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GU Biology Facts
The study of biology, combined with Gannon’s liberal studies core curriculum, challenges students to explore ethical issues and develop an understanding of and a respect for life that reflects the Catholic tradition.
Each spring, students can participate in a one week travel and study for credit experience to explore ecosystems in the Bahama Islands. Students can also travel to Yellowstone National Park for credit during a two week trip in the summer. Research facilities on Gannon’s campus include: a model room with over $100,000 worth of human anatomical models and charts, a human cadaver lab, a physiology lab that has recently been updated with new software technology and several research vessels, including the Environaut, which is used to collect samples and conduct research in Lake Erie and the Presque Isle Bay. Epifloroescent microscopy with digital imaging, nanospectophotometry and real-time PCR technology is available for interested students engaged in biological research projects during their junior or senior year.
Incoming freshman biology majors are eligible for the Dr. Elmer Kohlmiller scholarship award. Biology majors can also receive research funds from the James J. Duratz Student Research Fund and the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honorary Society.
Recent summer internship sites for biology students include the PA Department of Agriculture, University of Houston, Duke University, Case Western Reserve University, Roswell Park Cancer Center, Cornell University and Yellowstone National Park. Biology majors also continue to be involved in local biological internships at Presque Isle State Park and the Asbury Woods Nature Center.
Many of our students participate in undergraduate research under the direction of our Biology faculty members. Our students this past year presented the results of their research projects at regional conferences including Sigma Xi, Western Pennsylvania Biology Research Symposium, and Tri-Beta (biological honor’s society) as well as national conferences including American Society for Microbiologists and the national Tri-Beta meeting.
About the Program
The biology department offers three faculty mentored biological research courses that allow students to conduct research independently with an experienced mentor. All faculty in the biology department teach laboratory courses; secondary education biology majors are encouraged to gain valuable teaching experience as student laboratory assistants.
Gannon’s faculty in the biology department have diverse interests in cellular and molecular biology, ecology, microbiology, animal behavior, wildlife management, physiology, embryology, developmental biology, biochemistry, field biology and botany.
Gannon biology majors can obtain leadership and professional experience through Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, the Women in Science and Engineering Club (WISE) and the Environmental Science Club.
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