Asa Gray Biological Society
"...to expand and enrich the total educational experience of students majoring in or interested in biology." (Asa Gray Biological Society Charter)
All Biology majors are urged to become members of the Asa Gray Biological Society, named for the famous medical doctor and botanist Asa Gray. This is a faculty supported, student-run organization that expands and enriches the educational experience for students interested in biology. The student members organize many service, social, and special events including:
Asa Gray Seminar Series - This is a research-oriented Seminar Series that brings in Scientists from around the country to discuss their research, and is the longest running professional seminar series on campus.
Annual Fall Picnic - Each Autumn we spend an afternoon together grilling, talking, and playing yard games. The picnic is a wonderful way for our new students to get to know upper-division students and faculty.
Outdoor Activities - Asa Gray students take hikes in the nearby Adirondack Mountains.
Annual Spring Trip - Each spring, students and faculty take a weekend trip together. Trips include visits to museums, zoos, aquaria, and science centers as well as some time for independent recreation. Recent trips have been to Boston, New York, Niagara Falls in Canada, and Montreal.
Senior Banquet - The highlight of each academic year is the Senior Banquet where we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating seniors. Also called "The Roast", the celebration concludes with fun times where seniors roast faculty and faculty roast graduating seniors. It's the perfect conclusion as we say "see you later" to our students as they venture into the next chapters of their academic pursuits.
Fund Raisers - Asa Gray students raise money to fund the above activities. Fundraisers include bake sales and plants sales of plants student grow in the greenhouse. Students work at the Bistro on BIO Row throughout the semester as a fundraiser.
Community Service - Students organize and participate in community service events throughout the year including Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Spooktackular and Eggstravaganza at the Utica Zoo, distributing holiday meals to the elderly, Heart Run and Walk, Relay for Life, the Utica College Regional Science Fair, and many more.
Asa Gray Growers Group (AGGG) - AGGG is a sub-group of the Asa Gray Biological Society that grows plants, herbs, and flowers in the Biology Department Greenhouse to sell for a fund raising activity.