Who we are

Phi Sigma is a national society that was founded in March 1915 at Ohio State University to promote academic achievement and research in the biological sciences. There are currently 32 active chapters with approximately 50,000 members. Phi Sigma is the only nationally recognized honor society for both undergraduates and graduates in Biological Sciences. On the campus of Illinois State University the Phi Sigma Biological Science Honors Society is represented by the Beta Lambda Chapter (a registered student organization) which was founded in 1966. Phi Sigma is devoted to the promotion of scholarship and research in the Biological Sciences. To this end the Beta Lambda Chapter of Phi Sigma works closely with the School of Biological Science and is a sponsor of the weekly school seminar series, and the annual research symposium. The Beta Lambda Chapter of Phi Sigma also holds an annual grant competition to provide research funds to both graduate and undergraduate students. Visit our facebook

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President: Brad Smith

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Vice President: Daniel Goldberg

Treasurer: Ian Rines

Business Manager: Kat Coburn

Social Chair: Amanda Klingler

Secretary: Madi Rittinger

Our membership drives occur in the fall and spring terms. Interested in Joining Phi Sigma? Fall Applications are due September 9th. Phi Sigma Membership Application Fall 2019. For more information contact the current vice president Daniel Goldberg or check out the national website for Phi Sigma.

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The 2020 funding cycle for the Mockford-Thompson Fellowships and Weigel grants will open in January 2020. Please check in January for updates.

Research Events For 2019/2020

Fall Membership Drive - Due - September 9 2019 (Monday):

Fall membership applications are due Sept. 9, 2019. Phi Sigma Membership Application Fall 2019

Weigel Seminar Presentation - September 26th

This is a speaker invited by Phi Sigma who gives a seminar in the School of Biological Sciences seminar series. Dr. Robin Tinghitella from the University of Denver will present “Grand gestures and love notes: Animal communication in a changing world”.

University Research Symposium - April 3rd

Phi Sigma Research Symposium - April 10th

Social Events For 2019/2020

Fall Picnic - September 28th

For more information on upcoming social events contact the Phi Sigma Social Chair, Amanda Klingler

Past Research Events

Phi Sigma Research Symposium

The 19th Annual Phi Sigma Research Symposium was held April 13th 2019(Friday) at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal.

See links below for abstracts of past symposiums.