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Department ofBiology

Clubs and Affiliations

Biology Honor Societies

Tri-Beta Honor Society is the honor society for undergraduate biology majors, who are dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of the study of biology and broadening the boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Declared biology majors who have completed the introductory biology sequence, while maintaining a minimum 3.25 GPA (both in biology & overall) are invited to apply for membership each spring. Contact:  Brian Bayless

For an application for membership in Santa Clara University's chapter of Tri-Beta please click Tri-Beta above.

Current Juniors: Tri-Beta gives out over 100 research grants to undergraduate members for $250-$1,000 every fall. 

The Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society Chapter at the University of San Francisco will host the 2019 Western District-2 Convention on Saturday, April 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  1. Tri-Beta Western-2 Group Registration Form
    This is the link to the group registration form. As you will see in the instructions, the form provides spaces for 10 attendees. If you have more than 10 members attending from your school, feel free to email me the requested information for those individuals. This form is due by March 15, 2019. The registration fee ($40.00 per attendee), is due March 22, 2019. Please make a check or money order payable to the University of San Francisco, and include a list of attendees covered by the payment.

  2. Tri-Beta Western-2 Abstract Form
    This is the link to the abstract form. Please provide this link to each student who is planning to present a poster or a talk. These forms are due April 1.

Sigma Xi is the honor society for scientific research. The society encourages original investigation in pure and applied science. Students who have demonstrated an aptitude for original scientific research are eligible for associate membership. The requirements for full membership include noteworthy achievements in research as demonstrated by publications, patents, written reports, or a dissertation.

Biology Student Clubs

ClubBio welcomes all SCU students interested in the Biological Sciences. We organize fun social events and service projects that help students who enjoy Biology to meet one another and interact with biology faculty outside the classroom.

The Science and Engineering Mentoring Outreach (SEMO) Program seeks to provide high school students with higher education role models through mentorship that promotes STEM career awareness and soft skill development. Through this program, SEMO mentors visit Bay Area high schools, some of which are low performing and from socially, economically, and/or politically marginalized or oppressed communities, and strive to inspire both the high school students in academic and career development as well as themselves in recognizing social justice issues in the present school system.  To learn more about SEMO and to apply to become a mentor, please visit

Pre-Health Club/SCUPH seeks to help students understand and organize the medical and/or other graduate school process while providing guidance, support, and health-related information in a safe, intellectual, and familiar atmosphere. Current issues surrounding the medical field are presented for student discussion and awareness. Students will also become more involved in the community through volunteer activities relating to health issues.

CHE (Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education) helps to provide information to students about Medical School or other Health related fields and help the Latino community in the San Jose area. Our club was founded by Latino students whose aim was to inspire other Latino students to pursue a career in the health fields and sciences; however, our club is open to all students in the hope that other students will gain an interest in medicine and other health-related fields. 

GREEN! (Grass Roots Environmental Efforts Now!) is a grassroots organization focused on educating for the preservation of our environment. Build on your college experience by doing a service to your local community and the global environment. Participate in service projects in the greater Santa Clara community such as beach clean-ups in Santa Cruz, habitat restoration in Santa Clara, exotic species removals in Golden Gate Park, trail and creek clean-ups in local communities, and annual Earth Day festivals focused on environmental awareness.