LIU Brooklyn Students Make Their Mark at the 2018 Alpha Chi National Convention


Half a dozen LIU Brooklyn students had a very impressive showing of their scholarship at the 2018 Alpha Chi National Honor Society Convention recently held in Portland, Oregon, from April 5-7.

“The group performed brilliantly,” observed Dr. James Clarke, director of the Honors College at LIU Brooklyn, and the campus sponsor for Alpha Chi. He accompanied the student scholars to the convention with Melissa Antinori, the associate director.

For the first time ever an LIU Brooklyn Honors College student, senior Michael Ramsey, won the Jim Kirby Prize in Physics, Geology and Astronomy. But he was not the only LIU student to win acclaim there.

Four students presented posters of their research—Nasia Duke (Biology/Physics), Jung Kim (Biology), Gabrielle Bernadotte (SLP), and Leanna Narain (Pharmacy)—and two of them won regional prizes for their presentation. Gabrielle Bernadotte in the Health Sciences Category won for her poster, “West Indian Attitudes Toward Communication Disorders,” and Nasia Duke won in the Social Science Category for her poster, “Politics of Substance Use: Are African Americans Targeted and Discriminated Against Compared to Whites When It Comes to Criminalizing Marijuana Use?”

Gabrielle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) along with a minor in Psychology, in May 2016 from LIU Brooklyn. A graduate of the Honors College, she is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology (SLP), also at LIU Brooklyn.

Nasia, a current member of the Honors College, will be graduating this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Biology and Physics. She is also in the campus Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP), advised by Dr. Timothy Leslie of the Biology Department.

Muge Dinc, a senior in the Honors College majoring in psychology, delivered a 15-minute oral presentation in her field while Michael Ramsey gave his 15-minute talk on theoretical astrophysics.

All told, the Alpha Chi Nation Convention brought nearly 600 delegates from across the U.S. and highlighted more than 230 student presentations. LIU Brooklyn is part of Alpha Chi’s Region VI, which includes Maine to Maryland.