31st Annual Biology Graduate Student Symposium

The Old World Deli, Corvallis, OR

March 9th, 2018




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. Selina Heppell, Department Head and Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. Dr. Heppell's lab works on marine ecology, conservation, and resource management issues in Oregon and around the world. She will be discussing her career trajectory and how she has navigated academia as the topic of his keynote presentation at BGSS 2018. We are really looking forward to her presentation and appreciate her contribution to BGSS 2018! For more information on Dr. Selina Heppell and her lab group click here