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Microbiology Undergraduate Student Association (MUSA)

MUSA (Microbiology Undergraduate Student Association) is an active student-run organization that provides support to undergraduate microbiology majors. Cami Hippee at Girls Go STEM event

MUSA Officers/Contacts

President - Riya Parekh
The duties of the president are as follows: coordinating events, speakers, meetings, fundraising campaigns, UI student government paperwork (grant applications, budget development). The MUSA President explores marketing ideas, including promotional items, member recruitment, and act as primary representative for MUSA.

Vice President - Hiruni Sumanasiri
The vice president is responsible for the coordination of the annual trip to the American Society of Microbiology General Meeting and assisting the president in event scheduling.

Secretary - Gabby Ceballos
The secretary keeps a record of all meeting minutes and financial documentation in addition to co-coordinating finances and monies. Email the Secretary about MUSA product sales or the meeting schedule.

Treasurer - Kailey Hogaboom
The treasurer is in charge of assisting in all fundraising events and serves as a financial liaison between the Microbiology Department and The University of Iowa Student Government (SOBO).

Marketing & Merchandise Chair - Lexi Rozen

Meeting Times/Places

Meetings will be held the first Monday of every month in 1-107 Bowen Science Building.

Microbiology Undergraduate Student Association
The University of Iowa 
51 Newton Road
3-403 Bowen Science Building
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Email:   MUSA President or the MUSA faculty advisor, Regina McGrane


The main goal of MUSA is promotion microbiology and science to students of all ages and the community. MUSA attends a number of local outreach events, Girls Go STEM, Kids Go STEM, and at local elementary schools.   


Each year a group of MUSA students attends the national meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. While attending, students learn about current studies and research in many fields of Microbiology. If you are interested in donating to help these students attend, please contact the MUSA President. Any donation is greatly appreciated!

Links of Interest

American Society for Microbiology

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