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 2020-2021 (academic year)
President: Austin Calhoun Email: email@example.com
Vice President (and membership chair): Elyse McCormick Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Omid Zare-Mehrjerdi Email: email@example.com
Social Chair: Cassidy Kessinger Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Elliot Lusk Email: email@example.com
Business Manager: Bryan Sierra-Rivera 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 now until February 5th at 4:30pm.
Initiation of new members will occur during the spring semester. If you are interested, complete the Phi Sigma Membership Application Spring 2021.pdf. Return the application with the $50 fee to a drop box outside the School of Biological Sciences Office, 210 Julian Hall or email to Elyse McCormick
$50 fee can be paid via Venmo (@PhiSigma-BetaLambda) or checks are accepted; checks must be made out to Phi Sigma Biological Society Beta Lambda Chapter.
Cheung/Brown Publication Award
Robert Gray Ecology Scholarship
MS - Madi Rittinger
Phi Sigma Awards - Outstanding Students
MS - Kylie Hampton, PhD - Maggie DeMaegd
E.L. Mockford and C.F. Thompson Summer Research Fellowship Awards
MS - Josselyn Gonzalez and Elyse McCormick, PhD - Logan Sauers
R.D. Weigel Research Grant Recipient
Phi Sigma Travel Awards
Barb Bathe Award
Dr. Fred Gletten Memorial Scholarship
Rilett Scholarship Awards Recipients
Tak Cheung/Joni St. John General Education Teaching Assistant Awards
Outstanding Biology Lab Instructors: Natalie Burrell, Jaclyn Everly, Laurel McGinnis, Liisi Vink-Lainas
Outstanding Biology Teaching Assistants
MS- Brad Smith, PhD-Ashley Waring
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Charlena Wallen Award
Jack Ward Service Award
Undergraduate Service Award