Asa Gray
Major in Biology

Asa Gray Biological Society (est. 1972)

Bald Mtn hike 2014

" expand and enrich the total educational experience of students majoring in or interested in biology." (Asa Gray Biological Society Charter)

The Asa Gray Biological Society is a student-run organization that fosters connections between biology students and faculty while promoting biological research and education. A very active group of students, Asa Gray students organize:

Asa Gray Seminar Series - A research-oriented Seminar Series that brings in Scientists from around the country to discuss their research.

Annual Fall Picnic - Each Autumn we spend an afternoon together grilling, talking, and playing volleyball. The picnic is a wonderful way for our new students to get to know upper-division students and faculty.
Asa Gray Picnic 2014

Outdoor Activities - Asa Gray students take a hike in the nearby Adirondack Mountains. In the winter, sledding trips and snowball fights make good use of the snow.

Indoor Activities - Movie nights and sports nights are fun events to break-up the studying!

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, Canada.

Senior Roast - The highlight of each academic year is "The Roast" where seniors roast faculty and faculty roast graduating seniors. This uproarious time is the perfect break between the end of classes and the beginning of final exams.

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.  

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Dr. Daniel Kurtz
Chair of Biology

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