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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

2015-2016 Officers

  • President: Kevin Stanley
  • Vice President: Morgan Walder
  • Treasurer: Nicole Wilson
  • Bookstore Manager: Amy Boyd
  • Social Chair: Andrew McDevitt
  • Secretary: Derin Odetunde

Joining Phi Sigma

Our membership drives occur in the fall and spring terms. For more information contact the current vice president Morgan Walder or check out the national website for Phi Sigma

Funding Opportunities

The 2016 funding cycle for the Mockford-Thompson Fellowships and Weigel grants is now open. Applications are due Friday, March 25 by 5:00p.m. For the Weigel grant application form chick here. For the Mockford-Thompson Fellowship application form click here. For further information contact Kevin Stanley by clicking here.

Winning presentations from the 2016 research symposium

Oral Presentation Winners:
1st- Doug Schuweiler
2nd- Paris Hamm (Western IL Univ)
3rd- Amanda Carter
4th- Kristin Duffield
Poster Winners (graduate):
1st- Christy Moore
2nd- Margaret DeMaegd
3rd- Nicole Wilson
4th- Alexandra Berroyer
Poster Winners (undergraduates):
1st- Taylor Suo
2nd- Pravleen Bains and Nicole Wagner (jointly presented)
3rd- Lucas Barickman

Phi Sigma Events for 2015/2016

Research Events

Phi Sigma Research Symposium

The 17th Annual Phi Sigma Symposium was Friday, Feburary 19, 2016.

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

Social Events

Our Spring Banquet for 2016 will be April 30, 2016

Fall Picnic was August 29, 2015

Holiday Potluck for 2015 was in December.