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Phi Sigma

Who we are:

Phi Sigma is a national society that was founded in March 1915 at Ohio State University to promote academic achievement and research in the biological sciences. There are currently 32 active chapters with approximately 50,000 members. Phi Sigma is the only nationally recognized honor society for both undergraduates and graduates in Biological Sciences. On the campus of Illinois State University the Phi Sigma Biological Science Honors Society is represented by the Beta Lambda Chapter (a registered student organization) which was founded in 1966. Phi Sigma is devoted to the promotion of scholarship and research in the Biological Sciences. To this end the Beta Lambda Chapter of Phi Sigma works closely with the School of Biological Science and is a sponsor of the weekly school seminar series, and the annual research symposium. The Beta Lambda Chapter of Phi Sigma also holds an annual grant competition to provide research funds to both graduate and undergraduate students. Visit our facebook

2017-2018 Officers

  • President: Logan Sauers
  • Vice President: Rachel Sparks
  • Treasurer: Ashley Waring
  • Bookstore Manager: Kara Hodges
  • Social Chair: Marc Ashford
  • Secretary: Kerrigan Tobin

Joining Phi Sigma

Our membership drives occur in the fall and spring terms. Spring membership drive is NOW. Applications are due Friday, March 9th. Click here for the spring 2018 membership application. For more information contact the current vice president Rachel Sparks or check out the national website for Phi Sigma

Funding Opportunities

The 2018 funding cycle for the Mockford-Thompson Fellowships and Weigel grants will open February 12. Applications are due now March 19th by 5pm. Monday directly after Spring Break. If you have any questions contact Logan Sauers.
For Weigel Grant Application - click here for the application
For Mockford-Thompson Summer Fellowship Application -click here for the application

Winning Presentations and Judges Choice from the 2017 Research Symposium

Oral Presentation Winners (graduate):
1st- Dylan Poorboy
2nd- Joey Neale
3rd- Nick Rhoades
Oral Presentation Winner (undergraduate):
Katherine Kesslery (Bradley University)
Poster Judges Choice (graduate):
Marc Ashford
Anjelica Redriguez
Robby Philips
Poster Judges Choice (undergraduates):
Haley Nichols
Mary Fischer
Jocelyn McDonald, Samantha Padia, & Zachary Benefield (jointly presented)

Phi Sigma Events for 2017/2018

See Our Newsletters

Fall 2017
Spring 2018

Research Events

Phi Sigma Research Symposium

The 19th Annual Phi Sigma Research Symposium will be April 13th (Friday) at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal. If you like to give an oral or poster presentation, submit an application March 2 (Friday) by 5pm to the email address on the application. For the application follow one of these links: as a pdf or as a Word file.

See links below for abstracts of past symposiums.
2016 Abstracts
2015 Abstacts
2014 Abstacts
2012 Abstracts
2011 Abstracts

Social Events

The Fall Picnic was September 23th
Spooky Trivia Night Fundraiser was October 20th
Holiday Potluck
for 2017 was December 9th.
Spring Banquet for 2018 will be April 28th.


New membership application will open February 12th and close April 7th
New Board Nominations will be due mid-April