• Silphium

    Silphium (Prairie dock) from a local roadside

  • Water Lilies

    Water Lilies at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

  • Students in Microbiology Research Lab

    Students in Microbiology Research Lab

  • Cyclura carinata

    Tagged male Cyclura carinata, Turks & Caicos

  •  BURP 2016

    Biology Undergraduate Research Program 2016

  • Heliconius erato

    Tagged Heliconius erato hybrid in French Guiana

  • Biological Sciences Department is located in Harned Hall

    Harned Hall

Departmental News

(2016-06-27) Dr. Mark Welch's Students Conduct Iguana Research in the Cayman Islands - see story at this link

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(2016-06-27) Sea Urchin Research-Dr. Ryan Range - see story at this link - external link

(2016-06-23) 2016-2017 Scholarships Awarded - Congratulations to the recipients of the Department of Biological Sciences 2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients.

Ramsey & Elaine O'Neal Scholarship
Christian Manganti
Jacob Avery Roberts
Hannah Lynn Hults
Haley Nicole Jenkins
Mary Ann Smith
Jessica Lynn Milner
Harned Memorial Scholarship-Microbiology
Haley Nicole Jenkins
John C. Longest Pre-Med Scholarship
Jamelle V. Vance
Coy E. Patton Memorial Scholarship
Haley L. Derouen
Mildred Watkins Brand Pre-Med Scholarship
Madilyn Brooke Petty
Scott Ferguson Memorial Fund
Lachelle D. Vance
William-Gardner Memorial Scholarship
Mercedes S. Gaither

(2016-06-10) Chathurani Ranathunge Arachchige Receives Botanical Society Award - Biological Sciences Ph.D. student, Chathurani Ranathunge (Chathu) recently received a $500 Botanical Society of America (BSA) Graduate Student Research Award for her proposal, "Elucidating the adaptive role of microsatellites in natural populations of Helianthus annuus (Asteraceae).

Chathu conducts research under the direction of Dr. Mark Welch, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences.

The BSA Graduate Student Research Awards support graduate student research and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendations.

Congratulations Chathurani!

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Contact Info

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

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TEL: 662.325.3120
FAX: 662.325.7939

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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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