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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.

Departmental statement and initiatives to combat racial injustice

President: Tyler Hansen
Vice-President: Tamar (Tata) Kavlashvili

Colloquium Committee: Sam Lisy, Kaitlin Browning
Qualifying Exam Committee: Jessica Hill, Jeff Jian, Emilio Rivera
Social Committee: Tata Kavlashvili, Katherine Clowes, Jessica Collins, Kateryna Nabukhotna
Retreat Committee: Lindsey Guerin, Yelena (Elena) Perevalova, Samika Joshi
Social Media Committee: Nicole Kendrick, Sarah Glass
Wellness Committee: Esha Dalvie, Verda Agan, Hillary Layden, Sabrina Van Ravenstein
Post-doc Liason: Lillian Campos


August 29: Welcome Back Meeting, Kung Fu Saloon, , 4:00 – 7:00 pm

October 10: Coffee & Conversations with Dr. Manny Ascano, 8:30 am, 618 Light Hall

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 Justin Marinko for details or to set up an exam.

  • Outreach or community service opportunities- TBD

Useful Links

BSA Calendar
View the BSA google calendar and add it to your own.

Anonymous Google Survey
We have a google survey where you can submit a question to the BSA anonymously. We monitor this frequently and will try to answer all of your questions. To ask a question go to the link here.

Student of the Month Nominations
Send your nominations to Nicole Kendrick:

Colloquium Sign-up
Sign-up to give colloquium here!


retreat_web.jpg2019 Student Retreat

The 2019 Biochemistry Student Association Retreat is set for February 12-13 in the Student Life Center.

2018 Student Retreat

The 2018 Biochemistry Student Association Retreat is set for February 20th-22nd in the Student Life Center.

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 President and committee members were elected May 2, 2017.  We will hold elections again May of 2018.


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

BSA Google Calendar

View the BSA Google Calendar.   Add this calendar to your own.