Student Organizations

The biology department maintains a list of student groups of special interest to biology majors and biology-related pre-professional students. We strongly encourage participation in student organizations in order to connect with like-minded students and faculty advisors, gain professional preparation, and gain a sense of community. Please note that this list is subject to change, and more information may be found by searching on Engage UofL. If you have any updates, or any student groups you would like to see included, please email Professor Running at

Biology-specific student organizations 

Tri-Beta National Biological Honors Society

The official Honors Society for UofL Biology majors and those interested in biology. Provides opportunities for research funding, publications in the national undergraduate research journal, presentations at the annual national meeting, career development resources, volunteer opportunities, biology research opportunities, and social events. Members receive honors cords and recognition upon graduation.

Instagram: @uofltribeta

Biology Graduate Student Organization

For graduate students in the Department of Biology. Professional development, social events, travel grants and other funding, and advocacy within the department, college, and university.


A new club that aims to add diversity to the field of ecology. The club is open to students of any major. The club offers mentorship, hiking, field trips, and guest speakers, and more.

Instagram: @seeds_uofl

Botanical Society at Louisville

For students interested in botany.

Instagram: @botanical_uofl

Research-oriented organizations 

The Cardinal Edge

A student-run science journal that publishes original research by students at UofL, as well as spotlighting faculty research across disciplines. Familiarizes students with the scientific publishing process.

Instagram: @thecardinaledge

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

An NSF-funded program that incentivizes and promotes research and scholarship by students, particularly those from groups underrepresented in the sciences. Students receive research support, career development opportunities, panel discussions, opportunities to attend and present research at regional and national meetings, and much more.

Instagram: @uofl_lsamp

Undergraduate Research Club (URC)

Promotes research-related activities among undergraduate studies by collaborating with professors to advertise research opportunities to students, hosting educational meetings regarding professional opportunities and resources, and providing a space for cooperation and support among students. URC also aids students in publication and presentation efforts.

Instagram: @uofl_urc

Pre-professional student organizations 

Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Fraternity
UofL chapter of a national organization for pre-medical students. Offers career development opportunities, forums, charity events, volunteer opportunities, social opportunities, etc. Minimum 3.3 GPA to join. 

Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society
UofL chapter of a national honors society for students interested in health professions. Offers career development opportunities, forums, social opportunities, etc. Membership is by invitation based on GPA and major/minor. 
Instagram: @uofl.aed

Offers students an opportunity to volunteer with an international nonprofit, build leadership skills, and empower low-income communities through medicine, education, and development.

Multicultural Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS)
UofL chapter of a national organization that promotes involvement of students from diverse backgrounds in health professions. Offers career development, social opportunities, panel discussions, and more.

A new initiative that aims to spread information about medical issues to help raise awareness to pressing but unknown issues through art. Sketchi aims to provide voice to those going through medical hardships, while also simultaneously providing opportunities for students to contribute to these causes.

Spanish Alliance of Louisville Unifying Diversity (SALUD) 
A new organization for pre-health students, Spanish majors, and Spanish speakers promoting proficiency in Spanish for to better serve the medical needs of the Hispanic community. Also provides related volunteer opportunities.

UofL Pre-Dental Society
Offers career development, social opportunities, etc. for pre-dental, pre-hygienist, and related professions. 
Instagram @uoflpds

UofL Pre-Veterinary Society
Offers career development and social opportunities for pre-veterinary students, pre-veterinary assistants, and related professions. 

UofL Pre-Pharmacy Society
Dedicated to educating University of Louisville students about pharmacy and related fields and assisting students in navigating the Pharmacy school admissions process. 
Instagram: @prepharmacy_uofl

UofL Pre-Optometry Society
For students interested in Optometry School, offering information and career development opportunities.
Instagram: @uofloptometry

UofL Pre- Student Osteopathic Medical Association (Pre-SOMA)
The undergraduate division of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), a national organization of students pursuing a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. Featuring D.O speakers, shadowing opportunities, and more.
Instagram: @louisvillepresoma

American Medical Student Association Pre-medical Chapter
AMSA bolsters medical education in ways that support professional and personal growth, networking, and advocacy.

HOSA- Future Health Professionals
HOSA is a global student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services and several federal and state agencies. HOSA’s mission is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community, through education, collaboration, and experience. HOSA actively promotes career opportunities in the health industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. What sets HOSA apart is its unique competitive platform, where students from universities and colleges worldwide converge to showcase their skills and knowledge in various healthcare disciplines via competitions and conferences. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, middle school, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions. HOSA is 100% health care!

mission:brain is a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing neurosurgical expertise and resources to patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers in underserved areas throughout the world. The chapter program is designed to increase outreach, fundraising, recruitment, innovation, and more.

HUMTUM is a new organization that provides students with opportunities to strengthen their Hindi speaking abilities as well as other pre-health career development opportunities. The ultimate mission of HUMTUM is to provide service to underserved minorities in medicine.