Links to Professional Societies in the Biological Sciences

Educational Activities

Annotation describes activities of life sciences professional societies towards improving undergraduate education. Because of the changing nature of websites, click on the name of the professional society to link to the homepage of the society and browse yourself. If you use or manage a web site with activities that should be listed in the annotation, please let us know by contacting: .

This page was originally developed by the Coalition for Education in the Life Sciences (CELS). CELS was a national coalition of professional societies in the biological sciences that have joined together in an effort to improve undergraduate education in the life sciences (1991-1998). See the CELS Monograph (1998) for more information. The Center for Biology Education was the home for CELS from 1994-1998 and maintains this page of links to professional societies.

Index to sections of this web page:

  1. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  2. American Association of Anatomists (AAA)
  3. American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
  4. American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)
  5. American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS)
  6. American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
  7. American Microscopical Society (AMS)
  8. American Ornithologists' Union (AOU)
  9. American Peptide Society (APS)
  10. American Physiological Society (APS)
  11. American Phytopathological Society (APS)
  12. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  13. American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  14. American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB)
  15. American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)
  16. American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP)
  17. American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  18. American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)
  19. American Society for Photobiology (ASP)
  20. American Society of Agronomy (ASA)
  21. American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)
  22. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
  23. American Society of Mammalogists (ASM)
  24. American Society of Parasitologists (ASP)
  25. American Society of Plant Physiologists (ASPP)
  26. American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT)
  27. American Society of Primatologists (ASP)
  28. American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
  29. Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
  30. Association for Tropical Biology (ATB)
  31. Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE)
  32. Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs (ANDP)
  33. Biophysical Society
  34. Botanical Society of America (BSA)
  35. Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)
  36. Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  37. Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)
  38. Ecological Society of America (ESA)
  39. Endocrine Society (ES)
  40. Entomological Society of America (ESA)
  41. Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)
  42. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
  43. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS)
  44. National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
  45. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  46. North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE)
  47. North American Lake Management Society (NALMS)
  48. Paleontological Society (PS)
  49. Phycological Society of America (PSA)
  50. Poultry Science Association (PSA)
  51. Protein Society (PS)
  52. Sigma Xi
  53. Society for College Science Teachers (SCST)
  54. Society for Developmental Biology (SDB)
  55. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)
  56. Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB)
  57. Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
  58. Society of Nematologists (SON)
  59. Society of Protozoologists (SOP)
  60. Society of Toxicology (SOT)
  61. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
  62. Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)
  63. Weed Science Society of America (WSSA)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Though not specific to the life sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science web site has a large quantity of general science education material that is useful, along with some information directly regarding biology. This site links to an on-line version of Science magazine and to "Science Careers" a general tool for young scientists.

American Association of Anatomists (AAA)

The American Association of Anatomists has a large compendium of anatomy resources which includes a listing of teaching resources, such as on line teaching tools, and links to academic institutions.

American Association of Immunologists (AAI)

The American Association of Immunologists has a large section entitled educating the public. Here, the society provides innovative teaching techniques and illustrative examples which, while geared towards the K-12 level, can be applied to the undergraduate level.

American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)

The website of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists highlights a careers brochure which lists career opportunities made possible with a degree in physical anthropology. The AAPA website also accesses information about graduate programs in physical anthropology.

American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS)

The American Bryological and Lichenological Society website maintains a list of college and university courses on Lichens and/or Bryophytes and their instructors and week-long seminars in bryology or lichenology at the Humboldt Field Research Institute . The ABLS website actively seeks out and links to on-line materials relevant to bryology and lichenology, including learning sites, images, and class activities.

American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)

The American Institute of Biological Sciences supports biological education activities through both highschool and undergraduate programs. AIBS also offers advice on biology text book production. The web site of AIBS includes links to information and resources on bioterrorism and resources for research and teaching in evolution. AIBS also presents information about the teaching of environmental concepts through the use of GIS technologies which provides information about accessing various teaching resources. The web site links to BioOne, an online collection of research journals in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences, including The American Biology Teacher and BioScience.

American Microscopical Society (AMS)

The American Microscopical Society has compiled a list of grants and fellowships for student research. AMS has also put together an index of microscopy sites on the web, which includes software vendors, microscopy techniques and imaging resources relevant for undergraduate instruction.

American Ornithologists' Union (AOU)

The American Ornithologists' Union is the oldest and largrst organization in the world devoted to the scientific study of birds. Each year the union holds an annual meeting dedicated to the advancement of ornithological science. The AOU also offers a variety of research awards.

American Peptide Society (APS)

The American Peptide Society presents awards to scientists whose research, teaching and service have had a substantial impact on the development of peptide chemistry. A database of current and past APS newsletters can be found here. Also available are links to upcoming worldwide meetings and symposia.

American Physiological Society (APS)

The website of the American Physiological Society includes links to educational programs, news, journal announcements and application deadlines. These links include a variety of information ranging from student fellowships and awards, minority programs, as well as general education information.

An APS journal, Advances in Physiology Education, publishes peer-reviewed descriptions of new strategies for teaching, reports of education research, critical reviews of current educational practice, essays on physiology education, and articles that organize the content of physiology for problem-centered learning. Columns provide reviews of textbooks and computer software, notices and reports of meetings of interest to physiology teachers, and abstracts of relevant articles from other journals.

American Phytopathological Society (APS)

The American Phytopathological Society has a new freely-accessible online APSnet Education Center. The Education Center has sections for K-12, Introductory and Advanced Plant Pathology which include materials with broad applications in biology and microbiology. Each of these sections includes peer-reviewed instructional materials (plant disease lessons, labs, illustrated glossary) as well as Resource Catalogs of additional materials including career guides, posters, websites, videos, books, and articles. In addition, there is an Instructor Communication and Scholarship section and links to university plant pathology programs. The main APS site includes Feature Articles of general interest and links to APS Press which publishes textbooks, lab manuals, slide sets and other teaching resources.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

The website of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides access to educational links. These include on-line molecular graphics programs, problem-based learning, and many general biology resources. ASBMB references the journal Biochemical Education, which assists in the teaching of biochemistry to science and medical students. Biochemical Education is published by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The ASBMB website posts information on undergraduate education sessions at its annual meetings. Sessions include problem-based learning in undergraduate biochemistry, assessing teaching efforts, teaching in and out of the large class setting, study abroad, and student research in undergraduate institutions. To encourage participation by undergraduate teaching faculty and their students, ASBMB awards travel grants to faculty from primarily undergraduate institutions as well as travel funds for undergraduate poster competitions.

American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

The website of the American Society for Cell Biology contains a section on undergraduate lab exercises in cell biology. A list of cell biology education resources, available through related web sites, has been compiled by ASCB. Many of these resources are appropriate for undergraduate settings. For educators, ASCB has a section entitled "How to get a teaching job at a primarily undergraduate institution," authored by Malcolm Campbell.

As a feature in ASCB's newsletter, they have compiled a listing of valuable summer research programs in biology for undergraduates. Although the deadlines have passed, this is a valuable resource for locating future research opportunities, as many programs are offered multiple summers. Within their newsletter, ASCB also regularly highlights cell biology education sites, links to these web sites, and provides a corresponding review of each site.

American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB)

The website of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology includes a section on Space Biology 101, which offers a place for undergraduate educators to view course materials that have been proven effective by other space biology educators. The website also contains a thorough listing of space biology educational resources, of which several are useful for undergraduate purposes. Included in this listing are educational videos and other materials produced by NASA. In addition, ASGSB links to NASA's education page; it include educational and public outreach resources.

ASGSB and the Texas Space Grant Consortium also support undergraduate research in microgravity through NASA's Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunites. The Space Biology webpage is a great resource for students and educators in space biology.

American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)

ASHS recognizes outstanding educators through career awards for distinguished contributions in horticultural science education. The society commemorates excellence in teaching scholarship through its annual Education Publication Award. This award is conferred to the authors of the best education article published in the society's peer-reviewed journals during the previous year.

ASHS honors undergraduate students annually with outstanding horticultural student awards. Undergraduates in ASHS are affiliated with the Association of Collegiate Branches (ACB). This association of student clubs has compiled many valuable resources, including a career options section.

American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP)

The American Society for Investigative Pathology presents an annual award for meritorious research, outstanding teaching, and general excellence in the field of investigative pathology.

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

The website of the American Society for Microbiology contains a large section devoted to microbiology education. Faculty can link to curriculum materials and professional development opportunities through ASM's resources for faculty/departments. The compilation of resources for students includes information regarding opportunities for underrepresented groups. ASM offers several educational fellowships and travel grants for students and educators. A distinguished teaching award is offered annually. Teachers will benefit from the "Focus on Microbiology Education" Newsletter, which promotes creative and scholarly teaching of microbiology. A web-based instructional library contains both visual and curriculum resources.

Conference and Travel Grants is a page for students which includes information on the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). ASM has also established guidelines for the classroom portion of the undergraduate microbiology curriculum. In addition, the ASM site lists curriculum guidelines put forward by other science education organizations.

American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics has compiled a large directory of educational resources in pharmacology which can be used for both undergraduate teachers and their students. In addition, ASPET posts a listing of career opportunities for undergraduate students interested in pursuing further study in pharmacology and those interested in obtaining an undergraduate degree in pharmacology. Included in a student section of the ASPET site are listings of Awards, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships available.

American Society for Photobiology (ASP)

In association with the European Society for Photobiology, the American Society for Photobiology has posted a large collection of resources for education in photobiology This includes a manual for experiments in photobiology, a listing of photobiology departments and programs, and information about career opportunities. In addition, the society has posted an on-line informational brochure for high school and undergraduate students detailing what photobiology is and what opportunities are available in the field.

American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

The American Society of Agronomy's student activities subdivision provides an abundance of resources for undergraduate students, including information on careers, special events, contests, and campus clubs. ASA recognizes outstanding seniors in agronomy clubs throughout the country. The Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education presents peer-reviewed articles by educators for educators. This journal is published by the American Society of Agronomy in cooperation with the American Association for Agricultural Education, American Institute of Biological Science, American Phytopathological Society, American Society for Horticultural Science, Crop Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Entomological Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America.

Undergraduate student scholarships for study abroad programs are offered by the Agronomic Science Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America.

American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

The American Society of Human Genetics sponsors the production of educational information. This includes the ASHG careers brochure which offers an introduction to the field and outlines career options, and a Training Programs Guide, which lists graduate programs for students considering a career in the field of human genetics. Undergraduate education in human genetics often addresses the social, ethical, behavioral and legal issues associated with genetic testing. Resources that could be introduced into the classroom are a series of ASHG policy statements issued by the American Society of Human Genetics.

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography has many educational resources for both students and educators, both specific to limnology and oceanography, and for general science. This includes information on cyberlearning, enhancing education through technology, and opportunities for undergraduate research opportunities. In addition, ASLO sponsors student awards and has a listing of career information.

American Society of Mammalogists (ASM)

The American Society of Mammologists hosts annual meetings and maintains several publications. The premiere publication is the Journal of Mammalogy, a quarterly journal that accepts submissions on all aspects of mammalogy. The ASM also publishes several books that pertain to specific taxa or topics, and maintains a mammal images library which contains many exceptional photographs of mammals. The ASM Student Affairs page provides information pertainent to undergraduates interested in learning more about mammology. Here students can find information in regards to careers in mammology and obtaining money for grants.

American Society of Parasitologists (ASP)

A large variety of resources are available from the American Society of Parasitologists website. These include educational resources, teaching and internet tools, as well as many photographic images of parasites. In addition, ASP has constructed a comprehensive guide to careers in parasitology, which gives the prospective parasitologist an idea of what career opportunities exist. ASP confers several awards annually, including outstanding mentor, best student presentations and student travel grants to the ASP annual meeting.

American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)

The website of the American Society of Plant Biologists includes a list of Principles of Plant Biology which all students should understand. The on-line newsletter feature, ASPB Education Forum, contains resources for undergraduate faculty, such as critiques of texts, software and websites. ASPB publishes a pamphlet aimed at first time plant physiology lab course teachers. Information on travel awards for the annual meeting and the society's Excellence in Teaching award are also available. The society's site has a large list of plant biology education links.

The society posts literature citations for "Topical Reviews in Plant Physiology" as a service for instructors and students seeking current information on specific topics. For students, guidance is offered on "How to Make a Great Poster." The society's website provides a database of job listings for undergraduate and graduate students.

ASPB also has information on undergraduate resources.

American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT)

The web site of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists includes information on careers in biological systematics, produced in collaboration with the Society of Systematic Zoology. ASPT publishes a newsletter highlighting things such as current news, job openings, and award opportunities in the world of systematic biology.

American Society of Primatologists (ASP)

The American Society of Primatologists education page has detailed information and application criteria regarding the annual student paper competition for graduate and undergraduate students, along with abstracts of previously selected papers. ASP promotes primate conservation through educational publications and by awarding various conservation grants to educators and researchers. ASP links to a primate slide set which can be obtained for classroom use. ASP also links to various other primate web sites that provide an abundance of instructional and educational resources.

American Water Resources Association (AWRA)

The American Water Resources Association offers undergraduate scholarships for students working in programs related to water resources. In addition, in association with the Universities Council on Water Resources, an annual student paper competition is held for both undergraduate and graduate students. Career information/job openings and graduate programs directory are also available.

Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)

The Association for Biology Laboratory Education Abstracts holds an annual meeting each year bringing together selected presenters from univeristy and college biology departments throughout Canada and the United States. Abstracts of Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, the preceedings of each annual meeting, are available on-line. ABLE also has a compilation of "hot" biology sites which has an abundance of resources for both students and educators. In addition, ABLE's newsletter, "Labstracts", offers articles on innovative lab techniques as well as other general information regarding the society.

Association for Tropical Biology (ATB)

The Association for Tropical Biology sponsers an annual meeting in which contributed papers, posters, and symposia are presented. ATB, along with the Organization for Tropical Studies and the Smithsonian Institution publish a free quarterly newsletter, Tropinet, which provides a forum for the discussion of current, sometimes controversial issues. ATB also publishes BIOTROPICA, a quarterly report of research on the ecology and management of all tropical ecosytems and the evolution, behavior, and population biology of tropical organisms.

Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE)

The website of the Association of College and University Biology Educators accesses several biology education publications on-line, including its own publication, Bioscene, the Journal of College Biology Teaching. In addition, ACUBE's website is valuable for its job opportunities for undergraduate faculty and their students. The annual meeting provides abundant opportunities for sharing and critiquing teaching practices.

ACUBE presents Beyond Bio 101, a report by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute on the transformation of undergraduate education. This report links to a multitude of valuable resources for both educators and students. ACUBE also links to Workshop Biology, a project initiated by the University of Oregon aimed at improving biology teaching for non-biology majors. This site includes information about instructional materials and software and other resources geared toward curricula development.

Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs (ANDP)

Educational activities of the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs include an annual award for education in neuroscience and the development of a textbook appropriate for advanced undergraduate courses in neuroscience. The ANDP website includes a comprehensive listing of neuroscience training programs in North America; these describe both undergraduate programs and graduate programs. Accompanying the listing is helpful information for students who are preparing for graduate school in neuroscience. In addition, ANDP organizes a "college day" at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting to acquaint undergraduates with neuroscience careers.

Biophysical Society

The Biophysical Society links to dozens of biophysics departments and programs throughout the world. Several awards honoring outstanding achievement in biophysics are distributed each year. A resource guide to careers in Biophysics opportunities is available. In addition, an on-line version of a society sponsored biophysics textbook is available as a resource for both educators and their students.

Botanical Society of America (BSA)

The website of the Botanical Society of America has an extensive compilation of botanical links; these include many valuable educational resources. BSA presents Botany in the News, a compilation of up-to-date articles which provide overviews of hot topics and pioneering research in botany today. The webpage of their teaching section has information regarding teaching awards, program submissions for the annual meeting, and links to other educational associations. The BSA website has an on-line brochure, "Careers in Botany," developed for undergraduates interested in working with plants.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology has many education related resources on its web site. These include a listing of careers in agricultural science and some links to other education related resources on the web.

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts conferences to bring science and engineering faculty and administrators together to promote and strengthen undergraduate research and faculty development. Each year, sixty student posters are displayed on the U.S. Capitol during the annual "Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill" event. CUR offers summer fellowships to undergraduate students and faculty members. A consulting service and speakers bureau provide advice and models from experienced peers in curricular, administrative, and research issues. CUR also maintains a database on undergraduate research programs and faculty.

In addition, CUR sponsors "Research Link 2000," a project to develop and disseminate field-tested, experimental systems and instructional materials to support the introduction of research-based experiments in introductory biology courses and promote research activities by students and faculty at all levels of the undergraduate biology curriculum.

Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

The Crop Science Society of America is a cooperating society in producing the peer-reviewed publication, Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, written by and for educators. In partnership with the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America, CSSA sponsors scholarships to undergraduate students for study abroad. CSSA presents career resources geared toward both undergraduate and graduate students. CSSA also presents more than 30 awards each year at its annual meetings to honor excellence in classroom teaching and research.

Ecological Society of America (ESA)

The "Bulletin" of the Ecological Society of America, published quarterly, includes a special feature, "Ecology 101," which explores issues in undergraduate instruction. Frequently, articles are included on the teaching of ecology and reviews of software useful for ecological teaching and research. Visit the meetings page of the Ecological Society of America to find out more about presentations, workshops and roundtable discussions offered on undergraduate teaching and curricula. Applications are available on-line for several student awards which are presented at at the annual meeting. The ESA web page also presents information on, "Careers in Ecology".

Endocrine Society (ES)

The Endocrine Society publishes four major peer-reviewed journals about endocrinology and metabolism-The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Endocrinology, Molecular Endocrinology, and Endocrine Reviews. Scientific meetings focusing on the most recent developments in all areas of endocrinology are held each year. The minority activities section organizes endocrinology shortcourses at undergraduate minority institutions. A careers brochure provides guidance to high school and college students interested in endocrinology.

Entomological Society of America (ESA)

The Entomological Society of America hosts teaching conferences at its annual meetings to bring educational innovations to current and future faculty members. ESA confers a distinguished teaching award and several undergraduate scholarships annually. A listing of current job openings is available.

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)

Dedicated to undergraduate research and education, the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience offers undergraduate travel awards to Society for Neuroscience annual meetings by outstanding neuroscience students. Likewise, FUN hosts an undergraduate poster session for student researchers at its annual meeting. Educators are invited to submit papers and reviews to JUNE-Jounral of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education. FUN coordinates a placement service, whereby undergraduates seeking summer research positions or educational opportunities in neuroscience can post information about themselves for faculty searching for summer undergraduate researchers. For faculty, FUN coordinates an equipment exchange through which useful items can be bought, sold or traded. FUN also provides a list of other neuroscience resource links that give information about university neuroscience departments as well as software and other teaching resources.

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

The website of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology provides a statement of principles for the "Use of Animals in Research and Education.." A series of articles produced by FASEB, "Breakthroughs in Bioscience", explain recent advances in biomedical research and how they benefit society; these are suitable for undergraduate audiences. The FASEB web site includes an extensive clearinghouse of career resources on-line which is useful for undergraduate educators and their students. This listing includes an on-line job database, a weekly on-line newsletter with employment opportunities, and information regarding career resource centers.

Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS)

The Human Anatomy and Physiology Society publishes the HAPS-EDucator four times per year, which contains a variety of information pertaining to human anatomy and physiology. In addition, HAPS has posted a number of anatomy and physiology sites instructors may find useful.

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

The National Association of Biology Teachers publishes the journal, The American Biology Teacher, which contains peer-reviewed articles on teaching, student learning, and curricular materials. Participants at NABT's national conventions attend workshops and symposia, exchange ideas, gather resource materials for use in classrooms, laboratories and field investigations, and honor outstanding biology teachers. For students, NABT has produced "Careers in Biology: An Introduction," which highlights research, technology and education opportunities in the biology profession.

The association also provides an extensive listing of their publications, many of which are suitable for the undergraduate classroom and laboratory. NABT's listing of Online Resources can also serve as a valuable resource for educators. In addition NABT posts a Whats News page, highlighting projects to improve college and precollege education. For example, "Biotechnology Education on a Shoestring" provides high-quality teaching materials ideal for diminishing budgets.

NABT has put forth several position statements to promote professional conduct by biology educators. These include "The Use of Animals in Biology Education," a "Statement on Teaching Evolution" and "Scientific Integrity."

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

The National Science Teachers Association sponsors several teaching awards open to undergraduate faculty. Participants at NSTA's annual conventions have a wealth of opportunities to learn from hands-on workshops, short courses and exhibits. The NSTA Science Store, an on-line educational materials shopping resource, contains an abundance of educational literature, videos, and computer software, either produced or approved by the association for use in science teaching.

NSTA also has an entire page devoted to science in the college classroom. Here a number of excellent publications, including the refereed Journal of College Science Teaching can be found. Also suitable for college level students is the Science of HIV , a resource book and video package that contains newly developed curriculum and student activities on the biological nature of HIV and AIDS.

North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE)

The North American Association of Environmental Education has put forth a number of useful publications, many of which are suitable for the undergraduate level. An extensive collection of NAAEE publications can be accessed on this site. In 1993, the NAAEE inititaed The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education. This program, which focuses on increasing environmental awareness, has compiled several resources containing information on curricula, multimedia resources, and other educational materials.

North American Lake Management Society (NALMS)

The website of the North American Lake Management Society contains a list of education resources on the world wide web. NALMS maintains a glossary of lake and water related terms. Information on upcoming events is also available.

Paleontological Society (PS)

The home page of the Paleontological Society's site links to museums with web sites, replete with graphics, multi media exhibits and searchable databases. An example is the University of California Museum of Paleontology, which includes on-line exhibits, on-line catalogs and links to educational resources. Learning from the Fossil Record, an instructional guidebook geared for the precollege classroom, offers creative ideas that can be adapted for undergraduate teachers and students, as well. The Paleontological Society also offers brochures on careers as well as other general information on paleontology.

Phycological Society of America (PSA)

The Phycological Society of America has several publications available on-line including The Phycological Newsletter, which contains news of Society activities, information on undergraduate summer field courses, graduate programs and other articles of interest to phycologists. The PSA website offers links to other websites which are useful for the undergraduate educator.

Poultry Science Association (PSA)

The Poultry Science Association aims to stimulate learning and create a forum for the exchange of information amoung the poutry industry. Information on the PSA annual meeting and upcoming meetings can be found here. Links to the Journal of Applied Poultry Research, which may contain information of interest to educators and students is also available.

Protein Society (PS)

The Protein Society's educational initiative includes the program ProTeach, designed to improve education in the protein sciences. Within this program, they have developed "KINEMAGES," which are interactive 3-dimensional biomolecules that can be manipulated by browsers. The Protein Society's collection of resources for protein scientists also contains a number of interactive and multimedia tools that could prove to be useful for both educators and students.

Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi offers grants-in-aid of research to advanced undergraduates whose research requires financial support. Student research conferences for undergraduates and high achieving high school students from the United States and abroad are held during the annual meeting. Sigma Xi also publicizes its stance on the use of animals in research.

Society for College Science Teachers (SCST)

The Society for College Science Teachers confers an annual award to an outstanding undergraduate science teacher who demonstrates excellence in undergraduate teaching, scholarship, and service. Annual SCST minigrants (PDF) support projects to develop or improve college science courses, enhance communication among college science teachers and researchers, or promote awareness of exceptional science teaching. Sessions at the national meeting promote the exchange of ideas and exemplary practices in undergraduate science teaching.

Society for Developmental Biology (SDB)

The developmental biology education section on the website of the Society for Developmental Biology provides links to outstanding teaching resources produced by its members including images, textbooks, videos and various software. The Developmental Biology Cinema provides web-based video sequences. SDB also posts information on exam questions and teaching strategies. SDB maintains a "Virtual Library-Developmental Biology," which organizes available links by subject, organism, educational resources, etc. In addition, SDB has a large compilation of job openings which are useful for undergraduate students and educators. "Ask a Developmental Biology Question," a feature of the SDB website, encourages students to submit questions about developmental biology, and these are answered by experts in the society.

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

The website of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology is dedicated to promoting the pursuit and public dissemination of important information relating to biology. The SICB provides a large resource of educational links which may be beneficial to undergraduate educators. In addition, the SICB website publicizes a student paper competition which is suitable for undergraduate students.

Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB)

The Society for In Vitro Biology has a large compilation of educational resources that are useful for both biology students and educators. SIVB offers a variety of publications such as, In Virto Animal and In Vitro Plant, which are devoted to current research in biotechnology. SIVB has also developed terminology guidelines to help clarify the jargon that is commonly used in the study of cell, tissue and organ culture, molecular biology and molecular genetics.

Society for Neuroscience (SFN)

The Society for Neuroscience welcomes posters and abstracts on the teaching of neuroscience at its annual meeting. Two independent organizations that share many interests with the Society for Neuroscience and work closely with the Society to advance common goals are the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs (ANDP) and the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN).

Society of Nematologists (SON)

The website of the Society of Nematologists contains nematode-related resources. Showcased at this portion of the SON site are various materials of use to the undergraduate classroom, including biological control and nematology slide sets along with a manual for nematode ecology.

Society of Protozoologists (SOP)

The Society of Protozoologists publishes resource materials that are excellent for secondary school and college instructors. These include The Illustrated Guide to the Protozoa(second edition), a complete introduction to the major groups of protozoa and Protocols in Protozoology, a practical lab manual. The society's website contains links to reference materials such as images, databases and culture collections.

Society of Toxicology (SOT)

The Society of Toxicology is a global resource for advancing the science and applications of toxicology. SOT presents several prestigious awards each year to distinguised toxicologists and students. A guide to career opportunities in toxicology that outlines possible career directions a toxicologist might take is also available. In addition, links to various academic sites related to toxicology and student participation opportunities.

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

As a contributor to the Agronomic Science Foundation, the Soil Science Society of America provides scholarships to undergraduate students studying abroad. SSSA is a cooperating society in publishing the Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, in which educators share teaching techniques, concepts and ideas. SSSA offers several awards to honor the contributions and innovative teaching techniques of educators of the soil sciences. SSSA also presents a soil science publication catalog through which textbooks, special publications and instructional audio/visual aids can be ordered on-line.

Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)

The Universities Council on Water Resources is comprised of about 90 universities in the United States and throughout the world all with the intention of encouraging education and research in water resources. See their listing of career opportunities for useful undergraduate information in water resources disciplines.

Weed Science Society of America (WSSA)

The Weed Science Society of America website contains information and plant photos on a WSSA/USDA project on the top 15 weeds. WSSA offers an undergraduate research award designed to encourage and involve exceptional undergraduates in agricultural research.


The web sites of many professional societies in the life sciences around the world can be accessed through the Compilers at the University of Waterloo Scholarly Societies Project - Biology.

A vast compilation of web sites in the biological sciences is updated regularly.