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.

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

How to join

Send an email to faculty advisors Dr. Tom Hammond or Dr. Bill Perry to get signed up!

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

Visit our facebook page.

Phi Sigma Crest

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.

Executive Board for 2023-2024 (academic year)

President: Liza Gautam  Email:

Vice President: Anindita Saha Email:

Treasurer: Hannah Warfel Email:

Social Chair:  Mason Sanford Email:

Secretary: Aalimah Akinosho Email:

Business Manager: Abu Abdullah Email:

Membership Chair:  Clinton Warren  Email:


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.

Spring membership drive is currently closed.
Initiation of new members will occur during the spring semester.   

For more information  check out the national website for Phi Sigma

Research Awards

Cheung/Brown Publication Award

Sadia Sultana

Robert Gray Ecology Scholarship

PhD- Olivia Brooks

Undergraduate Researcher

Olivia Jankiewicz

Borst Scholarship

Olivia Jankiewicz

Phi Sigma Awards - Outstanding Students

MS - Emily Harders, PhD - Nick Rhoades

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

MS - Rachel Berg and Anindita Saha, PhD - Sadia Sultana

R.D. Weigel Research Grant Recipient


Phi Sigma Travel Awards


Barb Bathe Award

Alex Fontanetta




Eaman Saleh

Dr. Fred Gletten Memorial Scholarship

Not Awarded

Rilett Scholarship Awards Recipients

Tope Awe, Rachel Berg, Rachael DiSciullo, Kate Evans, Liza Gautam, Lauren Leischner, Shahriar Mahmud, Gabriela Mendoza-Rangel, Sadia Sultana, Patrick Tawiah

Teaching Awards

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

Outstanding Biology Lab Instructors:  Dakota Fuss, Jack McKermitt, Omid Zare-Mehrjerdi

Outstanding Biology Teaching Assistants

MS- Rebecca Chicosky, PhD-Austin Calhoun

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

Sean Gingrich

Charlena Wallen Award

Laura Rengifo-Gutierrez

Service Awards

Jack Ward Service Award

Sadia Sultana

Undergraduate Service Award

Caitlyn Kant