Tri-Beta Honor Society

Beta Beta Beta Biological Society is a national honor society for undergraduate students in the biological sciences. All students who are interested in Biology are welcome.  Members have achieved superior academic records and shown special aptitude and interest in the life sciences.  BBB cultivates intellectual interest in the natural sciences and a better appreciation of the value of biological study.  It emphasizes stimulation of scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge, and promotion of biological research. BBB encourages undergraduate students to begin research work and report their findings in the Journal of the Society, BIOS.

The chapter at Wake Forest meets semi-monthly for chapter business and programs originating with its own members or with occasional outside speakers.  In addition to its meeting, the chapter carries on several projects of educational or scientific value and participates in one or more activities sponsored by the national organization.  All members will be required to attend the initiation meeting and one additional meeting per semester.  Failure to comply will result in suspension of membership.

There are two types of membership. Active members must be an undergraduate major or potential major in Biology, have completed at least three term courses in Biology with a GPA of at least 3.0 in these courses, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in all courses taken. Associate members must have completed two term courses in Biology with a GPA of at least 3.0 in these courses, have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in all courses taken, and show a high degree of interest in Biology.  Associate members are elevated to active membership status when they have met the requirements for active membership.

Upon acceptance to the Society students are required to pay a one-time membership fee of $90.00 (Associate), $80.00 (Active), or $10 (promoted from Associate to Active). Graduate, Honorary, and Alumni membership dues are $30 each.

BBB sponsors a number of functions each year, including speakers, dinners, picnics, fund raising projects, monthly meetings, special programs, and the opportunity to present reports on one’s scientific research.  As members of the North Carolina Collegiate Academy of Science, students can participate in field trips, research presentations, projects and workshops.  The district and regional bbb chapters also sponsor an annual convention, symposium dinners, and socials.  Nationally there is a biennial convention, offering additional opportunities for research presentations, field trips, speakers, socials, symposia, and banquets. The national office helps defray travel costs of members through grants to chapters that send delegates to the national meeting.

The local chapter and the department have, in the past, been able to pay all expenses for those presenting papers, although this is not guaranteed.  The local chapter and department have paid full expenses for district and regional meetings as well for those students presenting papers.