JaelAnn Hoover, left, Beta Eta Zi chapter president, and Dr. Mitch Stimers, right, chapter sponsor, received the PTK Distinguished Honors in Action Hallmark Award in Orlando earlier this year. Carol CCloud County Community College’s Geary County campus Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Beta Eta Xi, has had its research project published in a national journal.  

JaelAnn Hoover, left, Beta Eta Zi chapter president, and Dr. Mitch Stimers, right, chapter sponsor, received the PTK Distinguished Honors in Action Hallmark Award in Orlando earlier this year. Carol CCloud County Community College’s Geary County campus Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Beta Eta Xi, has had its research project published in a national journal.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has published academic research conducted by students at 16 community colleges nationwide in Civic Scholar: Phi Theta Kappa Journal of Undergraduate Research. This is the first journal of its kind, showcasing the undergraduate research and community engagement of two-year college students.

Beta Eta Xi’s research project, “Voting Habits and the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections,” was one of only 16 chosen out of more than 465 submissions received for possible inclusion in the second edition of Civic Scholar. Members of the research project team were: JaelAnn Hoover, chapter president; Maram Soden, chapter vice president; Gabrielle Clayton, chapter vice president; Jared Johnson, chapter vice president and Kansas-Nebraska regional vice president; Zeel Mehta, chapter vice president, 2017-2018; and Ken Trammell, chapter president, 2017-2018.

“This journal is the only one of its kind and features the research of our most outstanding students as they examine and improve issues within their colleges, communities and world,” PTK President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner said. “We are proud to showcase their good and important work.”

Research was conducted as part of PTK’s honors program, Honors in Action, and based on the topic, Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing and Achieving Change. The works published in Civic Scholar include both substantive research and community engagement – chapters ultimately turned their research into action by using their findings to fill specific community needs.

In addition to having their research project published, Beta Eta Xi also won first place for their Honors in Action project at the Kansas-Nebraska regional conference in March, and were chosen for a PTK Distinguished Honors in Action Hallmark Award.

The journal can be found online at: www.ptk.org/Programs/HonorsinAction/CivicScholar. Beta Eta Xi’s work appears on page 81.