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School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University
Department of Biology


Redbird scholars March for Science article thumbnailRedbird scholars March for Science. Illinois State faculty members and students from across campus attended the March for Science in Normal, which ended on the University's Quad, and one that attracted more than 40,000 people to downtown Chicago. [Read the rest]
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The R. Omar and Evelyn Rilett Family Life Sciences Lecture Series in the School of Biological Science - Presentation on Global Warming Research.

John Smol speakerJoin us for the annual Rilett Family Life Sciences Lecture Series on April 27 (Thursday) at 4:00p.m.in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center to hear Dr. John P. Smol from the Department of Biology, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada. He will present his current research - "On thin ice: Long-term changes in polar ecosystems linked to recent warming". For his presentation abstract- click here.

Integrative Biology Seminar

Kara HodgesJoin us April 25 (Tuesday) at noon in SLB121 for - Kara Hodges' presentation "Connecting the dots in eggshells: what maculation says about female house wrens."


Molecular and Cellular Biology Seminar Series

April 26 (Wednesday) at noon in SLB121 join us to hear -Nick Rhoades present his research

Neuroscience and Physiology Seminar Series

Join us April 28 (Friday) at noon in JH 216 for Cody Scholtens' presention "Dopamine and its role in social signaling"

Phi Sigma Trivia Night April 28, 2017

Use your BRAIN! Help raise funds for local Bloomington/Normal Schools. Show-off your knowledge to the Phi Sigma officers. For more information - click here. For making a team and registration use this form.

PhiSigma Officers2016 2017
Phi Sigma Officers 2016-2017.

Seminar Schedules

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!