29th Annual Biology Graduate Student Symposium


                Hatfield Marine Science Center

              Newport, OR

                March 5th, 2016




What is the Biology Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS)?


BGSS is an informal scientific meeting organized by graduate students at Oregon State University to provide a campus-wide forum for the exchange of ideas in the field of biology. BGSS brings together students from all over the OSU campus including the main campus, the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, and the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station & Seafood Laboratory in Astoria.  The participants hail from a wide variety of disciplines including: Biochemistry and Biophysics, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Botany & Plant Pathology, Crop & Soil Science, Forest Ecosystems & Society, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Statistics, COAS, and Integrative Biology. The purpose of BGSS is three-fold:

(1) to provide an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs, and lab research assistants in all disciplines of biology to interact and learn about other OSU research in an informal setting

(2) to allow students to present research ideas or results and to get feedback

(3) to provide an opportunity to give a scientific presentation in a relatively stress-free environment  


We especially encourage presentations that are geared toward a broad scientific audience that emphasize communication, your discoveries, and your passion for science! Simply put, this is a symposium organized by graduate students for graduate students.  Sometimes, it’s all too easy to be surrounded by people who are doing amazing things at OSU and not have a clue what they are up to in their research hours.  BGSS helps bring us together. 


Invited Speaker

This year, we have the great pleasure of hosting Dr. Jim Estes, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Estes’ research program focuses on the ecology of coastal marine communities, particularly trophic interactions between vertebrate predators and their prey. His accomplishments are too numerous to mention here, but let’s just say our humble venue is a far cry from the national academy of sciences.  We are really looking forward to his presentation and appreciate his contribution to BGSS 2016! For more information on Dr. Jim Estes and his lab group click here