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2020 GCD Pre-Commencement Celebration Reception

GCD plans to host a Pre-Commencement Reception to celebrate GCD graduates, together with their families, friends and other supporters, just prior to CBS graduation. This year, the department is planning an online celebration, dates and times to be determined soon. GCD faculty are looking forward to seeing you there and celebrating your achievements! Please help make the event a success by submitting the following to make sure that your supporters see slide(s) of you! 

New summer course - Deconstructing Research: Writing about Biological Research for Non-scientists 

Course: BIOL 4321W

Instructor: Dr. Maxwell Kramer

Deconstructing Research is designed for students to improve their skills in selecting primary research papers, understanding the experimental approaches taken by the authors of those papers, and evaluating the results and conclusions. Students will then share their knowledge by writing effective deconstructions that explain the research approaches and results for different audiences. This course will focus on COVID-19. 

CBS Career Team Webinar: My Plans Were Cancelled...Now What?

Did you have plans for job searching, research, volunteering, shadowing, internships, or more during summer 2020 that can no longer take place because of COVID-19? The CBS Career Team ran a 30-minute webinar discussing moving forward and creating a new plan for success this summer.

Support for Pre-Health Students

As the semester comes to an end many of you are getting ready to apply to health professional programs. The CBS Career Team recognizes you all have received a vast amount of information over the last couple of months applicable to several aspects of life, but many of you still have questions about how COVID-19 will affect your application cycle. We have curated a list of resources for you, which we hope will provide you with answers, comfort, and confidence moving forward.

Getting an EDGE on new way to engineer function into microbes


Imagine if you were editing an email and every time you tried to change a word, three other words would randomly change as well. That probably sounds like a frustrating and time-consuming way to compose anything useful. And it’s equally frustrating and time-consuming for biologists trying to study adaptation or edit the genes of organisms. Conventional approaches to mutation offer little opportunity to target individual genes without altering others as well.

Call for nominations: 2020 CBS Alumni Awards

Know a CBS alum who deserves recognition? Nominate them for a CBS alumni award!

College of Biological Sciences graduates go on to do great things in healthcare, industry, education and many other fields. We think our grads deserve accolades for their efforts. CBS alumni, faculty, staff and students are eligible to participate. You can even nominate yourself!

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.

CBS Career Team Webinar: My Plans Were Cancelled...Now What?

Did you have plans for job searching, research, volunteering, shadowing, internships, or more during summer 2020 that can no longer take place because of COVID-19? Join the CBS Career Team for a 30-minute webinar discussing moving forward and creating a new plan for success this summer. The CBS career coaches will also be available for drop-ins in the afternoon following this webinar.

Friday, May 1 | 10:30 - 11 a.m. CT

Join via Zoom - https://umn.zoom.us/j/94068630157