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Life As We Know It.
The Wilkes University Biology program is a rigorous, challenging curriculum; the essence of the program, however, is our earnest cultivation of burgeoning scientists, ready to share the stage with the most respected professionals in the field.
Excellent facilities are a trademark of the Biology Program.
Students have regular access to a state-of-the-art Bioinformatics Center, a Genomics Research and Instructional Facility, a Biology Media Center, a Center for Geographics Information Systems (GIS), a research greenhouse, advanced microscopy facilities, an off-campus field station, and the Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium in VA.
Between 2000 and 2009, the Biology faculty have secured more than
$1.25 million in research funds, published more than 25 papers and books, and made more than 75 presentations at state, national, and international conferences. Many of these presentations and papers were coauthored with students. The most recent award was the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The HHMI recognized Wilkes University as one of “the nation’s best undergraduate institutions” and awarded the biology department with a $1 million grant to creatively engage students in biological sciences.
Students are encouraged, as early as freshman year to pursue original research
with faculty as volunteers, paid technicians, interns, and independent researchers. Specific faculty research projects currently available to student researchers and interns include wetland mapping, genetic engineering of soybeans, DNA fingerprinting of oaks, effects of nicotine on lung cells, small-mammal communities, threatened vertebrates, the effects of juvenile hormones on invertebrates, identification of plant genes resistant to fungal disease, and ulcer and tumor growth in transgenic mice.
In recent years students have spent summers in educational programs in
Spain, India, and Australia, while others have participated in research programs at Penn State University, Albert Einstein Medical Center, The Brookhaven National Labs, and Cornell University. Others have received state and national grants for summer research and many enroll in summer coursework at field and marine biology centers.
Many Biology graduates enroll in medical or professional school; however,
others have pursued graduate work at institutions such as Princeton and Stanford Universities. Recent graduates have also accepted positions as research associates at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard University and the Bode Technology Group Inc., a DNA forensic lab that performs contract work for the FBI.