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USF IB BIOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENT ORGANIZATION (BGSO) OFFICERS for 2016-2017

The purpose of the Biology Graduate Student Organization is to serve as the official representative body of the biology graduate students before the university, provide a forum for discussion of issues and dissemination of information relevant to biology graduate students, and organize, promote, and conduct activities beneficial to biology graduate student life. The faculty advisor of BGSO is KT Scott. BGSO has a Facebook page where you can keep up with graduate student events in the Department.




KARENA NGUYEN

KARENA NGUYEN, PRESIDENT

KARENA NGUYEN: President for 2016-2017. Karena originally hails from Minneapolis but graduated from Saint Louis University in 2014. She is currently a second year PhD candidate co-mentored by Dr. Jason Rohr and Dr. Jody Harwood. Her specific interest is in the effects of temperature variation on the parasite Schistosoma mansoni and its snail intermediate host, Biomphalaria glabrata.












MARY KATE O’DONNELL

MARY KATE O’DONNELL, VICE PRESIDENT

MARY KATE O’DONNELL: Vice President of BGSO. Mary Kate is a second year PhD student in the Deban lab. She is working on clinging and climbing in salamanders, trying to figure out what mechanisms determine performance. Mary Kate moved to USF from Elizabethtown, Kentucky.














SARA GARCIA

SARA GARCIA, SECRETARY

SARA GARCIA: Secretary of BGSO. A Houston native, Sara graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015 and is now excited to join the IB department at USF. She is a 1st-year Masters student in Dr. Gemmell's lab. Her research focuses on sublethal effects of crude oil and dispersant on marine zooplankton communities. It is her hope that her findings will contribute the understanding of how to respond to an oil spill while minimizing environmental impacts.












KELLI CARTER

KELLI CARTER, TREASURER

KELLI CARTER: BGSO treasurer. Kelli is a 2nd year PhD candidate, her advisor is Luanna Prevost. As a lab they are interested in biology education. Kelli’s research emphasis is how students learn anatomy and physiology. She looks forward to her second year as treasurer!