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Graduate students

The College of Biological Sciences is home to five distinct graduate programs, spanning biochemistry to plant biology. Here you will find a collection of news, features and opportunities for and about CBS graduate students.

2020 Teaching Assistant Award Winners Announced

The College recognizes four teaching assistants for their work in the classroom and lab with the 2020 Outstanding TA Award.


The College of Biological Sciences is proud to announce four recipients for its annual Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2020. The award is given to teaching assistants who have shown excellence in teaching or other forms of instruction that enhance the educational experience of students in the College. This year’s recipients are:

CBSelfie with Molly Tillmann

Molly Tillmann, a Ph.D. student in Plant and Microbial Biology, first got her start in ecology interning at Cedar Creek for two summers as an undergraduate student. In her graduate work, she studies how plants can develop roots from aboveground organs.

Molly TIllman poses in the lab

CBSelfie with Joshua Havill

A third year PhD student in Plant and Microbial Biology, Joshua Havill is trying to save hops… and thus beer. He started studying hop powdery mildew, a poorly-understood disease that plagues hop growers, as an undergraduate transfer student. 

Joshua Havill 

Lab: Muehlbauer Lab

Entered Program: Summer 2017

Volunteer for STEM Day!

Over 100 first and second grade students are coming to campus on December 12 for a morning of STEM activities. Take a break from working the lab or studying and volunteer to lead or assist a station!

Event Details:
North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center
Thursday, December 12
Volunteers needed from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
All volunteers are invited to stay for lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & talk with the students in a more casual setting about life as a scientist.

The Science Behind the Movie: The Lion King

What’s fact and what’s fiction in new live-action Lion King? 

Come find out! CBS Student Services invites CBS students, faculty and staff, join us for a screening of The Lion King (2019) followed by a discussion led by former University of Minnesota Lion Center researcher Dr. Anna Mosser.

Event Details
Thursday, November 21
5:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union

No RSVP required.

Celebrate First-Gen Week, Nov 4-Nov 8

Join CBS, the University of Minnesota and colleges across the U.S. as we celebrate the presence and experience of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff on campus! The national First-Generation College Celebration Day takes place on November 8, the anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. We celebrate all week, Nov 4 - Nov 8. Be sure to see the full list of activities across campus.