February 24, 2011: Belhaven University’s Biology students placed first and second in the Health Science presentations at the annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting in Hattiesburg. On February 17th and 18th, the Biology and Chemistry faculty and six students attended the Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meetings. This Academy includes students and faculty from all junior and senior colleges, as well as professional schools and science research centers in the state of Mississippi.

Jonathan Kalehoff, Isaiah Tolo, James Pregraves, and Jarrett Morgan received first place for their presentation of “The effects of Green tea, White tea, EGCG and Caffeine on Trypanosoma lewisi infections in rates.” Second place was given to Grace Martin and Jessica Wiseman for their presentation of “The Effects of Moringa olifera on Trypanosoma lewisi infections in rats.” Belhaven University has been working with this parasite, a non-pathogenic relative of the causative agent of sleeping sickness for the last 16 years.

Belhaven proudly stands among the select Christian colleges and universities that offer a unique general core curriculum encouraging the development of a personal worldview. The university believes a Christian worldview is a key to preparing men and women academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.

Founded in 1883, Belhaven University now serves over 3,000 students from campuses in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando, Houston,Chattanooga, Atlanta, and online, offering traditional undergraduate degrees, graduate and adult degree programs, and online degree programs.