Sarah Sexton, of Westminster, was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Sexton is pursuing degrees in marine biology and Spanish at The University of Tampa. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
Nearly 500 students at The University of Alabama highlighted their research and creative projects during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference on March 27. Among the participants and presentations were Timothy Foley, of Hampstead, "Determination of Set Point for Alkali-Activated Materials Utilizing Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy" in the Engineering, Transportation and Energy category; and Katherine Grimm, of Woodbine, "A Systematic Literature Review of Ambulance-Based Telemedicine" in the Health Sciences category. Poster presentations are grouped by research areas instead of by academic colleges or departments, to align with national trends of using interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving.
Bryan Betz, of Hampstead, has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester at John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio. Dean's list students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours within one semester and have a quality grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Steven R. Priester, of Manchester, has been named to the president's honor list for the fall 2018 semester at the University of South Carolina . The president's honor list is the highest semester honors ranking for undergraduate students. The award is reserved for full-time undergraduates who have earned a GPA of 4.0.
Transylvania University junior Christine Lee, of Alpha Omicron Pi, was the recipient of the 2019 Greek Woman of the Year Award. This is the highest award that can be given to an individual sorority member, and its recipient must have demonstrated exceptional involvement in and service to not only the Greek community, but the greater Transylvania and Lexington, Kentucky, community as well. Lee is from Sykesville.
On March 31, 30 McDaniel students were inducted into the Delta of Maryland Chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national honor society, including: Marisol Barrera, of Westminster; Nicolette Brookman, of Sykesville; Harrison Curnutte, of Westminster; Kristopher Mason, of Westminster; Markeya Nardini, of Westminster. Founded in 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's oldest academic honor society, with chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States.
Madison Radnoff, of Mount Airy, was part of Widener University's field hockey that team traveled to Bermuda for five days over the school's spring break week, March 2-6. The team played two games against teams from Bermuda at Bermuda National Stadium. Players also spent time doing community service work at the Matilda Smith Seniors Residence, and had the opportunity to explore caves, learn to play cricket and have an interactive experience with dolphins. Radnoff is a freshman studying engineering.