The mission of the Biological Sciences program is to provide high quality instruction to students at the undergraduate level with emphasis on active learning, problem solving, and critical thinking. The department is committed to improve knowledge in various fields of biology through research and scholarly activities and to transfer that knowledge to our students and colleagues. Our vision is to achieve excellence in education through creative use of traditional and innovative instructional methods, technology, and research. The faculty participates in outreach to the state and nation through services to the university community, to public, to governmental and industrial sectors, and to professional societies.
Biology Seniors 2017 Capstone Presentations
Graduating Biology majors will be presenting posters of their capstone research projects on Friday April 28 on the first floor in the hallway of the Science Complex from 2-4:50. The public is invited: light refreshments will be served.
Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences students inducted into the 2017 Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and the top 7.5 percent of juniors. Inductees are expected to attain superior scholarship in all academic disciplines, promote intellectual life and the academic prestige of the university, and promote the elements of character that would stimulate others to pursue excellence. Congratulations to the following students:Abbie Wright, Melissa Weidow, Nisha Wagle, Shelby Thompson, Nesi Pemberton, Tammy Neuwirth, Ujjwol Khatri, Meagan Angiel, and Toluwalope Adeyemi
They join last year's recipients: Tiffany Ford, Skyler Hudson, Meagan Angiel, Donovan Heintzman, Oluwatoyin Kayode, Patrick McAnererney, Sujana Rupakheti, Megan Stottmann, Jeein Yoon.
Phi Eta Sigma, with chapters on more than 350 college campuses, encourages and rewards academic excellence achieved by students during their freshman year. Students must have completed 24 to 42 hours of course work with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75.
Congratulations to the following Agriculture and Biological Sciences students: Tolulade Adenuga, Eniola Adewunmi, Miriam Atobiloye, Kayode Balogun, Lena Bates, Chase Morgan, Oyindamola Muritala, Anuoluwapo Onabanjo, Kassidy Owens, Lakisha Ramsey, Madison White.
They join last year's inductees: Brittany Bermingham, Ethan Billen, Jonathan Drake, Luana Erickson, Cassandra Holtke, Taiwo Obanla, Hannah Vossen, Cassidy Wall, Codi Young, Katherine Zebrowski
The Biology Club, Botany Club, and Aggie Club helped plant a Prairie Fire Crabapple in Cameron Park to celebrate Arbor Day 2017. This will replace a tree that died due to drought. The benefits of planting trees are numerous: trees play an important role in filtering urban storm water runoff, increase energy efficiency and help maintain comfortable indoor temperatures in nearby buildings, absorb pollutants, release oxygen, and help combat climate change.
Cameron University has earned designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA. Terry Conley, chair of the Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, stated, “The university has added more than 1,000 trees to campus in the past decade. We hope our annual Arbor Day observance inspires members of the community to become good stewards of the environment.”
Biology students awarded at the 2016 Annual Research Day at the Capitol
Biology students Jared Stokes and Angela Gibbons were among 7 students who won awards for their research presentations at the 2016 Research Day at the Capitol. Stokes won second place for his vertebrate ecology presentation. Gibbons won third place for her work on breast cancer.
Stokes and Gibbons were among 24 students from 18 colleges and universities selected to present their outstanding research at the Capital.
Stokes is a senior majoring in Organismal Biology. He is a member of Psi Eta, Cameron’s chapter of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Society, and the Biology Club. He has conducted undergraduate research, presenting his results at two statewide conferences, where he was recognized with presentation awards, as well as Research Day at the Capitol. Stokes was selected to participate in the Geospatial Summer Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma in 2015 and has been asked to return to serve as a model for the 2016 class. Stokes plans to attend graduate school and hope to works as a biologist. He is also an advocate for autistic children and plans to continue his efforts on their behalf. Congratulations, Jared!
Jared Stokes received the award for Zoology – Outstanding Oral Presentation, for his presentation titled “Effects of Habitat Variables on Home Range Size of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers.” Jared is a senior organismal biology major. He was mentored in this project by Dr. Mike Husak of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Jeein Yoon received the award for Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science – Outstanding Oral Presentation for her presentation titled "Travelling Waves Solutions of Infectious Diseases Model.” Jeein is a junior cellular and molecular biology major with a minor in mathematics. She was mentored in this project by Dr. Narayan Thapa of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.