Beta Beta Beta
Biological Honor Society
The Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) Biological Honor Society is a
national honor society for students interested in biology. The society focuses
on undergraduate research and provides opportunities for students interested in
research to both participate in research and present their work. The society's
- to promote undergraduate research in the biological sciences
- to promote the dissemination of biological knowledge
- to promote scholarship in the biological sciences
The society was founded in 1922 and has over 175,000 members
and 430 chapters nationwide. In addition to publishing the BIOS journal which
focuses on student research, the society sponsors annual regional and national
scientific meetings. A benefit to TriBeta student members is eligibility to
apply for research grants from the national office.
The Phi Rho Chapter
On Friday, April 27, 2007, Tony Schountz, the district
director of the Western Region of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Society,
installed the Phi Rho Chapter at UCD.
The induction ceremony included a short welcome speech by
Dr. Schountz, followed by the lighting of the candles and a recitation of the
pledge of the society. The motto of TriBeta, which is inscribed on the shield,
is Blepein Basin Biou. It means "to see the foundation of life."
"The biology department is very excited to have been
awarded a charter from TriBeta," said Michele Engel, one of the faculty
advisors. "We hope to have a vibrant active chapter."
Are you interested in research? Do you want to learn more
about biology, meet faculty outside of classes, get involved in the community
or get research experience? All of these are great reasons to join TriBeta.
How do you join?
In order to be eligible for membership you must have
completed one year of general biology (GB I and II or the equivalent) and one
3000 level course while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better. We will hold
induction ceremonies once a semester.
There is a one-time $50 fee for lifetime membership. The fee
goes to the National office and is essentially returned to the students as
research grants. In addition, small chapter dues may also be collected.
As a TriBeta member, you are eligible to apply for research
grants once a year from the National office. Grant applications are due in
Please fill out an Application Form.pdf and return it to the
Phi Rio Chapter mail box in the UCD Integrative Biology Office (SI 2071).
Contact Chapter Advisers, Dr. Amanda Charlesworth or Dr. Hannah Anchordoquy for
more information. Please, do not turn in a check until you have been officially
notified that you are eligible for membership.
Visit the National TriBeta Web site for more information
about the organization.
In order to be inducted you must meet the following requirements:
- undergraduate major in the biological sciences (can include psychology and other biology-related majors)
- completion of at least one semester of the second year
- completion of at least three biology courses, of which at least one is not an introductory course with the average grade of a "B"
- uphold good academic standing
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