Two NSU students place at National Collegiate Honors Conference

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Two Northern State University students placed at the recent National Collegiate Honors Conference. 

Andrea Korvela, a Human Performance and Fitness major from Menahga, Minn., placed Second in the Health Sciences category for her poster "Effects of Beetroot Juice Supplementation on Aerobic Trained and Anaerobic Trained Female Athletes." Korvela studied female athletes and looked at the impact of the consumption of beet root juice versus a placebo in aerobic and anaerobic female athletes at NSU.

Maida Walters, a Spanish Education major from Lewistown, Mont., placed Third in the Education and Pedagogy category for her poster "'Yo Si Puedo': Improving Literacy among Adult English Language Learners." Walters won the NSU Undergraduate Research Grant in summer 2018 to go to Ottawa, Canada, to be trained in the "Yo Si Puedo" literacy method. 

They were two of the 10 Northern students who were among the 420 participants presenting their Honors theses at the conference.

The remaining eight NSU attendees were:

Cheri Compton, Aberdeen, S.D.

Shanae Doerr, Aberdeen, S.D.

Taylor Ellingson, Warner, S.D.

Brianna Geigle, Yankton, S.D.

Ashley Jenkins, Ellendale, N.D.

Matthew Mayfield, Huron, S.D.

Sierra Ohm, Watertown, S.D.

Lauren Patela, Rockford, Minn.

“Attending sessions and networking at the National Collegiate Honors Conference is the best possible way for the NSU Honors Program to keep growing and envisioning all that is possible for our program at Northern,” said Erin Fouberg, Professor of Geography and Honors Program Director. “Many of the ideas we have implemented, including working with Residence Life to create an Honors Living-Learning Community in Great Plains East, began with ideas sparked at the national meeting.”

Conference attendee Ellingson said “the student participation rises every year for the NSU Honors Program. Last year we had six NSU students present their thesis research, which was already a large number for the size of our school,” she said. “We have to submit an abstract of our research in the spring and be invited to the conference by the NCHC. The NCHC had a 70% acceptance rate of abstracts this year, and NSU had a 100% acceptance rate. There’s universities in SD that are bigger than Northern who had only a couple or even no students present their research at NCHC.”

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaign, with a goal of raising $45 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.