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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 7-8:00 p. 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, hiking in McFarland 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!


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:
President- Caroline Dickhausen (
Vice President- Kacy Oberbroeckling (
Treasure- Rachael Currant (
Secretary- Michael Kumar (
Fundraising Chair- Clarissa Carolan (
Social Outreach Chair- Taylor Grasz (
Creative Director- Piper Vinz (

BSC Meeting Schedule for Spring 2023 (Meetings held on Wednesday's in Bessey 210 at 7:00 PM)

BSC Meeting Schedule Spring 2023
Date Speaker Presentation
Jan 25 Prof Rob Wallace Best Bits of Biology
Feb 8 Andrew Rupiper Dam!  beaver (Castor canadiensis) on Iowa nutrient and sediment
Feb 22 Prof Karin Dorman What is Bioinformatics? Examples of How Data is Changing Biology
Mar 8    
Mar 22    
Apr 5    
Apr 19    

BSC Meeting Recaps

Past Semester BSC Meetings and Activities

Other past activities of possible interest:

December 2nd 2022 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:

CLUB DUES (due in August)
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!