A message from the Program in Biology Chairs and Directors:
To the 2017 graduates of the Program in Biology,
We are honored to share this time with you, your family and your friends. We think that you made an excellent choice in selecting one of our biology majors for your undergraduate study at the University of Michigan. This is an exciting time for the field of biology. The past 30 years have seen unprecedented expansion of our knowledge of how life on this planet came to be, how it is shaped by and how it shapes the global climate, and how it functions at the cellular and molecular level. You have experienced the excitement of discovery of the principles of how nature works, through your coursework and often through hands-on experience in our research laboratories. You have also experienced a transformation in how science is taught, with state-of-the-art active learning approaches in the classroom, opportunities to engage with your instructors on many levels, and for some of you, the opportunity to learn to teach and mentor by serving as teaching assistants and peer advisors. Your biology professors are recognized internationally for their cutting-edge research in the life sciences, and are also leaders and innovators in biology education. You have probably heard the term “The Michigan Difference.” For the faculty and staff in the Program in Biology, The Michigan Difference is expressed by our deep caring for you as a person, to see that you develop the knowledge and skills that you need to pursue and thrive in your chosen career, and importantly, to be an engaged citizen of this great country and of the world. We are glad that we had the privilege of sharing with you our fascination with biology, of teaching you in our classrooms and teaching laboratories, and mentoring you in our research laboratories. We wish you great success and happiness in your career.
Please keep in touch and Go Blue!
Robert Denver, Professor and Chair, MCDB; and Professor, EEB
Diarmaid Ó Foighil, Professor and Chair, EEB
Steven Clark, Professor of MCDB; and Director, Program in Biology
Knute Nadelhoffer, Professor, EEB; and Director, U-M Biological Station
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With generations of scholars having passed through our hallowed halls over our two hundred year history, we now take a moment to reflect. Not only on the progress of our institution and the impact of our alumni over time, but also to reflect on the thousands of living alumni across the globe. In honor of our bicentennial, we are taking a snapshot of our alumni for the history books with a census. Knowing the who’s who and what they do will ensure the preservation of our community of Michigan Alumni long into the future.