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About Biology Studies at Wilkes

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About Biology Studies at Wilkes

Wilkes University is a recognized leader in educating critically needed researchers. 

Students benefit by personal attention from knowledgeable faculty and advisors devoted to their undergraduate and post-graduate success. Graduates excel throughout life because of the education they received at Wilkes—a solid foundation in their science major, enhanced by liberal arts studies to broaden their perspective. 

Wilkes Biology alumni have pursued graduate work at institutions such as Princeton and Stanford Universities. Recent graduates have also accepted positions as Research Associates at the Broad Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard University and the Bode Technology Group, Inc., a DNA forensic lab that performs contract work for the FBI.  

Wilkes’ Biology Department has received numerous grants to provide cutting-edge curricula and significant research opportunities for students. These include:

·         A $1 million, four-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that supports innovative curricular development and opportunities to broaden an already vibrant undergraduate research program. This prestigious grant, awarded to only 48 of the nation’s best undergraduate institutions, is based in part on the number of undergraduates who eventually complete M.D. and Ph.D. programs as well as the research environment at these institutions.

·         An $860,000 NSF grant that involved more than 60 undergraduate students in research.

·         A $250,000 National Institutes of Health grant to accommodate the research of more than 20 students.

·         An endowment of $1.2 million that helps to support a research chair and several full-time research positions for students.

·         A $250,000 informatics grant from the Pennsylvania  Department of Education for a bioinformatics center and a geographic information systems (GIS) teaching lab.

·         Additional grants from the Merck-AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program, NSF, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, US Environmental Protection Agency and three state agencies.

"While at Wilkes, I spent three years performing research with Dr. (William) Terzaghi on targeting cyan fluorescent protein to the trans golgi network. Through this experience, I became proficient in an array of molecular biology lab techniques, gained a solid understanding of how a lab operates, and had the opportunity to teach underclassmen the same techniques that had been previously taught to me. Prior to graduating, I was able to attain a position as a process operations coordinator for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where I oversaw the daily activity of a team of lab assistants." - Jim Bochicchio '07


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