Student Orgs

Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (Tri-Beta)

Statement Of Purpose/ Mission
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. On our campus, the biology honor society functions as the biology club. It welcomes all students interested in biology 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 Gustavus Iota Rho Chapter is associated with the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society.
Application Type
Academic / Honorary
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Article I - Name The name of this society shall be Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. Article II - Purpose The Purpose of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society shall be to function as an honor and professional society for students of the biological sciences. Its activities shall be designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in the biological sciences, and to promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations among students of the life sciences. Article III - Insignia Section 1. The official emblem of the Society shall be a shield-shaped key upon which are engraved a coiled serpent and the three initials of the organization. Section 2. The coat of arms shall be that officially adopted by the 1947 Biennial Convention. Section 3. The pattern copies of the key and coat of arms maintained in the national archives shall be the official design. Section 4. The colors of the Society shall be red and green. Section 5. The flower of the Society shall be a red rose of the type commonly referred to as American Beauty. Article IV - Membership Section 1. The membership shall be divided into three classes: regular, associate, and honorary. Beta Beta Beta is a non-discriminating organization that does not consider age, race, color, creed, sex, national origin or sexual preference. Section 2. Regular members shall be: a) Undergraduate majors in biological science at an institution where a chapter of Beta Beta Beta is located. b) Shall have completed at least one term of the second year of a four-year curriculum or its equivalent. c) Shall have completed at least three term courses in biological science, of which at least one is not an introductory course, with an average grade of B or its equivalent in those biology courses. d) Shall be in good academic standing. Only regular members may hold the constitutionally specified chapter offices, vote on chapter membership nominations and national questions, and represent the chapter or vote at national conventions. Section 3. Associate members shall be those undergraduates whose interests include the life sciences in some significant way but who are ineligible for regular membership. Associate members shall be eligible to participate in all local, district, and national activities except those specifically reserved to regular members by this constitution. Section 4. Chapter honorary members may be elected by any chapter in recognition of significant accomplishment as biologists, or of outstanding service to the chapter. Section 5. In concordance with national by-laws members must pay the following dues to the national chapter in addition to $10 to the local chapter each year. a) Regular members : $45 b) Associate members: $10 Section 5. Regular and honorary members may wear the official insignia and shall remain members for life unless removed by 3/4 majority vote of regular members. Associate members are affiliated with the local chapter and may not wear the official insignia. Unless they qualify for regular membership, this affiliation shall terminate automatically when they cease to be undergraduate students. Section 6. All members will be required to attend monthly meetings and at least half of the Tri-Beta sponsored events held on campus each semester. Article V – Chapter Government Section 1. The chapter shall elect a president, a vice president, a secretary, a treasurer, and an historian from among its regular members. Section 2. The duties of these officers shall be those normally assigned to such offices. Section 3. These officers should hold office for one year. The time of election and the time for assumption of duties shall be specified in the chapter by-laws. Section 4. At the same time it elects officers, a chapter shall, if necessary, elect a chapter advisor (counselor) from among the biological sciences faculty. An advisor shall serve for a term of not more than three years but may be re-elected. The prospective regular members of a new chapter shall elect the first advisor (counselor) prior to the installation of the chapter. Section 5. The chapter advisor (counselor) shall assist and advise the chapter and especially its officers in carrying out the chapter programs and aid in developing new policies and programs that contribute to its local effectiveness. The chapter advisor shall serve as permanent custodian of chapter records and funds making sure that they are maintained in good order and that each successive group of chapter officers are informed as to their responsibilities. The chapter advisor may delegate custodial duties during the academic year but shall check and reclaim all records and funds at the close of each academic year. Section 6. Chapter officers are responsible for submitting promptly and in correct form such reports as are requested by the national and district officers. Chapter advisers shall review such reports for accuracy prior to submission.

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RoleOrganization TitleFull NameE-mail
PresidentCo-PresidentMaddie Westendorp
PresidentCo-PresidentHailey Teichmiller
SecretarySecretaryMadeline Nee
Vice PresidentCo-Vice PresidentRachel
Vice PresidentCo-Vice PresidentJordyn
Risk ManagerSocial Media ChairSydney