• Welcome to the House of General Science.

    Special Interest House
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Residence Hall Colby B

  • We are RIT students with a love for science!

    Check out our awesome members here. We have a very active floor with a lot of events. You can learn more about the floor below.

  • Winner of the 2015-2016 House of the Year!

    HoGS was also awarded the Special Interest House Cup for the 2015-2016 academic year!

  • Interested in becoming a member?

    Incoming students, please apply via your RIT housing contract. Current RIT students should join using the off-floor membership form.

More About Us

Who Are We.

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 toaster! 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!

Community Service

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.

Our Executive Board.

Marc Caceres Felix Brink Fenton Reichle Theresa Klingshirn
Biotechnology (M)
Second Year
Vice President
Web and Mobile Computing (M)
Media Arts and Technology (m)
Second Year
Physics (M)
Mathematics & Philosophy (m)
Second Year
Packaging Science (M)
Second Year
President President
Vice President Vice President
Treasurer Treasurer
Secretary Secretary

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!

I'm from Florida and completely hate the snow and everything it stands for. I crochet very rarely and will often throw away the pattern because what on earth does 5 sc, 10 dc, 20 loops mean!? At that point, I improvise like any other sane person. Do you ever wonder why we're here?

I have a great love for comedy, and am a member of Fowl Play Improv. Sometimes I even make good jokes! I spend my free time (whatever that is) reading books or playing video games, though every once in a while I research random things like Caesar's Conquest of Gaul.

I love to crochet and do counted cross stitch. I work with RIT's department of sustainability and help coordinate Zero Waste events at the hockey games. I am an active member of the institute of packaging professionals.

Some of Our Members.

Testimonials From Our Members

  • "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."

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    Cassy Smithies Third Year, New Media Design
  • "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."

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    Tyler Chinsky Second Year, Bioinformatics & Biotechnology
  • "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."

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    Bryanne McDonough Third Year, Physics
  • "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.

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    Sarah Saunders Second Year, Graphic Design
  • "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."

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    Michael McGowan Third Year, Environmental Science
  • "I love the fact that we are a community that bonds together to completely.
    You feel loved and accepted right away."

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    Emily (Em) Thomas Third Year, Applied Mathmatics
  • "I like that we are all weird and nerdy in different ways, but that's what makes us fit together."

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    Maryah Glover Second Year, Biology
  • "The best part about HoGS is that everyone is always willing to help you."

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    Travis Chaikin Second Year, Biochemistry
  • "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."

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    Katie Wilson Third Year, Biochemistry
  • "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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    Hanna Berga Third Year, Biology

Get In Touch With Us.

If you have any questions about our organization, please contact us at rithogs@gmail.com. You should also follow us on our many social media sites!

Are you a current RIT student interested in becoming a member?
Please download the pdf of the Off-floor Member Application (below) and email us your completed form at rithogs@gmail.com

Are you an incoming freshman interested in joining?
Please apply to the House of General Science in your RIT Housing Contract.

Come Visit

Colby B Residence Hall
Rochester Institute of Technology

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