Participants and their papers were: Javier Aguilera, "Soil Investigations: Analysis of Pesticides via GC-MS"; Lacy Chastain, "Trees in Religion;" Nichole Corless, "Neuropilin–1 and Regulatory T-cells"; Elena Guravova, "The 'AFRICA' Trap: Does It Exist and Is Foreign Aid The Way Out?"; Meredith Hise, "Ancient Greek Art: Reflections of a Developing Identity"; Christel Teesy, "The Effects of Different Sugars on the Growth Rate of E. Coli"; Teesy and Corless, "The Effects of Metals on Clay Soil."
Also at the conference, the FPU chapter received its second consecutive Star Chapter Award. Chapter faculty advisors are Fay Nielsen, associate dean of mentoring and retention, and Richard Rawls, director of Hiebert Library and history faculty. Alpha Chi is a national honor society for the top 10 percent of a college or university's juniors and seniors. There are over 300 chapters with more than 11,000 members.