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.
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
Cheung/Brown Publication Award
Robert Gray Ecology Scholarship
Phi Sigma Awards - Outstanding Students
MS - Nick Rhoades
PhD - Kevin Stanley
E.L. Mockford and C.F. Thompson Summer Research Fellowship Awards
PhD - Kiran Tiwari
MS - Nick Rhoades and Ashley Waring
R.D. Weigel Research Grant Recipients
Mali Esfahanian, Kerrigan Tobin, Casey Gahrs, Kristin Duffield, Michaela McGinn, Swathi Avula, Kiran Tiwari, Pooja Kr, Dylan Poorboy, Cody Scholtens, Tony Breitenbach, Brice Jarvis, Chris Goldsmith, Ashley Waring, Christy Fornero, Jessica Fowler, Joshua Hill, Beth Weber, Abbi Bensen, and Logan Sauers
Phi Sigma Travel Awards
Dylan Poorboy, Joey Neale, Nick Rhoades, Marc Ashford, Anjelica Rodriquez, and Robby Phillips
Barb Bathe Award
Rilett Scholarship Awards Recipients
Michael Almassey, Kristin Duffield, Gloria Alvarado, Malihe Esfahanian, Marc Ashford, Joshua Hill, Chance Bainbridge, Pooja Kadaba Ranganath, Marissa Cruz, Christy Moore, Margaret Demaegd, Nick Rhoades, Rachael Discuillo, Anjelica Rodriguez, and Ashley Waring
Tak Cheung/Joni St. John General Education Teaching Assistant Awards
Rachel Sparks, Morgan Walder, Brice Jarvis and Codu Scholtens
Outstanding Biology Teaching Assistants
In memory of Robert and Marion Finn
MS Taylor Joray, PhD Kristina McIntire
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Charlena Wallen Award
Jack Ward Service Award
Undergraduate Service Award