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Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

The BGSA is composed of and supports graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University. The mission of the BGSA is to enrich the graduate student experience and to represent, support, and promote graduate student interests and values. An integral and essential part of the department and ISU community, the BGSA provides programs and services aiding in recruitment and retention of graduate students, represents graduate student interests to the department and university administration, and builds a strong sense of community both on and off campus. In addition, BGSA is committed to the promotion of scientific literacy on and off campus and will promote and participate in programs and activities to this end.

The BGSA in the Community of Scholars

Student involvement is stimulated through community development. We help to create a culture of involvement, leadership, and support, as well as inclusion and transparency, for students and faculty alike. We oversee graduate student involvement in seven departmental committees, in addition to our own committees. The faculty advisor attends our meetings and events and acts as an advocate for graduate student interests in the department and college. The faculty advisor assists with developing policy to promote the BGSA mission statement, and serves as a mentor to develop leadership skills amongst the graduate students.


Guest Speakers
Community Service
Travel Grants


Monthly BGSA meetings (date varies by semester) occur during Fall and Spring semesters in the Biology Teaching Center, LS 208.


Faculty Advisor
Dr. James Groome

Jade Ortiz
Stream Ecology Center

Vice President:
Aurora Bayless-Edwards
Aho Lab

Jessica Whitaker
Pilarski Lab

James Paris
Stream Ecology Center

Graduate Representative:
Jon Dudko
Delehanty Lab

Meeting Coordinator:
Sophie Hill
Socio-Eco-Hydrology Lab


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209

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