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Beta Beta Beta

Advisor Dr. Katie Burgess
(816) 501-3685
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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. Stephen Daggett
(816) 501-3654
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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 14 credits of biology courses with a sufficiently high biology 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. 

School of Science and Health Testimonial:


When originally choosing an undergraduate school to attend, Avila University appealed to me because of the potential to become involved. The school offers multiple clubs, athletics, and volunteer opportunities, which allow students to experience what they are capable of, and to meet people they would not otherwise. For me, the science club Tri Beta, allowed to me to network and gain experience within a leadership role.

Jordan Burns '15


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