Students Attend National Alpha Chi Research Conference

April 18, 2018

Two Grand View students participated in the National Alpha Chi Research Conference held in Portland, OR last week. Haylee Ellis and Missy Farni presented their research papers:

  • Haylee presented, "Iowa's Militant Suffragist, Eleanor Gordon: How a Unitarian Minister Shaped the Suffrage Movement."
  • Missy presented, “The Perks of Realistic Fiction in Bibliotherapy: Stephen Chbosky's Connection to Adolescents."

Haylee reflects, "The Alpha Chi National Convention was a great experience. I was able to network with faculty and students from many universities across the nation and got to hear a variety of research papers on topics that fascinated me. This wasn't your typical conference, it was college students who were proud to be considered nerds having the time of their lives sharing their research and exploring a city. I really appreciated the opportunities that were built in for us to explore Portland and see all that it had to offer. The evening keynote speakers were great, one of my highlights was the chance to have a quick conversation with the alumni speaker, John Pistole, former Assistant Director of the FBI under Robert Mueller, and to hear him speak about interviewing for Director Comey's position after his firing and other topics on leadership. In the end, the Alpha Chi convention is one I won't forget."

Missy says, "The Alpha Chi experience was incredible. I was not only able to overcome my fear of presenting academic research in front of a group of other intellectuals, but I was also able to surround myself with the beauty of scholarship. Throughout the conference I was able to listen in on several dedicated students' research projects, and I only continued to be amazed at the fact that colleagues at my age could create such phenomenal work. Seeing the passion flowing through the conversations I had throughout the conference only increased my faith in the abilities of my generation. Being a part of the Alpha Chi National Convention revived my passion for excelling in my education as well as continuing to learn through academic research. It is definitely an experience I'll carry with me as I continue through school and life."

Way to represent Grand View!