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Clubs & Organizations

There are multiple clubs and organizations that many Biology students are a part of. Below is some information about the Department of Biology clubs, as well as the president(s) of each organization and their contact information.

• Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta)

The Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society is a club where all students with an interest in Biology can come together outside of class and socialize as well as gain helpful resources that they can apply towards their professional career. We also like to keep our members involved in service through different ways such as volunteering in the community. In addition to our service activities, Tri-Beta is a National Honors Society where students can apply to become lifetime members and help advance our three aims of scholarship, dissemination of scientific information, and promotion of biological research.  Watch the Tri-Beta video here.  Faculty advisor is Marek Sliwinski.

• Pre-Chiropractic Club

The Pre-Chiropractic Club is an organization designed to help prepare undergraduate students interested in following a chiropractic career path. Students will be able to learn what to expect when entering the chiropractic field and how to apply for chiropractic school. More importantly, the Pre-Chiropractic Club will give students the opportunity to meet and make connections with other students interested in the chiropractic field.  Faculty advisor is Julie Kang.

• Pre-Dental Club

The purpose of the Pre-Dental Club is to provide interested students with knowledge of the field of dentistry. They inform students on all topics of dentistry, including taking the Dental Admission Test, applying to dental school, and career opportunities within the field. The Pre-Dental Club also gives students the opportunity to participate in dental-related simulation clinics and field trips.  Faculty advisor is Nathan Bird.

• Pre-Medical Club

The Pre-Medical Club provides students with information regarding careers in the medical field, medical school admissions, medical school applications, and medical school options. They assist students with MCAT preparation, applying to medical school, meeting physicians, volunteer opportunities, and familiarizing themselves with the medical professions. The Pre-Medical Club hosts speakers ranging from medical school students, residents, and physicians from various specialties and sub-specialties. Representatives from medical schools also speak to the Pre-Medical Club. They arrange visits to various medical schools and hospitals. The Pre-Medical Club answers or assists students in answering any questions regarding the medical field, profession, or schooling.   Faculty advisor is Nathan Bird.

• Pre-Occupational Therapy Club

The Pre-Occupational Therapy Club is an organization designed to prepare undergraduate students for a career in occupational therapy. The club will also help inform students on how to apply for a graduate program. Internships and/or job-shadowing opportunities for each student can also be set up through the Pre-Occupational Therapy Club. Above all, this club is to provide a community for individuals interested in occupational therapy.  Find Pre-OT Club at UNI on Facebook.  Faculty advisor is Theresa Spradling.

• Pre-Optometry Club

Faculty advisor is David Saunders.

• Pre-Physician Assistant Club

Faculty advisor is Ira Simet

• Pre-Pharmacy Club

Faculty advisor is Carl Thurman.

• Pre-Veterinary Science Club

The Pre-Veterinary Science Club focuses on animal related events and topics. They do fundraising and volunteer events to help support animal organizations, such as Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation, the Cedar Bend Humane Society, and ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program. In addition to planning these events at club meetings, the Pre-Veterinary Science Club discusses veterinary medicine topics and ways to build your veterinary school application. They have arranged special tours at zoos and talks with local veterinarians. The Pre-Veterinary Science Club is open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine or people who enjoy working with animals.  Faculty advisor is David McClenahan.

Pre-Veterinary Science Club Facebook group

• Pre-Physical Therapy Club

The Pre-Physical Therapy Club holds meetings throughout the school year and places an emphasis on the application process for physical therapy school. Meetings typically consist of guest speakers, or representatives from physical therapy schools, such as the University of Iowa, St. Ambrose University, Creighton University, and Des Moines University, who come to discuss the details of their program. The club better prepares students who are considering applying for physical therapy school to strengthen their personal applications. Dues for the club are $5. This cost covers food provided at each meeting.  Watch the Pre-PT Club video for more information.  Faculty advisor is Mary McDade.

• Student Nature Society

Open to ALL UNI students who enjoy nature, wildlife, botany, conservation and outdoor nature-related adventure. We organize field trips and camping events, invite guest speakers, watch nature themed movies, and do fun hands-on activities throughout the school year. We also do activities such as trail and stream clean-up to care for the environment and support the local community.

Like UNI Student Nature Society on Facebook!  Faculty advisors are Ai Wen and Kenneth Elgersma.

• UNI Fishing Club

The UNI Fishing Club serves to bring UNI students together to organize fishing tournaments and outings with other Iowa fishing clubs and communities, share fishing experiences and knowledge, network and meet other students who share similar affection for the sport of fishing and an overall love of the outdoors, teach new individuals how to fish, participate in competitive fishing tournaments with other college fishing organizations, participate in volunteer and community service type activities, and most importantly go fishing.  Watch the fishing club video to learn more and find them on Facebook!  Faculty advisor is Mark Myers.

• Women in Healthcare Club

The Women in Healthcare Club serves to encourage and promote academics and professional interest among college and university students in any healthcare field. They host presentations and guest speakers, specifically addressing topics like working as a healthcare provider, and informing about women’s issues specifically surrounding healthcare. In addition, they provide opportunities for volunteering in the community and social activities to meet other like-minded students.  Watch the UNI Women in Healthcare Club video for more information.  Faculty advisor is Theresa Spradling.