The Lloyd M. Bertholf Award

This award was first established in 1961 by Lloyd M. Bertholf, the third President of Beta Beta Beta and President of Illinois Wesleyan University. Its purpose was to provide national and local recognition to the chapter which most nearly met a series of criteria for program excellence. In 1969 two Honorable Mentions were added to the award for second and third places as well as the Outstanding Chapter Award which could recognize up to 10% of the total chapters.

There have been some changes in the criteria over the years, but the main purpose is still to recognize that chapter which has best promoted the triple aims of Beta Beta Beta: scholarship, dissemination of scientific information and promotion of biological research. The Bertholf Committee presently bases the award upon the following 4 criteria: member activity in conducting and publishing research, participation in district and national conventions and other scientific meetings, chapter programming and activities, and orderly record keeping and communication with the National Office. Only activities of the preceding year are considered. The application considers the number of members in each chapter thus allowing both large and small chapters to win the award.

The award is usually presented at the district spring convention but during the Biennial convention year the award is presented at the awards banquet. The Bertholf Forms are obtained from the National Office in the fall to be completed throughout the academic year. In the spring, at the end of the academic year the completed forms are returned to the National Office for review and evaluation by the Bertholf Committee. The Bertholf winners are announced in BIOS in the January issue. The 1st place winner will receive a plaque and $500, 2nd place will receive a plaque and $250, Honorable Mentions will receive a plaque, and outstanding chapters receive a certificate.

To be considered for the Bertholf Award, please complete and submit the Bertholf Application Form. 

The application must be received by January 31st, 2021 for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

 
 
 
Bertholf Award Winners  1962 - Present

The first chapter listed each year is the winner of the Lloyd M. Bertholf Award for Chapter Excellence.  Tied places are listed alphabetically.  Additional chapters listed received first and second place honorable mentions for the award.  Several schools have changed names as they became part of state systems or moved from college to university.  The name listed is that which applied at the time of the award.

2018-2019

Bertholf Award – Rho Chi, Bloomsburg University
2nd Place – Theta Pi, University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg
Honorable Mention – Xi Gamma, Mount St. Joseph University
Outstanding Chapters:
Delta Sigma, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Theta Omega, Gannon University
Chi Upsilon, The College of New Jersey
Zeta Lambda, University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla
Tau Kappa, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro
Zeta Beta, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, San German

2017-2018

Bertholf Award - Epsilon Sigma, Angelo State University

Honorable Mention - Zeta Lambda, University of Puerto Rico, Aquadilla

Honorable Mention - Delta Sigma, Southwest Oklahoma State University 

Outstanding Chapters: 

Theta Omega, Gannon University

Upsilon Rho, St. John Fisher College

Chi Upsilon, College of New Jersey

Zeta Beta, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, San German

Theta Delta, Wilkes University

2016-2017
Bertholf Award – Pi Omicron, Hastings College

2nd Place – Zeta Lambda, University of Puerto Rico/Aguadilla
Outstanding Chapter Awards – Delta Sigma, Southwest Oklahoma State University, Upsilon Sigma, Manhattanville College, and Mu Omicron, Columbus State University

2015-2016
Bertholf Award – Theta Omega, Gannon University

2nd Place – Zeta Lambda, University of Puerto Rico/Aguadilla
3rd Place – Pi Omicron, Hastings College

Outstanding Chapter Awards – Zeta Beta, InterAmerican University/San German and Chi Upsilon, College of New Jersey

2014-2015

Bertholf Award – Zeta Epsilon, University of Puerto Rico/Cayey
2nd Place – Theta Omega, Gannon University

3rd Place – Epsilon Nu, California Polytechnic/Pomona

Outstanding Chapter Awards – Zeta Lambda, University of Puerto Rico/Aguadilla, Zeta Beta, InterAmerican University/San German, and Chi Upsilon, College of New Jersey

 

2013-2014
Bertholf Award - Gamma Epsilon St. Mary's Univ/MN
Honorable Mention - Delta Sigma Southwestern Univ

 

Outstanding Chapter: Zeta Lambda Univ of Puerto Rico/Aguadilla
Theta Omega Gannon Univ

2012-2013
Bertholf Award - Epsilon Sigma Angelo State University
2nd Place - Phi Omicron Hastings College
3rd Place - Zeta Alpha University of Puerto Rico/Mayaguez

Outstanding Chapter: Zeta Beta Interamerican University/San German
Zeta Lambda University of Puerto Rico/Aguadilla

2011-2012       
Bertholf Award – Zeta Epsilon University of Puerto Rico/Cayey
2nd Place Rho Chi Bloomsburg University
3rd Place Delta Sigma Southwestern Oklahoma University

 

Outstanding Chapter Zeta Alpha University Puerto Rico/Mayaguez
Zeta Lambda University of Puerto Rico/Aguadilla
Pi Omicron Hasting College


2010-2011       
Bertholf Award – Theta Omega Gannon University
2nd Place – Zeta Epsilon University of Puerto Rico/Cayey
3rd Place – Zeta Alpha University of Puerto Rico/Mayaguez                                                             

Outstanding Chapters – Zeta Lambda University of Puerto Rico/Aguadilla
Delta Sigma  Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Zeta Beta Interamerican University/San German
Pi Omicron Hastings College


2009-2010       
Bertholf Award – Epsilon Sigma – Angelo State University
2nd Place Theta Omega Gannon University
3rd Place Chi Epsilon College of New Jersey

Outstanding Chapter – Zeta Beta Interamerican University/San German
Pi Omicron  Hastings College


2008-2009       
Bertholf Award – Zeta Alpha University of Puerto Rico/Mayaguez
2nd Place – Theta Omega Gannon University
3rd Place – Zeta Epsilon University of Puerto Rico/ Cayey

Outstanding Chapter – Zeta Beta Interamerican University/San German


2007-2008       
Bertholf Award – Epsilon Sigma – Angelo State University
2nd Place – Phi Omicron Hastings College
3rd Place—Chi Upsilon –The College of New Jersey

 

Outstanding Chapter - Zeta Beta –Interamerican University 
Theta Omega Gannon University


2006-2007      
Bertholf Award  - Zeta Epsilon – University of Puerto Rico/Cayey
1st Place – Mu Omicron – Columbus State College

Honorable Mention –Pi Omicron – Hasting College
Delta Tau  - Sam Houston State

 

Outstanding Chapters - Zeta Beta – Interamerican University
Sigma Chi – Prairie View A & M

2005-2006       
Bertholf Award  - Epsilon Sigma – Angelo State University
1st Honorable Mention – Zeta Epsilon – University of Puerto Rico/Cayey

2nd Honorable Mention – Phi Gamma – US Air Force Academy

Outstanding Chapter - Sigma Chi – Prairie View A&M
Pi Omicron – Hasting College
Theta Omega – Gannon University
Gamma Omega – Bethel University
Delta Sigma – Southwestern Oklahoma State University


2004-2005  
Bertholf Award - Chi Upsilon Chapter-College of New Jersey

1st Honorable Mention - Alpha Chi Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

2nd Honorable Mention  - Mu Omicron Columbus State University

 

Outstanding Chapters - Zeta Beta Interamerican University,
Alpha Delta Wheeling Jesuit University,
Eta Upsilon Wagner College,
Sigma Chi Prairie View A&M University,
Xi Gamma College of Mount St. Joseph,
Theta Omega Gannon University,
Rho Kappa Widener University.

 

Outstanding Chapter Honorable Mention - Theta Gamma-Roger Williams University                                                    
Theta Delta-Wilkes University                                                                   
Alpha Gamma-University of Pittsburgh                                                           
Kappa Epsilon-Old Dominion University                                                        
Gamma Sigma-Augustana College                                                           


2003-2004       
Bertholf Award --Theta Omega, Gannon University, Erie, PA

Outstanding Chapter            
Alpha Chi, Edinboro University PA, Edinboro,PA
Chi Upsilon, the College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Mu Omicron, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
Rho Omicron, Penn. State Univ./Behrend, Erie,PA
Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX


2002-2003 
Bertholf Award -- Epsilon Sigma, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX
Alpha Chi, Edinboro University PA, Edinboro, PA

Outstanding Chapter - Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M University
Theta Omega, Gannon University
Zeta Beta, InterAmerican Univ at San German


2001-2002  
Bertholf Award -- Theta Omega, Gannon University, Erie, PA
1st Honorable-Alpha Chi, Edinboro University of PA,   Edinboro, PA

Outstanding Chapter-Delta, Southwestern University,   Winfield, KS


2000-2001  
Bertholf Award --Gamma Omega, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
1st Honorable-Theta Omega, Gannon Univ, Erie, PA
2nd Honorable-Gamma Mu, U of Wisc/WhiteWater, Whitewater, WI

Outstanding-Chi Upsilon, College of NJ, Ewing, NJ
Alpha Chi, Edinboro Univ, Edinboro, PA
Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M Univ, Prairie View, TX


1999-2000       
Bertholf Award --Delta Tau, Sam Houston State Univ, Huntsville, TX

Outstanding-Alpha Chi, Edinboro Univ, Edinboro, PA
Theta Omega, Gannon Univ, Eric, PA
Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M, Prairie view, TX


1998-1999       
Bertholf Award -Chi Upsilon, College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ and
Gamma Omega, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN

Outstanding-Epsilon sigma, Angelo State Univ, San Angelo, TX
Psi Xi, Missouri Western State, Saint Joseph, MO


1997-98           
Bertholf Award -- Sigma Chi--Prairie View A&M Univ
1st Honorable-Chi Upsilon--The College of New Jersey, NJ
2nd Honorable-Theta Omega--Gannon University, Erie, PA

Outstanding-Alpha Chi--Edinboro University of PA, Edinboro, PA
Epsilon Sigma--Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX


1996-97           
Bertholf Award -- Epsilon Sigma, Angelo State Univ, San Angelo, TX


1995-96           
Bertholf Award --Theta Omega, Gannon University, Erie, Pa
1st Honorable-Epsilon Sigma, Angelo State Univ, San Angelo, TX


1994-95          
Bertholf Award -- Gamma Omega, Bethel College, St Paul, Mn

Outstanding-Epsilon Sigma, Angelo State Univ, San Angelo, TX
Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M Univ, Prairie View, TX


1993-94           
Bertholf Award -- Psi Zeta, Northwest Missouri State College, St. Joseph, MO

Outstanding Chapters - Epsilon Sigma, Angelo State Univ, San Angelo, TX
Iota Psi, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M Univ, Prairie View, TX
Theta Omega, Gannon University, Erie, PA


1992-93           
Bertholf Award -- Epsilon Sigma, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX
1st Honorable-Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M Univ, Prairie View, TX
2nd Honorable-Theta Omega, Gannon University, Erie, PA


1991-92           
Bertholf Award -- Lambda Omicron, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Pt, WI
1st Honorable-Tau Nu, The Citadel, Charleston, SC
2nd Honorable-Epsilon Sigma, Angelo State Univ, San Angelo, TX

Outstanding Chapters - Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M Univ, Prairie View, TX
Tau Rho, St. Andrews Presbyterian Coll, Lauinberg, NC


1990-91           
Bertholf Award -- Mu, Carroll College, Waukesha, WI
1st Honorable-Lambda Omicron, Univ of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI

2nd Honorable-Tau Nu, The Citadel, Charleston, SC

Outstanding Chapters - Epsilon sigma, Angelo State Univ, San Angelo, TX
Beta Tau, Baylor Univ, Waco, TX
Alpha Omega, Hartwick Coll, Oneonta, NY
Theta Alpha, Mount Mary Coll, Milwaukee, WI
Mu Kappa, Oral Roberts Univ, Tulsa, OK
Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M, Prairie View, TX
Mu Gamma, Western Kentucky Univ, Boiling Green, KY


1989-90          

Bertholf Award--Xi Gamma, College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH
1st Honorable-Tau Nu, The Citadel, Charleston, SC
2nd Honorable-Mu Kappa, Oral Roberts, Tulsa, OK

Outstanding-Beta Tau, Baylor Univ, Waco, TX
Alpha Omega, Hartwick Coll, Oneonta, NY
Iota Psi, Hillsdale, College, Hillsdale, MI
Theta Alpha, Mount Mary Coll, Milwaukee, WI
Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M, Prairie View, TX
Lambda Omicron, U of Wisc/Stevens Point, Stevens, Pt. WI


1988-89     
Bertholf Award--Epsilon Sigma, Angelo State Univ, San Angelo, TX
1st Honorable-Alpha Omega, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
2nd Honorable-Tau Nu, The Citadel, Charleston, SC

Outstanding Chapters - Alpha Eta, Hope College, Holland Michigan
Beta Tau, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Eta Lambda, Loyola Univer A&M, Prairie View, TX
Beta Tau, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Lambda Omicron, Univ of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI
Theta Alpha, Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI


1987-88     
Bertholf Award--Iota Psi, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI


1986-87     
Bertholf Award--Eta Lambda, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
1st Honorable-Epsilon Sigma, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX


1985-86     
Bertholf Award--Lambda Omicron, Univ of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI


1984-85     
Bertholf Award--Lambda Omicron, Univ of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI
1st Honorable-Alpha Omega, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY and Sigma CHi, Prairie View A&M, Prairie View, TX
2nd Honorable-Theta Epsilon, Coll of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
Zeta Alpha, Univ Interamericana de PR, San German, PR


1983-84     
Bertholf Award--Lambda Pi, Adrian College, Adrian MI
1st Honorable-Lambda Omicron, Univ of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI

2nd Honorable-Alpha Omega, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY and
Mu Kappa, Oral Roberts Univ, Tulsa, OK


1982-83     
Bertholf Award--Pi Alpha, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
1st Honorable-Mu Kappa, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK
2nd Honorable-Alpha Omega, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY


1981-82     
Bertholf Award-- Lambda Omicron, Univ of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI
1st Honorable-Beta Rho, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
2nd Honorable-Eta, Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa


1980-81     
Bertholf Award-- Mu Kappa, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK


1979-80     
Bertholf Award-- Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M Univ, Prairie, View, TX
1st Honorable-Alpha Omega, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
2nd Honorable-Lambda Omicron, Univ of Wisc, Stevens Point, WI


1978-79     
Bertholf Award-- Alpha Omega, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
1st Honorable-Zeta Epsilon, Universidad de PR, Cayey, PR
2nd Honorable-Lambda Pi, Adrian College, Adrian MI


1977-78     
Bertholf Award-- Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
1st Honorable-Alpha Beta, Bowling Green St Univ, Bowling Green, OH
2nd Honorable-Delta Sigma, Southwestern Oklahoma St,Weatherford, OK


1976-77     
Bertholf Award-- Theta Omega, Gannon College, Erie, PA
1st Honorable-Eta Eta, Roanoke College, Roanoke, VA and
Lambda Gamma, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH

 

Honorable Mention for excellence in a New Chapter: Kappa Omega,
Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS


1975-76     
Bertholf Award-- Lambda Xi, SUNY/Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
1st Honorable-Delta Kappa, Emporia Kansas State College, Emporia, KS

Special Award for Chapter Effectiveness: Zeta Gamma, Universidad
de Puerto Ric, Rio Piedras, PR


1974-75     
Bertholf Award-- Mu, Carroll College, Wauklesha, WS and
Theta Chi, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
1st Honorable-Theta Zeta, Central Michigan Univ, Mt. Pleasant, MI


1973-74     
Bertholf Award-- Lambda Omega, Loyola University, Chicago, IL and
Sigma Chi, Prairie View A&M Univ, Prairie View, TX


1972-73     
Bertholf Award-- Lambda Gamma, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
1st Honorable-Zeta Gamma, Universidad de PR, Rio Piedras, PR


1971-72     
Bertholf Award-- Beta Zeta, Florence State Univ. Florence, AL and
Delta Tau, Sam Houston State Univ, Huntsville, TX


1970-71     
Bertholf Award-- Zeta Gamma, Universidad de PR, Rio Piedras, PR
1st Honorable-Alpha Beta, Bowling Green St, Bowling Green, OH


1969-70     
Bertholf Award-- Eta Kappa, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
1st Honorable-Zeta Gamma, Universidad de PR, Rio Piedras, PR
2nd Honorable-Theta Phi, Saint Joseph College, Emmitsburg, MD


1968-69     
Bertholf Award-- Gamma Psi, Kansas State College, Pittsburg, KS


1967-68     
Bertholf Award-- Beta Tau, Baylor University, Waco, TX


1966-67     
Bertholf Award-- Alpha Alpha, Albion College, Albion, MI


1965-66     
Bertholf Award-- Alpha Epsilon, College of St. Elizabeth, Convent,NJ


1964-65     
Bertholf Award-- Eta Eta, Roanoke College, Salem, VA


1963-64     
Bertholf Award-- Alpha Mu, Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD


1962-63     
Bertholf Award-- Eta Lambda, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA​

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