Your Biology Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) was created by a group of graduate students and officially sanctioned by the Student Activities Office in 2003. All graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences are automatically members of the BGSO, and there are no membership fees. The BGSO board is currently comprised like a typical student organization, complete with president, vice president, treasurer, activities officers, recruitment officers, charity officer, etc.

Our Aim

  • To provide a forum of expression for student opinion.
  • To provide a mechanism for discussion and enactment of student decisions.
  • To provide for opportunities for social interaction among graduate students.
  • To foster social, intellectual, and institutional links with faculty.
  • To promote social, institutional, and intellectual links with graduate students in other departments.



January 17, 2017: Congratulations to Quirine Ten Bosch, PhD for a successful defense of her dissertation!

December 19, 2016: Congratulations to Lainey Bristow, MS for a successful defense of her thesis!

November 23, 2016: Congratulations to Dr. Yuliya Klymenko for a successful defense of her dissertation!

November 17, 2016: Congratulations to Dr. Emily Williams for a successful defense of her dissertation! 

October12, 2016: Congratulations to Dr. Arpita Konar for a successful dissertation defense!

August 23, 2016: BGSO calendar of events: Fall 2016 calendar

April 5, 2016 - New BGSO officers for 2016-2017 have been selected!  Check out the officers page for more info.

March 29, 2016 - National Science Foundation awards Graduate Research Fellowships to three biology graduate students (Bridgette Drummond, Francisco Fields, and Raven Forrest Fruscalzo), with three more earning honorable mention (Rachel Oidtman, Salvatore Curasi, and Martha Dee).

February 6th, 2016 - Biology graduate students host an exhibit about genetics at the St. Joseph County Public Library's "Science Alive!" event for kids and families.

November 13, 2015 - Recent PhD recipient Patrick Shirey (graduated 2014) interviewed on PRI's Science Friday about illegal trade of endangered plants.


Public Defense of phD Thesis - Quirine Ten Bosch
Monday January 17, at 1:00 PM
Location: Innovation Park Boardroom

Links to Other Upcoming Seminars and Events