Students and faculty from the Department of Biology and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics were recognized at the May 2012 Phi Eta Sigma induction ceremony.
The ceremony honored new student and faculty inductees into the nation's oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines.
At right: Bharathan addresses the audience during the 2012 Phi Eta Sigma induction ceremony.
The Susquehanna ballroom was filled to capacity as new inductees gathered with their families and the officers of the IUP chapter of Phi Eta Sigma. Narayanaswamy Bharathan, professor of Biology and founder of IUP’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, served as the master of ceremonies and welcomed all in attendance. In his remarks, Bharathan congratulated the new inductees and noted the high levels of achievement which characterize society student members and the successes that its recent graduates have attained. He also highlighted the society’s activities, most prominent of which is the awarding of academic scholarships.
Several Biology and college faculty were inducted as honorary members of the society, including Paul Nealen and Ray Winstead of Biology and Deanne Snavely, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Snavely also served as keynote speaker for the event, congratulating the students and offering her tips for academic success.
For more information about Phi Eta Sigma, please visit the IUP Phi Eta Sigma chapter website or the society’s main website.