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Student Organizations

The Illinois State Biology program has many ways for you to get involved not only with research, but with the community as well. These organizations exist so that students can learn and grow together during their time at the university.

Biological Sciences Student Association

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BSSA is a Registered Student Organization open to any interested BMB or Biological Sciences majors.

How to join

Send an email to faculty advisor Dr. Wolfgang Stein to get signed up!

Phi Sigma Society

For more information and to get involved see our chapter's website.

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Phi Sigma Society is a national non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of scholarship and research in the Biological Sciences. Our Chapter of Phi Sigma works closely within the School of Biological Science and is a sponsor of the weekly seminar series, the fall picnic, the holiday party, and the annual research symposium. We hold an annual grant competition to provide research funds to both graduate and undergraduate students.


Graduate and undergraduate students must rank (or have ranked) in the upper 35 percent of their class in general scholarship.

Undergraduate students majoring in biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, or clinical laboratory science who have at least junior status (60 or more credit hours) with a GPA of 3.4 or above are eligible for membership. For more information see the national Phi Sigma website.

How to Join

Our Beta Lambda Chapter of Phi Sigma currently conducts two (one each during the fall and spring semesters) membership drives each year. At that time your preliminary eligibility will be determined and those students meeting the eligibility requirements will receive a letter of invitation to join. When you receive your letter simply fill out the application completely and return it and a check for your membership dues. After evaluation by the membership chairperson your membership will be processed and you will be initiated during a special ceremony later in the semester

Student Awards - Spring 2017
Research Awards

Cheung/Brown Publication Award

Lisa Treidel
Kevin Stanley

Robert Gray Ecology Scholarship

Logan Sauers

Undergraduate Researcher

Casey Gahrs

Borst Scholarship

Robert Baker

Phi Sigma Awards - Outstanding Students
MS - Nick Rhoades
PhD - Kevin Stanley

E.L. Mockford and C.F. Thompson Summer Research Fellowship Awards
PhD - Kiran Tiwari
MS - Nick Rhoades and Ashley Waring

R.D. Weigel Research Grant Recipients

Mali Esfahanian, Kerrigan Tobin, Casey Gahrs, Kristin Duffield, Michaela McGinn, Swathi Avula, Kiran Tiwari, Pooja Kr, Dylan Poorboy, Cody Scholtens, Tony Breitenbach, Brice Jarvis, Chris Goldsmith, Ashley Waring, Christy Fornero, Jessica Fowler, Joshua Hill, Beth Weber, Abbi Bensen, and Logan Sauers

Phi Sigma Travel Awards
Dylan Poorboy, Joey Neale, Nick Rhoades, Marc Ashford, Anjelica Rodriquez, and Robby Phillips

Barb Bathe Award
Charity Mannix

Mary Fischer

Loren Roustio

Rilett Scholarship Awards Recipients

Michael Almassey, Kristin Duffield, Gloria Alvarado, Malihe Esfahanian, Marc Ashford, Joshua Hill, Chance Bainbridge, Pooja Kadaba Ranganath, Marissa Cruz, Christy Moore, Margaret Demaegd, Nick Rhoades, Rachael Discuillo, Anjelica Rodriguez, and Ashley Waring

Teaching Awards

Tak Cheung/Joni St. John General Education Teaching Assistant Awards
Rachel Sparks, Morgan Walder, Brice Jarvis and Codu Scholtens

Outstanding Biology Teaching Assistants

In memory of Robert and Marion Finn

MS Taylor Joray, PhD Kristina McIntire

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

Micheal Muneses

Charlena Wallen Award

Kara Hodges

Service Awards

Jack Ward Service Award

Mary Fischer

Undergraduate Service Award

Andrew Schuler