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.
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