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 was the second chapter founded  among over three hundred chapters 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.


Upcoming 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!





Past Events:



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:

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