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Monday, January 30, 2017

ACC Honors Students to Present Research at National Conference

ACC Honors Students to Present Research at National Conference

The research of the decline of bee populations and a new look at an early American explorer have propelled two Alvin Community College Honors students into a national honors conference.

Freyja Coe, of Friendswood and Julie Higuera, of Alvin, will present their Honors research projects at the National Association of African American Studies in Dallas on February 13-18.

“ACC is so fortunate to be represented at this national conference by these two Honors students,” said Elizabeth McLane, Honors program director. “They are among ACC’s best and brightest.”

Higuera and Coe said they are both looking forward to showing their projects and representing the college in the conference.

“This is my first conference so I’m very much looking forward to it,” she said.

Coe has presented at conferences before though this is her first national conference.

“I am really excited that about being able to present there,” she said.

There are a variety of different fields included in the National Association of African American Studies organization. Higuerra’s research focused on the issue of declining bee populations and it’s possible effect on the planet’s food supply.

She first learned about the importance of bees in crop production during a Biology course.

“One in three bites of food we eat are pollinated by bees,” she said. “They are important to us and they should be protected.”

Coe’s project was an in-depth look at Spanish explorer Cabeza De Vaca and his progressive views on the Native Americans he encountered during his travels.

“I want to show everyone his motivation,” Coe said. “I really want them to know more about the person. He is not well known and I want people to see how progressive he was for his time.”

For the past several years, ACC Honors students have presented their research projects at local and national conferences such as the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium and the Great Plains Honors Council.

To be eligible for the Honors program at ACC, students must have a GPA of at least 3.25 with at least 12 hours, an ACT score of at least 26, an SAT score of at least 1100, graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class along with approval by the class instructor.

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