The Biosociety is the student-run biology club. Each year several students are elected as officers, and these students spearhead the organization of departmental seminars, service opportunities, and social events. The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society (aka Tri-Beta) is a national organization that is "dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research." See below for more information on Tri-beta's history and eligibility requirements. Davidson Biosociety officers double as officers for Tri-Beta. The faculty advisor for the Biosociety and Tri-Beta in 2006-2007 is Dr. Mark Stanback.
The following events were sponsored or co-sponsored by the Biosociety:
-- Charles Darwin Birthday Party and Dinner, held every February: see pictures from 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
-- Fall bonfire and s'mores at the Lake Campus, annual Biology Department social event: see pictures from 2004, 2005
-- National DNA Day celebration, honoring the 50th anniversary of Watson and Crick's description of DNA structure
-- Tri-beta induction ceremony and departmental poster session: see pictures from 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
-- Student presentations/slide shows about experiences at various School for Field Studies campuses
-- "Networking for Scientists" workshop (co-sponsored with Career Services)
-- Seminar by Julia Butterfly Hill (co-sponsored with the Environmental Action Coalition and the Public Lectures Committee), 2002
How to join
Attend one of our meetings or events! Check this page for future scheduled gatherings.
The following students are Biosociety officers in 2005-2006: Will Stoudemire '06, Sarah Durnbaugh '06, Ben Young '08, Karina Todd '08, Kara Koehrn '06, Caitlin Westfall '07, Bill Stokes '08, Will Broughton '08, Summerlee Walter '08, Hannah Plekon '07, and Wes Anderson '09. Contact any of them for information, or else write Dr. Karen Hales, faculty advisor, at kahales .
information on the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
The Tau Omega Chapter of Beta Beta Beta was installed at Davidson College on April 28, 1995. TriBeta is an honor and professional society for students of the biological sciences, particularly undergraduates. It seeks to encourage scholarly attainment, to cultivate intellectual interest in the life sciences, and to promote a better appreciation of the value of biological study It encourages undergraduate research and "emphasizes a three-fold program: stimulation of scholarship; dissemination of scientific knowledge; and promotion of biological research." Beta Beta Beta members receive Bios, a journal of scientific reports by members of the society. Members can submit original research articles to this journal for publication and can present papers at district and national conventions of the organization. Members and chapters are also eligible to compete for various awards given by the national organization.
The Tau Omega Chapter
invites students to become regular members during their junior and senior year
of study. The requirements for membership are:
* declaration of biology as a major
* completion of at least three courses in biology
* a 3.2 GPA in the major.
The initiation fee for regular members is $30 for a life membership. Any biology student is eligible to become an associate member. Associate member dues are $20 for one year. Associate members may become regular members if they meet the requirements of membership and pay an additional $10. Membership invitations are sent to eligible students each spring semester. The initiation ceremony for new members occurs at the end of April.
Local chapters, such as Tau Omega, hold business meetings, sponsor presentations of scientific research by students or outside speakers, and undertake various projects. The charter, coat of arms and key of the Tau Omega Chapter of Beta Beta Beta are located outside of the Biology Department office.
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