Biology students at Alfred University have the opportunity to participate in events designed to further their educational goals while providing assistance to the community and to individuals who are considering a career in the biology industry. Examples include the following:
American Red Cross Blood Drives
Four times a year, biology students in First Year Experience classes and in the Biology Club volunteer at on-campus blood drives for the American Red Cross. Students assist by promoting donation among their peers, registering volunteers as they arrive at the drive, and staffing the canteen for donors.
This academic/social group is for students interested in biology, regardless of major. The club organizes field trips and other out-of-class learning activities that enhance understanding and curiosity in the biological and health sciences. Members assist the community and campus by sponsoring blood and organ donation drives as well as providing tutoring to other students in biology classes. Biology Club semester activities include:
- Planting your own flower
- Powering a lightbulb with an orange
- Pumpkin carving
- Trivia game nights
- Biology bingo
- Holiday activities (for example, decorating gengerbread houses)
- Traveling to the Rochester Museum & Science Center/Strasenburg Planetarium, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the Buffalo Botanical Gardens, and Secret Caverns in Howe, NY
Students enrolled in Alfred University's Pre-Veterinary program enjoy biology, business and stewardship extracurricular activities such as:
- Interview skills development and vet school application preparation
- Hositing guest speakers, such as those from Hawk Creek Wildlife Center
- Conducting service activities local animals shelters
Alfred alumni and invited speakers share their insights on contemporary research practices, professional employment, and growth opportunities within the biological and health sciences. Students often work with the speakers in small classes and visit with them socially. Lectures include the following:
- The JoAnn Miller Memorial Lecture on Ethical Issues in Medicine brings nationally known ethicists to the University to discuss current ethical issues of potential interest to students, faculty, and society. This is especially valuable to students considering health professions.
- The H.O. Burdick Memorial Lecture in Biology features speakers on a variety of biology-related topics.
- The Sigma Xi Lecture is an annual event sponsored by the Alfred University chapter of Sigma Xi. Speakers come from all over the US to lecture on topics within their fields of study. Topics for the lectures vary from year to year and have included evolutionary biology, forensic anthropology, public health and policy, tissue engineering, and more.
- The Biology Junior Seminar and Senior Seminar allow students to present their own independent research and ARGUS projects. Additionally, speakers are brought in each year to present ongoing research and to discuss career opportunities with students.