Tri-Beta History

Tri-Beta Research Grant Recipients

Tri Beta promotes undergraduate research in the biological sciences. The national office has established a Research Scholarship Foundation through which members of a Tri-Beta chapter can apply and compete for financial grants to fund their research.  The following Phi Alpha members have been awarded research grants from the national office of Tri-Beta. The students, the titles of the research proposals, funds received, and research advisors are:

2005-2006
Andrew Ausmus, Analysis of MES-1 Phospho-Tyrosine Relationship in C. elegans Embryos, $500, (Dr. Laura Berkowitz).

Anthony Papinsick, Antimicrobial Activity and Resistance of Thyme Oil, $350, (Dr. William A. Rosche).

Molly White, IL-4 Regulation of ST6 Gal I Promoter in Tissue Culture Cells, $500, (Dr. Kenton Miller).

2004-2005
Erika C. Johnson, Determination of the Mechanism of Plasmid-Induced Antimutator Effect, $300, ( Dr. William A. Rosche).

2003-2004
Matt Hoffman, Control of ST6Gal l Transcript Abundance in B Lymphocytes, $500, (Dr. Kenton Miller).

Jake Painter, Species Diversity in the Chlorophycean Lineage: The Oklahoma Example, $410,
(Dr. Mark Buchheim).

2002-2003
Kip Dorsey, Relationship between Leaf Surface Fungi and Airborne Spores, $270, (Dr. Estelle Levetin).

Amber Govert, Do Toxins Help Stachybotrys Compete?, $540, ( Dr. Estelle Levetin).

Joseph Meloy, C. briggsae Homologs of Mes-1 and Msl-1: Their Possible Role in the Asymmetric Divisions of the Early Embryo, $440, (Dr. Laura Berkowitz).

2001-2002
Micah Burch, Effects of Flooding on Indoor Air Quality in Tar Creek Homes, $350,
(Dr. Estelle Levetin).

Nicole Farrar, Measuring Spontaneous Mutation Rates at Different Locations on the E. coli Chromosome, $510, (Dr. William Rosche).

Matthew Johnson, Factors Influencing Mutation Rates of Direct Repeat Sequences, $350, (Dr. William Rosche).

2000-2001
Steven Brantley, Lekking in Gryllatalpa major, the Prairie Mole Cricket, a Test of the Hotshot Hypothesis, $230, (Dr. Peggy Hill).

Kimberlly Chappell, Control of Anterior Pituitary Development by PITX2, $1030 (Dr. Brad Amendt).

Cara Hoffart, Morphological and Molecular Phylogenetic Analyses of Gryllotalpidae: What Came First, the Chirp or the Trill? $580, (Dr. Peggy Hill).

Brent Holmes, German Shepherds as Models of Sudden Cardiac Death, $480 (Dr. Randy Wymore).

Rebekah Holmes, The Suunit of a Pacemeker Channel, MIRP1. $330, (Dr. Randy Wymore).

1996-1997
Tonya Leonard, (Dr. Mark Buchheim).

Jenny Michalopulos, (Dr. Mark Buchheim).

SouthCentral District Regional Convention Awards

The Annual Regional Convention of Districts 1 and 2 is held at the University of Oklahoma Biological Field Station in April. Districts 1 and 2 includes Tri-Beta chapters from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Students present the results of their research in poster and paper competitions.

2005
Pi Alpha was the host for the 2004-2005 Convention.
Frank G. Brooks Award - Paper Competition
3rd Place, Session 3 - Erika C. Johnson. Determination of the Mechanism of Plasmid-Induced Antimutator Effect, (Dr. William A. Rosche).
Charles ( Chuck) Unruh elected StudentRegional President of Districts 1 and 2.

2004
John C. Johnson Award - Poster Competition
3rd Place, Session 2 - Jacob Painter. How Diverse Are Green Algae? Molecular Evidence from Oklahoma Isolates. ( Dr. Mark Buchheim)

2002
Frank G. Brooks Awards – Paper competition
1st Place, Session 1 - Micah Burch, Effects of Flooding on Indoor Air Quality in Tar Creek Homes, (Dr. Estelle Levetin).

2nd Place, Session 2 - Matthew Johnson, Effect of Thermal Stability and Plaindromic Symmetry on the Differential Muatagenesis between Direct Repeat Sequences in Escherichia coli, (Dr. William Rosche).

1st Place, Session 3 - Tracy Carlson, Genus Pediastrum Found to Be non-Monophyletic, (Dr. Mark Buchheim).

3rd Place, Session 3 - Nicole Farrar, Measuring Spontaneous Mutation Rates at Different Locations on the E. coli Chromosome, $510, (Dr. William Rosche).

Outstanding Chapter Award - District 1
Pi Alpha Chapter, The University of Tulsa

Yokely Award for Faculty Service
Karen McMahon, Pi Alpha Advisor

2001
Frank G. Brooks Awards – Paper competition
1st Place, Session 1 - Cara Hoffart, Morphological and Molecular Phylogenetic Analyses of Gryllotalpidae: What Came First, the Chirp or the Trill?, (Dr. Peggy Hill).

2nd Place, Session 2 – Steven Brantley, Lekking in Gryllatalpa major, the Prairie Mole Cricket, a Test of the Hotshot Hypothesis, (Dr. Peggy Hill).

John C. Johnson Awards – Poster competition
3rd Place, Session 1 - Elise Fowler, Individual Identification of the Prairie Mole Cricket, Gryllotalpa major, (Dr. Peggy Hill.)

Outstanding Chapter Award - District 1
Pi Alpha Chapter, The University of Tulsa

1997
Frank G. Brooks Awards – Paper competition
3rd Place,
Jenny Michalopulos, (Dr. Mark Buchheim).