Graduate Program Directors:
Eleanor Maine, 315-443-9169
346 Life Sciences Complex
Jannice Friedman, 315-443-1564
256 Life Science Complex
114 Life Sciences Complex
David M. Althoff, Katie Becklin, Carlos Castañeda, Heather Coleman, Steve Dorus, Scott E. Erdman, Douglas A. Frank, Jason D. Fridley, Jannice Friedman, Anthony Garza, Paul Gold, Sarah Hall, James A. Hewett, Sandra J. Hewett, Donna Korol, George M. Langford, Katharine Lewis, Jessica MacDonald, Eleanor Maine, Susan Parks, Melissa Pepling, Scott Pitnick, Ramesh Raina, Mark Ritchie, Kari A. Segraves, Robert Silver, Roy Welch, Jason R. Wiles
The Department of Biology is committed to research-oriented graduate training of the highest quality. A wide variety of disciplines are offered within the areas of biochemistry, developmental biology, genetics, molecular and cellular biology, neurobiology, ecology, and evolution. Students may focus their graduate studies in Cell/Molecular Biology or in Ecology and Evolution, and some students may choose to address questions that span both of these major areas of research. Each student’s program is individually structured to provide the maximum flexibility in the choice of coursework consistent with high quality graduate scholarship.
The Department currently averages 50 full-time graduate students. About 75 percent of the students enroll directly following their undergraduate work; others come with a master’s degree earned elsewhere.
Program graduates are encouraged to pursue postdoctoral training at established laboratories prior to accepting professional appointments. Most recent graduates have found employment in university and colleges, many after completing postdoctoral work. Others have found posts in government, industry, hospital laboratories, and in private research institutes.
Successful applicants generally have a minimum undergraduate average of B and high scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing tests of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
Applicants must also have earned a B.S. or a B.A. degree and should have at least a minimal background in both physical and biological sciences, including the following: two years of biology, one year each of introductory chemistry, organic chemistry with laboratory, physics, and college level calculus. Although not required, a year of biochemistry is desirable for students interested in cell and molecular biology, and training in statistical analysis is desirable for all students.
Special consideration is given to students who have conducted undergraduate research and whose recommendations attest to their skills in the laboratory or field and promise in research. Applicants whose scholarly interests are confluent with those of our Graduate Faculty will also receive priority consideration.