the Ateneo Biological Organization eXplore eXperience eXcel (BOx)
Biology and Life Sciences majors have always been active members of the Ateneo community, primarily through the various student organizations that they join. Serving as their home organization in particular is the Ateneo Biological Organization eXplore eXperience eXcel (BOx). It was formed in October 2004 to address the need of the Biology majors for a holistic, immersive experience in the biological sciences. Its main goal at its inception was to provide its members with an avenue to explore and experience various sub-disciplines of biology and to excel in their chosen endeavors. Now an accredited student organization of the Loyola Schools, BOx has gone beyond academic and research-oriented formation to become, quite simply, one of the most formative, indispensable, and life-changing experiences that a Biology or Life Sciences major could have. By promoting the unity of the entire biology community through its “AdMU One Bio” thrust and helping its members explore, experience, and excel in diverse biological interests, BOx has become a family that knows that the best way to study life is to live it.
The “AdMU One Bio” theme is not merely a catch-phrase; it has embodied BOx’s success at unifying the batches of Biology and Life Sciences. That, perhaps, counts as BOx’s greatest achievement. Other milestones for the organization are its being a founding member of the Biology Majors Alliance of the Philippines (BMAP); seven-time basketball champions in the Intramurals Athletics Council (IAC); organizers of the annual Biology Night and Biolympics sportsfest; and premier advocate of animal welfare and biodiversity within the campus. In the school year 2011-2012, BOx was one of three finalists for Most Outstanding Student Group in the Loyola Schools Awards for Leadership and Service. BOx was also a finalist for Best Executive Board and Best New Project (Haynayan: BioCamp 2012) in the Council of Organizations of Ateneo (COA) Awards.
Over 400 Biology and Life Sciences majors are currently members of BOx. Many majors also join the Pre-Med Society of Ateneo (PMSA), which was founded in 1975 by a Biology major.