Department of Biological Sciences

Accomplishments for 2015

(2015-04-22) 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

(2015-04-06) 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!!