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Spring 2024 Biology Student Spotlight

The Spring 2024 Biology Student Spotlight Award goes to Mya McHugh!

Mya is a great scholar, teacher, researcher, and mentor. Along with maintaining her own academic excellence, Mya has tutored many students in our department to satisfactory completion of organic chemistry. She has been an integral part of Dr. Ray's research lab team for the past 2 years and has greatly contributed towards a forthcoming publication, including through her receipt of an INBRE fellowship in summer 2023. Last month, Mya presented her research and won poster presentation awards at both the ISU Creative Works Symposium and the Southwest Regional Society for Developmental Biology Conference. Mya was recently accepted into the IDEP Program for dental school which she will begin after graduation next month.




Idaho LAUNCH grants provide graduating high school seniors with an opportunity to have up to 80% of their tuition and fees covered, up to $8,000, for programs leading to in-demand careers, including Biology and Microbiology. Additionally, students who receive Idaho LAUNCH grants have the option to combine them with other scholarships offered by Idaho State University.

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Department of Biological Sciences

Additional Biological Sciences Information for COVID-19


  • Biology faculty advises students, so please continue to reach out to your advisors just as before. 
  • Our Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Dan Giltz, can also answer advising questions. You can contact him at dangiltz@isu.edu.

Student Resources:

  • Please see our Student Resources page. 
  • Please reach out to your Professors with course-specific questions
  • Please reach out to your advisor (see above) or Dan Giltz (dangiltz@isu.edu) with degree or advising questions
  • If students wish to change their major or add a minor, they can email Dan Giltz with the major and/or concentration they would like to change to or minor they want to add. Please include your Bengal number in the email.

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 7am-5pm


Our Vision: To inspire our students to wonder about the living world and strive to better understand it.

Our Mission: We are a community that advances understanding of the biological sciences through active discovery, learning and engagement with society.

Our Values: 

  • Diversity: We reflect the aspirations, interests, and identities of our communities
  • Community: A culture of mutual trust, respect, accountability, and camaraderie
  • Passion: An enthusiastic dedication to our work
  • Empowerment: Helping individuals realize their talents and fulfill their potential
  • Excellence: An international reputation for innovative scholarship with regional impacts
  • Sincerity: Inspire confidence and reliability in ourselves and others

To learn more about our department and our future plans, please read the BioSci Strategic Plan.