Student Organizations in Biology & Earth Science

Otterbein has many student involvement opportunities, both on and off campus. Below are the organizations and clubs supported by the Department of Biology & Earth Science.

Alpha Epsilon Delta

AED is the national Pre-Professional Health Honor Society. Otterbein’s AED chapter offers informational sessions, activities, and service opportunities for all pre-professional health students. Those Otterbein students meeting specific GPA requirements may apply to become AED members for life and help run the chapter.

Global Brigades

Global Brigades is a student-led organization that travels once a year to Panama, Nicaragua, Ghana, or Honduras to set up medical clinics with the help of student volunteers and medical professionals. Global Brigades is run using a holistic model, where immediate medical care is provided and a long term health solution project is completed. Anyone is able to participate, and no medical experience is needed!

American Society for Microbiology

The Otterbein student chapter of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) offers a wide range of opportunities to get involved within the scientific community. The Otterbein ASM has a history of hosting and visiting regional meetings to share and experience current research being conducted. In addition, multiple speakers have been brought in by the organization to speak to students on research being conducted, potential career pathways in microbiology, and information on graduate and medical school. Members have also been able to participate in several scientific outreach opportunities to share information in the sciences to the general public. Becoming involved in ASM allows students to grow within a scientific community and learn how to participate in scientific communication.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The ASBMB Student Chapter is devoted to building a national community of undergraduate students and faculty members for the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology research, education and science outreach. Our mission is to provide networking and career-development opportunities at regional and national levels, access to research and science outreach, as well as grants and awards to facilitate these aims. Past outreach events have included educational activities at the Fall Harvest Festival, Earth Festival, Otterthon, and more. Our chapter also has weekly BMB Tea meetings provided by students and faculty, for students and faculty to come and mingle, drink tea/coffee, and discuss current events.

Animal Conservation Club

The Animal Conservation Club promotes awareness of animal conservation locally and around the world, and strives for conservation action on and off campus. The members have visited different facilities around Central Ohio including: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Ohio Wildlife Center, and Sharon Woods Metropark. This organization is open to anyone with a passion for making a difference in the lives of the world’s threatened wildlife.

Animal Health Science Club

The Animal Health Science Club is geared toward strengthening post-graduation plans for students of any major intending to apply to veterinary school. This organization strives to encourage, inform and prepare its members by providing opportunities in leadership, career exploration, and professional networking. This organization will use its knowledge and abilities to benefit animal related charities and promote a sense of appreciation and understanding of animal related issues in the community. Past activities have included suture labs, speakers, mock interviews, dissections, and a tour of OSU vet school.

Women in Science

The Women in Science club is a student run campus organization. Women in Science hopes to reach Otterbein’s community and broaden horizons of the next generation. Members will gain a greater understanding of the contributions of women in any and all sciences. The group also provides an open environment for members to share and explore interests and career paths within the sciences. Major focuses of Women in Science includes: bringing female speakers to campus, holding discussion and networking opportunities following talks, and engaging in the local community. Involvement of the organization consists of participation in OTTERTHON, Girl Day, and outreach at local elementary schools.