Botany Student Handbook

Student Organizations

The Botany Department strongly encourages students to become involved with various WSU groups or local chapters of national organizations.

The Botany Club is the primary extracurricular activity for Botany majors, Botany minors/BIS, and other students interested in Botany.  The club sponsors speakers, various activities, and an annual plant sale.  These events provide opportunities for informal interactions between students, faculty, staff, and outside professionals. 

Beta Beta Beta is the national honor society for students in the life sciences.  The Phi Chi chapter at WSU honors Biology Composite Teaching, Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology majors for outstanding academic achievement.  In addition, the society promotes opportunities in research and dissemination of biological knowledge.  This is accomplished by:  offering research grant funds for undergraduates to pursue independent research; holding regional and national conventions where undergraduates can present the results of their research in a relaxed, collegial atmosphere; awarding funding for students to travel to these conventions; and publishing the journal Bios, which contains peer-reviewed undergraduate papers and career advice.  The local chapter cosponsors professional, service, and social activities with the other biology-related clubs on campus in order to foster interdepartmental interactions beneficial to all.  Contact the advisor, Dr. John F. Cavitt, Science Lab room 402, (801) 626-6167,  e-mail: for more information.

WSU Clubs and  Organizations, which operates under the Department of Student Activities, is the coordinating body for the various student organizations at WSU.  C&O includes academic clubs, sports clubs, and honor societies.  Visit the C&O website for a complete list of organizations to find other campus groups of interest to you.

Other organizations of interest to students include:

National Conferences on Undergraduate Research  (NCUR), whose mission is to "promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education," provides avenues for presentations, networking, etc. for undergraduates interested in research and other creative endeavors.

Sigma Xi, a society which honors scientific achievement, is open to student associate membership by nomination by a faculty mentor.  The society's annual meeting includes a student research conference.  WSU's local chapter sponsors a monthly Sigma Xi seminar given by a WSU faculty member or an invited speaker.

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