Association of College Honor Societies


Phi Sigma

Biological Sciences, All Pure and Applied Fields

Admitted to ACHS: 1950

Founded at Ohio State University, March 17, 1915

No of Active Chapters: 21

Total Membership: 80063

Annual/current Membership: 905

PURPOSE: Devoted to the promotion of research and academic excellence in the biological sciences.

ELIGIBILITY: Students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university, who have shown research interest, and who have received an equivalent of at least two years of college credit of which at least one-fourth is in biological science, with a scholarship rating in the upper thirty-five percent of their class, shall be eligible for active membership. This minimum ACHS requirement is modified by chapter bylaws; at least a B average is expected together with other qualifications suitable to the local chapters, particularly for graduate students.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Each chapter plans its own programs with a wide variety of activities, ranging from the presentation of papers by the members and lectures by outside speakers to field trips, laboratory demonstrations, and projects. Biennial meetings are held at which delegates from each active chapter meet with the Council for the purpose of formulating policies and transacting all important business of the Society. The national organization annually cooperates with each school that maintains an active chapter in presenting award certificates to one outstanding undergraduate and one outstanding graduate student in any of the biological sciences, pure or applied. A number of chapters supplement these certificates with monetary awards.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Gene K. Wong, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

Tel: (978) 232-2311  Fax: (978) 232-3100

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 2/14/2012