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Student Organizations

Beta Beta Beta (or Tri-Beta) Biology Honor Society

“Tri-Beta” is the casual name of the national biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta, and our chapter functions both as an honor society and a service organization for students in the biological sciences. Its main objectives are to promote scholarship in the biological sciences, to promote dissemination of biological knowledge and to encourage research. Activities hosted by Tri-Beta are open to all majors, and include white-water rafting, informational parties, picnics and other recreational activities. Tri-Beta also hosts the annual “Meet the Professors” event. The organizational also facilitates interaction between students and faculty on an informal basis, and introduces students to postgraduate options in the biological field. The faculty advisor to the society is Dr. K.T. Elliott.


Graduate Studies Club (GradS)

The Graduate Studies (GradS) Club exists to provide assistance, mentorship and guidance to those students interested in, or considering, graduate study. Meetings address such issues as choosing between research and non-research-based programs, finding a graduate school, navigating the application and interview process, preparing for the GREs (standardized test), and choosing a mentor. The faculty advisors are Dr. Tracy Kress and Dr. Luke Butler.


BioEd Club

This group works to support any biology student with interests in teaching. They hold monthly meetings to discuss the teacher prep program, teaching techniques specific to biology, and opportunities specific to future teachers. The adviser for this club is Dr. Matthew Wund.


American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

The American Medical Student Association aids and encourages students interested in careers in medical, veterinary, dental, and health-related fields such as optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, podiatry, and the basic medical sciences. The club works in concert with the Medical Careers Advisory Committee (composed of six faculty) to provide information about applications, pre-professional exams, (e.g. MCAT, DAT, OAT, and GRE), interviews, admissions, relevant part-time and co-op employment, and financial aid. It organizes guest lectures, offers field trips, and fosters cooperation among those students considering professional careers. Dr. Dennis Shevlin is the faculty advisor.


Pre-SOMA Chapter

A chapter of Pre-SOMA has recently formed at the College! Pre-SOMA is the undergraduate division of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), which is the student affiliate organization of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Students interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine, or desiring to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine, are encouraged to become involved in this new campus organization. Dr. Sudhir Nayak of the Biology Department is the Advisor, and a list of student officers is available from the Biology Main Office.


Pre-Dental Club

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in dentistry, then the Pre-Dental Club is for you: an organization which offers students information about and exposure to careers in the dental field. By inviting administrators from dental schools, current dental students, and other speakers from dental-related fields, this club seeks to provide students with the resources to apply to and pursue a career in a dental health-related field. Dr. Jeffery Erickson serves as the faculty advisor. For more information about the club, please send an email to:, or visit their website.


Pre-Veterinary Club

The Pre-Vet group provides information about and awareness of veterinary science for those students considering a veterinary career; to provide access to a network of veterinary professionals for the purposes of education and experiential learning; and to assist students in the process of preparing for a career in veterinary science. Dr. Keith Pecor is the faculty advisor. For further information, come to a meeting and check us out!


Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)

The purpose of TCNJ MAPS is to provide under-represented students interested in the medical field with adequate knowledge, skills, and experiences that are both prerequisite and affiliated with the requirements necessary for admission into medical schools. We also provide pre-health information to all other pre-health students. The organization strives to achieve its goals by offering to its members and others the following activities: panels of medical students and doctors, access to regional and/or national conferences, medical school trips, mentorship through medical students, shadowing with doctors, and facilitating access to community service.

TCNJ MAPS endeavors to educate our members, the campus community, and when possible the surrounding community on issues related to the medical field and health care in minority communities and elsewhere through Health Fairs and Conferences, such as, Health Disparities Outreach Fairs, Pre-health conferences, and Health Professional School Admissions Fairs. Dr. Amanda Norvell is the faculty advisor for MAPS.


AZ (BS/MD) Club

AZ (formerly “Alpha Zeta,” but NOT a Greek organization) is a student group consisting of the participants in the Seven-Year Articulation Program with UMDNJ-NJ Medical School. Its intent is to help with the transition to medical school, and provides support, information and social networking opportunities for its members. Dr. Dennis Shevlin in the faculty advisor of this club.


Neuroscience Journal Club

This new club in the Fall of 2014 will consider a broad range of topics in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience through the review and discussion of current papers. Dr. Jeffery Erickson of the Biology Department and Dr. Andrew Leynes of the Psychology Department serve as the faculty advisors. Meetings are held on alternate Friday afternoons in Room 209 of the Biology Building. More information on the club can be found at their website.