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News, features and events from the College of Biological Sciences


CBSelfie with Austin Hovland

This CBS undergrad is exploring the passion behind the petri dish.

Austin Hovland

What’s your major?
Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development.

What year in school are you?
Junior (Graduating)

Where is your hometown?
Jordan, MN

2017 Foundations of Biology Poster Sessions

Students present in Biology 3004

Hear about the hands-on research experiences of CBS undergraduates at the spring 2017 Biology 3004 poster sessions. Students will talk about their research and findings from group projects done in the course. The poster sessions this spring include:

UNOLS Great Lakes Chief Scientist Training Cruises

New to planning shipboard field work?  Wondering how to request research vessel time, or specific pieces of equipment? Need samples or data to initiate a research project? If so, take part in the “2017 UNOLS Great Lakes Chief Scientist Training Cruise.” This cruise and pre-cruise information workshop will instruct early career marine scientists (including Ph.D. students, post docs and first or second year faculty members) on how to effectively plan for, acquire, and utilize time at sea for multi-disciplinary research and education.

CBSelfie with Erin Chappuis

This CBS senior explores the iniquities in a career field she’s helping others prepare for.

Erin ChappuisWhat’s your major?

What year in school are you?

Where is your hometown?
Eagan, Minnesota

Retiring Rankings

When it comes to teaching the tree of life, a new study finds that descent with modification is the way to go.

During evolution units, the phrase, “King Phillip Came Over For Good Soup,” echoes from introductory biology classrooms. Instructors use this mnemonic device to drive home the levels of taxonomic classification — kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species.

CBS Postdoc Symposium

The College of Biological Sciences invites its postdoctoral scientists and staff to come together to share their science, core facility capabilities and postdoctoral experiences for a Postdoc Symposium. The event includes lightning talks, a panel discussion and free lunch! RSVP at by Wednesday, April 5.

Event Details

  • Wednesday, April 19
  • 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Cargill Building, St. Paul Campus

Cotner Featured on 'Explore with Sven'

Sehoya Cotner, associate professor in the department of Biology Teaching and Learning was recently featured on KARE 11.

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard recently took a trip to the Galápagos Islands for his KARE 11 feature "Explore with Sven." Sehoya Cotner helped explain the unique biology of the Galápagos when he returned!

Check out the video >>


Worth Their Teaching Weight in Gold

CBS Student Board honors faculty making big impacts in undergraduate research and education.

The CBS Student Board hosted the annual Golden Pipette Awards March 2 at TCF Bank Stadium, honoring faculty who make major impacts on undergraduates in the college. From most engaging to best academic mentor and CBS Super Fan, the Student Board and students in the college noted some of the faculty that make a difference for them. The 2017 Golden Pipette winners are:

Checking in with Dean Forbes - March 2017

A monthly Q&A with College of Biological Sciences Dean Valery Forbes.


What are you most excited about at the moment?

We welcomed a capacity crowd of nearly 650 people — 230 prospective students and their families — to the CBS Dean’s Reception last week. For those who haven’t been to one, the event is designed to give prospective students and their families a closer look into the undergraduate student experience in CBS as they prepare to choose a college. It was wonderful to see the energy and interest.