Biochemistry Student Association

Mission Statement

The goal of the Biochemistry Student Association (BSA) is to promote interactions between graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members, and to foster academic and professional development of the biochemistry student body, particularly regarding career development.

President: Matt Albertolle

Regular Events: Katie Rothamel, Alexandria Oviatt, Esha Dalvie
Qualifying Exams: Sarah Arcos, Evan Perry, Justin Marinko
Retreat: Kelly Barnet, Alexandria Oviatt
Post-Doc Liaison with PDA: Boone Prentice
Happy Hours: Sarah Arcos, Petria Thompson, Katie Rothamel


Biweekly Colloquium

The Biochemistry Student Colloquium takes place every other Tuesday, 4:00-5:00 PM in room 512 Light Hall. This seminar series is designed to allow students and post-docs to present their research to a group of students, post-docs, and faculty in a relaxed environment (complete with food and beverages). The BSA board presents updates at the start of each colloquium.

Click here to view the Biochemistry Student Colloquium schedule.

“Whine and Cheese” Happy Hours

These happy hours take place (roughly) the last Friday of every month, and are designed to give every member of the department a chance to relax and socialize, to vent and rant over their scientific endeavors if they so choose.

Click here to view the Whine and Cheese schedule.

Benefits and Offerings

  • Lunch with “Frontiers in Biochemistry” speakers

  • Mock qualifying exams for second years in the department. Contact Rachel Ashley for details or to set up an exam.

  • Outreach or community service opportunities- TBD

2017 Student Retreat

The 2017 Biochemistry Student Association Retreat was held on January 31st and February 1st. More info and abstracts here.

2016 Student Retreat

The 2016 Biochemistry Student Association Retreat occurred on March 8th, and was a complete success! For abstracts and more, go to the Retreat web page.


The current officers were elected on May 10, 2016. We elected a President, a Vice President, and a Secretary. The next elections will take place on May 2, 2017. We will be looking to have 4 officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.


All BSA events are kindly sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry.


Click here to view upcoming student colloquiums and departmental seminars.