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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Anindita Saha Email: email@example.com
Treasurer: Hannah Warfel Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Chair: Mason Sanford Email: email@example.com
Secretary: Aalimah Akinosho Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Manager: Abu Abdullah Email: email@example.com
Membership Chair: Clinton Warren Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Cheung/Brown Publication Award
Robert Gray Ecology Scholarship
PhD- Olivia Brooks
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
Dr. Fred Gletten Memorial Scholarship
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
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
Charlena Wallen Award
Jack Ward Service Award
Undergraduate Service Award