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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!

Here are some great opportunities to get involved in presenting your research and social activities with your fellows students in the Biological Sciences School.

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 2016
Research Awards

Cheung/Brown Publication Award

Suranjana Sen

Robert Gray Ecology Scholarship

Geoff Ower

Undergraduate Researcher

Katelyn Genenbacher

Borst Scholarship

Kaitie Wildman

E.L. Mockford and C.F. Thompson Summer Research Fellowship Awards

    Masters: Joseph Neale and Gloria Alvarado

    PhD: Kristin Duffield

    Rilett Scholarship Awards

    Gloria Alvarado , Alexandra Berroyer, Marissa Cruz

    Margaret DeMaegd, Christopher Goldsmith, Andrew McDevitt

    Janet Stromberg, Morgan Walder, Jamie Young

    Barb Bathe Award

    Christina Jester

    R.D. Weigel Research Grant Recipients

    Kristin Duffield, Chris Goldsmith, Laura Kuczek, Michaela McGinn, Christy Moore, Joseph Neale, Aderinsola Odetunde, Geoff Ower, Robert Philips, Dylan Poorboy, Logan Sauers, Cody Scholtens, Doug Schuweiler, Nick Seitz, Kiran Tiwari, Nicole Wilson, Amanda Wilson Carter, and Jamie Young.

    Teaching Awards

    Tak Cheung/Joni St. John General Education Teaching Assistant Awards

    Taylor Joray, Tyler Telander, Morgan Walderm and Beth Weber

    101 Outstanding Lecture Instructor

    Andrew McDevitt

    Outstanding Biology Teaching Assistants

    In memory of Robert and Marion Finn

    MS Andrew McDevitt, PhD Kristin Duffield

    Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

    Bradley Jones

    Charlena Wallen Award

    Rachel Mendes

    Service Awards

    Jack Ward Service Award

    Kevin Stanley

    Undergraduate Service Award

    Vicki Baran