Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society
Beta Beta Beta (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.
Members participate in science outreach, peer mentoring, and undergraduate research, and have the opportunity to attend the regional TriBeta conference, held jointly with the Association for Southeastern Biology. TriBeta also offers competitive research awards and opportunities to publish independent research projects.
Meet Our Alumni
- <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1069-evelyn-anna-hill" title="Evelyn Hill" aria-label="Evelyn Hill"><img src="/live/image/gid/10/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,819,1026/1436_AnnaHill.rev.1511978808.jpg" alt="Evelyn Anna Hill" title="Evelyn Anna Hill" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/10/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,819,1026/1436_AnnaHill.rev.1511978808.jpg 2x" data-max-w="819" data-max-h="1026"/></a></span><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_profiles_headline"><a href="/live/profiles/1069-evelyn-anna-hill"><p> Veterinary student Anna Hill (2014) works with the Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia (CAHA).</p></a></h4><div class="lw_profiles_description"><p> I graduated from Emory & Henry in 2014 with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry and am currently a third year vet student at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine in Harrogate, TN. Although much of my time is spent in the classroom learning the fundamentals (everything from anatomy and physiology to medical and surgical techniques) for a variety of animal species, much of my curriculum is hands-on through the labs in my clinical and professional skills courses. Starting at the beginning of first semester I was learning how to do physical exams on both large and small animal patients. During that time, we also began working on our motor skills, doing things like stacking beads and tying knots with surgical instruments to work on dexterity and motor skills. This past (fifth) semester, I have been able to put all those skills and knowledge into practice, performing full physical exams, determining anesthetic protocols, and completing surgeries on our partnering shelter animals that have gone on to be adopted. I have also gotten to work with our larger resident teaching animals, doing things such as performing lameness and neurologic exams on horses and pregnancy checks in our herd of Jersey cows. Many people don’t realize that all veterinarians learn about and are knowledgeable about all kinds of animals, regardless of what species they intend on working with.</p><p> This summer (2017), I worked on a research project through the Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia (CAHA), based here at LMU-CVM, which examined the role of One Health in in rural Appalachia, specifically eastern Kentucky. Part of LMU-CVM’s mission statement includes service to the Appalachian region, something I can really appreciate as a graduate of Emory & Henry where service to community is so heavily emphasized. I don’t have any specific plans for after graduation at the moment but I would love to stay in rural Appalachia and practice mixed animal medicine. I am looking forward to completing my didactic learning here on campus and starting my fourth year full of clinical rotations at veterinary clinics across the country. I’m excited to be closer to my childhood dream of being a veterinarian and using my knowledge and skills to serve my community.</p></div><a href="/live/profiles/1069-evelyn-anna-hill" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div>
- <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/812-beth-hudak" title="Beth Hudak" aria-label="Beth Hudak"><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,824,662/575_Beth_Hudak_EH_10.rev.1505495071.jpg" alt="Beth Hudak" title="Beth Hudak" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,824,662/575_Beth_Hudak_EH_10.rev.1505495071.jpg 2x" data-max-w="824" data-max-h="662"/></a></span><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_profiles_headline"><a href="/live/profiles/812-beth-hudak"><p> Beth Hudak’s work caught the attention of the National Science Foundation.</p></a></h4><div class="lw_profiles_description"><p> A press release from the University of Kentucky tries to explain the science in terms we can all understand: haven’t we all held a cell phone in our hands and noticed it getting a bit too hot? The research and discovery done by Beth Hudak just might make that sensation obsolete.</p><p> Beth earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Emory & Henry in 2010, and finished her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky in 2017. While working with a team of researchers she has just made an exciting breakthrough in polymorphs of the inorganic compound hafnium dioxide – used commonly in optical coatings.</p><p> The results have implications for more efficient microchip technology.</p><p> The paper on the work was recently published by Nature Communications, and the work was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the U.S. Department of Energy, and NASA Kentucky. The research is getting national attention, and is currently featured as a banner headline on the website for the National Science Foundation.</p><p><a href="https://uknow.uky.edu/research/hafnia-dons-new-face">Read the press release</a> from UK explaining the work here.</p><p> Beth is now working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.</p><p><img width="1000" height="563" alt="This screen shot shows Beth's work featured on the NSF webpage." src="/live/image/gid/68/width/1000/height/563/576_Screen_Shot_of_NSF_webpage.rev.1505495071.png" class="lw_image lw_image576 lw_align_left lw_column_width_full" data-max-w="1920" data-max-h="1080"/></p></div><a href="/live/profiles/812-beth-hudak" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div>
- <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1018-william-wadlington" title="William Wadlington" aria-label="William Wadlington"><img src="/live/image/gid/10/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,411,441/1145_Wadlington.rev.1510678188.jpg" alt="William Wadlington" title="William Wadlington" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="411" data-max-h="441"/></a></span><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_profiles_headline"><a href="/live/profiles/1018-william-wadlington"><p> Salad Days</p></a></h4><div class="lw_profiles_description"><p> Will Wadlington (’08) recently shared a little tidbit:</p><p> “You may like to know I just accepted a new position as Lettuce Breeder, fyi.”</p><p> How could we not have follow up questions??</p><p> He recently defended his Ph. D. work in Plant Biology at the University of Illinois, and his current research is on spinach sex chromosomes. Working at Everglades Research & Education Center, Dr. Wadlington says they are doing research to determine how plants control whether they are male or female. “We don’t really know how plants do that, so I’m researching how spinach (my specialty) and also papaya use sex chromosomes to have male or female plants. It’s basic research to figure out how botany works.”</p><p> Turns out there’s an advantage to being able to change the sex of spinach: “I developed a variety of spinach that makes YY spinach (not XX not XY but with two Y’s). Breeders use those for seed production to make the most pollen.”</p><p> His next post-doc job will be working with lettuce. In particular, he’s looking at making lettuce more disease-resistant. “Lettuce in the field gets pathogens sometimes and it can ruin a crop or make them ugly. We are finding varieties that are resistant to common diseases so we can then breed naturally occurring resistance genes into major lines.”</p><p> The hope is for less food waste and higher quality produce – which is great for growers, but also for the environment. “Disease-resistant lettuce requires fewer chemical sprays when cultivated, so it’s cheaper to produce, better for the environment, and great for the people that work in the fields and eat salads.”</p><p> Let-us all hope for Will’s success.</p></div><a href="/live/profiles/1018-william-wadlington" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div>
- <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/17-kyle-boden" title="Kyle Boden" aria-label="Kyle Boden"><img src="/live/image/gid/2/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/26_28f97829f69611f15958da5f58be5431_f42621.rev.1490711184.jpg" alt="Kyle Boden" title="Kyle Boden" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/2/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,666/26_28f97829f69611f15958da5f58be5431_f42621.rev.1490711184.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="666"/></a></span><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_profiles_headline"><a href="/live/profiles/17-kyle-boden"><p> Kyle Boden ’14 Continues to Find Success in Medical School</p></a></h4><div class="lw_profiles_description"><p> Kyle Boden became keenly aware of his responsibility to serve the community while attending Emory & Henry College.</p><p> During his first year at Emory & Henry, Boden found time to drive to a local elementary school where he read to a classroom of kindergarten students before returning to campus to switch gears, strapping on a football uniform for evening practice.</p><p> His contributions on campus didn’t stop there. Honor student, skilled football player, and student leader, Boden has always been the epitome of what it takes to be admired and honored.</p><p> No doubt, his desire to serve others is what prompted the 2014 graduate to pursue a medical career. Beginning his second semester at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine, Boden has a particular interest in orthopedic surgery.</p><blockquote> I am the first in my family to become a physician and to choose this specialty because I believe it provides a unique opportunity to positively impact those in my community. Medicine also provides an excellent opportunity to bridge the gap between my interest in the biological sciences and my desire to help people on a daily basis.</blockquote><p> “Emory & Henry taught me that it is better to dream the biggest, wildest dreams imaginable than to live my life in fear of failure. More importantly, Emory & Henry helped me develop the leadership skills necessary to provide the best possible care to my patients.”</p><p> Boden said he was taught by many professors who left a lasting mark on him. “As a student at Emory & Henry, I valued the relationships I developed with my professors the most. It meant a great deal knowing my professors valued my growth as a person just as much, if not more than, my growth as a student.”</p><p> Boden’s accomplishments while a student at E&H did not go without recognition.</p><p> Boden, who played quarter back at the College, was awarded last May the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship, one of the top scholar-athlete awards from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The award is given annually to one male and one female who are selected from among the more than 1,100 member institutions throughout all three NCAA divisions.</p><p> “It was an honor to receive the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship and to represent Emory & Henry on a national level,” Boden said. “I had the opportunity to go to the awards ceremony with my family in New Orleans last month and tell members of the NCAA from throughout the country how Emory & Henry shaped me into the person I am today.”</p><p> The scholarship provides $48,000 of financial assistance toward post graduate education throughout the next two years.</p><p> Boden also was Emory & Henry’s first Rhodes Scholar finalist in 109 years. The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards. The scholarship provides 32 recipients annually with an opportunity to study at Oxford University in England. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding academic achievements, but for their character, leadership, and commitment to others.</p><p> “I don’t get caught up in individual awards and accomplishments because my success at Emory & Henry was due to so many people who invested in me and pushed me to become the person I am today,” he said.</p><p> “I hope people remember me as someone who lives each day to the fullest and treats his peers with respect and compassion.”</p></div><a href="/live/profiles/17-kyle-boden" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div>
- <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1017-emma-sturgill" title="Emma Sturgill" aria-label="Emma Sturgill"><img src="/live/image/gid/10/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,377,384/1144_Profile.rev.1510677783.jpg" alt="Emma Sturgill" title="Emma Sturgill" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="377" data-max-h="384"/></a></span><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_profiles_headline"><a href="/live/profiles/1017-emma-sturgill"><p> From Biology student to biotechnology entrepreneur</p></a></h4><div class="lw_profiles_description"><p> Emma graduated from the Emory & Henry Biology Department in 2009 and continued on to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN to study the activity of cytoskeletal proteins during cell division. Upon obtaining her PhD in Cell Biology in 2014, Emma launched a biotechnology company that specializes in protein manufacturing. She enjoys working at the intersection of research, entrepreneurship, and STEM education, and attributes her fascination for biology to her experiences at E&H.</p></div><a href="/live/profiles/1017-emma-sturgill" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div>
- <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/706-kellie-flaherty" title="Kellie Flaherty" aria-label="Kellie Flaherty"><img src="/live/image/gid/2/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,100,100/356_static1.squarespace.rev.1500388033.jpg" alt="Kellie Flaherty" title="Kellie Flaherty" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="100" data-max-h="100"/></a></span><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_profiles_headline"><a href="/live/profiles/706-kellie-flaherty"><p> Pursing a Passion for Helping Others </p></a></h4><div class="lw_profiles_description"><p> During Kellie’s time at E&H she discovered her passion for helping others through the healthcare field and desire to become a PA.</p><p> I graduated from E&H with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry. I will complete my Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) this August and return to Texarkana, Texas where I have accepted a position as a Hospitalist. During my time at E&H I found myself traveling to Eastern Europe for Cross-cultural Psychology and to Costa Rica for Tropical Biology. These experiences abroad sparked my passion for international travel. Between college and grad school, I again had an opportunity to travel internationally when I ventured a second time to Costa Rica for my first mission trip. I am partnered with an international ministry based in Texarkana and intend to incorporate my medical training with missions. My compassion for people inspired me to pursue healthcare, where I will be able to facilitate healing for the whole person - spirit, soul, and body.</p><blockquote> “E&H was absolutely the right place for my undergraduate education. The college’s motto “increase in excellence” is manifested in an environment that encourages students to achieve their full potential. E&H has countless opportunities to become involved, whatever your passion is - there is a place for you! I had the honor of being co-captain of the women’s soccer team, where I developed a strong sense of community, the meaning of team, and commitment. I participated in numerous organizations from Fellowship of Christian Athletes to residence life to the biological honor society. Through the Outdoor Program I discovered my enjoyment of backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. The cultural history of Appalachia interwoven with innovative programs provides a high-quality and unique experience that makes E&H a hidden treasure.”</blockquote></div><a href="/live/profiles/706-kellie-flaherty" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div>