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Beta Kappa Chi (BKX)

Beta Kappa Chi (BKX) is a scientific honor society open to students with GPAs of a least 3.2 who are majoring in natural and behavioral sciences.  The members of this honor society promote intellectual environments for scientific inquiry.  The motto of BKX is "Science Holds the Golden Key to the Royal Palace of Knowledge."  Membership is open to both graduate and undergraduate students once per semester (October and March).  Contact: Dr. Carla Gardner-Jones (phone 963-7640; e-mail:


Biology Club

All students majoring in biological sciences are encouraged to join the club. The club meets regularly to discuss current biological topics. The club also organizes social and athletic events. Contact: Dr. Elaine Martin (phone 963-5769; e-mail:


Science and Math Tutorial Center

The Science & Math Tutorial Center (SMTC) is a STEM tutorial support service which began during the fall 2003 semester. Tutorial assistance is provided by STEM faculty and student STEM majors to a diverse group of students needing additional support in their STEM courses (Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Physics). Located in room 106 of the Boswell Science Hall, schedules are updated each semester and posted. Walk-ins are welcome. Linda Woodruff, Coordinator,, (615)963-5868.


Student National Medical Association (MAPS-Minority Associate for Pre-Medical Students), Tennessee State University Chapter

The Association is an organization that promotes academic excellence. Students are invited for membership twice a year and attend annually the national conference for the organization. During the year 1995-96, the Student National Medical Association inducted twenty-three members; it continuously recruits new students for membership. Contact: Dr. Carla Gardner-Jones (phone: 963-7640; email: ).


Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP)

Tennessse Louis Stokes for Minority Participation (TLSAMP) is a National Science Foundation funded program with whose goal is to increase the enrollment and graduation rate of undergraduate ethnic minority students (Hispanic, African-American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by at least 100% at end of each 5-year funded period.  The objectives to support the goal of the alliance are 1) recruit underrepresented students to pursue science or engineering as a career; 2) improve the quality of the learning environment for underrepresented STEM students at all alliance partner insitutions; and 3) increase the number of undergraduate students that are prepared and enter graduate STEM degree programs. Freshman and first-year freshman and community college transfer students are eligible to participate as Level II students in the TLSAMP Peer-Mentoring program, where they are linked with an upperclassman STEM mentor.  Persisting sophomores, junior, and senior may apply to participate in semster long Peer-mentoring or Research Assistant paid Level I activities. (Phone: Dr. Denise Green, Director (Phone:  963-1397; email: ).  TLSAMP Website:


Undergraduate Student National Dental Association (USNDA)

This organization was established primarily to assist pre-dental students in developing an infrastructure in order to prepare for entrance into dental school. Dr. Lois Harlston (deceased) was the  founding advisor and Ms.Christie Hogue was the founding president of Tennessee State University Chapter. Student National Dental Association (SNDA) originated from concerned dental students at Meharry Medical College in 1970. Over thirty years after the inception and creation of the National Dental Association, these students at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry organized and put together the foundation of what would become the largest minority student organization in the United States. Contact: Dr. Carla Gardner-Jones (phone: 963-7640;  Website:



Xi Phi Lambda

Xi Phi Lambda is a Pre –Professional Honor Society open to students with GPAs of at least 3.2 who are majoring in the Health Sciences. The motto of Xi Phi Lambda is: "Training Pre-professionals for professional roles in the Health Sciences." Membership is open to both graduate and undergraduate students during the second week in October and the first week in March. Contact: Contact: Dr. Carla Gardner-Jones (phone: 963-7640; email: ). The initial joining fee is $55.

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Dr. Artenzia C. Young-Seigler
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Biological Sciences


(615) 963-5753

On the Main Campus, the Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Harned Hall and McCord Hall.

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