Student Organizations

The CMU Department of Biology supports student honor societies, service clubs and chapters of professional societies. These opportunities enable you to become acquainted with professions and network with peers, faculty and professionals working in your field of interest.

Beta Beta Beta (National Biology Honor Society)

The CMU Theta Zeta Chapter of Beta Beta Beta is a society for biology students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.

The club meets every other Sunday at 7:00 PM in Brooks Hall 201.

For more information, please contact the club via email at tribeta@cmich.edu or through our faculty advisor:

Dr. David Zanatta
Brooks Hall 156
989-774-7829
zanat1d@cmich.edu

Campus Grow

Campus Grow (CG) is a non-profit Registered Student Organization (RSO) that cares for two gardens, roughly 30,000-square-feet in size, that are located on the main campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

The gardens offer space for faculty, staff, students and local community members to grow fresh, organic fruits, vegetables and flowers in an educational community garden setting. In addition, designated garden space is used to grow vegetables and fruits which are donated to the local food pantry and the Isabella County Commission on Aging.

The gardens also host educational activities for children from the CMU Child Development and Learning Laboratory, as well as local families. 

There are three ways in which people can get involved:

  • Active Members. Work 6 hours/month for our volunteer-based student RSO and perform various tasks such as planting, weeding and harvesting.
  • Plot Renters. There are 61 plots available at our Big Garden. Students, faculty and local community members can rent 10' x 10' plots for $10 to share with friends and family members.
  • Volunteers. Help us in hosting events and in doing tasks such as weeding and mulching on garden work days.
The goals of Campus Grow are to:
  • Donate and promote the growing of fresh, local food to the Mount Pleasant community while adhering to organic, sustainable practices
  • Connect the community and campus in a hands-on, educational environment in the name of food awareness
  • Share education and experience among beginner gardeners, children and experienced gardeners about how to grow food and enhance lifestyles in a dynamic, changing world 
For more information about how you can get involved with Campus Grow, please contact:

Patti Travioli
, Horticulturist
Curator, CMU Fabiano Botanical Garden
Manager, Biology Greenhouse and Botany Laboratory
989-774-2384
cmu.gardens.greenhouse@cmich.edu

Fisheries Club

The Fisheries Club provides fisheries-related experience to students of all majors, helps to establish professional contacts, better prepares future professionals, and fosters campus and community awareness of fisheries-related issues and research projects.

The club meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM in Brooks Hall 148 to discuss current issues in fisheries and aquatic ecology. Activities include workshops, lectures, presentations for local schools and field trips.

For more information, please contact our faculty advisor:

Dr. Tracy Galarowicz
Brooks Hall 184
989-774-1336
galar1tl@cmich.edu

Herpetological Society at CMU (Herp-Soc)

The Herpetological Society at CMU is a student-run organization specializing in reptiles and amphibians.

The club meets every Monday at 5:00 PM in Dow Science Complex 170.

For more information, please visit the club's Facebook page, contact the club via email at herp-soc@cmich.edu or through our faculty advisor:

Dr. Kirsten Nicholson
Brooks Hall 217
989-774-3758
kirsten.nicholson@cmich.edu

Microscopy Student Association

The goal of the Microscopy Student Association (MSA) is for undergraduate and graduate students in microscopy-related fields to explore techniques and research in the microscopy area, to further professional development and to develop relationships with professionals in microscopy fields.

For more information, please contact the club via email at microscopy_cmu@yahoo.com or through our faculty advisor:

Dr. Joanne Dannenhoffer
Brooks Hall 161
989-774-2509
joanne.m.dannenhoffer@cmich.edu

Pre-Dental Society

The CMU Pre-Dental Society assists students who are interested in the profession of dentistry.

The club meets on Wednesdays at 8:00 PM in Dow Science Complex 179.

For more information, please contact our faculty advisor:

Dr. Jonathan Kelty
Brooks Hall 192
(989) 774-1382
kelty1jd@cmich.edu

Pre-Medicine and Osteopathic Society

The Pre-Medicine and Osteopathic Society enables students interested in the medical field to learn about the different areas of medicine. Activities include guest speakers, tours of various medical schools, volunteer, fundraising, and social activities.

The club meets alternating Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in Brooks Hall 176.

For more information, please visit the club's Facebook page, contact the club via email at medical@cmich.edu or through our faculty advisor:

Dr. Steven Gorsich
Brooks Hall 230A
989-774-1865
steven.gorsich@cmich.edu

Pre-Optometry Club

The CMU Pre-Optometry Club is a group of students who all share the same ultimate goal of attending optometry school. The club discusses various things such as the optometry admissions test (OAT), volunteer opportunities, and touring local offices and nearby optometry schools.

The club meets every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

  • Click here to connect with the CMU Pre-Optometry club on Facebook

For more information, please contact our faculty advisor:

Dr. Peter Kourtev
Brooks Hall 228
989-774-2388
p.kourtev@cmich.edu


Pre-Physical Therapy Club

The Pre-Physical Therapy Club is dedicated to informing and bringing together students interested in the field of Physical Therapy. Students range in ages, grades, and majors. Meetings provide insight to the graduate school application process, specialties in the field of physical therapy, assistance with undergrad major decisions and course work, along with interactions with physical therapists and graduate school faculty. Events are held during each semester, including socials, fund-raisers, and volunteer events.

The club meets every other Tuesday at 7:30 PM in Pearce Hall 135. Dues are $20 per year.

For more information, please contact the club via email at preptcmu@gmail.com or through our faculty advisor:

Dr. Herman Triezenberg
Health Professions 1232
(989) 774-3899
herman.l.triezenberg@cmich.edu

Pre-Veterinary Club

The Pre-Veterinary Club prepares students for a future in veterinary medicine and provides opportunities to learn more about the profession through different field trips, lessons, fundraisers and a symposium each year. This club is meant to help prepare each student member become ready for veterinary school.

The club meets on Sundays at 8:00 PM.

For more information, please contact the club via email at prevet_central@hotmail.com or through our faculty advisors:

Dr. Elizabeth Alm
Brooks Hall 157
(989) 774-2503
elizabeth.w.alm@cmich.edu

 

Student Association for Microbiology (SAM)

The Student Association for Microbiology was formed as a way for microbiology students in the biology department at CMU to get to know one another better and promote communication among the microbiology students. The goals of the Student Association for Microbiology (SAM) are to promote research and education for undergraduates and graduates in microbiology-related fields at CMU.

The club meets biweekly on Thursdays in Brooks Hall 222.

For more information, please contact the club via email at microclub@hotmail.com or through our faculty advisors:

Dr. Elizabeth Alm
Brooks Hall 157
(989) 774-2503
elizabeth.w.alm@cmich.edu


The Wildlife Society (TWS)

The CMU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS) focuses on preparing members for future careers in biology, specifically wildlife. TWS members participate in a variety of activities and volunteering throughout the year including volunteering at The Wildlife Recovery Association, wolf howling in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, attending the annual Midwest Student Conclave and more.

For more information, please contact the club via email at cmu_tws@cmich.edu or through our faculty advisor:

Dr. Thomas Gehring
Brooks Hall 181
989-774-2484
tom.gehring@cmich.edu

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