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Biology Graduate Student Association

The Division of Biological Sciences is distinctive in the breadth and depth of its research. Graduate students in our department have research interests that include cellular and molecular biology, behavior, genetics and genomics, computational biology, ecology, evolution, and more. 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

  • Ronnie LaCombe, President
  • Levi Storks, Vice-President
  • Jacob Burkhart, Treasurer
  • Freya Rowland, Secretary
  • Eddy Ramirez, GPC Representative
  • Maria Jones, GSA Representative
  • Hedieh Attai and R. Shawn Abrahams, 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.

For more information and questions about travel grants for group conference travel, please email or visit the ORG Web site.

BGSA_Merch_designBiology Merchandise

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.

BGSA Graduate Student Handbook

BGSA members put together a Graduate Student Handbook for new and current graduate students. (Last updated April 2014)