Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tau Beta Pi Association hosted its 115th annual Convention virtually. Unvention 2020, the Association’s inaugural virtual event, provided much-needed opportunities for connection and networking to the over 1,200 Tau Bates who registered to attend. Held between October 10 and November 7, Unvention’s program included many workshops and professional development sessions that can be found on the Tau Beta Pi Unvention YouTube channel.
At Unvention, thirty-seven chapters were recognized by Executive Director Curt Gomulinski to mark excellence in their performance in seven areas. The R.C. Matthews Outstanding Chapter Award for 2019-20, the highest honor for a collegiate chapter in Tau Beta Pi, went to Alabama Epsilon at the University of South Alabama for the second year in a row. An honorable mention was presented to Iowa Alpha at Iowa State University for the second year in a row. The R.H. Nagel Most Improved Chapter Award for 2019-20 was presented to Texas Beta at Texas Tech University. An honorable mention was presented to New Mexico Alpha at New Mexico University. The J.D. Froula Most Improved Membership Award was given to Texas Kappa at Prairie A&M University. An honorable mention was presented to District of Columbia Alpha at Howard University.
Twenty-three TBP chapters were recognized with Chapter Project Awards for outstanding performance. Chapter Project Award scholarships of $500 were given to 14 collegiate chapters: Alabama Epsilon, Arkansas Alpha, California Epsilon, California Psi, Florida Alpha, Iowa Alpha, Maryland Beta, Michigan Gamma, Michigan Epsilon, New Mexico Beta, New Mexico Gamma, Ohio Kappa, Tennessee Alpha, and Texas Alpha. These chapters have received Chapter Project Awards for at least three consecutive years.
Tau Beta Pi also recognized its 2020 Laureates, students who have demonstrated outstanding expertise outside of the field of engineering. Kevin Ptak, SD Alpha ’19, was recognized for Athletics and Natalie J. Turco, NY Sigma ’20, was recognized for Diverse Achievements. Each received a $2,500 cash award and a commemorative plaque. Chapters may nominate any of their student members as Laureate candidates. Nominations must be received at HQ by May 1 and judging is done by a committee of District Directors. Click here for further information.
To learn more about awards, visit Tau Beta Pi’s website.