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    Odyssey Professorships 2017 New

    Four Biology Professors are awarded Odyssey Professorships

    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.  

    Willyard Am J Botany Publication

    Willyard Lab publishes in the American Journal of Botany

    Dr. Ann Willyard and Blake Cooper, Connor Douglas, Kristen Finch, Hassani Karemera, Julia Lefler, Payton Lea, and Austin Wofford have published " Pinus ponderosa : a checkered past obscured four species" in the American Journal of Botany.

    Belize Turtle

    Marine Biology Class Takes Students to Belize

    "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 at SICB 2017

    Hendrix Student Researcher awarded Honorable Mention by the Division of Animal Behavior

    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 Working

    2016 Biology Graduate is awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

    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.

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    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.

    Department Goals for Biology Majors

    Biology majors will:

    1. Appreciate what biological science is and how the scientific method is used to increase our understanding of the natural world.
    2. Use observations and experimental protocols to make and test hypotheses.
    3. Apply appropriate analytical and statistical tools for the analysis of data used in the testing of hypotheses and for scientific writing and presentations.
    4. Appreciate the breadth of biological science and understand the key principles of the major sub-disciplines.
    5. Study one or more biological sub-disciplines in depth.
    6. Be conversant with the major paradigms of biology and understand current debates over poorly understood biological principles.
    7. Be able to read, understand and summarize articles from the current biological literature.
    8. Appreciate the place of biological science in the liberal arts curriculum and the roles of scientist within society.
    9. Develop intellectual curiosity and a life-long love of learning.
    10. Have developed the intellectual and practical skills to be successful in graduate school, professional school or their chosen field of employment.