College of Arts & Sciences
- Science Division
- Kirkbride Hall, Room 321
- tel: 610-499-4002
Dr. Itzick Vatnick
- Chair of Biology Department
- Kirkbride Hall, Room 404
- tel: 610-499-4245
Clubs and Organizations, Biology
Brain Awareness Week
Students majoring in biology regularly engage in community outreach such as celebrating Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research with our elementary school students.
Biology students can stay active in the sciences outside of the classroom by participating in a variety of clubs and organizations. Nature lovers can join the Environmental Club, while Biology Club members can help spark a passion for science in area schoolchildren.
Below are a few clubs and organizations that may appeal to biology majors at Widener.
Biological Society (Biology Club)
The Biology Club is open to any student who has an interest in biology. The club conducts monthly noon meetings (where pizza is a never-changing fare) that serve as social gatherings and informational assemblies to conduct the business of the club. The Biology Club takes field trips to places such as the National Zoo in Washington D.C. and aquariums in Baltimore or Camden.
Members of the Biochemistry Club are biochemistry, biology, chemistry, and engineering majors who want to explore the application of science in everyday life. Activities include lunchtime talks from research scientists with Q&A sessions, science-themed movie nights followed by interactive discussions with faculty, and field trips to local science-related venues such as the Franklin Institute and Mutter Museum.
Widener has pride in going green. The Environmental Club is open to all students at the university and holds multiple events throughout the year to bring awareness to protecting the environment. Some projects include a “Save the Seas Night” and re-labeling the storm drains around campus to deter littering.
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society
The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society admits students with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in biology courses. To join, students must be nominated by the biology faculty, have status as a second semester sophomore, and have made at least one biological research presentation in a public forum. Biology students engaged in collaborative research with one or more faculty members may also apply for research grants through the national Beta Beta Beta organization.