We are a university-recognized student organization that serves as the official organization representing the students in our department. The BGSO also acts as the official liaison between the graduate students and faculty in departmental matters. All M.S. and Ph.D. students in the Department of Biological Sciences are encouraged to be active members.
Some of our activities are described below.
BGSO Oktoberfest One of our most popular annual events is the BGSO Oktoberfest held in the Fall semester each year. This is primarily a social event with food, drinks, and games to help get together the biology department faculty and graduate students.
BGSO Spring Symposium
Biology graduate students have the opportunity to present their research at this annual event. All biology faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend the symposium. Awards are given for the best presentations.
Birdsong Memorial Wetland cleanup
We have taken the responsibility of helping to restore a wetland through the "Adopt-a-Spot" program. We clean up the wetland several times per year and assist the Elizabeth River Project with its planting, weeding, and mulching.
Biology department committee student representatives
The BGSO requests student volunteers to serve on the three
Department Advisory Committees: Budget & Operations, Seminar, and
Curriculum. These volunteers help ensure that student input is taken
into account when making departmental decisions.
Departmental bulletin boards
We maintain several bulletin boards on the first three floors of MGB. Materials placed on these boards include information about programs at other schools, announcements, and research posters.