Welcome to the UVM Chapter of TriBeta

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a national honor society for students, particularly undergraduates, 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 626 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.  For more about TriBeta, visit www.tribeta.org.

The TriBeta chapter at UVM is named Upsilon Tau (  Upsilon Tau), and was created to embody the goals of the national organization: to stimulate interest and advance knowledge in the field of Biology while recognizing scholarly achievement.

What we do:

  • Hold monthly meetings
  • Provide tutoring for biology
  • Host social events
  • Offer research and grant opportunities
  • Award academic recognitions
  • Attend regional and national conferences
  • Perform community service
  • Networking
  • Sponsor biology seminars
Induction Ceremony 2018

 

Member Research Spotlight:

Kahlia Gonzales

Kahlia GonzalesI am a Junior Biological Science major with a minor in Animal Science.  The title of my research is: Female Productivity and Calf Survivorship of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Bocas, Panama.  I am using photo identification, which is matching a photographed animal to the catalogue of dolphins we have, in order to track who was where, and when.  From there, I look at mothers with calves and juveniles and record the year of the calf’s birth, how many times it was seen with its mother, and if it lived past the two years of age (which means it survived to be a juvenile).  

dolphin fin

We are using data from 2004 to 2014 to infer dolphin female reproductivity and calf mortality rates.  A total of 35 females were identified from 140 dolphins in the current catalogue.  Twenty-three have Dolphin Bay as a key part of their home range where they regularly interact with dolphin-watching boats.  The resident bottlenose dolphins of the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro are regularly exposed to intense interactions with dolphin-watching boats.  The high calf mortality rate is of great concern for the Bocas population, which poses the need for increased monitoring of Dolphin Bay.  Increased boat activity, especially tourism, has created detrimental effects to mother-calf pairs.  Increased stress caused by net entanglement, avoidance of areas, and increased injury have all been seen since the boat activity has increased in Bocas.  We propose that Dolphin Bay of Bocas del Toro should have Governmental enforcement of the whale watching guidelines from 8 AM-5 PM every day in Dolphin Bay to ensure the health of mothers and their calves.

Becoming a TriBeta Member

Fill out the PDF icon Tri-Beta_application.pdf, and turn it in to Dr. Rachel Plouffe's mailbox in the Biology office, Marsh Life Science 120. 

All members will receive the publication BIOS, the Beta Beta Beta Biological Society's quarterly journal of biology.

Associate Membership

  1. Open to anyone with interest in any biological science.
  2. Attend at least two events (meetings, volunteer, social events, etc.) per semester.
  3. Membership dues - $45 one time fee. 

Regular Membership

  1. Majoring in a biological science; sophomore or above.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, also with an average of 3.0 (B) or greater in three biology courses.
  3. Collect a total of ten points annually by participating in chapter events (e.g. Attend a meeting = 1 point; tutor a session = 2 points, etc.)
  4. Membership dues - $55 one time fee (or $10 if previously paid Associate Member dues).
  5. May hold chapter offices of president, vice president, secretary or treasurer, vote on chapter nominations, and represent the chapter at conferences.

Awards, Grants, & Internships

Beta Beta Beta Grants & Research Awards

UVM Office of Fellowship, Opportunities, and Undergraduate Research

UVM Biology Department, Undergraduate Research & Funding (check each Spring for pop-up Summer research awards)

UVM Neurological Sciences Department, summer research program (SNURF)

UVM College of Arts & Sciences, internships

UVM Robert Noyce Scholarship, for students pursuing teaching 7-12th grade science and math

Vermont Genetics Network, summer research support (scroll down)

VT EPSCoR, BREE multidisciplinary undergraduate internships & CWDD scholarships for 1st Generation and/or Native American STEM students

Seminars, Rounds & Networking

Contacts

TriBeta Upsilon Tau Officers:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rachel Plouffe, Rachel.Plouffe@uvm.edu

President: TBD...

Vice President: TBD...

Secretary:  TBD... tribeta@uvm.edu

Treasurer: TBD...

 

TriBeta crest

Next TriBeta Meeting:

Wednesday, Feb. 26th 5:00 pm Marsh Life Science 124

 

Upcoming events:

Meetings - the last Wednesday of each month.

more events coming soon...

Tutoring in Biology by TriBeta:

TriBeta members offer Biology tutoring through the Tutoring Center

NEWS - Recent publications from UVM life science researchers:

PubMed

Web of Science

Plant Biology Dept.