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Congratulations to the Kuehn Lab!

For winning this year’s Gingerbread House Competition, and congratulation to all the participants for their beautiful masterpieces!






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Gingerbread House Competition!

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The first issue of our newsletter is out!

Check out important announcements!


We have new Council members!

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Head over to our Meet your council members page to meet the new student coordinators for this Academic Year. Don’t hesitate to email us with questions on how to get involved, concerns, or ideas you might have that the BGSC could help out with!

BGSC Elections!

It has been our pleasure to serve on the BGSC for the past year, but the time has come to elect new council members for the 2018-2019 academic year.
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The BGSC was founded two years ago by students with the mission of advancing student interests in the department and at Duke. We accomplish this by identifying and addressing concerns about student life from Biochemistry students, organizing volunteer activities and social events throughout the year, and acting as liaison between students and the department. Additionally, one member serves as the representative for the Biochemistry department at the Graduate & Professional Student Council. We would encourage the new BGSC to come with fresh ideas of things they’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year.
If you are interested in running for the BGSC or would like to nominate another student, please e-mail us at Along with the name please indicate if you are particularly interested in being the GPSC representative or outreach coordinator. Once we have collected nominations, we will hold an election across the student body.

Join us this Friday at 4:00pm at the Nan Duke patio for our monthly departmental happy hour! A special fruity punch will be served!

Don’t miss it!


Thanks to all who volunteered with last semester’s events (see the fun pictures here)!

The following are upcoming events for this Spring semester. All these a great way to contribute to the future of Science! Consider volunteering for 1 or all!

Sign up by adding your name to this google doc!

Saturday April 14th (1:30pm – 3:30pm) – Duke Alumni Weekend – FFSC Building, Duke

  • Slime-making station for kids!

Saturday April 21st (morning) – Lakewood Montessori

  • ~50 min science presentations to 8th graders together with the Chemistry Department
  • We can coordinate carpool!

~ April 25th – DNA Day at school in Durham

  • Talk to kids from a range of backgrounds one-on-one about science research and why it is so cool! (quoting Emily McFadden!)
  • More info here.
  • Depending on how many people are interested we can hold short info sessions to coordinate and organize things!

Friday June 22nd (9am – 10am) Action Camp for Middle School Girls – FFSC Building, Duke

  • More details to come!

ALSO! There is the 5K in Chapel Hill for DNA Day on May 19! Click here for more info.

  • Let’s go represent the Duke Biochemistry Department! (Thanks to Emily too for this awesome suggestion!)

If you have any questions, email me at!

Join us for a departmental happy hour this Friday, March 2nd, at 4 pm on the Nan Duke patio (weather permitting) and enjoy some refreshments and good company!

Hope to see everyone there!


The Biochemistry Graduate Student Council is back in session! 
We are happy to announce that we’ll be holding our first meeting of the new year on Monday, February 26th from 6:00-7:00 PM in 252B Nanaline Duke. We encourage everyone to come participate in the meeting to help us develop our goals for the upcoming year and learn more about exciting upcoming events!
We plan to discuss the following, along with suggestions that arise during the meeting:
– Recap on last year’s activities (VISIT OUR EVENTS PAGE FOR SOME PICTURES!)
– Health Insurance Survey
– T-shirt and zip up design options for our winning design by Hannah McMillan
– Reminder of parking policy in areas surrounding Nan Duke
– GPSC updates from Jennifer
– This semesters BGSC-hosted events, including: end of year celebration, Biochemistry student alumni talk(s), and volunteer opportunities.
We hope to see you there and discuss over snacks and drinks! 


Just a reminder that we have a volunteering event this Wednesday December 13th at the Museum of Life and Science!

It goes from 4:30pm-9pm and they provide us with dinner (Let’s meet around 4:15pm outside of the museum!)

December 13th : Santa Train 
– Helping with crafts and related activities (including a ‘Science of Santa’ activity!)

If you have any questions feel free to contact Nichole Orench at


Supplies will be delivered to your lab on Monday, December 4th! 



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We think the time has come to update the Biochemistry Department swag and we’re asking you to submit designs! After we receive some options, we’ll hold a vote including all BCH members, and the winning designer will receive a free T shirt AND $100 prize!
Please submit your designs to us by Monday, November 13th via email at
We look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!


These are the events that are coming up at the Museum of Life and Science here at Durham. Volunteering at these is a great way to give back to the community and also, the museum is pretty cool (your inner kid will love it).
I would like to get a small group together to go to some of these events. If you are interested in ANY of the dates below, please email me at and we can start planning. My contact at the museum is very eager to help us coordinate volunteering!
October 28th and October 29th : Pumpkin Patch Express
– Helping around with several crafts and related activities for kids
– There are morning shifts available from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
December 1-3, 9-10, 13-17, 21-22 : Santa Train 
– Helping with crafts and related activities (there are even ‘Science of Santa’ activities)
– These are after hour events from 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm (and they provide dinner)


First year party @ 6:30 PM on September 9th

Every year, second-year students host a party to welcome our first year students. It is a great opportunity for the student body to get to know each other and answer any questions that first years may have.
There will be lots of foods, drinks and games!
All students, post-docs and their SOs are all welcome to attend!
Contact Drew ( and/or Jennifer ( for any details or questions regarding carpooling.


Join us for our first meeting on Monday August 28, 2017!

Here is our proposed agenda!

  1. Welcome the new class of first years and let them know about all the exciting
    social events coming up this fall: the first-year party, campout and retreat.
  2. Unveil our new and improved website where people can find meeting minutes
    and scheduled events.
  3. Go over possible volunteer options for the year and get a feel for what events
    people are interested in participating in.
  4. Discuss what issues are the most important to the student body and set goals for
    the BGSC for the year. We have some ideas, but would love to hear from everyone
    about how they think we could improve the department.


It was an exciting first year for the Biochemistry Graduate Student Council, with your help we were able to:

  • Get departmental funding for gym memberships
  • Increase parking outside the Nanaline Duke Building
  • Sponsor a pizza dinner for Biochem students at Duke campout
  • Volunteer in various outreach activities at Duke
  • Organize a March for Science sign-making party
  • Have our first ever gingerbread house building competition
  • Enjoy an end of the year Summer BBQ!