TriBeta Honor Society

TriBeta National Biological Honor Society, Epsilon Chi Mu Chapter



TriBeta National Biological Honor Society is an origination for undergraduate and graduate students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. The society's objectives are:

  • To promote biological science understanding and appreciation,

  • To facilitate activities and experiences in biological-related fields, and 

  • To expose students to numerous avenues in the field of life science, exercise science and biology.

Since its founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 626 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. In addition to publishing the BIOS journal which focuses on student research, the society sponsors annual regional and national scientific meetings. A benefit to TriBeta student members is eligibility to apply for research grants from the national office. Only undergraduate students are eligible to apply for research grants once a year from the national office. Grant applications are due in September each year. Graduate students can be the mentors of the undergraduates for their research projects. 


In order to be inducted you must meet the following requirements:

  • an undergraduate majoring in the biological sciences including psychology, exercise science, and biology-related disciplines at USW, 

  • enrolled in or finished the science course(s), 

  • a graduate majoring in one of the programs at USW such as genetics, forensic biology, medical sciences, clinical mental health counseling health, psychology, and kinesiology, 

  • registered in the program, and 

  • upheld good academic standing. 

How to join 

There are two levels of membership available at USW. Regular members include undergraduate who have met the requirements mentioned above. Graduate members are faculty, staff and graduate students who wish to become TriBeta members. 

Please send a $55 check or money order to advisor’s USW address shown below and make your check or money order payable to University of the Southwest. The electronic payment won’t work for the membership fee, but a money order or a check will. When you mail a check or money order, please write “TriBeta membership fee” on the envelope. Our mailman will notify the advisor once it arrives. In addition, please let me know your physical address. The advisor can mail a certificate, TriBeta logo, cords, a jump drive (2GB) from TriBeta National Office and an enamel pin of our chapter to you.

Contact information:


President (22-23): Ms. Kristen Salomon, 

Advisor: Yusheng Wu

        Department of Biological Sciences 

        University of the Southwest

        6610 N Lovington Hwy T40

        Hobbs, NM 88240

        O: Fadke Arts & Sciences Center Rm#113

        P: 575-492-2118


Visit the National TriBeta website and the chapter website for more information about the organization.

Educational activities for TriBeta members in the chapter 
The activities include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Sponsoring guest lecture series or debates on topics of concern for the biology students and/or the general community.
2. Arranging for alumni to speak on their respective vocations.
3. Arranging field trips to local places of interest.
4. Providing thumbnail sketches of the instructors, their research, and their classes for prospective biology majors.
5. Collecting and updating information on graduate schools, professional programs, summer work and internship programs in biology.
6. Encouraging attendance by members at professional meetings.
7. Showing films and videos of interest to members.
8. Selecting a current topic of interest for discussion throughout the year and arranging for speakers.
9. Preparing an annual report on the chapter's activities for their archives. (Be sure to send a copy to the national office.) 
10. Arranging mock profession and graduate school interviews.
11. Sponsoring and judging high school science fairs and/or science demonstrations.
12. Sponsoring open houses for high school students.
13. Teaching or sponsoring CPR classes and other medical/health related techniques.
14. Acting as guides to museums, zoos, hospitals, etc. for community groups.
15. Giving environmental talks at local grade or high schools.
16. Aiding or running blood pressure clinics or blood mobile drives.
17. Constructing and maintaining nature trails, wildlife refuges, bird boxes, etc.
18. Encouraging recycling and/or running recycling programs.
19. Planting trees and maintaining community gardens and plots.
20. Running food, toy, and clothing drives.
21. Assisting at scientific meetings.
22. Volunteering at local hospitals and nursing homes.
23. Serving as representatives in planning college functions such as homecomings, alumni weekends, parents’ weekends, etc.

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