Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University
Department of Biology


Summer Research Academy draws students from across Illinois article thumbnailSummer Research Academy draws students from across Illinois. Sixty-five high school students from across the state (and a few from out-of-state) will take part in the 2016 Illinois Summer Research Academy (ISRA), July 10-15, at Illinois State University. [Read the rest]
Bringing bats out of the shadows article thumbnailBringing bats out of the shadows. Angelo Capparella is working hard to save a nighttime ally—bats—by uncovering their migratory patterns.  [Read the rest]
Undergraduate Pravleen Bains accepted into NIH research program article thumbnailUndergraduate Pravleen Bains accepted into NIH research program. Pravleen Bains, an undergraduate researcher in professor Laura Vogel’s lab (School of Biological Sciences at ISU), has been accepted to the prestigious National Institutes of Health’s STEP UP program.  [Read the rest]

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Student Awards

Here are some of our students who received awards at the Phi Sigma Spring Banquet.David Rubin and Katelyn Genenbacher Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award - to Katelyn Genebacher with her advisor Dr. Rubin
Bradley Jones and Parker Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award - to Bradley Jones as being presented by Ms. Parker
Suranjana Sen Morgan Walder
Suranjana Sen received the Outstanding Student Publication Award and Morgan Walder (right) received one of the Teaching Assistant Awards
Andrew receiving an awardAndrew McDevitt (right) receiving one of his many awards from the outgoing president of Phi Sigma - Kevin Stanley.

Photos Highlights from our annual Alumni Newsletter

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Moe Khalil Rachel Mandes
Marc Ashford Lucas Barickman
Mitchell Czerwinski Cal Hackler
Student researchers - Moe Khalil, Rachel Mandes, Marc Ashford, Lucas Barickman, and Mitchell Czerwinski. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award winner - Cal Hackler

Congratulations to Kristin Duffield for receiving a Student Research Grant from the Animal Behavior Society

Kristin Duffield grad student in the lab
Her proposal "Give it all we got tonight? Terminal Investiment and male cricket calling effort." received this funding. For more about this award - click here.

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Welcome From The Chair

Whether you are interested in plants, animals, or microbes, our interdisciplinary and collaborative research groups in the School of Biological Sciences have something for you! From investigations involving interactions at subcellular molecular levels, to function and communication within/between organ systems and organisms, to evolutionary and ecological dynamics of populations, communities and ecosystems, see how ISU can set you on the right career path!