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Marshall University - Biological Sciences Newsletter
Aug./Sept. 2016

Job-A-Palooza is September 28; Career Expo is Tuesday, October 18

    MU's Career Services' Fall Job-A-Palooza is Wednesday, September 28, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center. Employers will offer part-time and seasonal jobs, as well as internships. Explore the list of participating companies, come prepared with resumes, and be ready to be interviewed on the spot! The Career Services website contains links to articles that help you prepare for a job search and interviews.

    Career Services also offers the Fall Career Expo on Tuesday, October 18, from 1-4 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Student Center. Check out the continually-updated list of employers participating in the Expo.

    Don't forget to log into your Marshall JobTrax account to keep your profile information updated, upload current resumes, cover letters, etc., and to search for jobs and internships. For assistance with your JobTrax account or with resumes, interviewing, and more, call Career Services (304-696-2370), or visit at 1681 5th Avenue, between Harless Dining Hall and the JCE Performing Arts Center.

For Seniors Graduating in December

    The deadline to apply for December 2016 graduation is Friday, September 16. Applications can be picked upmortarboard and returned to the College of Science office, S-270. A graduation fee of $50 must be paid at the bursar's office, and a copy of your receipt must accompany your completed application when you return it to the College of Science office. The ceremony will be Saturday, December 17 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid Available

    The Sigma Xi research society sponsors research experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students by awarding grants of up to $1,000. Funding may be used to support travel expenses to a research site, or for the purchase of necessary research equipment. The annual deadlines for application are October 15 and March 15. For complete information on this opportunity, visit Sigma Xi's website.

Have You Considered Attending Graduate School?

    Students already involved in BSC's Master of Science (MS) and Master of Arts (MA) degree programs can tell you that education doesn't have to end after you earn your BS. Whether you've already been involved in research as an undergraduate, or whether you've just taken a course that ignited your interest, you may want to explore the graduate options available in BSC here at Marshall.

    The main page for the BSC graduate program is full of useful information; there are several related links on the right side of that page. The Department offers a number of Graduate Assistantships, on a competitive basis, which pay a stipend and at least the majority of your tuition. This is a good time of year to start considering whether you wish to be a member of our graduate program and to take the time to speak with faculty whose research areas interest you. If you have questions about the program, or what to expect from graduate school, feel free to email

Student Conservation Association Internships

    Are you interested in conservation? Would you like to experience an internship that you might be able to use as your capstone experience? Consider the Student Conservation Association, a non-profit organization involved in restoring, protecting, and preserving America's public lands. They offer internships in a wide variety of areas, from forestry to archaeology to water quality monitoring to public outreach, and more. SCA interns work in the field with a partner agency or organization, gaining hands-on experience in conservation. Internships last from 12 weeks to 12 months. To learn more about the SCA intern program, visit this page. Additional information can be found by reading their FAQ .

Free Tutoring for BSC 104, 105, 120, 121, 227, 228, 322, and 324

    Take advantage of free tutoring offered for several BSC courses! Graduate students who are GAs in the courses listed above offer free tutoring during their office hours or by appointment. A list of GAs' office hours and contact information will be posted on the door of the BSC Tutoring Center and GA Office, Science 209, by the end of the first week of classes. Don't be afraid to get help early on so that you can keep up with classes as the semester heats up!

    Did you know that MU also has Tutoring Services for many different courses? They have a new home, in Communications Building 211. Tutoring begins Monday, August 29, and you can request a tutor here.

Brag Box An abbreviated list of recent BSC student and faculty accomplishments:
  • Dr. Habiba Chirchir has a new publication: Chirchir, H. Limited trabecular bone density heterogeneity in the human skeleton. Anatomy Research International. Article ID 9295383.



Speculation is perfectly all right, but if you stay there you've only founded a superstition. If you test it, you've started a science. -- Hal Clement, science fiction author (1922-2003)

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Welcome Back! We hope you've had an enjoyable summer!

Selected BSC Contact Information

Dr. David Mallory, BSC Chair S-350 (304) 696-2353
BSC Graduate Program Information   (304) 696-2429
BSC office, forms, and applications S-350 (304) 696-5413
Susan Weinstein, BSC News S-204 (304) 696-2428


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