Beta Beta Beta
Last updated September 12, 2016
National Biological Honor Society
Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the
understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through
scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 175,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime
membership and more than 430 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto
TriBeta was founded in 1922 at Oklahoma City University - the Alpha Chapter - by Dr. Frank G. Brooks
and a group of his students. The idea of an honor and professional society for biology students spread
rapidly, and by 1925 the society was a national organization. Biennial national conventions of student and
faculty members began in that year, and in 1930 the society journal, BIOS, began publication of student
research, articles of interest to biologists, and society news. As the society grew, it was divided into
regional and district groups, each of which holds a convention annually. At the heart of every district and
national meeting are student research papers presented in the style of graduate meetings. Awards are given
for outstanding individual and chapter accomplishment.
The Purpose of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society shall be to function as an honor and professional
society for students of the biological sciences. Its activities shall be designed to stimulate interest, scholarly
attainment, and investigation in the biological sciences, and to promote the dissemination of information
and new interpretations among students of the life sciences.
Beta Beta Beta is a non-discriminating organization that does not consider age, race, color, creed, sex,
national origin or sexual preference when considering membership.
Regular members shall be:
a) Undergraduate students at an institution where a chapter of Beta Beta Beta is located.
b) Shall have completed at least one term of the second year of a four-year curriculum or its equivalent. OR
are sophomores by credit hours.
c) Shall have completed at least three term courses in biological science, of which at least one is not an
introductory course, with an average grade of B (3.0GPA) or its equivalent in those biology courses.
d) Shall be in good academic standing.
Only regular members may hold the constitutionally specified chapter offices, vote on chapter membership
nominations and national questions, and represent the chapter or vote at national conventions.
Associate members shall be those undergraduates whose interests include the life sciences in some
significant way but who are ineligible for regular membership. Associate members shall be eligible to
participate in all local, district, and national activities except those specifically reserved to regular members
by this constitution.
Chapter honorary members may be elected by any chapter in recognition of significant accomplishment as
biologists, or of outstanding service to the chapter.
Biology majors who have graduated from an institution at which a charter is later granted may become
alumni members of the new chapter. Alumni members will receive an individual subscription to BIOS.
Regular members who have become inactive may become Alumni members with payment of the
For more information please contact:
Aaron Bunker (BR 110, x5285)