Student Activities

There are a number of opportunities for members of the community of biologists at Puget Sound to get together outside the classroom or lab.

Phi Sigma work party for Puget Creek restoration
Phi Sigma work party for Puget Creek restoration

Phi Sigma, a national biology honor society, elects outstanding students each year. Phi Sigma organizes social occasions for students and faculty, staffs a free tutoring service, and cosponsors the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in April at which students in all the sciences present the results of their research projects.  

Biology Club kayaking trip
Biology Club kayaking trip at Pt. Defiance

The Biology Club is open to all students and offers a variety of fun, biology-related activities on and off campus.  Past field trips have included snorkeling, kayaking, natural history hiking, gathering edible plants and mushrooms, aquarium visits, and lab tours.  Students propose and organize activities at regular meetings.

Elements magazine cover, Spring 2010
Elements, Spring 2010 edition

Elements Science Magazine is a student-run publication for general audiences featuring articles on student research and interesting scientific topics, including science satire.  Students can get involved as writers, editors, photographers, and illustrators.  For more information email

The science division sponsors the Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars every Thursday afternoon that students are encouraged to attend. Distinguished faculty and visiting scientists present talks on their research, and science students who conducted research during the summer on a Murdock Summer Research Grant present their findings in a poster session early in fall semester.

Each semester the department hires several student teaching assistants who work in classroom labs with professors. Some of their duties include helping students during lab, grading papers, and keeping the lab neat. Students do not need to have a work-study award to be hired as a TA. TA applications are accepted starting pre-registration week each semester. See the TA board (outside Thompson 267) to pick up an application.

Storeroom assistants are also hired by the department to assist the storeroom staff in setting up labs, cleaning equipment, and taking care of animals. These are work-study positions available through Career and Employment Services.

At the end of each school year, the department sponsors the Biology Picnic. This fun event features great food and a chance to meet with friends and faculty before everyone disperses for the summer, and winners of department awards are announced.  See the latest news, information, and pictures, and find us on Facebook.