mode

Ian Crombie

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Floyd and Rosana Tesmer/DC Gamma Prize in Original Visual Art

Fear is a Fallacy

Priscilla Perey Ratonel

Menlo College

Joseph E. and Bessie Mae Pryor Prize in Mathematics

Covid Campus Simulation: Predicting and Modeling SIRV Populations as Preventative Policies are Implemented Over Time

Sai Sondh

University of La Verne

Bonnie Revelle Prize in Molecular and Cellular Biology

The Impact of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in the Production of Reactive Oxidative Species in Embryonic Thymocytes

Hannah Irving

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Avery Grenfell Church Prize in Anthropology and Sociology

Toxic Leadership and Excessive Control: How the U.S. Army's environment contributes to maladaptive coping mechanisms

Autumn Paulson

Waldorf University

Gayle Webb White Prize in Business Management

Can You Retire by Working at Wal-Mart in the Midwest?

Hannah Meyer

Waldorf University

Thelma Hall Prize in Creative Writing

Prison Family


The Future Looks Bright

As the curtains close on yet another successful Alpha Chi convention, it's clear that the future is in good hands. The brilliance and creativity exhibited by these winners are a testament to the power of scholarship and its potential to transform lives.