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
President: Rachel Sparks
Vice President: Ashley Waring
Treasurer: Kate Evans
Business Manager: Julia Martin
Social Chair: Rosario Marroquin-Flores
Secretary: Kylie Hampton
Our membership drives occur in the fall and spring terms. Interested in Joining Phi Sigma? Applications are due February 1st. Membership Application Spring 2019] For more information contact the current vice president Ashley Waring or check out the national website for Phi Sigma.
The 2019 funding cycle for the Mockford-Thompson Fellowships and Weigel grants will open in January 21, **2019.
If you have any questions contact Rachel Sparks.
For Weigel Grant Application - Application form
For Mockford-Thompson Summer Fellowship Application - Application form
Winning Presentations and Judges Choice from the 2017 Research Symposium
Oral Presentation Winners (graduate):
1st- Dylan Poorboy
2nd- Joey Neale
3rd- Nick Rhoades
Oral Presentation Winner (undergraduate):
Katherine Kesslery (Bradley University)
Poster Judges Choice (graduate):
Poster Judges Choice (undergraduates):
Jocelyn McDonald, Samantha Padia, & Zachary Benefield (jointly presented)
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Friday, April 12th:
Phi Sigma Research Symposium
8:00 A.M. Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Normal Keynote Speaker will be Dr. S. Hollis Woodard from University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on the behavior and physiology of native bees in rapidly changing and extreme environments.
Registration for both oral and poster presentations will be available on the Phi Sigma ReggieNet site starting January 25th and will be due March 1st. Contact Ashley Waring (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.)
**Social Events Friday, March 1st
For more information on upcoming social events contact the Phi Sigma Social Chair, Rosario Marroquin-Flores
Past Research Events
Phi Sigma Research Symposium
The 19th Annual Phi Sigma Research Symposium was held April 13th (Friday) at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal.
See links below for abstracts of past symposiums.