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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 Floyd County Fossil and Prairie Park, Henry Doorly Omaha Zoo, canoeing on the Des Moines River, hiking treks across the wilderness of Iowa, etc. 

Upcoming special events:

TBD: Check back to see upcoming BSC activities!

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) (Caroline Dirkhausen, Secretary) (Rachel Currant, Treasurer) (Lexie Magner, LAS Representative) (Gabby Robinson, Membership Chair) (Kacy Oberbroeckling, Publicity/Advertising Chair). 

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

BSC Meeting Schedule Fall 2022
Date Speaker Presentation
Aug 31 Dr. Eric Henderson (GDCB) Life, Truth, and Nanobots
Sept 14 Field trip to McFarland Park Field trip to McFarland Park for hiking and s'mores! Meet at Bessey loading dock at 6:30 PM for carpooling. 
Sept 28 Dr. Beatriz Spalding (EEOB) Economic Botany of the Mediterranean
Oct 12 STUDY TABLES!!!!! This week we will be hosting study tables! We have several majors involved in the club including Biology and Genetics, so come and work on homework together, or take a break and hang out! All are welcome, and we can’t wait to see you there! 
Oct 26 Pumpkin Painting Party BSC will be having a Pumpkin Painting Party! You heard that right, a pumpkin painting party! More information on that will be coming soon!
Nov 9 Dr. Moe Gupta (GDCB)  
Nov 30    

BSC Meeting Recaps

Past Semester BSC Meetings and Activities

Other activities of possible interest:


December 2nd from 12-2 PM: will be the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Atrium of Bessey Hall. More information about this event will be coming soon! 

Biology and Genetics are hosting a Meals From the Heartland community service activity:
When: Saturday, October 15, 2022 (ISU football game is away)
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Where: Molecular Biology Building Atrium
Our goal is to package between 20,000 - 40,000 meals !!!!

8:30-10 AM: setup
10-12: Package thousands and thousands of meals
12-1:30 PM: Cleanup
How do I get involved and volunteer?
We also really need volunteers to assist in setup and cleanup. 
Setup will start at 8:30 AM, cleanup will take about an hour or so after the final food package has been sealed (~12:00-1:30 PM).

For additional information email:

FACUL-TEA Time - Get to know your professors!
Occurs every-other Monday at 9:45-10:45 AM 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.