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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.

Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award

Graduate students in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America are eligible for the 2018 Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award.

The program will provide $32,000/ 9-month personal stipend, full tuition equivalent, and $5,000 per year additional stipend for Fellows with dependent children. 

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

Meet Michael Lopresti

Michael Lopresti

Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

Faculty advisor:  Doug Mashek

Where did you get your undergraduate degree?
University of Maryland - Baltimore County

What does your research focus on?
Autophagic breakdown of lipid droplets and general lipid metabolism

Meet Amber St. Martin

Amber St. Martin

Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

Faculty advisor: Reuben Harris

Where did you get your undergraduate degree and what was your major?  
St. Thomas University, Biochemistry

What does your research focus on?
Genome engineering

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

Meet Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson


Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics

Faculty advisors: Eric Hendrickson & Jakub Tolar

Where did you get your undergraduate degree and what was your major?  
Purdue University, Genetics

Meet Ambuj Upadhyay

Ambuj Upadhyay

Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics

Faculty advisor: Michael O’Connor

Where did you get your undergraduate degree and what was your major?  
University of Florida, Zoology

Upcoming Nutritious U Food Pantry Dates (April 2018)

Nutritious U April flyer

Nutritious U, an on-campus, free food pantry available to any graduate and undergraduate student attending the University of Minnesota, will be holding an event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 24-26 in Coffman Room 210.

Feel Better Fast Workshop Series

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the demands of the semester? Do you want to learn effective ways to manage stress and practice general self-care? If so, this is the workshop for you!  Join Student Counseling Services for a three-session workshop that will teach you techniques on stress and anxiety management, mindfulness, emotion management, and general self-care.