Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
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 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 and posters presented in the style of professional meetings. Awards are given for outstanding individual and chapter accomplishment.
The Local Chapter
Individual membership in TriBeta is through a chapter on the campus of a four-year accredited college or university. There are now more than 380 chapters offering their members activities and experiences that enrich and extend but do not duplicate the primary requirements for the biology major. 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. Most chapters have a lounge or office on campus. 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.
Oklahoma Aquarium field trip