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Dr. Eppley and Dr. Rosenstiel Have Made it to Antarctica

Dr. Eppley and Dr. Rosenstiel Have Made it to Antarctica
Dr. Todd Rosenstiel and Dr. Sarah Eppley have made it safely to Antarctica where they begin their research program. Stay tuned for more information!

The Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB)

The Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB)
With state-of-the-art teaching labs and classrooms, as well as unparalleled research labs and infrastructure for PSU faculty, the CLSB will offer PSU students in the life sciences the premier educational experience in the Pacific Northwest.

PSU wins $24 million NIH training grant

PSU wins $24 million NIH training grant
"Enhancing cross-disciplinary infrastructure training at Oregon (EXITO)" will support education and training of students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds pursuing careers in health sciences research! The EXITO team includes Dr. Suzanne Estes.

Introducing PSU2: PSU Portal of Science for Undergraduates! 

PSU2 is designed to set Biology majors on paths of early exploration and preparation for successful careers in STEM fields. Here you can find pathways to 4-year degree completion for freshman-entry and community-college transfer, tips for reducing your time to degree completion, and information on building your resume through on- and off-campus work experiences. PSU2provides access to CSO Biology, an interactive on-line database through which you can access volunteer, work-study, internship, and mentoring opportunities. 


Become a Biology Peer Advisor! 

The Biology Department is looking for students majoring in Biology who are interested in becoming Peer Advisors.  Peer Advisors provide personalized attention to undergraduate students in one-on-one advising sessions, and play a critical role in ensuring that Biology undergraduates are aware of available academic and student life resources, receive accurate and timely academic advising, and are able to navigate the Portland State University system successfully.  Peer advisors also engage in a variety of different projects focused on helping students, and supporting the mission of the Department of Biology. Click here to apply.

The John Salmon and Marcia Schulmerich Scholarship

Applications Due by February 1, 2015

Biology Department alumni, John Salmon (BS ’67 and MA ’72) and Marcia Schulmerich (BS ’69), have generously endowed this scholarship. After graduating from PSU, John and Marcia trained in and went on to successful careers in Medical Technology. They have always been grateful for the educational experience they received at PSU. John and Marcia recognize the limited financial means of many PSU students and in a sense of community, wish to financially support other Biology students with aspirations of a career in the health professions. This scholarship will provide up to three undergraduate recipients with $2,500 toward their PSU educational expenses for the 2015-16 academic year. As a part of the application process you will be asked to upload your transcripts along with a document which addresses the following questions:

  1. Describe your health career goals, and how your Biology degree program will contribute to the attainment of these goals. Be sure to address how this scholarship would assist you in successfully achieving your professional health career goals.
  2. Describe how you are currently financing your education at PSU. Are you currently eligible or using financial aid to pay for your education?
  3. Is there any additional information you feel the scholarship committee should know about you, your academic performance, or community involvement?

Click here to apply.

Biology Department Information

The Biology Department has 22 faculty, over 1,200 undergraduate majors, and over 70 graduate students and post-docs. Our faculty take an integrative approach to biology, encompassing all levels of biological organization from molecules to ecosystems. Our Department is committed to excellence in both research and teaching, and we strive to provide a rigorous, balanced education in Biology for all our students.

We share our offices and laboratories with Physics, Chemistry and Environmental Science Departments in the SRTC and Science Building 1. This close proximity with other disciplines helps foster interdisciplinary research at Portland State University. Teaching and research laboratories are further supported by the Herbarium, Invertebrate and Vertebrate Museums, extremophile DNA and microbial culture collections, an aquatic organism rearing facility, greenhouses and an electron microscope facility.

Planning to visit? We are located in SRTC rm 246 between SW Mill and Montgomery on SW 10th Ave. For directions, see the PSU campus map. If you don't find what you need here, please contact the department.