•  BURP 2016

    Biology Undergraduate Research Program 2016

  • Butterfly House Noxubee Refuge October 2014

    Butterfly House Roadshow at Noxubee Refuge October 2014

  • Biological Sciences Department is located in Harned Hall

    Harned Hall

  • Heliconius erato

    Tagged Heliconius erato hybrid in French Guiana

  • Water Lilies

    Water Lilies at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

  • Cyclura carinata

    Tagged male Cyclura carinata, Turks & Caicos

  • New Genus of Eukaryotic Microbe: Pygsuia biforma

    New Genus of Eukaryotic Microbe: Pygsuia biforma

Departmental News

(2016-05-04) Spring 2016 Society of Scholars in the Arts & Sciences - Congratulations to the 21 Society of Scholars inductees (see link below for article).

BIO students inducted were:

Robert S. Billingsley (Biological Sciences)
Madison L. Buras (Biological Sciences)
Ridgeland Clay Dabbs (Microbiology)
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(2016-05-04) 2016 Spirit of State Awards - Congratulations to the 19 MSU students receiving Spirit of State Awards. Biological Sciences recipients are

Mikaela S. Gold (Biological Sciences/Pre-Med)
Heidi Meeks (Biological Sciences/Pre-Med)
Jeronn R. parker (Biological Sciences)

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(2016-05-04) Biological Sciences Graduate Research Award - Congratulations to Lindsey Brown--2nd Place Biological Sciences Graduate Research Award Winner.

Lindsey is a 3rd-year Ph.D. student under the direction of Dr. Justin Thornton, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding the role of metal ion availability, specifically zinc and cobalt, in Streptococcus pneumonia physiology and virulence.

(2016-05-04) Biological Sciences Graduate Teaching Award - Congratulations to Evelyn Windham, recent recipient of the Biological Sciences Graduate Teaching Award. She is a M.S. student under the direction of Dr. Gary Ervin, Professor of Biological Sciences.
In addition to her teaching excellence, Ms. Windham also conducts research in Dr. Ervin's lab. She, along with doctoral student Cory Shoemaker, has spent the last two years studying wetland restoration projects in the Mississippi Delta to better understand factors influencing the success of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetland Reserve Program restorations.

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The Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University is home to 25 instructors and tenure-track faculty and more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students. We offer three B.S. degrees (Biological Sciences, Microbiology, and Medical Technology) and three graduate degrees (an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in General Biology, a distance program for science teachers).

Research in the Department represents the breadth of the Biological Sciences, including work in Cellular and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Our faculty have received research funding from all major federal funding agencies, as well as many state and private funding sources, and we have nationally respected faculty in each of the major research disciplines named above.

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