None of the more than 560 other Tri-Beta chapters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico has won the award more than four times. It was presented to the ASU chapter in April during the Tri-Beta South Central Regional Convention in Kingston, Okla. The ASU chapter was also recognized at the Tri-Beta National Meeting in June in Erie, Penn.

The Bertholf Award has been presented since 1961 based on chapter activity in conducting and publishing research, participation in district and national conventions and other scientific meetings, chapter programming and activities, and orderly record keeping and communication with the Tri-Beta National Office. The winning chapter is chosen each year by a selection committee of college and university biology faculty from across the nation.