Avila University

Student Organizations


Student OrganizationsBeta Beta Beta
Advisor Dr. Karin Gastreich
(816) 501-2996
National Web site: http://www.tri-beta.org/

The Pi Iota chapter of Tri-Beta was established at Avila in the Fall of 1998. Tri-Beta is an honor and professional society for students of the biological sciences, particularly undergraduates. It seeks to encourage scholarly attainment to cultivate intellectual interest in the life sciences, and to promote a better appreciation of the value of biological study.


Alpha Epsilon Delta
Advisor Dr. Larry Garrison-Sullivan
(816) 501-3655
National Web site: http://www.aednational.tcu.edu/

The Zeta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta was
chartered in the spring of 2014. Alpha Epsilon Delta
is the National Health Pre-professional Honor Society
dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of
excellence in pre-professional health scholarship.


The Outstanding Biology Student Award

This is an annual award given to graduating senior biology majors who have demonstrated academic excellence in their years at Avila University. Criteria include science grade point average, cumulative grade point average, and service in the department. The Biology Department selects the student each spring semester.


Honors in Biology

Students who have completed fourteen credits of Biology courses with a sufficiently high biology G.P.A. and overall G.P.A. and overall G.P.A. and who have demonstrated promise in other ways may be invited to apply for the biology Honors program. If the student’s application warrants acceptance into the program, he or she may be eligible for Honors. Graduating with Honors in biology requires completing a three-semester laboratory or field research project (two semesters of BI 493 and one semester of BI 499) of sufficient quality and maintaining a sufficiently high biology overall G.P.A. 


"The small class sizes and the individual mentoring I received from Avila's outstanding faculty had a profound impact on my career. Post Avila, I earned two graduate degrees in Biology and now enjoy an exciting career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working to preserve wildlife for future generations."

Rodney Wittenberg '98