Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society

Tri-Beta is an honorary and professional society for students of the biological sciences. Its activities are designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment and investigation in the biological sciences. It is a national society affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences.  The Gamma Chapter at Western State Colorado University was founded in 1925 and is the oldest active chapter in the nation.

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Gamma Chapter Functions and Activities:
Presentations are given by visiting scholars, faculty, student researchers, and graduate and professional school representatives.
College Service Projects:
Members participate in tree planting, highway cleanup, tutoring services...
Field Trips:
Trips are taken to various sites in the Gunnison area.
District and National Conventions:
Conventions provide an opportunity to present original research papers, interact with biologists from other colleges, and attend programs, talks, and field trips.
Social Activities:
Tri-Beta sponsors social events such as: Pot luck dinners, cook-outs, hikes, and other social events.
Other Benefits of Membership:
Opportunities include meeting people with similar interests, journal club discussions, peer group advising, book swaps, and receiving the Tri-Beta journal Bios. Activities vary from year to year based upon interests of members.

February / March 2017


Wildlife Tracking 101 w/ Chris Parmeter 

3pm in Hurst Hall 232











Pot Luck 

Meeting! 7pm











Tracking Workshop



Tracking Workshop
















Night Snowshoe Trip!


Full Moon













Fort Collins





























Nordic Ski/Snowshoe

@ Black Canyon























Upcoming Events

Don't Miss Out!

on this Friday's Natural and Environmental Sciences Seminar...

Paul Jones, our local Aquatic Biologist for Colorado Parks & Wildlife will be presenting on "Rio Grande Suckers and Chubs".
Paul, along with Dr. Shan Hays and Dr. Kevin Alexander, have extensively discussed the idea of using PCR-based assay techniques to assay for the presence of fish and toads in local waterways to address some of the management goals he is tasked to accomplish.  In order to do this, Dr. Hays, Dr. Alexander, and Mr. Jones need to identify Western students who are interested in the ecological questions and the molecular techniques to bring such an endeavor to fruition.  Consequently, we highly encourage interested students to attend the talk to get a notion of the sorts of issues Paul deals with to consider whether or not they might be interested in such a research project.  This is an amazing opportunity to bring new technologies and experiences into our fantastic Western Biology education!

Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Tour at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Meet at 9:00am in the Southeast Hurst Parking Lot (the one bordering Hurst & Quigley) to carpool
Bring a pack-lunch & plenty of water
Please dress appropriately for the weather & bring layers 
Sorry, you can't bring your dog - it's a National Park (gotta follow the rules, yo!)
If you need equipment, it can be rented from the Wilderness Pursuits
If you'd like more information, you can email any of the Tri-Beta Officers
Hope to see you there!




Gates Summer Internship Program (GSIP) hosted by the University of Colorado, Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine.  The GSIP aims to encourage outstanding undergraduates to consider careers in stem cell research by providing state of the art laboratory training opportunities at the Gates Center. We take up to 20 undergraduates on a competitive basis to be trained in our laboratories for 11 weeks, from May 30th to August 14th, 2017.  
Interns will participate in program activities including conducting their own stem cell research project, attending a stem cell research seminar series, and presenting a talk or a poster on their own research at the end of the summer. They will also join in with networking and career development activities and fun week-end adventures to introduce them to Denver and Colorado. The summer interns will receive a stipend of $3,500 and paid parking or transportation for the duration of the program.     
Students can find all the information on how to apply and a list of mentors and their research on the GSIP website:
Applications are due by February 10th.  

2017 Western Region District 1 Convention

April 7-8, 2017

Western State Colorado University's Gamma Chapter is proud to announce that we will be hosting this year's                Western Region District 1 Convention!

This conference which celebrates undergraduate research in biology is rooted in the foundational mission of the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, but is open to all who would like to participate and/or attend.  Students may present their research in either a poster session or an oral presentation.  Additionally, two keynote speakers will be presenting on topics in their fields of expertise, Friday and Saturday evening.  We will be offering a variety of field trip options on Saturday afternoon, both for the indoor and outdoor biology enthusiast!  If you would like more information about participating, presenting, or attending this great event (or even part of it), please visit the conference webpage or email our conference planning chair at:


Hunter's Safety Course - March 10-11

For more information, contact Zach Picard:


Past Events

Lynx Presentation by Matt Vasquez from the U.S. Forest Service

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 @ 7pm in Hurst Hall 130

Please join Tri-Beta and The Wildlife Society for this informative presentation about Lynx!  The introduction of Canada Lynx to Colorado and the ecological relationship between Lynx and snowshoe hare will be discussed, as well as information about an internship opportunity with the U.S. Forest Service, tracking Lynx in the snow this winter.  This is always a great talk, and everyone is welcome!

Lynx Presentation


Colorado Bat Ecology & Conservation Presentation by Rob Schorr from the Colorado Natural Heritage Program

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 @ 7pm in Hurst Hall 130

Please join Tri-Beta and The Wildlife Society for this informative presentation about Colorado Bat Ecology & Conservation!  Rob Schorr will discuss his conservation efforts which incorporate the passion and access of climbers to monitor bats in Colorado.  Everyone is welcome!

Bat Presentation


Holiday Plant Sale!

Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping & buy a living gift for someone you love!

Western's Gamma Chapter of Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society is holding it's semi-annual PLANT SALE!!!

Tuesday, November 29
Wednesday, November 30
Thursday, December 1
Friday, December 2
From 9am - 4pm Every Day

Stop by the lower level lobby of the University Center to purchase a beautiful plant for whomever you're thinking of this Holiday season!
or for yourself - we won't tell ;)
This is a fundraiser for the Gamma Chapter of Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, so there will be some great deals on plants!




Gamma Chapter of Tri-Beta Meetings are held every Tuesday evening at 7pm in the Hurst 137 Student Center.  Most meetings are held in conjunction with activities and/or guest speakers.  All students are encouraged and welcome to attend any meetings!


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Tri-Beta Membership Information

There are two types of membership in Tri-Beta:

Regular Membership                                                Associate Membership

-GPA 3.0 in Biology courses                                       -No required GPA

-Sophomore standing (45 credits)                            -Do not need 45 credits

-Biology Major                                                              -Major in any subject

-$50 processing fee                                                     -$40 processing fee

-Lifetime member                                                        -Membership ends upon graduation

-Taken 3 biology courses                                                   -Can’t hold offices, only participate in club activities

-Can hold offices within BBB                                    

-Good academic standing

Fee Payment:  The national Office will not recognize you as a member until the processing fee is paid, but students can still be involved with local Tri-Beta activities.  If a student initially pays the $40 fee to become a member on the Associate level, and later qualifies to be promoted to Regular Membership level, they need only pay the $10 difference in fee amounts at the time of promotion.  If students pay fees by semester and then want to discontinue being a member, no refunds will be given.

Membership Forms:  Membership forms are available in the Hurst 137 Student Center, or by contacting any of the current Gamma Chapter Tri-Beta Officers.


Current Gamma Chapter Tri-Beta Officers

President:  Erin Twaddell;

Vice President:  Amy Harmon;

Secretary:  Sarah Keith;

Treasurer:  Alex McCarty;

Historian:  Sarah Borchert;


Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Shan Hays;  Hurst Hall 238C;  970 943-3355;