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National Institute of Science Club (NIS Club)

History of NIS

Dr. Hubert B. Crouch of Kentucky State University and Dr. Thomas W. Turner of Hampton University founded the society in 1943 as the National Association of Science Teachers in Negro Schools. The organization was formed to promote the professional growth of African American scientists and improve science training and research, at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The organization consists of members representing Historically Black Colleges; educational institutions; private industry; national laboratories and agencies with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, experimental psychology, mathematics, engineering, physics and science education.

The goals of the society are to increase the number of well-trained minority scientists by providing students with information concerning academic support, research: to promote scholarly activities in the sciences, including research and science education; and to form partnership among host institutions, local Nis Clubs, area high schools and the surrounding communities.

To meet is goals, the society sponsors meetings and conferences for the scientific community; provides opportunities for students to participate and present the results of their scientific research projects; organizes special seminars and workshops, and workshops, and present distinguished speakers to provide information related to current research findings and cutting-edge technologies; and has established a Science Network consisting of students, educators are research professionals.

Descriptive reports of yearly events, activities at the joint meeting, information about the keynote speakers and workshop presenters, abstracts of prize winners, scientific reports, and evaluations are published annually in the Transactions, the annual publication of the society.

National Officers

President Dr. Carolyn Cousin
University of the District of Columbia
Vice President Ms. Sherry Gibson
Baton Rouge Community College

Executive Secretary Dr. Elaine Eatman
Hampton University
Treasurer Dr. Melvin Johnson
Central State University (Retired)
Editor Dr. Nithya Raghavan
Biomedical Research Institute
National Website (

General Information

History of ASU-NIS

Having attended the Annual Joint Meeting of Beta Kappa Chi and National Institute of Health (NIS) and seeing the benefits of NIS to students, Dr. Oswald Tekyi-Mensha and Dr. Kennedy Wekesa decided to form a chapter of the society at Alabama State University. The ASU chapter of NIS was formed this academic year of 2008-2009. Ms. Stacie Fairley was very instrumental in organizing and getting the society off the ground. About 26 students have so expressed the interest and fulfilled the requirements to become members of the society. The society has already started operating and is currently in the process of been registered with the chapter with the National Association. The new members will be inducted this spring semester.

Student Officers

President Laquenton Butler Email

Faculty Advisors

Oswald Tekyi-Mensah Ph.D,: Phone (334)229-5118 Email
Kennedy Wekesa, Ph.D. Email


Membership is open to all science students and faculty. Graduate students must be nominated by a current NIS member for consideration into the organization.
Prospective members must submit an application and pay the required dues and fees.

Dues and Fees

Undergraduate Students – a one-time induction fee of $25. Annual dues are $10.
Graduate Students – a one-time induction fee of $50. Annual dues are $35.
Educators and Faculty – a one-time induction fee of $50. Annual dues are #35.

Annual meeting

The joining Meeting of Beta Kappa Chi and National Institute of Science (NIS) is held annually during the spring semester and hosted by an active member institution. The students contribute to the events by making oral or poster presentation of their research work. The event affords them the opportunity to interact with other BKX students from other institutions; distinguished scientist; graduate school, government, and industrial representatives. They attend workshops and participate in the election of national student officers and discuss ways to improve and attain the objectives of the society. The event concludes with a banquet and award ceremony. The 2009 Joint Meeting is being hosted by Norfolk State University and Hampton University from March 25 through March 28, 2009 in Norfolk Virginia.

The NIS Club on the campus of Alabama State University was chartered in 2008 and has become one of the largest, diverse science organizations on the campus with members ranging from freshmen to terminal degree graduate students. The objectives are to promote scholarly activities in the sciences, including research and science education; to sponsor meetings and conferences for the scientific community; to provide opportunity for student participation on the regional and national levels; to provide opportunity for the interchange and dissemination of scientific information. Membership occurs every fall semester and an Induction Ceremony occurs every spring semester. If you have any questions about activities, membership or meetings, please email the club at

Current Charter Advisor and Officers:

Advisor: Dr. Oswald Tekyi-Mensah
President: Mr. LaQuenton Butler
Vice-President: Ms. Stacie J. Fairley
Treasurer: Ms. Dionne Bowie

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Oswald Tekyi-Mensah

Science Building Room 101

Office: (334) 229-5118

Fax: (334) 229-1088



Dr. Kennedy Wekesa

Life Science Building Room 232

Office: (334) 229-4196

Fax: (334) 229-1007




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