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Awards + recognition

CBS faculty, staff and students have received hundreds of local and national awards for their teaching, research and service.

Honoring Excellence in Equity and Diversity

Four CBS undergraduates receive University Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) awards for academic achievement and equity work on campus.

2019 SEED Award Winners
CBS undergraduates (from left to right) Destiny Weaver, Issraa Hussein, Xianyi Xiong and Meredith Song were all named SEED recipients. 

Getting to Know Sarah Weatherman – 2019 Emerging Alumni Award Recipient

Sarah WeathermanSarah Weatherman received her B.S. in Microbiology in 2015 and is a MHA/MBA Candidate at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She served as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases where she helped develop a vaccine for the Nipah virus.

Checking in With Dean Forbes - May 2019


This time of year is always a little bittersweet. The frenetic activity of April gives way to the quiet focus of finals week, and of course we will soon bid farewell to a class of newly minted graduates. Later this week well over 400 graduating seniors will walk across the stage at 3M Arena to the loud cheers of their peers, family and friends. It’s an inspiring and emotional experience for all. If you want a sense of the emotions evoked by this annual rite of passage, take a moment to watch this year’s commencement video.

Outstanding Performance Award for Teaching Assistants

All teaching assistants in CBS courses (undergraduate and graduate) who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or other instructional activities that enhance the educational experience at the U of M are eligible for the annual CBS Outstanding Performance Award for Teaching Assistants. 

Please complete the nomination form if you would like to nominate your teaching assistant.

Science meets social action

Graduate student Siddharth Bharath Iyengar received the University’s 2019 Outstanding Community Service Award for his work at the intersection of social and environmental justice and science.

Siddharth Iyengar

Siddharth Bharath Iyengar’s interest in community is expansive.

CBS Alumni Award Nominations Open

College of Biological Sciences graduates go on to do great things in healthcare, industry, education and many other areas. We think our grads deserve accolades for their efforts to make a difference whether that's by teaching a high school science class, starting a biotechnology company or working at a clinic or a nonprofit.