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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:


We have another upcoming fundraiser scheduled for Friday, December 3 at Panda Express in the Iowa State Memorial Union from 10:30AM-8:00PM. To support our club, you will need to show our flyer at checkout. Thank you for your support!

Halloween Movie Night: featuring "Monsters and Aliens"

Wednesday, October 27 at 7 pm in room 2226 Bessey Hall


BSC is hosting a fundraiser at Tropical Smoothie on Friday, October 22.  All you have to do is stop by and buy a smoothie from 2PM-7PM to support our club! 

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 Meeting Schedule for Fall 2021 (Meetings held in Bessey 2226 at 7:00 PM)



Presentation Title

Sept 1 Dr. Norah Warchola, Experiential Learning Coordinator Why should I do undergraduate research, and where do I start?”
Sept 15 Jessica Brown, Mechanical Engineering graduate student “Mad Science: Producing Food from Plastics”
Sept 29 Dr. Lynn Clark, Chair of EEOB “Bamboozled! One botanist’s excellent bamboo adventure”
Oct 13 Dr. Haldre Rogers, EEOB Cascading impacts of an invasive snake in a tropical forest 
Oct 27 HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT EVENT - 7:00 PM Please vote for which movie you would like to see using this form - the movie with the most votes will be shown!
Nov 10 Dr. Ryan Weaver, EEOB

The Hidden Messages of Colorful Bird Feathers and Other Animal Integuments

Dec 1 Officer Elections and
Bioscience-themed Jeopardy Game Night! There will be prizes!!

BSC Meeting Recaps


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: (Elizabeth Siberz, President) (Jacob Brown, Vice President) (Kara Rueschenberg, secretary) (Caitlin Walz, treasurer) (Lexie Magner, LAS Representative) (Gabby Robinson, Membership Chair). 

Other activities of possible interest:

FACUL-TEA Time - Get to know your professors!
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.