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CBS students start their collegiate journey at the headwaters of the Mississippi where they meet faculty, make friends and learn biology in a living laboratory and continues back on campus with in classrooms and labs, study spaces and student groups. You are now viewing a collection of education and teaching news, opportuntities and highlights at the College of Biological Sciences

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

Building Classroom Confidence

New study looks at ways to improve student success for non-native English speakers.

Beverly Smith-Keiling

For students whose first language is not English, understanding some of the complexities of subject matter in college courses can be challenging. But a recent study points to a few key ways instructors can help build confidence for Asian English language learners.

InSciEd Out Hosts Collaborative Poster Session

Elementary and middle school students and Foundations of Biology undergraduates swapped research findings at a recent poster session day.

InSciEd Out Poster Session

InSciEd Out, the organization aiming to encourage K-12 students to explore STEM in the classroom and beyond through experiential learning, recently hosted its first-annual poster session in collaboration with unde

CBS Announces 2018 TA Award Winners

The College recognizes five exceptional TAs with 2018 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards.


Each year, the College of Biological Sciences recognizes teaching assistants who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or other instructional activities that enhance the educational experience. This year's recipients include:

Josie Griffin

Ecology Evolution and Behavior graduate student
Teaching assistant in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior 3409

Editing Plants for a Changing World

New faculty member Feng Zhang envisions genome editing on a large scale in plants with an eye to healthier, more resilient crops.

When he was a postdoctoral researcher, Feng Zhang helped make a game-changing discovery.