Getting Involved: Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society Activities and New Officers

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The Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society is a great way for undergraduate students to get involved with the life sciences community at UC Davis. David Slipher

Each year, undergraduate students in the College of Biological Sciences with exceptional academic performance are invited to join the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society Gamma Delta Chapter. Established at UC Davis in 1984, this chapter requires student members possess a 3.5 or higher GPA and have experience in biological sciences research.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, the Delta Gamma Chapter is hosting multiple events for the society’s members. A hot chocolate social is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. The event will be held in the Dean’s Office Lobby in the bottom level of the Life Sciences Building. All those nominated to join the society will receive an invitation to the event by email.

Other events scheduled this academic year include the Phi Sigma Student Research Showcase, organized to coincide with the university-wide Undergraduate Research Conference

“We’re extremely excited to offer Phi Sigma students with more opportunities to connect and engage with each other this year,” said Michelle Ayres, event coordinator for the College of Biological Sciences. “Our hope is to further strengthen the society’s presence on campus.”   

The CBS chapter would also like to welcome the following officers for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Janeet Dhauna, co-president

Janeet Dhauna

Janeet Dhauna. Courtesy photo

Janeet Dhauna is a senior neurobiology, physiology and behavior major and co-president of the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society Gamma Delta Chapter. She joined the organization to work more closely with her peers in the College of Biological Sciences. Her goal for Phi Sigma is to serve as a support network for fellow students in both academics and research. Dhauna currently conducts research in vascular dementia at the UC Davis Medical Center Department of Cardiology. She previously researched comparative neurobiology, studying the effects of arginine vasopressin on behavior. In addition to research, Dhauna volunteers in her community with the Prytanean Women’s Honor Society and Knights Landing One Health Clinic.

Connor Grant, co-president

Connor Grant

Connor Grant. Courtesy photo

Connor Grant is a senior neurobiology, physiology and behavior major and co-president of the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society Gamma Delta Chapter. Grant previously served on the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Advisory Board and as president and vice president of the Interfraternity Council. He conducted clinical research as part of the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program and co-authored multiple publications regarding cocaine and methamphetamine users at the UC Davis Medical Center. He worked as a research associate within the cardiothoracic surgery department, implementing a patient engagement mobile application. Grant joined Phi Sigma to build connections with his peers and increase networking and research opportunities for future students.

Amy Tran, secretary

Amy Tran

Amy Tran. Courtesy photo

Amy Tran is a junior neurobiology, physiology and behavior major with a minor in psychology. She is secretary of the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society Gamma Delta Chapter and an undergraduate researcher in Associate Professor Brian Trainor’s Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab. Tran previously worked as a research associate and trainer in the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program, where she helped research coordinators identify eligible patients for research studies and trained new research associates on protocols and clinical studies. Tran joined Phi Sigma to become more involved with her peers and is looking forward to impacting student involvement in Phi Sigma.

Catherine Hou, treasurer

Catherine Hou

Catherine Hou. Courtesy photo

Catherine Hou is a junior neurobiology, physiology and behavior major. She is treasurer of the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society Gamma Delta Chapter. She joined Phi Sigma to work more closely with her peers and impact student involvement in research. Hou is an undergraduate researcher in Associate Professor Nicholas Marsh-Armstrong’s Ophthalmology Lab where she studies glaucoma. She also worked as a research assistant in Professor Neil Hunter’s Microbiology Lab studying meiosis. In addition to research, Hou is involved in organizing the 2018 Pre-Health Conference to educate and mentor students on their paths to health professions.

For more information on the UC Davis Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society Gamma Delta Chapter, visit the chapter’s website.

For questions about the program, please contact Michelle Ayres at mjayres@ucdavis.edu