The BioSci club at UMass: Science starts with students

Taking charge of their educational experience, BioSci members are dedicated to building a community that inspires science learning and exploration at UMass and beyond. Undergraduate students interested in science may take BioSci as a one-credit class or join as a club. The members plan faculty lectures, presentations and outreach events open to all undergrad students in the field or interested in science. Each semester the club is busy planning at least nine each of these lectures and outreach events. Past events include lectures by Dr. Brian O’Connor, pre-med/pre-dental advisor, and Dr. Jennifer Barlow Coleman, professor of Biology and Genetics, and trips to Boston’s Museum of Science and New England Aquarium, and the Worcester Ecotarium. Currently the club is offering a journal club, where ten undergrads read, and present landmark papers in the biology field and discuss the work intending to better understand source material of the sciences. BioSci is science for the students by the students, tailoring the program according to student feedback . The club’s president, Mike Urbanowski stated, “We are very committed to the idea that we are very much at the front of the student education field by structuring an academic program at UMass that comes from the students themselves. In other words, we are students enhancing our own education. That is powerful stuff.”

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Written by: Jessica Murphy


One response to “The BioSci club at UMass: Science starts with students

  1. I could not agree more that BioSci Club is “science for the students by the students”! I joined BioSci Club my very first semester at UMass and it instilled a great confidence in myself as a biologist. I could work with my peers to create important events at UMass and meet the professors that I would be working with over the next four years! I highly recommend it!

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