Biology Graduate Student Association
The mission of the Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is to elevate the academic experience of all graduate students in the department by encouraging collaboration and communication amongst all graduate students through an active social and professional environment.
Current BGSA Officers
- Levi Storks, President
- Zeke Elkins, Vice-President
- Joe Gunn, Treasurer
- Hedieh Attai, Secretary
- Benton Berigan, GPC Representative
- Becca Lukasak, GSA Representative
- Shawn Abrahams and Michael Vierling, Social Chairs
The BGSA meets on the first Tuesday of the month immediately following the Divisional seminar. Meetings are held in Tucker Hall Room 111.
BGSA Travel Grants
The BGSA can apply for travel grants for group travel to a professional conference, meeting or workshop three times per year through MU’s Organization Resource Group (ORG). To qualify as a group, at least 10% of BGSA members, approximately 8 graduate students, must be traveling to the same meeting. If approved by ORG, award sizes will vary depending on travel period and group size but grants will generally provide around $200 per person. Awards are dispensed by ORG as reimbursements after travel and with travel receipts. By accepting a travel award, the group agrees to share information about the funded activity at the next BGSA meeting after return from the conference or meeting.
The BGSA designs and sells biology t-shirts and other merchandise to raise money for its activities. Follow us on Facebook to find out when we will be ordering merchandise again.