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Four East Central University students presented research at the Alpha Chi national college honor society's 2009 biennial national convention in April in Indianapolis, Ind.

Jacobi Nichols, a senior from Healdton, submitted two works in the political science category. Nichols presented a poster titled "Westside Stories: Political Profiles and Political Community at the Grassroots Level" and a paper, "Oklahoma Native American Students' Political Attitudes and Participation: A Comparative Study of 2004 and 2005."

Also presenting a poster was Rachael Bryant, a senior psychology major from Ada. Bryant's poster was "Stigma of Mental Illness."

Shae Parmer, a junior history major from Tecumseh, presented "Women's Right to Vote: Virgin Voters Empowered," and Patrick Tadlock, a junior political science major from Elmore City, presented a paper on "U.S. House of Representatives and British House of Commons: The Real Story Behind the Incumbency Advantage."

Attending with the students were Dr. Christine Pappas, associate professor of political science, and Rebecca Gatz, instructor of communication, sponsors for the ECU chapter.

Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi has chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities in almost every state. Members are in the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students from all academic fields.

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