William and Mary

Graduate Program

Graduate students at the annual welcoming picnic, 2014The Biology graduate program generates a close-knit academic community of productive students dedicated to performing high quality, publishable research. We produce graduates with both specialized training in their chosen sub-disciplines as well as communication and teaching skills to effectively function within a broad-based scientific community. Faculty expertise intersect the following areas:

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Most students completing their Master's degree pursue either a Ph.D. or M.D. degree; however, our program also provides the training required to enter technical positions in industry and government.

The major emphasis of our program is the completion of a substantial research thesis (under special circumstances M.S. students may be allowed to complete a non-thesis Master of Arts). All students are also required to take our core course, which introduces students to the faculty and their research, and teaches important critical analysis, hypothesis generation, biostatistical, ethical, and grant writing skills.

For additional information regarding requirements, consult the Department of Biology Graduate Handbook (pdf format). Email Dr. Matt Wawersik at [[mjwawe]] for more information.

Graduate Student Achievements Since 1999, Biology graduate students have published over 50 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and presented their research at over 70 professional conferences. Recent examples of published journal articles can be found here.

Graduate students in our program also have tremendous success in attaining external grants to fund their research. Since, 1999, our graduate students have been awarded over 50 external grants, including Sigma Xi, Lerner Grey, Gordon Research Conference, American Ornithology Union, American Society of Oceanographers and NSF awards.

Our graduate students often work closely with and mentor undergraduates. This not only benefits the undergraduate program greatly, but also offers our graduate students numerous informal teaching and personal development opportunities.