Department of Biological Sciences
  • Biology Undergrad Symposium

    Annual Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • Silphium

    Silphium (Prairie dock) from a local roadside

  • Ichneumonid Wasp

    Ichneumonid Wasp-Common Parasitoid of Native Blue Cactus Borer Larvae

  • Biology Undergraduate Research Program (BURP) Spring 2014

    Biology Undergraduate Research Program (BURP) Spring 2014

  • Native Blue on Host

    Adult native Blue cactus Borer Hanging on Host Plant

  • Water Lilies

    Water Lilies at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

  • Heliconius erato

    Tagged Heliconius erato hybrid in French Guiana

Departmental News

(2015-04-22) Dr. Brown Named Arts & Sciences Researcher of the Month - Dr. Matthew Brown, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, was recently named the College of Arts & Sciences Researcher of the Month for April-May. Congratulations to Dr. Brown!

Read about his research at - external link

(2015-04-06) Dr. Kaplan Named 2014 SCRC Coach of the Year - The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference (SCRC)named Dr. Evan Kaplan (Instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences) the SCRC Rugby Coach of the Year. The SCRC is currently comprised of 11 SEC Universities and is divided up into East and West divisions. The SCRC 15's conference champion advances to the American Collegiate Rugby Championships Bowl Series.
Evan and Coach Randy Pannell led the Bulldogs in a fantastic fall season that included a West Division Championship and their first ever appearance in the SCRC Championship Tournament. In Spring 2013 Mississippi State was 0-6 in conference play and was outscored by over 250 points. 18 months later MSU finished the Fall 2014 campaign with a 5-1 record and a West Division Championship. Evan and Randy's hard work is a testament to the fact that a team can achieve in the conference with solid recruiting, a student athlete commitment to training and a dedicated coaching staff.

Congratulations Dr. Kaplan and the MSU MADDAWGS Rugby team!!

(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.


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Mississippi State, MS 39762

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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.

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