The 60th Joint Annual Meeting of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society, National Institute of Science and the Brookhaven Semester Program will be held March 26 - 30, 2003 at the Melville Marriott Hotel, Long Island, NY.

Reason for conference: Presentation of scientific research results in competition - vying for cash prizes, attention of graduate schools and employers.

Contact Information

Abstract Information for Undergraduates (Poster and Platform) :

Y. Renée Flack
Phone: (631)-344-3316
Fax: (631)-344-5832
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Building 438
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

Abstract Information for Graduate Presentations (with and without manuscript submission) and Travel Awards:

Dr. Carolyn Cousin (202)274-5874

Important Dates

January 15, 2003
Early Pre-registration begins

February 3, 2003
Travel Award Submission Deadline

February 3, 2003
Abstracts and Manuscripts for Graduate Presentation Deadline

February 3, 2003
Abstract Submission via US Mail for Undergraduate Presentation Deadline

February 14, 2003
Electronic Abstract Submission for Undergraduate Presentation Deadline

February 14, 2003
Abstract Submission for Undergraduate Poster and Platform Presentation

February 21, 2003
Abstract Submission For Undergraduate Hard Copy Deadline

February 21, 2003
Student Registration Award Deadline

March 1, 2003
Abstract Acceptance Notification

March 26, 2003
Undergraduate Poster Session – 2:00 PM

March 29, 2003
Awards Luncheon

April 21, 2003
Submission of All Student Awards Receipts Deadline

Brief History of the Organizations

Beta Kappa Chi (BKX)
In 1921, the seed for the establishment of an African-American student scientific fellowship association took root in the minds of undergraduates at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. In 1960, Beta Kappa Chi qualified for membership in the Association of College Honor Societies and became known as Beta Kappa Chi National Honor Society. In 1965, nearly all Historically Black colleges and Universities (HBCUs) had campus chapters. Today, BKX is composed of over fifty chapters with over eleven thousand initiates. The BKX bulletin is published three times a year. The essential reason for its existence is the promotion of high scholarship in pure and applied sciences. Its ultimate purpose is the stimulation and motivation of intellectual growth and nurturing of quality leadership in the pursuit of scientific advancement.

The National Institute of Science (NIS)
The National Institute of Science is a non-profit incorporated, tax-exempt national membership organization, which was established in 1943. It serves to provide an avenue for the exchange of science information and the presentation of scholarly research papers by science students and faculty members of predominately Black Colleges and Universities.

Several regional programs have been developed for identifying and motivating pre-college students to seek careers in the sciences or engineering, as well as for minorities who are severely under represented in these areas and in many health profession areas.

The NIS is one of two African-American science organizations, which maintains an affiliation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Brookhaven Semester Program (BSP)
Since 1968, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has offered to students from HBCUs the opportunity to spend an academic semester studying and doing research at the Laboratory. The Laboratory offers a wide variety of research opportunities. The program runs concurrently with the academic year and consists of two semesters, fall (September to December) and spring (January to May).

Participants in the BSP are required to write a report on their research, orally present their work to their peers, and present a paper at the joint annual meeting of the BKX/NIS/BSP. Applicants should have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, based on A = 4.0 scale. The BSP is administered through BNL’s Office of Educational Programs. BNL is a U.S. Department of Energy federally funded scientific research institution located on Long Island, New York.