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Student Organizations

owl photoWhatever your academic or extra-curricular interests within the sciences, there is sure to be a student club for you!

Choose from the following list to learn more about each organization or club:


Backcountry Hunters & AnglersOur purpose is to promote engagement in and around: backcountry hunting and angling, the conservation of wilderness, public lands, the protection of fish and wildlife that rely on clean water and wilderness, and the public's access to these recreational opportunities. The club should serve by creating a community bringing together students, faculty, and staff and providing an environment conducive for both the veteran and novice backcountry hunters and anglers alike to learn and participate in club activities.

This club is part of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers collegiate outreach program and therefore furthers the organization's guiding mission to protect the sportsmen's voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Turner


Beta Beta BetaBeta Beta Beta is the Clarion University chapter of the National Biology Honor Society. We are dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.

Our members engage in volunteer work, group study/tutor sessions for introductory biology courses, and Biology Department recruitment events.

Any student, regardless of major, with an interest in the biological sciences, can join Tri Beta at the Associate Membership level. Regular Members must be in one of the four biology majors, have completed three college levels biology courses and maintain a 3.0 overall GPA.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Suzie Boyden


We are undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences and our goal is to help incoming freshman and transfer biology majors set and attain academic, career, personal and social goals by offering a peer perspective. As biology is a highly interdisciplinary field we seek to recruit mentors from all science departments including biology, math, chemistry, geosciences, and physics. Peer mentors currently hold weekly office hours to help students make four year plans, to discuss course content, and for assistance with course scheduling and registration. Additionally, biology peer mentors have assisted in retention and recruitment activities such as acting as facilitators in BIOL 105 Biology Freshman Seminar, tour guides and presenters for Biology Visit Day and student representatives at Admissions Open House events.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jessica Thomas


The Clarion Green team is for students who have the desire to learn about and contribute to the environment. Members will be able to gain experience working with the environment and other students through recycling projects, outdoor cleanups, environmental awareness programs, and fundraisers. This club will provide both environmental and non-environmental majors with the opportunity to make a difference and impact on the world by learning what they can do and teaching others what they learn.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Val James


Wildlife SocietyThe Wildlife Society is a national professional organization. Consistent with the goals of the Wildlife Society, our Student Chapter strives to augment the educational opportunities for students at Clarion University interested in natural resources. We hope to better prepare members for careers in wildlife biology, conservation, and management.

We also foster campus and community awareness of wildlife issues. In all of our endeavors we encourage professionalism and high standards of scholarship.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kurt Regester


Geoscience clubClarion University Geoscience club aims to promote the goals of geoscience students on campus. Geoscience club hosts guest speakers from organizations such as the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists, the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, and many others. These events help students interested in Geoscience Careers network and learn about the industry. In addition to these on campus networking opportunities, Geoscience club members are also members of the Pittsburgh Geological Society and regularly attend monthly meetings in Pittsburgh, PA. The club also sponsors geologic recreation with field trips to locations of geologic interest throughout the area.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sheila Kazar


Clarion University's Health Careers Club is a recognized student organization which aims to provide information, resources, and experiences for students interested in pursuing a career in any health-related field. The club supports students seeking careers in the health fields (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-physician assistant, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-chiropractic). The club hosts speakers from professional schools and practicing health-care professionals as well as performs community service. Additionally, the club sponsors a number of seminars throughout the year to help prepare pre-professional students in their pursuit of entry into professional programs. This includes seminar topics such as interview and resume preparations, aptitude test preparation, how to set up job shadowing and clinical hours, and stress management.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Helen Hampikian


Plant of the DayA newly formed group interested in anything and everything plant related! Activities they are pursuing include:

  • Identification Hikes
  • Speakers/ Field Trips
  • Posting information about a plant species of the week
  • Educating the public about native plants
  • Learning about wetland plants
  • Exploring opportunities in Forestry and Botany

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Suzie Boyden


Clarion University's Pre-Vet club aims to provide information and experiences for students seeking veterinary medicine as a career. The club meets to discuss current topics, interests, and goals within the veterinary field, as well as providing guidance and support for the veterinary school admissions process. Furthermore, the club works with local animal hospitals, shelters, and farms to provide educational trips and experiences for students. The club is also a good source for information on local job shadowing opportunities. Community service is obtained via outreach with local animal rescue groups and shelters.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Helen Hampikian


All new medical devices, therapies, drugs and treatments must go through clinical trials before approval to be used on human and animal patients. Translational research is the science of bringing laboratory findings to clinical medical practice. The purpose of TRMC is to bring students from all four corners of Clarion University campus of various fields of study together and learn the different aspects of scientific research, and its application and marketing. Volunteer work and community service will be provided by the organization and community out-reach programs will be conducted throughout the academic year in order to educate the general public about different aspects of medical advances in science. Improving public relations between residents of Clarion County and Clarion University will also be emphasized by the organization.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Doug Smith


Conservation BiologyThis organization brings people together who have a love of nature and biology. Opportunities and activities are decided by our members. WPASCB functions in three general areas: Conservation Outreach, Service, and Research. WPASCB maintains the Clarion Loop Trail and performs Eastern Box Turtle head-start and research in collaboration with the Eastern Box Turtle Conservation Trust.

WPASCB members are strongly encouraged to join SCB so that they, and the Chapter, can access resources offered by and contribute to SCB global. Since WPASCB is not just an RSO but also an SCB Chapter, members can remain members for life.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Keth

Last Updated 10/28/20