Welcome from the Dean

Our graduate students and postdoctoral trainees play a pivotal role in the research and education missions of the Biological Sciences Division (BSD). We are immensely proud of our long history of trainee research excellence and of the notable achievements of our alumni. Our trainees benefit from immersion within one of the world’s great research universities, but of equal importance, our faculty benefit from the opportunity to collaborate with young scientists who bring to our institution the brightest of minds, unbridled enthusiasm, and a panoply of fresh ideas. The University of Chicago famously embraces the life of the mind; through graduate student and postdoctoral training we celebrate the transformative power of ideas and the opportunity to make a difference.


Victoria E. Prince, PhD
Dean and Director
Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs


Latest News and Announcements

2016 Fellows Fete

BSD graduate student recipients of fellowships from the NRSA, NIH, NSF, and other foundations and institutions gathered in the GCIS Atrium last Wednesday, April 6, to celebrate their accomplishments with faculty and staff. 

Read more about our students' accomplishments on our Accomplishments tab.

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BSD Students Create Gallery-Worthy Art

A group of University of Chicago and Northwestern graduate students and postdocs, including BSD students Adam Brown, Kevin Song, Celia Fernandez, Guillermina Ramirez-San Juan, Tim Fessenden, Patrick McCall, and Tim Sosa, recently collaborated on a one-night exhibition, The Art of Science, at Pilsen's Second Fridays gallery night. 

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Chicago SACNAS 2016 Symposium - Submit Abstracts

The Chicago chapter of SACNAS (Society for Advancement for Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) wishes to invite you to the SACNAS Chicago 2016 Symposium: Celebrating Diversity, Building Community in STEM on Saturday, May 14th from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Congratulations NSF Graduate Research Fellows

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships:

  • Lauren Blake, Human Genetics
  • Ben Fosque, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
  • Andrew George, Integrative Biology
  • Katharine Henderson, Integrative Biology
  • Natalia Piland, Evolutionary Biology

We also want to congratulate Hannah Whitehurst, incoming PhD student in Ecology and Evolution.

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Science Out of the Big Box

Our students often have to get creative when they are out in the field. Science writer Kevin Jiang recently covered two BSD students and one graduate from the Evolutionary Biology Program: Courtney Stepien, Shane DuBay, and Christopher Schell (PhD '15).

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A new day for RNA

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Octopus genome sequenced

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