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BIO 107 Costa Rica Field Work. March 19-27, 2016. Spend a week studying at the tropical Goldring Field Station. Contact Dr. Dora Pinou for more details. (posted 10-26-15)

BIO 480 Group Senior Research at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Salisbury Cove, Maine. May 27-June 3 (3 cr). This course will be a week long, intensive research experience during which students will conduct experiments with live fish specimens, and will use cellular, molecular, and biochemical techniques to examine aspects of fish physiology. Students will attend lectures and brown bag lunches given by research faculty, and get a chance to interact with undergraduate and graduate students from other institutions. Our week in Maine will also include time for hiking, biking, and kayaking in nearby Acadia National Park. This course will be offered in Summer 2016 during Summer Session I. The week at MDIBL will be Friday, May 27th- Friday, June 3rd. There will be meetings at WCSU before and after the week at MDIBL (days/times to be determined). Students interested in this course should email Dr. Michelle Monette as soon as possible. (posted 01-13-16)

BIO 498 Plant Biodiversity(4 cr). June 27–July 22, 2016 (Summer Session II).Students will be introduced to the biology of vascular plants with emphasis on study of the Connecticut flora. Prerequisites: BIO 200 or permission of the instructor, Dr. Tom Philbrick. (posted 12-19-15)

Congratulations to the 2015 Biology Department Award recipients: Matthew Monaco, Karen Velez, and Stacey Evans Houle. Matthew Monaco received the "Outstanding Graduating Senior Biology Major Award", Karen Velez received the "Most Promising Underclassman Award", and Stacey Evans Houle received the "Graduate Student Award." (posted 02-20-15)

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Herpetology Club is welcoming new members. For more information, check out the club webpage or contact the advisor, Dr. Dora Pinou.

Biology Club is welcoming new members. For details, check out the club webpage or contact its advisor, Dr. Ed Wong.

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