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Division of Biology

Graduate Studies

The Division of Biology at Kansas State University has an outstanding faculty with research interests spanning the full breadth of biological sciences: from genomics to developmental biology, microbiology to ecosystem ecology, and more. No matter where your research interests lie, the Division of Biology has the scientific expertise to help you succeed in graduate school. The Division of Biology has modern facilities housed in four buildings: Ackert Hall, Chalmers Hall, Bushnell Hall, and Leasure Hall. These facilities support the latest equipment for cutting-edge research in cell biology, genomics, organismal biology, and computational analyses. A world-class natural laboratory, the Konza Prairie Biological Station, is only minutes away from the KSU campus. The Division of Biology is a friendly and interactive environment; collaboration between students, faculty, and staff is common both within the Division and across campus. Many of our faculty research programs are inter-disciplinary and provide broad training for an increasingly interdisciplinary world of biological research. The breadth of research programs in the Division provides our graduate students with opportunities to interact with and learn from a diverse faculty and graduate student population. The ultimate goal of our graduate program is to provide our students with the best possible education, so that upon degree completion, students are prepared and confident to take the next step in their scientific career. Graduates of our program have successfully moved on to scientific careers in academia, government, industry, and teaching.

The Division of Biology has approximately 65 full-time graduate students working toward Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. A student's program of study is individually tailored to meet his/her research interests and career goals. This is accomplished by having very few required graduate courses and allowing the student, in consultation with his/her supervisory committee, to pursue course work and research activities that will take advantage of the individual strengths of each student, while also developing new skills and understanding that will help the student be successful in a scientific career. All graduate students accepted by the Division are guaranteed full financial support for the duration of their graduate degree (contingent on reasonable progress towards degree completion). This support is the same for students pursuing a Ph.D. or M.S. degree, as well as for foreign and domestic students.

Please explore this site to learn more about our faculty, our students, and the remarkable research programs that make KSU Biology an exciting place for graduate education and research.