What is BUGS?

BUGS is a student-run, department-backed organization at Western whose main goal is to bridge the divide between student and faculty. For only $5.00, we offer students membership into one of the largest and most important student-run organizations at Western. If you’re a student taking courses offered by the biology department, or even courses offered in the medical sciences, we have much to offer you. From information sessions, to tours of high-tech facilities on campus, to MCAT help and opportunities to take leadership roles, BUGS is an organization that will help you get the most out of your time as an undergraduate student at Western.


Mission Statement

  • To broaden the experience of the Western University’s undergraduate biology students both socially and academically.
  • To connect Western’s undergraduate biology students with similar goals and interests.
  • To serve as a liaison between undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and officials of the Department of Biology
  • To foster an environment where students can learn about scholarship, career, scholastic, and volunteer opportunities.



Operation Wallacea runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs in remote locations around the world. Their research program offers the opportunity for undergraduate volunteers to gain valuable research or medical experience.