It has almost been one and a half years since I joined the Department of Biology as the interim chair. During this time our students, staff and faculty have worked hard, and our accomplishments are many. Departmental research funding has increased substantially over the last fiscal year, and Biology has also generated the most credit hours at Georgia State University. As a result, the Biology Department is once again the top producer of both research dollars and credit hours on the Georgia State University campus, an incredible achievement.
The strength of a department is built on the work of its faculty and staff, but it is reflected in the abilities and dedication of its students. In this regard, our graduate program is flourishing. New PhD student enrollment has doubled compared to this time last year, and our outstanding students have won many national and University awards and fellowships. We are very proud of our strong group of trainees and look forward to their future success. Our undergraduate program is also thriving. We have introduced new and exciting courses and have expanded undergraduate opportunities to participate in laboratory research through individual projects in faculty labs or theme-based lab courses, and as members of the successful iGEM competition team, or as fellows of the Molecular Basis of Disease (MBD) summer undergraduate program.
Our graduate and undergraduate programs provide students with the skill sets necessary to achieve their goals, and our alumni are making important real world contributions. The newly developed Biology newsletter expands alumni outreach and ensures continued alumni participation in departmental development and success.
Biology has been a distinguished department at Georgia State University for many years. With our joint efforts and support from the dean’s and provost’s offices, I am confident that it will continue to be a shining star within Georgia State University’s growing campus. I am looking forward to it.
Interim Associate Dean and Interim Chair of Biology