Math, Science Society Recognizes Seniors

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s math and science honor society, Sigma Zeta, recognized outstanding seniors and inducted new members in an honors banquet recently.

Among recognitions for scholarships, the following students were commended for their exceptional achievements in math and science:

  • Lauren Anderson, Outstanding Senior in Mathematics
  • Evelyn Robuck, Outstanding Senior in Biology
  • Julianne Wyrick, Outstanding Senior in Biochemistry
  • Melissa Siard, Outstanding Senior in Chemistry
  • Kenton Sena, Kenyon Science and Mathematics Award

Dr. Scott Yost ’88 spoke at both the banquet and at a Sigma Zeta-sponsored lecture earlier in the afternoon. An associate professor in the University of Kentucky civil engineering department, Yost received a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Asbury before earning another bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan.

“Students in math and science recognize that being part of SZ is a ‘feather in their cap’ and an important part of their overall resume,” said faculty advisor Ann Witherington. “The Kids College program, held on the first Saturday of March, has grown to be our signature program. This year more than 200 students, grades K-8, participated in biology, chemistry and physics workshops.”

Sigma Zeta is a national Math and Science Honors Society that was founded to recognize and honor scholarship in these disciplines. At Asbury, the group began in 1931 as the Pre-Medical Club. In 1939, under the guidance of Professor Dean Kenyon, the club widened its scope to include all math and science fields. The club joined the National Sigma Zeta Society in 1970 and began the Alpha Theta Chapter.

“Serving together through events like Kids College is one of the best ways to build relationships with other science and math students,” said Julianne Wyrick, the 2011-2012 president of Sigma Zeta. “I have really enjoyed getting to work with my cabinet to put on events for the rest of the department and the community this year. It's also been fun to get met some of the science and math underclassmen that I might not normally have class with through Sigma Zeta events.”

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