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Our faculty and students are engaged in exciting research, insightful education, and important public outreach that cover widely the range of biology.
- For undergraduate students, SBS is the home to majors in biology and zoology, and each of those majors includes various options. Those options provide opportunities for students interested in health sciences, including pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, and pre-physical therapy tracks.
- For graduate students, SBS offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biology and plant biology. We have excellent educational and research facilities.
- Using the links on this homepage you can discover more about experiences in SBS and the education and research opportunities we offer. We hope you will explore our website and please feel welcome to visit us on campus.
SBS Seminar Series
Fall 2015 schedule
All seminars are in Abelson Hall Room 201 at 4:10 pm.
PhD Fellowships available
NSF IGERT Program
Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (NSPIRE). Interdisciplinary research focused on nitrogen cycle processes in the environment integrated with experiential learning of public policy.
News from SBS
Undergraduate Advisors Jenny Lewis and Tina Krauss were both awarded with the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) $500 Region 8 Scholarships to attend the Region 8 Conference in Seattle in January.
SBS Academic Advisor Tina Krauss received the WSU Academic Advising Association’s (ACADA) Outstanding Achievement in Academic Advising award in the new advisor category. She is now a candidate for the national association’s (NACADA) equivalent regional and national awards.
Asaph Cousins’ work with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop sorghum crops that will “grow in marginal soils with scant water and nitrogen yet produce large quantities of quality plant materials for brewing biofuels” was recently highlighted in CAS Connect.
Zoology Ph.D student Bobbi Johnson was awarded the Best Student Paper for her presentation at the meeting for the American Fisheries Society which she attended with advisor Gary Thorgaard in Portland.
Professor Michelle McGuire was featured in the WSU news for her research on the effects of the weed-killing chemical glyphosate on mother’s breast milk. Her findings showing that the chemical does not accumulate in breast milk has been verified by an accredited, outside organization.
SBS Professors Omar Cornejo and Brian Kemp were highlighted in the WSU news for a study that was featured in July 21st issue of The Washington Post. Their genome research is helping to identify the first Americans and will help to discover “a more comprehensive view of the process of colonization and spread of human populations in the Americas”. https://news.wsu.edu/2015/07/23/study-finds-single-ancient-migration-from-siberia/#.VbFjO_ksC7P
Asaph Cousins has been awarded an Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professorship.
Christine Portfors has been awarded a Herbert L. Eastlick Distinguished Professorship.
Dena Grossenbacher recently joined the School of Biological Sciences as a postdoc in the Busch lab. Dena uses field studies and comparative methods to understand the evolution of plant reproduction and species' geographic ranges.
Nick Norton, a 2014 Master’s graduate of the Busch lab, had his thesis work featured on the cover of the journal Evolution: Reproductive character displacement shapes a spatially structured petal color polymorphism in Leavenworthia stylosa. Evolution 69:1191-1207.
PhD Candidate Bobbi Johnson was selected as a finalist in the Best Student Paper Competition of the American Fisheries Society. The twenty finalists will present research talks in a special competitive symposium at the society's annual conference in Portland, OR which is taking place in August 2015.