American Society for Microbiology – Western New York Branch
“The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 47,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences. ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities.” Students may join the Western New York Branch and attend or participate in an annual research symposium.
ßßß (Tri-Beta) Biological Honor Society
(TriBeta) is an 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 national founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 670 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including the Canisius University, Alpha Theta chapter founded in 1941. Members of the Canisius chapter are inducted based on their commitment and involvement in the Biological sciences, society events, and community service. In addition, members also participate in fundraising events, such as our annual Variety Show, a campus wide talent show. Last year, the society raised over $1,500 to help improve the lives of orphans in Poland and in previous years the money has helped support Habitat for Humanity and medically underserved patients in Nicaragua. The society has a strong presence on the Canisius campus and within the Biology department where members continually work to promote both the college and society's missions.
Women in Science
Women in Science is a club whose efforts are directed towards promoting gender equality, encouraging an education in the STEM fields for young girls and women, and exposing our members to the vast number of opportunities within the field. We have collaborated with Roswell Park for networking and shadowing opportunities, as well as fundraising for scholarships for our WIS club members to support their education. The organization also works with a group of elementary school girls through Science Firsthand, an after-school program that allows local kids to actively explore the sciences through hands-on activities.