Join us for our Welcome Week Open House!

Posted: August 25, 2017 at 3:51 pm, Last Updated: August 25, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Come join us this Wednesday August 30th, anytime between 11am and 2pm for our Annual Welcome Week Event! Chat with your professors and advisors, Meet other Biology students! Enjoy Snacks and Music! First 75 attendees get a free tote! Don’t forget to tell your friends, #Welcome2Biology! For more info, email  

Research on avian song gets global publicity for PhD student Katherine Gentry

Posted: April 26, 2017 at 8:06 pm, Last Updated: April 28, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Katherine Gentry of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy is a PhD student studying under Dr. David Luther of the Department of Biology.  Her graduate research on avian song plasticity adjustments to traffic noise in Washington, DC recently made the news in Canada and Spain. Please visit the links below to learn more about her […]

2017 Teaching Excellence Award: Dr. Kocache

Posted: April 17, 2017 at 4:43 pm, Last Updated: April 24, 2017 at 4:05 pm

On April 17th, 2017, the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence held their annual award ceremony.  During the event, Dr. Malda Kocache was honored with the 2017 Teaching Excellence award. This is the first award of its kind awarded to a Biology Department faculty member since the Awards started in 1995. The Teaching Excellence Awards are given to a group […]

Application window for the Fall 2017 semester at the SMSC is now open

Posted: April 5, 2017 at 7:50 pm, Last Updated: April 17, 2017 at 7:20 pm

2017 Undergraduate SMSC Semester Flyer (PDF) We are now accepting applications for the fall 2017 semester at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. We offer three residential programs for undergraduates and recent graduates committed to the study of conservation. Students can take one program of study or all three. Conservation, Biodiversity and Society Explore hands-on ways […]

2017 Mason Scholarship Applications Due March 31, 2017

Posted: March 21, 2017 at 3:45 am, Last Updated: March 21, 2017 at 3:56 am

ANNOUNCEMENT The 2017-2018 Mason Scholarship Application period is open, and will close on March 31, 2017. A list of available College of Science scholarships is available at To apply for Mason Scholarships students must use their Mason network ID and password when logging on the scholarship application at Process: 1)      Students go to the highlighted link. 2)      Students log in […]

Two Week-Long Summer Course: Field Skills in Ecology at the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation

Posted: March 7, 2017 at 9:24 am, Last Updated: March 7, 2017 at 9:30 am

Consider taking BIOL 440: Field Skills in Ecology at the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation. Spend two weeks at the Front Royal campus for an  intensive classroom, field and lab-based experience, where you earn 4 credits in BIOL 440 in 2 weeks. This course is available in A and C sessions! For more information, contact […]