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This time of year marks the close of another great semester for the BMB Department and you are invited to BMB Creates 2.0! Science is an inherently creative enterprise, and science and art are usually linked. Creativity is found in both science and art and we are excited to see the creativity of the BMB Community on display. Let's explore our creative side this holiday season while sharing in some fun and fellowship with those within our department.

Let us know you're coming by RSVPing here
Registration for the party closes December 10th at 8:00 am


The Annual BMB Art Show:

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The BMB Department is hosting its 2nd Annual BMB Creates Art Show and is calling the creative people in our department to show us what you got!

  • Individual and group projects will be accepted.
  • Projects submitted by each of our labs are encouraged.
  • Entries from each category will be voted on by those in attendance and prizes will be awarded.

What kind of project can be entered?

  • Any form of art can be entered, be creative!
    • Examples include, but are not limited to, photography (micrographs), paintings, cakes and cookies, drawings, mixed media, knitting, crochet projects, crafts, video and more!

Art Project Categories and Prize Packages:

  • Science Theme - Lab: Projects submitted by individual labs are encouraged and the winning lab will receive a free pizza party, plus the distinct honor of presenting the prestigious trophy in their lab for the year!
  • Science theme - Individual or group: Individual or group (non-lab) collaborations for art project with a science theme.  Winners will a prize basket valued at $75.
  • Non-Science Theme - Individual or group: Individual or group (non-lab) collaborations for general art project of any kind.  Winners will a prize basket valued at $75.

Entering your project for the Art Show:

  • Click here to complete the registration for your project.



Lion's PantryThe "Donate for Donuts" Food Drive Challenge:

A national study has shown that 1 in 3 college students suffer from food insecurity.  The department is helping to support those at Penn State who face this issue, by hosting the "Donate for Donuts" Food Drive Challenge.

"Donate for Donuts" Food Drive Challenge:

  • All donated food items will be sent to Lion's Pantry to help support University Park students in need.
  • Buildings that have BMB personnel in them will compete to see which building can collect the most items of food.
  • Food items are to be taken to collection points in each of the buildings, but can also be brought to the Holiday Party on December 13th.
  • The building that collects the most food items wins and gets the trophy, bragging rights for the next year, and a coffee and donuts social for all BMB personnel after the new year.


Collection Locations:Food items collected:
Wartik Lab: Donna McMinn (Room 512) 24
Millennium Science Complex: Tracey Besemer (Room W102) 0
Life Science & Chemistry Buildings: Traci Shimmel (206 LSB) 62
Althouse Laboratory: Kristin Gearhart (Room 107) 66
Whitmore Laboratory: Maria Long (Room 329) 41
North Frear Laboratory: Kim Albright (Package Room) 0
South Frear Laboratory: Kim Albright (Package Room) 129
    • (Note all Frear food donations taken to the package room in Frear must be done between 10 am - 1 pm)


The BMB Creates Runway Tournament:

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Due to lack of interest the Runway Tournament will not be held this year.