Biological Honors Society
Beta Beta Beta National Biological Society was founded in 1922. The Iota Rho Chapter at Gustavus was installed in 1977. The society is composed of Biology majors and persons with an interest in the biological sciences. The purpose of Tri-Beta as outlined in the national Charter is: 1) to promote scholarship in the biological sciences, 2) to promote the dissemination of biological knowledge, and 3) to encourage research. The regional convention is held every spring and the National Convention is held every other year, usually in June. This provides a forum for undergraduate research to be presented. The requirements for membership in Beta Beta Beta are: 1) full membership: at least two completed biology courses and a 3.0+ GPA in biology courses, 2) associate memberships: an interest in biological sciences. The local chapter at Gustavus is involved in a variety of social as well as academic activities. Department seminars, group meetings, and social dinners allow Biology students to interact with each other in addition to becoming better acquainted with faculty outside of the classroom.
Local Chapter: The Iota Rho chapter of Beta Beta Beta dates back to 1977 when a group of students sought a national organization that focused on biology research, particularly at the undergraduate level. Since then, Gustavus students have been active in presentations of their research at both regional and national conventions.
On our campus, the biology honor society functions as the biology club. It welcomes all students as members, although full membership students must meet the national criteria for the honor society. All others may be associate members on the national level, or participate simply as local members.
The chapter's main function is to foster research in biology and celebrate the study of biology in various ways. They also have fun doing things that biologists like to do. There are seminars in the biology department which have been scheduled by Iota Rho, and the chapter acts as host to many department visitors. The students become active in many of the functions of the department, including interviewing potential staff, when appropriate. There are pizza parties, meet-the-profs nights, highway clean-up on selected Saturdays, banquets, and holiday parties, among others. Every year, the group also hosts the final biology picnic, known affectionately as the "Hotter than Hell" picnic because of the various pepper-laced dishes that are served. In addition, the club has volunteered as ushers at Nobel Conferences, planned Arbor Day celebrations with the Chapel staff which included planting trees, assisted in various mapping of biological resources on campus, worked on river bank clean-up and participated in a number of open houses and receptions for students visiting Gustavus and who are interested in Biology.
This year's slate of officers are:
- Presidents: Michelle Hulke & Ryan Ragan
- Vice Presidents: Kelle Nett & Marit Sonnesyn
- Secretary: Hana Fischer
- Treasurer: Beth Wiese
- Historian/Publicist: Andra Trakalo
- General Board Members: Sarah Cornell & Sara Kullberg
- Advisor: Dr. Joel Carlin
Please contact any one of these to obtain more information about our local chapter.