When you join TriBeta, you are joining a network of biology students and leaders that can help you reach your full potential and extend the boundaries of your research.
Membership has many benefits including research and travel grant opportunities, ability to present your research at district, regional, and national conventions, and publication possibilities, and awards.
Individual membership in TriBeta is through a chapter on the campus of a four-year accredited college or university or through a club at a two-year institution. There are over 650 chapters offering their members activities and experiences that enrich and extend, but do not duplicate the primary requirements for the biology major. Since TriBeta was founded in 1922, more than 300,000 students have been inducted as members of the society.
For information about becoming a member through your school's chapter, please contact the chapter faculty advisor or reach out to the National Office to be provided their contact information. Students are not allowed to register themselves as a new member, membership must go through the local chapter.
Membership Lists can be viewed here: List of Members.
TriBeta not only helps connect you to a community of biology students, but membership also has many other benefits!
Opportunities for grants and research scholarships
Ability to apply for research-based awards
Present at district/regional and national conventions
Subscription to BIOS, an online biology journal
Opportunities to submit undergraduate research in BIOS
Ability to participate in TriBeta events
Access to contests held by TriBeta
Beta Beta Beta is a non-discriminating organization that does not consider age, race, color, creed, sex, national origin or sexual preference. There are six (6) levels of membership in TriBeta. For full definitions, see the Constitution. Your chapter may impose additional membership requirements.
Regular: Undergraduate biological science majors who meet national requirements.
Graduate: Graduate students in biology. Faculty members.
Honorary: Honorary members may be elected by any chapter in recognition of significant accomplishment as biologists or outstanding service to the chapter.
Alumnus: Biology majors who have graduated from an institution where a chapter is later established.
Promoted: Associate members who now qualify to be Regular members in the Honor Society
Associate: Undergraduate students who have an interest in the life sciences, but do not yet qualify for Regular membership.
Based on the TriBeta Constitution, the following are qualifications for each of the membership levels.
Regular members shall be:
a) undergraduate “majors” in biological science at an institution where a chapter of Beta Beta Beta is located,
b) shall have completed at least one term of the second year of a four year curriculum or its equivalent,
c) shall have completed at least three semester courses in biological science, of which at least one is not an introductory course, with an average grade of B or its equivalent in those biology courses,
d) shall have a B average in all courses, and
e) shall be in good academic standing.
f) Only regular members may hold the constitutionally specified chapter offices, vote on chapter membership nominations and national questions, and represent the chapter or vote at national conventions.
Graduate members shall be:
a) either graduate students currently enrolled in a life science at an institution where there is a chapter or faculty members actively serving in the biological sciences.
b) They may participate in the local activities of any chapter or club except for the holding of constitutionally specified chapter or club offices and voting on chapter or club membership and national matters.
c) They may attend district or national conventions, and, upon special designation, represent their original chapter or club at a national convention.
d) They shall not be eligible for undergraduate awards.
Chapter or club honorary members:
a) may be elected by any chapter or club in recognition of significant accomplishment as biologists or of outstanding service to the chapter or club.
a) are biology majors who have graduated from an institution at which a charter is later granted. They may become alumni members of the new chapter by paying the membership fee and with approval of the chapter.
Promoted members shall be:
a) associate members who now qualify to be Regular members in the Honor Society.
Associate members shall be:
a) undergraduates whose interests include the life sciences in some significant way but who are ineligible for regular membership.
b) Associate members shall be eligible to participate in all local, district, and national activities except those specifically reserved to regular members by this constitution.
For all except Associate and Alumnus, the fee is a life membership fee. Associate membership ends with graduation or leaving the institution. Alumnus membership is annual. The chapter may elect to add an additional chapter membership fee if it desires.