Department of Biological Sciences
  • Biology Undergraduate Research Program (BURP) Spring 2013

    Biology Undergraduate Research Program (BURP) Spring 2013

  • Heliconius erato

    Tagged Heliconius erato hybrid in French Guiana

  • Silphium

    Silphium (Prairie dock) from a local roadside

  • Native Blue on Host

    Adult native Blue cactus Borer Hanging on Host Plant

  • Native Blue on Prickly Pear

    Native Blue Cactus Borer Caterpillar Emerging from Prickly Pear

  • Biological Sciences Department is located in Harned Hall

    Harned Hall

  • Crow's Neck

    Summer undergraduate researchers relaxing at Crow's Neck

Departmental News

(2014-04-09) Biological Sciences Students Inducted to Society of Scholars - CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel Cox (BIO), Bree Harris (BIO), Kaleb Kennedy (BIO), William Kettleman (BIO), Amy Kraft (BIO), Ashley Kraft (BIO), Kathryn Lucas (MIC), Stephanie Sorrell (MDT), and Landen Tharp (MIC). These students were inducted to the Spring 2014 Society of Scholars on April 8.

The Society of Scholars, MSU's most prestigious academic honorary society, recognizes top students each semester from all majors who have demonstrated the highest standard of academic excellence. In addition to specific fields of study, each has completed additional coursework in the arts, sciences and humanities.

(2014-04-09) 2014 BURP Symposium - The Biological Undergraduate Research Program held its 7th annual Research Symposium on March 28, 2014, in Harned Hall. Twenty poster entries and presentations were judged by a panel of MSU Faculty and graduate students and the top three were selected for Downer Undergraduate Research Awards.

The students receiving awards were First Place: Austin Burkenstock (Dr. Donna Gordon's lab); Co Second Place: Perceus Mody (Dr. Justin Thornton's lab) and Sally White (Dr. Janet Donaldson's lab); Third Place: Carter Holland,(Dr. James Stewart's lab). In addition, Dr. Donna Gordon, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, received the First Place Mentor Award.

The students each received an engraved plaque, a cash award, and Austin and Dr. Gordon each received an engraved cowbell--GO RESEARCH DAWGS!

(2014-04-03) Doctoral Student Receives Grant - Doctoral student Cory Shoemaker recently received a $48,000 grant from the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute and the US Geological Survey for his research into wetland restoration practices in the Mississippi Delta.

Cory's planned dissertation research aims to determine how ecological function in restored Delta wetlands responds to agricultural and other human activities on the surrounding landscape.

The project is being advised by Cory's Major Professor, Dr. Gary Ervin (Professor of Biological Sciences), and their collaborator, Dr. Robbie Kroger (Assistant Professor of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture).

(2014-03-19) Dr. Donaldson Receives A&S Award - Congratulations to Dr. Janet Donaldson, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. Dr. Donaldson is the recipient of the 2014 College of Arts & Sciences Research in the Natural & Physical Sciences and Mathematics & Statistics Award.

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Contact Info

Department of Biological Sciences
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Mailstop: 9536
Mail: PO Box GY

TEL: 662.325.3120
FAX: 662.325.7939

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Mississippi State, MS 39762


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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