Drs. Laura MacDonald and Jennifer Dearolf, Maureen McClung, and Matt Moran, were all awarded Odyssey Professorships to create hands-on learning experiences for STEM students.
Dr. Ann Willyard and Blake Cooper, Connor Douglas, Kristen Finch, Hassani Karemera, Julia Lefler, Payton Lea, and Austin Wofford have published "
: a checkered past obscured four species" in the
American Journal of Botany.
"The only way to teach a marine biology class at Hendrix in Arkansas is to have a trip to the ocean linked to the class," said Dr. Jenn Dearolf, adding that the trip was required field research for students in the spring semester class.
Ana Poole, one of Dr. Mario Muscedere's students, was awarded Honorable Mention by the Division of Animal Behavior for the poster she presented at the 2017 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) meeting in New Orleans, LA.
Jessa Thurman will study how different parts of the world view insects. She will visit Australia, Thailand, South America, and the United Kingdom during her Watson year.
The faculty members of the Biology Department are committed to providing the best possible education for our students. Toward this end we strongly encourage students to become full participants in the processes of science.
Our role as faculty is to provide the intellectual and physical environment where this participation can take place. Teaching and learning biology at Hendrix includes rigorous classroom discussions, investigational laboratory exercises, field work,
and research projects designed to maximize the role of the students as scientist.
We recognize that telling students about science, or even demonstrating scientific experiments, can never provide the rich, rewarding experience of doing science. Although our students do take a rigorous series of formal lecture courses to provide
the background necessary for developing an intellectual understanding of science, it is the participation aspects of our program that leads to true maturation as scientists.
Our students graduate from Hendrix prepared to enter medical school (Hendrix graduates enjoy a medical school acceptance rate twice the national average), veterinary school, graduate school, the research world, and a variety of other fields.