Alpha Chi members speak at conference that features top scholars from across the country

Three Hastings College students presented their work at the annual Alpha Chi National Convention held in early April in Cleveland, Ohio. The Alpha Chi National Convention consists of the best student scholars across  the country.

Kaitlin Bierman portrait
Kaitlin Bierman, a senior biology major from Omaha, Nebraska, was awarded the top health sciences presentation award at the Alpha Chi National Convention.

Kaitlin Bierman, a biology major from Omaha, Nebraska, was awarded the top health sciences presentation award at the conference for her poster titled “Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) and Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH) Determinations in Newborns with Beta Thalassemia.”

Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society designed to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.

Hastings College students who spoke at the convention include:

  • Joe Jahn, a junior physics and mathematics major from Columbus, Nebraska, who presented a talk titled “IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory Flasher Documentation.”
  • Kaitlin Bierman, a biology major from Omaha, Nebraska, who presented a poster titled “Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) and Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH) Determinations in Newborns with Beta Thalassemia.”
  • Sophia Pankratz, a junior biology major from Hastings, Nebraska, who presented a poster titled “Utility of Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio as a Predictor of Bone Health in Low Bone Density.”

In addition to the students who spoke at the conference, Alli Kennon, a junior communication studies major from Lakeville, Minnesota, was awarded a regional scholarship.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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