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Drs. Stephanie Ackerson and Trey Franklin receive a Two Thumbs Up Award

This award recognizes faculty and staff members who have made a difference for students with disabilities.

Biology research course brings fresh perspectives into undergraduate research

Last semester, when Adara “Auden” Grant enrolled in the Research in Biology course to fulfill lab requirements for their major, they discovered a supportive community and gained confidence in their research skills through BIOL 498, a student-driven course offering hands-on research experience and individualized support for up to 15 undergraduates.

Congratulations to our new Magellan scholars!

The Magellan Scholars program was created to enrich the academic experience of our undergraduates through research opportunities in all disciplines.

Biology major reflects on his experience with the SC Internship Program

Keynan Kennedy, a fourth-year biological student in the College of Arts and Science, walks us through his experience with the South Carolina Internship Program while he reflects on his journey at the university.

The Stone lab published a new study in Limnology and Oceanography

Learn more about diel vertical migration in oceans

The Ely lab published a new book chapter in Methods in Molecular Biology

Learn more about bacteriophage diversity

The Dudycha and Richardson labs published a new study in Protist

Discover the early history of cryptophytes

Dr. Carol Boggs has been elected as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution

The Krizek lab published a new study in Plant Molecular Biology

Learn more about the transcirptional control of flower development

Drs. Dan Chappell, Carol Boggs and Dan Speiser published a new study in the Journal of Experimental Biology

Discover why the silver spots on the wings of the Mormon fritillary butterfly matter

The LoPresti lab published a new study in Oecologia

Learn more about seed defense against granivores

Senior biology major Meaghan Arnold receives an award at the 2023 Southeast Regional IDeA Conference

Undergraduate students Rachel Maile and Matthew Duggan published a new study in Ecology and Evolution

Discover how they used AI to analyze images taken by camera traps deployed in Chernobyl

Dr. Kristen Hogan receives the 2023 Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation

The Fu lab published a new Spotlight commentary in Molecular Plant

Learn more about the fight against plant parasitic nematodes

The Wessinger lab published a new study in Integrative & Comparative Biology

Learn more about petal color and pigments in Penstemon flowers

The Armstrong lab published a book chapter in Germline Stem Cells

Learn more about the manipulations that can be done in Drosophila to investigate how germline stem cells are controlled.

Dr. Shannon Davis receives a grant from the NIH

Funding will support research on the development of the pituitary gland.

Sarah Stone and Dr. Josh Stone published a new study in Ecology and Evolution

Discover the Chaetognaths, one of the most abundant phyla of zooplankton

The Xu lab published a new study in PNAS

Discover the genetic programs that control floral induction

Matt Bruner receives the Jefferey Barnsdale Memorial Graduate Teaching Award 2023

The award recognizes biology graduate students for their excellence and superior performance as a teaching assistant.

Dr. Andy Schumpert receives an Innovative Pedagogy Grant from the Center for Teaching Excellence

Innovative Pedagogy Grants support the revision or development of courses through pedagogically sound and innovative strategies.

Tricia Simon receives a graduate student award at Discover USC

Learn more about Tricia's work on drug-induced dystonia

Dr. Jay Pinckney and his colleagues receive a grant from the NSF

Funding will support research on the benthic microalgal subsidy in estuarine ecosystems

Congratulations to our 2023 Magellan Scholars!

The Magellan Scholar Program was created to enrich the academic experience of our undergraduates through research

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