Honors & Awards

Departmental Honors

A biology major may earn departmental honors by fulfilling the following requirements:

  • Apply to the department for appointment of an Honors advisor at the end of the semester in which she or he accumulates 75 hours of credit, including 21 hours in Biology;
  • Graduate with a B.S. or a B.A. in Biology with a grade point average of at least 3.50 in Biology and 3.25 overall;
  • In consultation with the Honors advisor, devise and carry out a field or laboratory research project;
  • Present the research results to an appropriate audience of an approved public presentation;
  • Receive departmental approval upon completion of the project.

Honors Societies

Mercer hosts a chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the prestigious National Biological Honors Society. Our Mercer Chapter, Beta Omega, was founded in 1954. Student members of Beta Omega serve their department, college, and community through a variety of activities including

  • Science demonstrations in schools
  • Hosting of seminar speakers
  • Sponsoring field trips

We also host a chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the National Health Preprofessional Honor Society. This society is dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health studies. Alpha Epsilon Delta also:

  • Provides opportunities for intellectual and professional development
  • Creates a forum for students with common interests
  • Extends a service program to benefit the university community

Biology Department Awards

The Mercer University Biology Department offers two awards to outstanding biology students:

T.P. Haines Award

The T.P. Haines Award was established in honor of T.P. Haines, a former professor and chair of the department. It’s granted annually to a Biology student who has demonstrated both academic excellence and service to the department.

Graydon L. Ware Award

The Graydon L. Ware Award was established in honor of Graydon “Fess” Ware, a longtime professor in the department, and is granted annually to both a rising junior and a rising senior who is pursuing the Biology major. The award recognizes academic excellence, campus activity, and community service.