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Division of Biology

Why Choose the Division of Biology?

Outstanding faculty. Our faculty members are award-winning scientists, including eight University Distinguished Professors (the highest faculty rank at KSU). Many of our faculty members regularly receive awards for teaching and mentoring of both undergraduate and graduate students.

Research institutes and resources. Kansas State University is a superb location for interdisciplinary research.

Individually tailored graduate programs. Graduate students develop an individualized Program of Study with their supervisory committee that is uniquely tailored to their research interests. Graduate students in the PhD program are required to have one member of their supervisory committee from outside their major professor's department.

Seminars and Research Forums. Seminars and journal clubs are an essential component of the intellectual environment for any graduate program. There are multiple weekly seminars and research forums within the Division. The Division of Biology seminar meets Friday afternoons and seminar topics span the breadth of the life sciences. Speakers typically are established faculty members or research scientists from other institutions who travel to K-State to given presentations on a variety of topics in modern biology. The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Seminar Series meets on Thursdays at noon. EEB speakers typically include faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from K-State or nearby universities. The Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) Research Forum is held on Mondays at 4 pm. MCDB speakers are K-State faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.There are also several other journal clubs that meet weekly across the Division of Biology.

Seminars in other life sciences departments. Faculty and graduate students from the Division of Biology also regularly attend weekly seminars in the departments of Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Entomology, Geography, Plant Pathology, and other departments across campus.

Graduate support and teaching responsibilities. The Division of Biology guarantees financial support for ALL accepted graduate students (foreign or domestic, MS or PhD) for the duration of their graduate studies as long as they are making reasonable progress toward their degree. Few other graduate programs in the United States offer this degree of financial security for both Masters and Doctoral students. All graduate students participate in delivery of our undergraduate courses each semester, regardless of their source of financial support. Classroom instruction contributes to the departmental mission of undergraduate training, and gives graduate students a foundation in teaching experience and science communication skills.

Low cost of living. Manhattan, Kansas is a college town of approximately 52,000 with good services and recreational opportunities. Division of Biology graduate stipends support a comfortable standard of living in the Manhattan community. Tuition and fees are included in the stipend.

Career development. Graduate students who have completed degrees in the Division of Biology have used their graduate training to pursue successful careers in academia, teaching, government agencies, and industry.