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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.

Recognizing Teaching Excellence

Four teaching assistants named as 2021 Outstanding TA award recipients for their excellence in the classroom.


CBS recently announced the four recipients of the 2021 Outstanding Teaching Award. 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:

Nominate Outstanding Performance Award for Teaching Assistants

Take time to recognize incredible TAs!

Who's eligible? 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!

Nominate an outstanding TA


Panel Discussion with Phytograds Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Phytograds Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee invites you to participate in a panel discussion on the intersection of STEM graduate student power and minoritized status. We will invite three panelists to discuss how race, gender, and disability status affect the realized power grads have in determining the paths of their academic and research careers. We hope all of you will join us for this important conversation.

Enroll in May Term Course GCD 5111: Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy

Earn 3 credits in a 3 week intensive online lab course. Learn all you ever wanted to know about microscopy and data analysis but were too afraid to ask. Registration for summer courses opens February 25.

Fluorescence microscopy is an indispensable technique in the Biological Sciences that is used for studying proteins and cells in their physiological state. While fluorescence microscopy is commonly employed for observing molecules or disease progression, its real strength lies in the ability to reveal quantitative information.

Philip C. Hamm Plant Sciences Scholarships Available

The Philip C. Hamm Scholarship program recognizes excellence in the plant sciences.  Scholarships of up to $1,000 are available for undergraduate students; scholarships of up to $2,000 are available for graduate students.  Complete details are available at

Applications (undergraduate students) and nominations (graduate students; to be submitted through the Directors of Graduate Studies) are due March 15, 2021.

Alumni Insights | A healthy interest in healthcare - Careers in medicine

If you are thinking about applying to medical or professional school this is the session for you. CBS alumni in healthcare careers will provide their insights about the best way to position yourself for medical and professional school, the application process and what to expect in medical school and as a working physician.

Event Details

  • Wednesday, Mar. 3

  • 4 - 5 p.m. CT via Zoom

  • Register *

*Required, Zoom link sent after registration.