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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.

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.

Minnesota Sea Grant Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

Minnesota Sea Grant has recently released information about its 2018 student scholarship and fellowship opportunities. Each opportunity is paid and gives students hands-on experience in the sciences. These opportunities include work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the EPA, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Great Lakes Commission, and more.

Learn more about Sea Grant grants and fellowships:

Graduate Students/Recent Graduates

Getting Down to Business

With biology-based solutions moving into the foreground, cross-sector collaborations between industry and academia present a unique opportunity to drive innovation and train students.

Fernando Bazan