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Biological Sciences Club (BSC)

BSC T Shirt LogoBIOLOGYInterested in the biological and life sciences?? If so, the BSC is for you!

Meetings are every other week beginning the second week of the semester. Meetings are typically held in Bessey 2226 on Wednesday 7-8:30p. Posters with meeting and speaker info are posted in Bessey Hall and other science buildings. Regular meetings typically involve a presentation by an invited guest regarding a biologically significant topic. Faculty, Staff and graduate students are common speakers. Professionals in a wide variety of biological science disciplines are also invited to speak. Past field trips have gone to the Henry Doorly Omaha Zoo, canoeing on the Des Moines River, fossil hunting, hiking treks across the wilderness of Iowa, etc. 

Upcoming special events:

Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00PM in the Bessey Hall Atrium/Lobby. If you're in need of a study partner, have questions to ask other science students, want to study in a group, or just need a quiet place to study for final exams, we encourage you to come! With final exams quickly approaching, the Biological Sciences Club will be hosting a study table.

The Biological Sciences Club is planning a trip to the Floyd County Fossil and Prairie Park for Saturday, April 23! Students who have attended in the past have had a great time! At the site, we will be collecting Devonian fossils, including bivalves, gastropods, crinoids, corals, bryozoans, cephalopods, and microfossils. For more information, you can view the Floyd County Fossil and Prairie Park’s website HERE. Additionally, Dr. Wallace will be telling us more about the fossils at the park at our April 20 club meeting. If you are interested in attending the trip, please fill out this INTEREST FORM.

Club dues are $10 per semester or $15 for the entire year.  Dues-paying members get to enjoy the snacks we provide after every meeting, which have historically included pizza, Insomnia cookies, and other great treats.  If you are interested in becoming a dues-paying member, please bring cash to the next club meeting you attend!


BSC still has great leadership opportunities available! Open positions include fundraising chair, recycling chair, advertising chair, and merchandise chair.  If you are interested in any of these positions, or if you have an idea of a new position in mind, please reach out to any of our current club officers: (Jacob Brown, President) (Caitlin Walz, Vice President) (Kara Rueschenberg, Secretary) (Rachel Currant, Treasurer) (Lexie Magner, LAS Representative) (Gabby Robinson, Membership Chair). 

BSC Meeting Schedule for Spring 2022 (Meetings held on Wednesday's in Bessey 2226 at 7:00 PM)

BSC Meeting Schedule Spring 2022
Date Speaker Presentation
Jan 26 Hosted by BSC Officers GAME NIGHT
Feb 9 Prof. Jeff Essner, GDCB Professor Essner will be presenting his research on cancer progression using the zebrafish model.
Feb 23 Prof. Jo Anne Powell Coffman, GDCB Regulatory mechanisms that enable adaptation
Mar 9 Ice Cream Sundae Bar and Game Night  In the spirit of our upcoming spring break, our meeting this week will feature an ice cream sundae bar and a game night! 
Mar 23 Dr. Diane Bassham, GDCB Autophagy in plants: self-eating under stress
Apr 6 BSC presentation: class registration and opportunities in biology BSC will be hosting a study table and discuss tips and tricks for class registration and opportunities in biology - we hope to see you there and we encourage you to bring friends! 
Apr 20 Dr. Rob Wallace Tentative topic: Floyd County Fossil and Prairie Park - collecting Devonian fossils, including bivalves, gastropods, crinoids, corals, bryozoans, cephalopods, and microfossils

BSC Meeting Recaps

Past Semester BSC Meetings and Activities

Other activities of possible interest:

FACUL-TEA Time - Get to know your professors!

Temporarily suspended. Will likely resume sometime after spring break!
Occurs every-other Monday at 12 noon in the Bessey Atrium. Tea and coffee provided. Don't know your instructors? This is a great way to meet and get know more your professors in an informal setting.