Department of Biology

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta)

The Biological Honor Society was first chartered at UMHB in 2005 through the efforts of Dr. Cat Early with the ultimate goal of applying for membership with Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta), a National Biological Honor Society. Their purpose was to function as a society for students with an interest in the biological sciences, with activities designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in the biological sciences, and to promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations among students of the life sciences. Fifteen members of the UMHB Biological Honor Society were inducted into the National TriBeta Honor Society as charter members of the Mu Eta Beta Chapter of UMHB during a ceremony on March 24, 2011.

TriBeta is a society for students, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 553 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

TriBeta was founded in 1922 at Oklahoma City University -- the Alpha Chapter -- by Dr. Frank G. Brooks and a group of his students. The idea of an honor and professional society for biology students spread rapidly and by 1925, the society was a national organization. Biennial national conventions of student and faculty members began in that year and in 1930 the society journal, BIOS, began publication of student research, articles of interest to biologists and society news. As the society grew, it was divided into regional and district groups, each of which holds a convention annually. At the heart of every district and national meeting are student research papers presented in the style of graduate meetings. Awards are given for outstanding individual and chapter accomplishment.

Why get involved?

  • Receive recognition for your academic achievement (regular members who remain active in the society are eligible to wear TriBeta honor cords at commencement)
  • Participate in biology education outreach
  • Network with other biology majors
  • Have fun with like-minded students

Regular Membership

  • Undergraduate majors in any biological science at UMHB
  • Have completed at least one semester of the second year of a 4-year curriculum and have completed at least one semester at UMHB
  • Have completed at least three semesters of courses in biological science, of which at least one is not an introductory course, with an average grade of B in those biology courses
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in all Biology courses and have obtained good academic standing overall

Only regular members may hold chapter offices, vote on chapter membership nominations and national questions, and represent the chapter or vote at national conventions.

Associate membership

Open to undergraduates whose interests include the life sciences in some significant way but do not meet regular membership qualifications.

What do we do?

  • Biology-themed field trips
         - Behind-the-scenes tours 
         - Camping trips
         - Molecular research lab tours
  •  Attend the annual Texas Academy of Sciences or American Society for Microbiology branch meetings
  •  Judge at local science fairs
  •  Host invited speakers
  •  Various community service projects (like the bi-annual Nolan Creek Clean-Up)

Interested? Contact the TriBeta sponsors, Dr. Cat Early or Dr. Karen Grant, or just join us at our next scheduled meeting (see the announcements on the Biology Home Page). You can also get more information about the exciting things going on with TriBeta by joining us on Facebook. And you can email us at .

Departmental Contact: Dr. Kathleen Wood (
Address:  900 College Street, UMHB Station Box 8432, Belton, TX 76513
Phone: (254) 295-4214