University of Maryland, Chapter Vice President: Phi Sigma recognizes the benefits derived by students, faculty, and others working in the biological sciences from an organization acting as a stimulus to research and academic excellence in the biological sciences. At the discretion of a Chapter, sophomore students enrolled in a college or university who show outstanding interest and ability in the biological sciences may be elected to the society. In addition, any person who is a competent biologist and who is engaged in biological activity at or near an institution with an active Chapter of Phi Sigma may be eligible for Active membership at the discretion of the Chapter. All persons elected to membership must rank in the upper 35 percent of their class in general scholarship. The Greek letters Phi and Sigma, signify FELLOWS IN SCIENCE.