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.
The House of General Science is an active community. There are always new things going on at HoGS, and we strive to make our impact on the RIT student body heard.
The House of General Science is soon to reach it's 20th anniversary, and as a result, alumni and current members will be coming together to celebrate this community — proof of our long lasting connections.
What's up! I'm from Olean, New York, otherwise known as the middle of nowhere. I spend most of my free time skiing or boarding. In the summer, I water ski, wakeboard, and skateboard, while I snow ski and snowboard in the winter. If it's some sort of board/ski, I'm game to try it. Other than that, I play around with electronics, play/watch soccer, play the saxophone, and play video games occasionally. Outside of HoGS, I'm part of the RIT Jazz Band, Concert Band, I'm an Orientation Leader, and a brother of the Sigma Chi Fraternity (Lambda Kappa Chapter).
I’m a lifelong NY resident who partakes in copious amounts of Dungeons and Dragons, video games, and obscure absurdist memes. Believe it or not, I’m also an active and productive member of the RIT community despite what my parents may have you believe.
Hello! I’m from western New York, but originally from Canada. In addition to being part of HoGS, I also volunteer with Women in Engineering at RIT. In my free time, I like to read, play games, and spend time outdoors.
Hello! I am a second year physics major and the House secretary this year. When I'm not doing work you can find me probably playing Magic, watching anime or playing some video game. If you ask me for help on anything, from classwork to personal projects, I'll always see what I can do to help.
Hello! My name is Anthony and I'm from western Massachusetts! I've been a member of the House of General Science for the last three years! In that time, I've been both the committee head for the Social and Historical committees! Outside of HoGS I've been seen going on Habitat for Humanity builds, adventuring with the outing club, hanging out with Art House, and most recently pledging with Sigma Chi! For fun, I enjoy outdoor sports such as hiking, camping, skiing, and kayaking, hence the involvement with the outing club. I've also been seen playing some strategy games here and there or making history jokes.
Hi! My name is Cassy and I was president of the House of General Science for the 2015-2016 year! I'm a third year industrial engineering major from western Mass. I absolutely love being a part of HoGS as well as RIT's varsity cheerleading team, Women in Engineering mentor (WE@RIT), Habitat for Humanity, and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). I have two jobs on campus, one as a lifeguard and the other illustrating for our on-campus print and online magazine. I also have a passion for gymnastics, art, and adventuring!
Hi! I was the Treasurer of HoGS for the 2015-2016 year. My hobbies are doing lots of physics and studying Vikings. I am also a Canadian citizen.
Hi there! I am a fourth year bioinformatics major from Southern California! I was a dancer for fifteen years in many different styles. Hmm... what else? I am the Vice President of RIT Swing Dance Club: Brick City Boppers and I participate in undergraduate research in bioinformatics. I also designed this website with the help of some fellow HoGS.
Hi! I'm from northwestern PA pretty much all I do is work on my homework and play video games when I'm not in one of my many club meetings. I play ukulele, guitar, and trombone but I'm planning to learn bass over the summer.
From Elma, New York
I am in the Space Exploration Club, Society of Physics Students, Astronomy Club, and the Equestrian Club.
Hello All, I was the Community Service head for the 2015-2016 Year. I spend an absurd amount of time in the research lab doing work for the Inorganics professor here at RIT. When not in the lab or doing homework I can be found hanging out with people on floor or helping others with the torture that is General Chemistry. If you ever want to talk science or research, hunt me down, I'd more than love to talk!
Hi everybody, I was the 2016-2017 Public Relations committee head. I am involved with bioinformatics research. I also take part in RIT Racing formula SAE, the cycling club, and habitat for humanity. I love to create things, bike around with friends, play paintball/airsoft, watch movies, and travel!
I like video games and understanding what and why things are. Sometimes I work on this website.
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, playing in the pep band, and participating in RIT's all-female SAE Electric team, Hot Wheelz.
I am a fourth year physics major with minors in math and astronomy. I lived on HoGS for my first two years and am now an off-floor member. HoGS is like a family like me and it's amazing to be a part of.
I'm from a small town in Vermont (as if there are any big towns). I often be seen skiing, on my bicycle, in my hammock, playing board games, drinking maple syrup, dissecting real life dead people, etc. I love exploring abandoned things, including (so far) a subway, gold mine, mental hospital, hydroelectric power plant, and ghost town.
"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.
You underestimate the sheer power of my spite.
My name is Johnny Cuevas, I was Off-Floor Liaison and I'm from New York City. I've been with HoGS for two years now and it never ceases to surprise me. With a constant stream of events and other activities you can never be bored. Outside of HoGS I am the Secretary for the Latin American Student Association and a member of the Society of Software Engineers, I'm always trying to be a part of the RIT Community and HoGS has helped with that.
My name is Sheldon Lewis II and I'm a third year student. I love games, hanging out with the crazies on floor, cycling, and many more things I'm forgetting. I've always dreamed of being a game show host, so my showmanship is blatant from the moment you meet me.
My name is Tess Friedel and I am a second-year chemistry major who loves puns. Unfortunately, much like the change in heat in an exothermic process, these jokes always have a negative reaction.
I spend too much time defending myself as a intellectual in light of who I am as a person.
Hey there! I'm from Long Island New York. I love to craft things with my hands such as jewelry, staves, and even historically accurate shields! Give me some metal, leather, wood, or string and I'll be bouncing off the walls to make all sorts of things! Science is really cool and biology is super mega awesome!
Hello! I'm the 2016-17 vice-president of HoGS. When I'm not at work or fussing over homework you can usually find me crying under a pile of blankets. Usually because dragons don't exist but sometimes because puppies exist and I don't have one. My weapon of choice is shield/sword combo.
Hi, Patrick here! My main interests are pretzels, keyboards, and Touhou. I enjoy helping people with almost any problem.
Jamie is a first year student studying Biomedical Sciences. She plans to become a neurosurgeon. Some of her hobbies include acting, singing, and dancing very badly.
Hello everyone! I have a great passion for programming, fantasy stories, Deaf culture and one of my favorite hobbies is exploring Rochester. I am the 2017-2018 Tech Head and constantly bug everyone to send in their headshots!
>be me >first-year undecided kid from chicago >coding simulations in java >stomach growls >haven't eaten in 14 hours >whoops.jpg >decide to go to the corner store for food >walk down to the tunnels because i feel like an introvert tonight >electronics recycling bin at the end of the hall >see a microwave, two tv's, a projector, a few printers, a water cooler >chuckle to myself >everything there is stuff i took apart
Hello! I am a first-year Physics major who is planning on a minor in Applied Mathematics. I am the current Project Understudy, and I am very excited for ImagineRIT this year! When I am not doing homework, I can be found hanging out with people in the social lounge. I have always loved helping people with things, whether it be talking with friends or working with Girl Scouts.
"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."
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