Dr. Sia Ardekani received an award certificate for the 2nd best conference paper at the 2013 ASEE Gulf Southwest Regional Conference. His paper was entitled, "Is Distance Education Distant Education?" The study was a statistical tracking of student performance data over a 4-year period in distance learning classes. It compared the exam grades of distance versus in-class students who were in the same classes and took the same exams. It concluded that there was no statistical difference in mean grades of the two student groups, the distance learners versus the in-class students.