I am pleased to announce that on April 16th
the Omicron Omicron chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national
biological honor society, was installed at Saint Michael�s College.
The installation and first induction ceremonies were held in the new
Pomerleau Alumni Center. We inducted 46 members including 5 faculty
and 6 associate members. Four of our faculty had previously been
inducted and will transfer their memberships to our new chapter.
Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for
students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the
understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending
boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. This
and additional information can be found at the national societies�
web site. Unlike many academic honor societies, students are
encouraged to participate in TriBeta as soon as they enter college,
and can be inducted as full members as early as their sophomore
year. The intent of the organization is to encourage active
participation and to reward academic excellence in the biological
Our bid for a chapter began about a year ago
with a formal application to the national office of the honor
society. This was followed by a site visit in November and an
official announcement this Spring. Students from the biology
department began holding TriBeta events well in advance of the
official announcement. Thus far TriBeta has hosted two guest
speakers, a biology quiz, and a faculty panel on research
opportunities in the department. The society has also elected three
officers: President Corey Dolbeare; Vice President Marie Agan;
Secretary Randy Breeckner.
Six of our brand-new inductees, Kaitlyn Begins,
Marie Agan, Corey Dolbeare, Meghann Palermo, Samantha Hidy, and
Gregory Keefe presented results of their research at the North East
TriBeta District Convention hosted by at the University of Vermont.
They joined fellow researchers from four other colleges and
universities in a celebration of research accomplishments. The day
included oral presentations, posters, and a Jeopardy-style biology
TriBeta members receive and can submit research
papers to the journal Bios. They can compete for society research
funding as well as travel grants for participation in national and
regional conventions. The chapter will provide additional
opportunities to host speakers, departmental social events, and
networking opportunities for students in the biological sciences.
We hope to provide opportunities for interested alumni to reconnect
with the department and share their valuable insights and
experiences with current students. Finally, graduation honors in
biology will be awarded to inducted members meeting established
criteria of academic excellence in their senior year.
officers Corey Dolbeare, Marie Agan, and Randy Breeckner
members and new inductees