Beta Theta Omicron’s Honors In Action project, “Human Microbiomes and How the Earth Works,” was published in the 2018 edition of Civic Scholar: Phi Theta Kappa Journal of Undergraduate Research. This journal features substantive research and community engagement by community college scholars. The 2017 Honors Study Topic was How the World Works: A Global Perspective. For their 2017 project, chapter members, led by Thanh Nguyen and Shelvana Cai, investigated the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria in our community.

Projects selected for publication in Civic Scholar begin as chapters’ investigations into Phi Theta Kappa’s honors study topic. Chapters then narrow their focus to a particular theme and develop research questions related to their chosen theme. Ultimately, students turn their research into action by using their findings to fill specific community needs. To be considered for publication in Civic Scholar, a chapter must enter submit a Hallmark Awards entry for the chapter’s Honors in Action project.

Beta Theta Omicron’s article and the Civic Scholar table of contents are at

Article by Christine Case

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