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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graduate Programs

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/biology/prospective/gradstudent/

 

The Biologicial Sciences graduate program is designed to allow students, with the guidance of their advisors, to mold and focus their program of study on professional interests and specific needs. Our students can draw from a broad range of graduate courses and select from a diverse and well-trained group of faculty for direction in research.

Faculty in our department advise graduate students in 3 distinct Master of Science (MS) degree programs, these are Biology MS, Biology Education MS, and Environmental Science MS. Learn more about ´╗┐the requirements and elective options for these programs by clicking the links above or those in the left-hand menu.

 

Links for common graduate student topics.

 

Graduate Handbook     Graduate Faculty     Ready To Apply     Assistantships    Helpful Links

 


 

Graduate Faculty and their research interests


As an interdisciplinary department with roots in an array of research fields, faculty research programs can be organized into clusters that span several biological disciplines.  Based on expertise and research foci, faculty will be associated with one or more clusters indicated below.

 

Biology Education

Bethann Lavoie - Science Education: professional development, assessment, diverse cultures and problem solving

Brittany Smith - biology education

Kyungwoon Seo - Model-based learning in science and using representations in scientific practice

Biomedical Science and Physiology

Lois Anderson

Michael Bentley - image analysis of kidney vasculature and circulation, in hypertension and other disease conditions

Rachel Cohen - the role of gonadal steroid hormones (testosterone and estrogens) in the brain

Geoffrey Goellner - polyglutamine proteins and neurodegenerative disease

Penny Knoblich - physiology of blood flow as it relates to hypertension

Dr. Allison Land - innate immunity to viral infections, host-pathogen interactions, and potential sequelae to infection

Steven Mercurio - toxicology of paraquat and prooxidant-induced inflammation; pesticide runoff determination

David Sharlin - developmental biology, thyroid hormoen action, brain development, cochlear development (hearing)

Daniel Toma - behavioral genetics

Dorothy M. Wrigley - food borne pathogens; biofilms; development of immunological defenses

Cell and Molecular Biology

Rachel Cohen- the role of gonadal steroid hormones (testosterone and estrogens) in the brain

Geoffrey Goellner - polyglutamine proteins and neurodegenerative disease

Dr. Allison Land - innate immunity to viral infections, host-pathogen interactions, and potential sequelae to infection

Timothy Secott - molecular mechanisms used by mycobacteria to initiate and establish intestinal infections in mammals

David Sharlin - developmental biology, thyroid hormoen action, brain development, cochlear development (hearing)

Robert Sorensen - ecological, behavioral, and evolutionary interactions between animal parasites and their hosts

Daniel Toma - behavioral genetics

Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

Bradley Cook - wetland ecosystem ecology including the effects of hydrologic connectivity and invasive plants

John Krenz - ecology, evolution and behavior of animals

Beth Proctor - assessing surface water quality and sources of pollution, using chemical and biological monitoring

Christopher Ruhland - effects of global climate change on Antarctic ecosystems and the effects of UV light on plant production

Robert Sorensen - ecological, behavioral, and evolutionary interactions between animal parasites and their hosts

Daniel Toma - behavioral genetics

Dorothy M. Wrigley

Environmental Science and Toxicology

Bradley Cook - wetland ecosystem ecology including the effects of hydrologic connectivity and invasive plants

Steven Mercurio - toxicology of paraquat and prooxidant-induced inflammation; pesticide runoff determination

Beth Proctor - assessing surface water quality and sources of pollution, using chemical and biological monitoring

Christopher Ruhland - effects of global climate change on Antarctic ecosystems and the effects of UV light on plant production

David Sharlin - developmental biology, thyroid hormoen action, brain development, cochlear development (hearing)

Robert Sorensen - ecological, behavioral, and evolutionary interactions between animal parasites and their hosts

Microbiology, Immunology, and Food Science

Lois Anderson

Dr. Allison Land - innate immunity to viral infections, host-pathogen interactions, and potential sequelae to infection

Gregg Marg - fermentation of lactic acid and its use as industrial feed stock

Timothy Secott - molecular mechanisms used by mycobacteria to initiate and establish intestinal infections in mammals

Robert Sorensen - ecological, behavioral, and evolutionary interactions between animal parasites and their hosts

Dorothy M. Wrigley - food borne pathogens; biofilms; development of immunological defenses

 

 

Helpful Links for Students


 

Assistantships


College of Graduate Studies and Research

Approximately 35 graduate teaching assistantships (TA) are available each year to qualified applicants. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate math, chemistry, biology and physics classes. In addition, for international students a qualifying TOEFL score is required for consideration as a Teaching Assistant (minimum acceptable scores are in the Admission Requirements section). Research Assistantships are also offered, depending on external funding. Preference is given to assistantship applications submitted to the Department of Biological Sciences by March 1st. However, applications will be accepted any time for review.

 

If an Assistantship is desired, a completed [PDF] Graduate Assistantship Application (60 KiB) and resume must be sent to the Department of Biological Sciences, at the address listed below. If you are a graduate student at MSU but are/will not be a MS Biology, Biology Education, or Environmental Science student, you must also submit an unofficial transcript with your Graduate Assistantship Application.

 


 

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