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Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society


Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society, founded in 1915, is a national honor society devoted to the promotion of research and academic excellence in the biological sciences and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The Beta Pi Chapter of Phi Sigma was established at Eastern Illinois University in 1970. Eastern Illinois University also houses the National Headquarters of Phi Sigma that provides travel grants to support undergraduate and graduate research. Eligibility Undergraduate juniors and seniors majoring in any of the biological sciences with a minimum GPA of 3.00 are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the biological sciences with a minimum GPA of 3.25 are also eligible for membership. Initiation ceremonies are held each spring semester. Each spring semester executive officers for the local chapter are elected for the following academic year.


Some of the activities of the Beta Pi chapter have included Book Sales and field trips to Fox Ridge State Park and other natural areas. Activities are decided upon each year by interested members and the executive committee.

Why Join Phi Sigma?

Membership in Phi Sigma provides recognition of academic excellence and achievement and serves to develop additional interests, knowledge, and opportunities in biological science. Whether you intend to advance your academic career, put your experience to immediate use in industry or explore a new career direction, Phi Sigma will give you an opportunity to use your knowledge in ways that classroom experience alone can't. Phi Sigma is a cross-section of undergraduate, graduate and professionals with unique interests and experiences in biology. This organization offers a wealth of perspectives that can assist you in your career development. Qualified students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity for social, educational and professional advancement. For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Colombo

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Dept. of Biological Sciences

Life Sciences Building - 2070 600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-7141

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