Beta Beta Beta
TriBeta was founded in 1922 at Oklahoma City University 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 students and faculty members began in that year. 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 and posters presented in the style of professional meetings. Awards are given for outstanding individual and chapter accomplishment.
The Local Chapter
The national constitution provides a framework for chapter activities, but each chapter is free to function in accordance with its own needs and school philosophy. A national officer visits each prospective chapter as part of the application process. Chapter programs typically include guest speakers, reports of research by members and departments faculty, field trips, maintenance of collections, community service and social gatherings. A faculty advisor provides continuity and experience to the student members.
The University of Tulsa proudly supports a TriBeta chapter, Pi Alpha, which has been a part of the Beta Beta Beta organization since April 4, 1979. This chapter competes every year in the Southcentral Regional Tri-Beta conventions.
Southcentral Regional Meeting Results
The Southcentral Regional Meeting of Tri-Beta was held April 5-7th 2013 at the OU Biological Field Station at Lake Texoma. Over 150 Tri-Beta members and their faculty advisors from 22 chapters in District 1 (AR, LA, OK) and District 2 (TX) attended. Chapters and undergraduate researchers competed for Outstanding Chapters in each district plus combined district competitions for Chapter History Award (scapbook design and history of chapter events during the year), oral research presentations (30 entries, 3 sessions) and poster research presentations (33 entries, 3 sessions).
TU's Pi Alpha Chapter was represented at the meeting by Karen McMahon (Faculty advisor), Jessica Baker (Chapter Historian), Casey Bramwell (oral presentation: Testing Trail Specificity by Trail Manipulation in the Leaf-cutter Ant Atta cephalotes) and Austin Boardman (poster presentation - Habitat Characteristics as Predictors of Population Health in Blanchard's Cricket Frogs (Acris crepitans blanchardi) .
Although Stephanie Hice (President) was unable to attend the meeting, she created a powerpoint for the presentations held Friday evening about each college's/university's chapter.
Jessica Baker won overall first place in the Chapter History Award; Austin Boardman won 3rd place in poster session three.
Congratulations to ALL for a job well done.
Research Grant Scholarship Awarded
Casey Bramwell, Biological Science Major, was awarded a $300 Research Scholarship Grant from Tri-Beta, the National Biological Honor Society to pursue a research project (Investigation of Atta cephalotes after Pheromone Trail Modification) at La Selva Biological Research Station in Costa Rica under the mentorship of Dr. Glen Collier .
Application for the TriBeta chapter at The University of Tulsa.
Title: Karen McMahon, Faculty Advisor, Instructor of Biological Science
Office: College of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Address: Oliphant Hall 230
Phone: (918) 631-3129
National Web site: www.tri-beta.org
Local Organization: http://orgs.utulsa.edu/bbb