American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
In 1947, "AIBS was founded to break down the boundaries that lay between the various biological societies." (James, 1997). As part of its outreach to students, AIBS charted its first student chapter at Hiram College in January 1968. AIBS awarded the Hiram College AIBS Student Chapter the President's Citation Award and Alpha Chapter Status in 2003. Student chapters "...serve the intellectual and professional interests of students in the biological sciences. These chapters are dedicated to the broader AIBS mission to advance biological research and education for the good of science and the welfare of society." (AIBS, 2008).
AIBS membership is open to any interested student. Activities of the group have included a Fall AIBS Mixer, to help underclassmen experience the various options for research present on campus; a community service program, kiddy trick-or-treating, to expose children to biology in a fun manner; a Graduate School Seminar, where recent PhD graduates and professors spoke of their experiences in graduate school and gave helpful hints; a Research Internship Seminar, in which students who had experience with internships explained the process and where to look for internships; participation in the campus wide Earth Day Celebration and a trip to the Cleveland Natural History Museum.
References: American Institute of Biological Sciences. (2008). AIBS Student Chapters. Retrieved August 23, 2008, from http://www.aibs.org/student-chapters/
James, F. C. (1997, Nov.). AIBS 50th Anniversary. Bioscience, 47(10), 643-656.