The House of General Science is a venerated social, academic, and professional organization dedicated to fostering its member’s love of science and sciencerelated fields. We have people from a wide variety of majors, not just the hard sciences and accept people from all majors. Some of the many subjects that our members study include engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, and graphic design. However, all of our members have one thing in common: a love of science, and that is what brings us all together.
The social committee organizes a wide array of social events of various sizes. Our events encompass everything from sports such as walleyball, to relaxing activities such as coloring nights. Our community interacts with other Special Interest Houses through events including potlucks, trips to Lasertron (a local laser-tag facility), and the annual Special Interest House Talent Show. Some of our larger events include: an annual apple-picking trip, biannual trips to Letchworth State Park, and War Pigs, of course, a game created by HoGS modelled after capture the flag. The social committee maintains an active environment in our community.
HoGS has a large variety of resources at the disposal of its members. Our social lounge includes a flat screen plasma TV, a Nerf blaster arsenal, and a microwave! Additionally, members will often provide their own appliances, such as tea kettles, to be used by the rest of the floor. The technology lounge is equipped with a variety of tools available for all members to use in both academic and personal projects. Our study lounge is equipped with two whiteboards, tables and couches for members and their friends to work together on projects. The HoGS study lounge is also home to a textbook library, which includes both reference books and textbooks that can be borrowed for whole semesters. This library grows in size and variety every year.
The House of General Science has a long history of developing interesting and innovative projects to sate our desire to learn and create. The House has a wide range of projects including: a biolumenecent algae showcase, a Rubens tube that illustrates music with fire, an electromagnetic dart launcher, a "larger than life" piano, and many others. One of the biggest events of the year for HoGS is Imagine RIT, and we display more projects than any other student organization on campus. We welcome project ideas from any field and we are always excited to help develop them!
The House of General Science is more than just a special interest house, it is a community. We fundraise for noble causes as an entire floor and we have a ton of fun doing it. This year, we raised over a thousand dollars for charity by hosting a 24 Hour live stream, called Extra Life. Also in 2015-2016, we painted a chair to be sold in a charity auction event and raised over $200 for arthritis research. We participate as a team in the annual Mud-Tug event, where the proceeds are all donated. All of these events are designed to give back to the community, while bonding as a Special Interest House.
The House of General Science parpicipates in many traditional and fun events that bring us together.
Every year, HoGS visits Letchworth to enjoy food, nature, and socializing. We do all sorts of weird things such as swinging from vines or stick fighting.
Since apples are universally loved, HoGS visits the local apple farm to have a good time and enjoy good quality apples, apple donuts, apple cider, and honey sticks.
A traditional HoGS event, we battle each other in a capture the flag style game across dormside with Nerf blasters. This event has also been used to raise money for charity.
A recent event created by the 2017-2018 off-floor liason, Brian Hillier, he encourages off-floor pride with fun games such as dodgeball, Mario Cart, and a regenade Nerf blaster battle.
HoGS parpicipates in the annual Mud-Tug event, where teams compete with each other by tugging in a mud pool to raise money for charity, and also, to get extremely muddy.
HoGS doesn't let a holiday go with out being celebrated! We have a costume contest, do pumpkin carving, enjoy food, and enjoy each other's company.
Hello and welcome to the House of General Science!
I am a second year physics major with an unhealthy enthusiasm for anything space or particle physics-related. You'll catch me playing Age of Mythology or Magic on the weekends.
Fun fact: my first tattoo was a Mobius strip.
Hi!!! I’m Civil Engineering Technology Major from Brooklyn, New York (I’m the only non-physics major on E-Board and I’m scared). I’m super weird and dorky and bad at grammar and bad at knowing when to stop talking and weird and dorky and bad with technology and I like Sci-Fi and I’m VERY into buildings. I spend my time listening to (edgy) music or sitting like an (edgy) pretzel, sometimes both - that’s a fun time. Oh, Oh no … the physics majors are back, STOP!, zz/z/zz STAY, STAY BACK!!! zz/chzz//zch
Greetings!! I’m Remi, the current HoGS Treasurer, I’m a first year physics student, and I have an undying love for space, pizza, cats, and mac and cheese. I’m from a small town in central New York called Valatie, where we have very interesting things like fields, waterfalls, fields, tractors, and fields. I enjoy long walks on the beach, piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
Hi everybody! I'm a first year physics major from Akron, NY. I'm so glad to have joined HoGS this year! The people here are great and the community is amazing for both on and off floor members. You will probably see me somewhere on the floor with a book as I love to read. Even if I'm reading though, you'll still find me out and about socializing too. I like helping people and will give a hand whenever it's needed. This floor has become my second home and I hope it will become yours too! See you on floor!
Hi, my name is Alexandra Capodicasa and I like applying science to every aspect of my life. Whenever I am not doing my homework, I enjoy listening to music, going for walks, and participating in RIT's Formula Hybrid team, Hot Wheelz.
Yo, this is Sof. I’m a 3rd year bioinformatics major and I currently do interdisciplinary research on macroinvertebrates with computational tools. I’m also passionate about project outreach, and I’ve helped HoGS get involved in school outreach events when I was project manager for HoGS. My other interests include biking, hiking, drawing, coding, and improv. Hope to see you on floor - we can be kinda eccentric and weird, but it’s what I love about this floor.
Ayy I'm Nick, I'm a first year Computer Science Major from Buffalo, New York. I'm into video games, love music, I'm an anime fan, and I play guitar. I also want to get into Music in Technology for a minor, and create a Prog Metal concept album.
Hey everyone! I'm Nadia, a first year Bioinformatics student. I'm from a small town so north in New York that we just say it's basically Canada. I love 80s music, dad jokes, autumn, and want to pet as many dogs as humanly possible ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ One of my goals is to study abroad during my time in college, as I enjoy experiencing new things.
‘Sup. I’m Elizabeth; I’m a first-year Gen Bio Major who hails from Western New York, loves semicolons, and specializes in making everything awkward! My hobbies include playing video games poorly, playing musical instruments reasonably well, dancing, and squealing like a small, excitable child at any and all cats within my field of vision. The HoGS floor is a place of and for nerds, so if that sounds like your jam, then give this place a shot! I certainly know I’m thankful for it.
Hello! My name is Makenna and I am from Columbus, OH. I enjoy watching hockey and attending concerts. Joining the House of General Science is one of the best decisions I have ever made. HoGS has helped me come out of my shell and meet new people. I hope to see you on floor!
Howdy! I love guild wars 2 and skirts and ducks. I don't do politics cuz it makes me grumpy. I also like chewy sweet tarts so u can bribe me with those or smol ducks or birbs except maybe not haha unless u super want to. *cough*Plz give me all the soft things*cough*
"If life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion." - Hitchikers Guide.
Hi! I'm a third year CS major whomst's hair has grown entirely too long, and whomst's hobbies backlog has grown entirely too long. I would like to declare a Japanese minor as soon as I get into a fifth course to make it such. I would love to chat about weeb things and/or books and/or video games!
Sup yogs. I'm Stephanie, a first year hoglet that somehow got accepted into HoGS. I actually love it here though. I'm not the only chemistry major here like I was afraid I'd be, although I'm surrounded by physics majors. It's a great environment here and I encourage anybody to join! I'm the CS Head and I latch hook and read a lot. I'm also the giraffe in my photo.
Hello! I'm Will, and I'm from Penfield, NY (not far from here!). I've always had an interest in science, physics in particular, so it was my first choice to study when I applied for RIT. Looking forward to a great year at RIT and with HoGS!
Hello everyone! My name is Amir Mohamed Ibrahim. I was born in Florida but raised in San Jose, Costa Rica. In my free time, I like to kick around a soccer ball or hang out with friends; however, when it's raining outside, you might catch me reading a book or playing DnD.
I'm from Maryland, and I love video games! I think chemistry is a lot of fun, but I love biology too. I love cats, so if you have cat pics, come find me.
Hello! I'm Adam a first year who is living on-floor as a HoGS member. I play the Sousaphone in the Pep-Band and will be looking to participate in research regarding my major (Biotechnology). My hobbies include learning about biology, reading, music, and playing video games. I'm very friendly so feel free to say hi or have a conversation with me if you ever see me around!
Hey guys, I'm Ryan, I'm from a city north of Boston named Peabody, Massachusetts, during the time I'm not in classes I'm either listening to any type of music I vibe with, hanging with HoGS members or I'm at rehearsals for Fowl Play Comedy. I skate around campus a lot and enjoying the bricks so you'll probably see me rolling around here and there. When I'm not doing that stuff I'm probably with other friends being a huge nerd and embracing every little bit of it. I'm also hella nostalgic all the time so I'll frequently scream the lyrics to various 2000s songs since that's the best decade for music. To sum me up I like music and computers. Also you guys here think I have a Boston accent but really it's just the slang, like I call it Dunks not Dunkin Donuts, a rotary not a roundabout, etc. Deal with it
Hey，I am Han or people call me Harry. I am from China. Its 20hours flight from here. One of the two foreign kids on floor. I am first year in science exploration program but a 100% physics student. I do play CSGO，soccer and all other sports. NOT NERD！！！！————我是中国人
Hi I'm Brad! I'm a game design and development major who likes baseball, math, and fancy cheeses. I used to be the vice president of HoGS, and now I'm on e-board of the comedy club Fowl Play.
Hi! I am Andrew Bentkowski. I am a 4th Year Computing Information Technologies minors in Computer Security, Communication. I am an avid sports fan, I collect hockey jerseys from across the world and play intramural hockey. I also broadcast RIT hockey games on WITR 89.7! For HoGS, I was on floor for 1 and a half years and was the Head of Public Relations from 2017-18. I am also a music fan (snob) and love going to concerts as often as possible. HoGS is a wonderful family and I am grateful to be a part of it!
Hi, I'm Will and I'm the former secretary of the floor and am the former off-floor liaison. I've been a member of this floor my entire time I've been a student here at RIT, and I've loved every minute of it. It is a great place to have a successful academic and social life, all with members with a shared interest in science.
"HoGS is a great way of meeting people with all different majors, backgrounds, and interests, while still having something in common - a love of the floor. I find it to be unique among clubs and SIHs at RIT that the members are not exclusively scientists or engineers or programmers, and this variety makes the experiences and bonds that are shared between the members only better."
"I hear some people talk that their floor is generally quiet and calm with nothing going on. Here on HoGS, that's non-existent: there's someone doing something fun or interesting that everyone else can join in on almost every day. HoGS is probably the best decision I made regarding housing, and I am grateful."
"Special Interest Housing is a very unique concept that you will not find at any other college. The House of General Science (HoGS) allows me to be surrounded by a bunch of nerds who are passionate about what they do, support me in what I do, and let me call them family. Joining HoGS has been the best decision I have ever made at college both socially and academically."
"HoGS is like a dysfunctional, yet still functional family. We all come from different backgrounds, but when we are on floor, we are a big, happy, nerdy, family. If you ask someone for help with homework or even laundry, they are more than willing to help. In addition, most upperclassmen have taken the classes you have, so they can help. There are an infinite number of fantastic things to say about the House of General Science. It's the best part of my college experience."
"From the moment I set foot on floor, this place has been my home away from home. It was so easy to make friends and I quickly became close to everyone. One of the huge benefits to being on floor is how easy it is to form study groups or find upperclassmen who have taken similar classes. (I have helped so many people with physics!) I could go on and on, but essentially, HoGS is a place where you can have crazy adventures, meet amazing people, be intellectually challenged, and excel academically."
"I love how HoGS is more than just a floor of nerds with a love of science. We are more than students working towards a BS or BFA. Some of us are musicians, some of us are artists. Some of us are fantastic at videogames or board games; amazing at knitting or crocheting. We are more than just talented individuals. We are a large group of friends, a community of people you can turn to, a family. HoGS has given me a chance. It has taught me to love myself and embrace my quirks.
"When I came to RIT, to HoGS, I was immediately accepted. There was no question or doubt in my mind that I could relate with every single person on and off this floor as soon as I met them. The great thing about HoGS, in my mind, is the sense of community. If someone is having a hard time with anything, stress, parents, relationships, homework, or anything else you need not go farther than a walk down the hall to receive the comfort or help you need. Although, many of us still butt heads every once in a while, we still choose to help one another. We are a family."
"I love the fact that we are a community that bonds together to completely.
You feel loved and accepted right away."
"I like that we are all weird and nerdy in different ways, but that's what makes us fit together."
"The best part about HoGS is that everyone is always willing to help you."
"I like that whenever you want to go get dinner, you can call down the hall, 'Who wants to go to Gracie's?' and at least five heads will peek out of the doors and say, 'Yes.'. You never have to eat alone."
"I love how welcome HoGS wants everyone to feel. We are all so different but we have all found a home here."
If you have any questions about our organization, please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You should also follow us on our many social media sites!
Are you an incoming freshman interested in joining?
Please apply to the House of General Science in your RIT Housing Contract.
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