BGSA

Welcome to the Biology Graduate Student Association website!

The BGSA’s mission is to serve as a liaison between the graduate students, the Biology Department leadership, and the University administration to advocate for student interests, needs, and concerns, promote professional development, and maintain high academic integrity. Additionally, we aim to foster communication, collaboration, and collegiality among students and faculty by facilitating social and professional connections across biological disciplines. Overall, the BGSA is a voice and support system for students to improve their experience in the Department of Biology.

Feel free to explore the current content and check back soon for more news. Interested in getting involved? Contact one of our officers.

Summer 2016:

Congratulations to the newly-elected BGSA officers for 2016-2017!

President: Anaïs Monroy-Eklund
Vice President: Kayleigh O’Keeffe
Treasurer: Patrick Kelly
GPSF representative: Nick Levis
Student representatives: Sofi De La Serna, Jeeyun Lee, and Sara Snell
Webmaster: Pranav Khandelwal
Committee Organizer: Laura Mudge

 

Spring 2016:

 

The Biology Department and BGSA hosted the 2016 Biology Symposium on Wednesday, May 4. The day started out with a number of workshops offered by graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and others affiliated with the department. Attendees were able to learn how to make plots in R that look like the xkcd comics, science communication, the uses and applications of CRISPR/Cas, how to use MakerSpace for 3D print projects and how to design a personal website! Following a lunch catered by Panera, a series of talks were given by one postdoc, one EEOB student, one EEOB faculty member, one MCDB student, and one MCDB faculty member. These speakers were nominated by students and faculty members of the department. Matute Lab postdoc, David Turissini, gave a talk on fine scale genetic mapping of introgressions in the Drosophila yakuba clade, Fletcher Halliday, a graduate student in the Mitchell Lab, discussed whether symbiont communities are “typical” communities, and Alka Das, a graduate student in the Slep lab, discussed how the crescerin protein family regulates microtubules in cilia. The day finished up with a talk from Dr. Jill Dowan on how three-dimensional genome architecture directs cell identity, and a final talk from Dr. Beth Shank on chemical communication within the soil microbiome. The BGSA would like to thank the Biology Department and UNC Graduate and Professional Student Federation for their generous support of this day of events, and we look forward to hosting more events in the new academic year!


Summer 2015:

Congratulations to the newly-elected BGSA officers for 2015-2016!

President: Audrey Kelly
Vice President: Nick Levis
Treasurer: Sofi De La Serna
GPSF representative: Anaïs Monroy
Student representatives: Alissa Brown, Justin Yeh, and Jeeyun Lee
Webmaster: Kayleigh O’Keeffe
Committee Organizer: Laura Sligar

 

Spring 2015:

The Biology Department and BGSA hosted the 2015 Biology Symposium on Wednesday, April 29. The day started out with a number of workshops offered by graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and others affiliated with the department. Attendees were able to learn about github/R, plant identification, teaching strategies, and more! Following a lunch catered by Panera, a series of talks were given by one postdoc, one EEOB student, one EEOB faculty member, one MCDB student, and one MCDB faculty member. These speakers were nominated by students and faculty members of the department. Hedrick Lab postdoc, Dennis Evangelista, gave a talk on the movements of chimney swifts which included a 3D video! Roger Brothers, a graduate student in the Lohmann Lab, discussed natal homing in sea turtles, and Vincent Boudreau, a graduate student in the Maddox Lab, discussed the mechanisms underlying exit from mitosis. The day finished up with a talk from Dr. Bob Goldstein on the study of body plan evolution and survival of extremes in water bears, and a final talk from Dr. Daniel Matute on the evolution of reproductive isolation in Drosophila. The BGSA would like to thank the Biology Department and UNC Graduate and Professional Student Federation for their generous support of this day of events, and we look forward to hosting more events in the new academic year!

Fall 2014:

The new school year is upon us! This fall, the Biology Department and BGSA hosted the Biology picnic catered by Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe. There was great food, cornhole, and a successful (and delicious!) bake sale to raise money for the BGSA, with cakes/cookies/brownies baked by Audrey Kelly! Additionally, a big tree of life was set up to mark off the organisms with which each lab works!

Biology Department T-shirts sales have begun! This year’s design features an original piece created by Jes Coyle! The short-sleeved t-shirts are $15/piece and will be printed in Carolina blue on dark grey shirts. Available sizes are S, M, L, and XL, and all proceeds will benefit the BGSA. Please see Julie Cannefax in 202 Coker Hall to place and pay for your order (cash or check). T-shirts can be ordered until November 12th.

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 BGSA Officers!

Spring 2014:

Happy New Year! This spring the BGSA hosted the annual Biology Department Symposium on April 30, 2014 from 9-5 in the Genome Sciences Building. Check out the schedule and workshop descriptions here and check out photos from the day here.

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Fall 2013:

Thanks for joining us at the annual Biology Department picnic! The picnic took place on October 16th in the GSB courtyard, and was catered by Hillsborough BBQ. Click here for pictures of the event and a recap.

The Biology T-shirt ordering period has finished. Shirts will be available for pick-up late November, please stay tuned.

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 BGSA officers, nominated and voted for by graduate students in the Biology department.

Spring 2013:

The Chair Swap Party had a great turnout! Click here to see a recap of the June 28th event which celebrated Bill and Vicki, our outgoing and incoming Departmental Chairs.

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The Biology Symposium was a big success! Click here to review the event and see some photos from the day. Thanks to everyone who helped make such a great event possible.

Dr. Andrew Murray is the 2013-14 Mangelsdorf Distinguished Speaker! Thanks to the Biology graduates for voting and we look forward to visiting with Dr. Murray next year.

Fall 2012:

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Biology food drive! We received over 500 pounds of food and built a really cool can castle:

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Biology Department Picnic on Wednesday (10/17)! We had a great turn out and hope to be able to host more department events in the future.