Department of Biological Sciences
  • Sipsey Trip

    Overnight field trip to Sipsey Wilderness Area

  • Butterfly House Noxubee Refuge October 2014

    Butterfly House Roadshow at Noxubee Refuge October 2014

  • Cyclura carinata

    Tagged male Cyclura carinata, Turks & Caicos

  • Biology Undergraduate Research Program (BURP) Spring 2014

    Biology Undergraduate Research Program (BURP) Spring 2014

  • Water Lilies

    Water Lilies at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

  • Biology Undergrad Symposium

    Annual Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • Crow's Neck

    Summer undergraduate researchers relaxing at Crow's Neck

Departmental News

(2014-11-19) Dr. Diana Outlaw Receives National Geographic Society Research and Exploration Grant - Dr. Diana Outlaw, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, has received a National Geographic Society Research and Exploration grant in the amount of $10,000. It will fund her research entitled "Mosquito Vectors of Avian Malaria in Mississippi."

Congratulations to Dr. Outlaw!

(2014-10-24) Sara Shields-Menard Receives EPA Fellowship Grant - Sara Shields-Menard, Biological Sciences Ph.D. student, is among 105 students nationwide to receive a fellowship grant from the Environmental Protection Agency as a recipient of the Science to Achieve Results program.

EPA's $8.6 million contribution will be distributed to all 105 students to conduct research on topics including climate change, water quality, public health, chemical safety and sustainability.

EPA officials say this years fellowships will assist with research to mitigate the impact on climate charge on plant communities.

The work could transform the way wetlands are restored and improve understanding of where and why harmful algal blooms occur.

Shields-Menard will receive a maximum of $42,000 a year for the next two years for her research.


(2014-10-20) Butterfly House Roadshow “Trial Run” Great Success with Local 4th & 5th Graders - The Starkville School District Science Club made up of forty-five 4th & 5th graders attended the first presentation of the Butterfly Roadshow held at Noxubee Refuge on October 14. The students learned about Blackbelt prairies, green roofs and butterfly pollinators from Drs. Brian Counterman (Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences) and Tim Schauwecker (Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture). Follow the link below for more information. Another Butterfly Roadshow is planned for the Spring of 2015.

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(2014-10-14) Biological Sciences Major Named First Alternate in Miss MSU Pageant - Junior Biological Sciences major, Meredith R. Thomas, was named First Alternate at the annual Miss MSU pageant held Friday, October 10, on campus. Congratulations, Meredith!

Interestingly, 4 of the 9 Miss MSU hopefuls were Biological Sciences majors.

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Department of Biological Sciences
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762

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Graduate Recruitment Day 2015

The Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University is home to 25 instructors and tenure-track faculty and more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students. We offer three B.S. degrees (Biological Sciences, Microbiology, and Medical Technology) and three graduate degrees (an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in General Biology, a distance program for science teachers).

Research in the Department represents the breadth of the Biological Sciences, including work in Cellular and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Our faculty have received research funding from all major federal funding agencies, as well as many state and private funding sources, and we have nationally respected faculty in each of the major research disciplines named above.

We invite you to browse the information provided here and to contact any of us with questions you may have about our work or potential studies in Biology at MSU.