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

  • 2018-2019 Officers
  • Joining Phi Sigma
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Phi Sigma Events for 2018/2019

President: Rachel Sparks

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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 September 10th. 2018 Fall Membership Application For more information contact the current vice president Ashley Waring or check out the national website for Phi Sigma.

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The 2019 funding cycle for the Mockford-Thompson Fellowships and Weigel grants will open in February 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):

Marc Ashford

Anjelica Redriguez

Robby Philips

Poster Judges Choice (undergraduates):

Haley Nichols

Mary Fischer

Jocelyn McDonald, Samantha Padia, & Zachary Benefield (jointly presented)

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Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Upcoming Social Events

Saturday, September 22nd:

2:00pm Phi Sigma Fall Potluck, Hosted by Thompson Family

Please bring a side dish.

**This event is for graduate students, faculty & family/significant others.

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.