Biology Graduate Program

Welcome to the web pages of the Biology Graduate Program at the University of Kentucky! Here you will find information on the nature of our program and the training options we provide. Graduate school is often the most challenging and simultaneously rewarding time in your life, and our program seeks to provide that sort of experience for you. We offer graduate training across the breadth of Biology and a variety of specific training options in all levels of biological organization. We will lead you into a rigorous set of research and teaching experiences that will prepare you for an array of successful academic, public and private-sector careers in the life sciences. We offer three degree options, Ph.D, M.S. plan A (with thesis) and M.S. Plan B (non-thesis) all involve a blend of coursework, individual research projects, and multiple forums for interacting with other scientists.

To provide the best possible training for our students, the department invests heavily in professional development through seminar programs, financial support for research and for attending scientific meetings and workshops, and access to programs enhancing particular skill sets. Consequently, our students enjoy continued success in their graduate careers, as judged by receipt of extramural and intramural awards (in both research and teaching), publications and presentations, and post-graduate jobs. Feel free to check out the specific options available and be sure to check back as these pages are continually being updated with new information. Finally, please contact the graduate student office or any faculty member if you have questions or need help finding the information you need about our program.

David F. Westneat,
Director of Graduate Studies
(859) 323-9499


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