Gannon Biology Honorary Chapter Named Nation’s Best
Posted: May 30, 2017
One of the duties of Gannon University Professor of
Biology Steve Ropski, Ph.D. took on as president of Beta Beta Beta,
the national biological honor society, is writing a letter to the
winner of the annual Lloyd M. Bertholf Award as the outstanding
chapter in the country. This year, Ropski knew just where to send
the letter to the winning chapter's adviser. He sent it to
Winning the national society's greatest honor was certainly a
gratifying milestone in Ropski's term as head of the organization,
which has more than 6,500 members in 670 chapters throughout the
United States and Puerto Rico. While the award was momentous, it
Gannon's Theta Omega chapter has now won Tri-Beta's highest
honor seven times in the last 20 years, the last coming in 2010-11.
The award is given to the Tri-Beta chapter that best promotes the
society's three aims of scholarship, dissemination of scientific
information and promotion of biological research.
"The Bertholf Committee bases the award upon member activity in
conducting and publishing research, participation in district and
national conventions and other scientific meetings, chapter
programming and activities, and orderly record keeping and
communication with the national office, Ropski said. He added that
Theta Omega has hosted the national convention twice and the
district convention five times.
Founded in 1922, Beta Beta Beta is a society for students,
particularly undergraduates, who are dedicated to improving the
understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending
the boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. The
Bertholf Award is named for Lloyd M. Bertholf, the society's third
Jared Wilczynski, the chapter's student president, said. "The
participation of the students is really what leads to our success.
Winning this award means that we had an amazing, interactive year
with our members and the community. We were able to show the
excellence of our chapter, and complete multiple social and service
events, as well as contributing a lot of our time and resources to
undergraduate research and conferences."
And it goes without saying that Theta Omega chapter made its
adviser-and his University-very proud.