ELKINS - Undergraduate science students from throughout the United States will gather at Davis & Elkins College on October 1 for the 69th Chi Beta Phi National Conference. Hosted by the Davis & Elkins Zeta Chapter, the event serves as a forum for members to learn about others’ activities including research and community service projects.
“The Chi Beta Phi National Conference is a great way for math and science students to come together and share similar interests,” said Dr. Michelle Mabry, associate professor of biology at D&E, who serves as co-adviser of the Zeta Chapter and National Chapter secretary. “The Honorary is an avid supporter of undergraduate research, providing not only research grants to students but also a forum to share their research projects.”
The day-long conference will include a business meeting for Chi Beta Phi national officers, election of officers, and research presentations and awards. All events will take place in Eshleman Science Center.
Dr. Renaud Stauber, assistant professor of mathematics, physics and computer science at D&E, will serve as keynote speaker. His talk, “Piezoelectric polymers: Making a space antenna with Saran Wrap and double-sticky tape,” will take place prior to lunch in Eshleman Science Center room 400.
Stauber has worked as an engineer at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo., branch chief at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Space Command and as a commander in the United States Naval Reserve. He earned his Ph.D. in solid state physics from the University of Colorado in 2002, his Master of Science degree in plasma physics from West Virginia University in 1995, and graduated in the merit top 10 percent of his class at the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1987.
Chi Beta Phi is an interdisciplinary scientific honorary founded in 1915 for undergraduates with the objective of promoting interest in science and giving recognition to scholarly attainment in science. The Zeta Chapter was established at Davis & Elkins College in 1925. Last year, D&E won the Outstanding Chapter Award for the second year in a row in recognition of community and campus service.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.