Student Organizations

Biology related student organizations at East Carolina include:

The ECU Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Visit the ECU-AFS website at

For More information contact:

Dr. Roger Rulifson
Faculty Advisor
Department of Biology
East Carolina University


BETA BETA BETA is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending the boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 130,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 370 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

TriBeta was founded in 1922 at Oklahoma City University 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.

The Local Chapter

Individual membership in TriBeta is through a chapter on the campus of a four-year accredited college or university. There are now more than 370 chapters offering their members activities and experiences that enrich and extend, but do not duplicate the primary requirements for the biology major. The national constitution provides a framework for chapter activities, but each chapter is free to function in accordance with its own needs and school philosophy. A national officer visits each prospective chapter as part of the application process. Chapter programs typically include guest speakers, reports of research by members and department faculty, field trips, maintenance of collections, community service and social gatherings. Most chapters have a lounge or office on campus, and at least one chapter has maintained an entire house for its members. A faculty advisor provides continuity and experience to the student members.


National registration fees help support 15 district conventions every year and the national convention every other year. Just as the local chapter is the center of TriBeta programs, the district convention is the most important regional project. It offers members a chance to report their research and to hear from outstanding graduate investigators and teachers who give invited lectures and hold informal discussions. Field trips have become an important part of the national convention which is often centered around some biological feature unique to the convention locale. Like graduate society meetings, the conventions offer a chance to share current research and discuss scientific issues. Students who present papers at the national convention are eligible for research stipends. TriBeta also helps defray travel costs by offering travel grants to chapters attending the convention.

For more information contact:

Dr. Lee Sutton
Faculty Advisor
Department of Biology
East Carolina University

AED (alpha Epsilon Delta, Pre health Honor society)

AMSA (American Medical Student Association Premed chapter)

MAPS (Minority Association for Pre health Society)

RHVS (Rural Health Volunteer Society)

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