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 2019-2020 (academic year)
President: Brad Smith Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President (and membership chair): Daniel Goldberg Email: email@example.com
Treasurer: Ian Rines Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Chair: Amanda Klingler Email: email@example.com
Secretary: Madi Rittinger Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Manager: Kat Coburn Email: email@example.com
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. Fall membership drive is now until Monday September 9. For the application form - Phi Sigma Membership Application Fall 2019. At the time of your application 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.
Cheung/Brown Publication Award
Kristin Duffield Dylan Poorboy
Robert Gray Ecology Scholarship
MS - Kate Evans, PhD - Ian Rines
North American Prairie Conference Award
Phi Sigma Awards - Outstanding Students
MS - Logan Sauers, PhD - Kristin Duffield
E.L. Mockford and C.F. Thompson Summer Research Fellowship Awards
MS - Casey Gahrs and Kylie Hampton, PhD - Kiley Hughes, PhD- Honorable Mention- Ian Rines
R.D. Weigel Research Grant Recipients
Chance Bainbridge, Kara Baldwin, Abbi Benson, Tony Breitenbach, Austin Calhoun, Maggie DeMaegd, Rachael DiSciullo, Maliheh Esfahanian, Kate Evans, Casey Gährs, Josselyn Gonzalez, , Kara Hodges, Kristina McIntire, Rosario-Marroquin Flores, Tim Martin, Brie Oceguera-Perez, Madison Rittinger, Logan Sauers, Ashley Waring, Dalton Williams and Visa Veerappan
Phi Sigma Travel Awards
Barb Bathe Award
Olu Bamidle, Emma Hartness, and Jackson Stephenson
Dr. Fred Gletten Memorial Scholarship
Hannah Swift, Caroline Grace Vazquez
Rilett Scholarship Awards Recipients
Mini Amini Moghaddam, Chance Bainbridge, Austin Calhoun, Rachael DiSciullo, Malihe Esfahanian, Kate Evans, Kylie Hampton, Kiley Hughes, Kristina McIntire, Rosario Marroquin-Flores, Pooja Kadaba Ranganath, Nick Rhoades, Ian Rines, Madison Rittinger, Logan Sauers, Brad Smith, Rachel Sparks, Monica Tamrazi, and Ashley Waring
Tak Cheung/Joni St. John General Education Teaching Assistant Awards
Outstanding Biology 101 Lab Instructors: Kara Baldwin, Tony Breitenbach and Brad Smith
Outstanding Biology Teaching Assistants
MS- Ashley Waring, PhD-Kristina McIntire
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Charlena Wallen Award
Jack Ward Service Award
Undergraduate Service Award