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Events and opportunities for the public to engage with activities happening at the College of Biological Sciences. 

Fall 2020 CBS Pre-Health Career Week

Get ready for your future career in a medical field.

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Start planning for your career in medicine during the CBS Pre-Health Career Week. Whether you plan to work in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, public health, policy or beyond, you can take advantage of the programming available October 12-16.

Fall 2020 CBS Career Exploration Week

Get a jumpstart on your career planning and exploration the first week of October. 

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Start your career planning and preparations this fall and join in on a series of events during the CBS Career Exploration week October 5-8.

Better with age? A Petri Dish conversation

The Petri Dish explores how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future. No PowerPoints. Just lively, curiosity-driven conversations on timely topics with University of Minnesota experts.

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Probable Meets Possible: Learning to speak microbe

Join for conversations this fall with University scientists about how discoveries happening now may impact the future.

Microbes exist in communities just like us and, just like us, they communicate. As scientists come to better understand how they communicate, they are identifying ways to alter that communication to create alternatives to antibiotics, prevent corrosion and much more.

Seams of Cedar Creek

Cheri Stockinger sews together the scenes of Cedar Creek through quilts.

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Part of Cheri Stockinger's Birch Bark Quilt created during her artist-in-residency at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.

Probable Meets Possible Spring 2020

The College of Biological Sciences and the Bell Museum recently wrapped up a three-part series titled Probable Meets Possible this spring. The series brought scientists from across the University shared their thoughts on the probable challenges we face and possible advances that could have a profound impact on the future. Watch the discussions below.

Making Sense of the Situation

Professor Susan Jones shares her thoughts on pandemics, past and present as part of student-led discussion series. 


With a background studying disease ecology and the history of science, Susan Jones holds a unique perspective in our challenging and ever-changing times. From the flu to the plague or the current spread of COVID-19,  Jones' research and worked has looked at the broader historical context and impact of pandemics and disease spread.

A Virtual Visit

With spring field trips curtailed, the field station goes all out to provide K-12 students with resources