Beta Beta Beta
Biological science students with eligible academic records are invited to join the national biological honor society Beta Beta Beta. Tri-Beta was founded in 1922 at Oklahoma City University. The idea of an honor and professional society for biology students spread quickly, and by 1925, the society was a national organization. Biennial national conventions of students and faculty began that same year. In 1930, the society’s journal, BIOS, began publication of student research, articles of interest to biologists and society news. As the society grew, it was divided into regional and district groups. At the heart of every district and national meeting are student research papers and posters presented in the style of professional meetings. Students are recognized for their outstanding individual and chapter accomplishments.
The Local Chapter
The national constitution provides a framework for chapter activities, but each chapter is free to function in accordance with its own needs and school philosophy. A national officer visits each prospective chapter as part of the application process. Chapter programs typically include guest speakers, reports of research by members and department faculty, field trips, maintenance of collections, community service and social gatherings. A faculty adviser provides continuity and experience to the student members.
TU’s chapter, Pi Alpha, joined the national organization in 1979 and competes annually in the Southcentral Regional Tri-Beta convention.
Tri-Beta SouthCentral Regional Convention: TU’s Pi Alpha Chapter Wins
Four of TU’s student members of the Pi Alpha Chapter of Tri-Beta (the national biological honor society) and the chapter’s faculty adviser attended the Southcentral Regional Convention held April 4-6, 2014, at the University of Oklahoma’s Field Biology Station located on the shores of Lake Texoma. Twenty-two college and university chapters in District 1(OK, LA, AR) and District 2 (TX) and along with 170 other members and faculty advisers attended the event. Undergraduates presented their biological science research in poster and oral competitions.
The following TU Pi Alpha members represented TU with presentations:
Jordan Hendrickson, Sodium Preferences in Tropical Ants (Adviser: Dr. Glen Collier)
Stephanie Hice, Characterization of Switchgrass Degrading Thermophilic Actinomycetes for Biofuel Production (Adviser:Dr. Mohamed Fakhr)
Nathan Miller, Heliconia latispatha Phytotelmata as Models for Succession (Adviser: Dr. Glen Collier)
Caitlin Pegg, The Protective Effect of Fake-Eyespots in Lepidopteran Caterpillar Models (Adviser: Dr. Glen Collier)
Chapter president Stephanie Hice also gave an oral presentation about TU and the Pi Alpha Chapter at the event’s introductory meeting.
Stephanie Hice won the Frank G. Brooks Award in session one of the oral presentations. She received a $750 travel grant to present her research at the biennial national convention which was held at Gannon University, Erie, Pa., in June 2014. Cailtin Pegg placed second in session three of the oral competition.
Research Grant Scholarship Awarded
Biological science student Casey Bramwell received a $300 research scholarship grant from Tri-Beta to pursue a research project (Investigation of Atta cephalotes after Pheromone Trail Modification) at La Selva Biological Research Station in Costa Rica under the mentorship of Professor Glen Collier.
For more information about Tri-Beta, please contact:
Karen McMahon, faculty adviser and biological science instructor
Oliphant Hall 230
National website: www.tri-beta.org