Biology Seminar Series

seminar series

Each Friday during the academic year the department offers a seminar featuring special speakers and visiting scholars. Seminars are held at 3:00 pm in MPA 310.

Scholars in Quantitative and Natural Sciences (SQNS)

Dr. Lill describes specimens to students.

The SQNS program is designed for students who are interested in STEM research. There are four core SQNS courses that prepare students for research:

  1. a special research focused lab section for Introductory Biology
  2. a computer programing course
  3. bioinformatics, and
  4. a biology focused physics course

The students select a major in a STEM field and a minor in a different STEM field. The students also do research starting as early as their sophomore years, often with a summer research fellowship.

The SQNS program aims to involve science undergraduates such as you in research projects with faculty. The program and research experience will give you a competitive advantage for science jobs, medical schools and graduate school fellowships.

Dr. Bethany Cobb Kung will help to guide you through the program and to register for the classes you need. During the first two years you will take introductory courses and general curriculum courses. At the end of your second year if you choose to continue in the SQNS program you will choose a major and a minor in any of the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, math, statistics. etc).

The first year courses introduce you to faculty research opportunities and the skills needed for research. Then you should be ready to participate in the summer research internship program and/or academic year projects with faculty. Ultimately, SQNS students devote at least 2 semesters to a research project, about 6 credits that would count toward your major or minor. The research can culminate in a senior honors thesis, a scientific publication or presentation at a conference. Overall the SQNS program provides graduates with unique career options for jobs in research or advanced degrees in the sciences and medicine. The program also fits the pre-medical curriculum (biology, chemistry, physics and math). Also, it is possible to study abroad during the program.

There are a few special courses for this program. The first SQNS course, which you will take is Introduction to Biomolecular Research Laboratory. This is a special SQNS laboratory section associated with the first semester Introductory Biology course where you will learn research techniques and basic concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. We will visit research laboratories in the different science departments and in the medical school to give you some ideas about projects you could work on. Over the next three semesters you would take CS 1111 Introduction to Software Development, Phys 1025 University Physics I -Bio, and Bisc 2584 Introduction to Bioinformatics. CS 1111 Introduction to Software Development is a beginning computer programming course where you learn the logic of computer code. Programming is extremely important in research in all of the sciences. Phys 1025 is the first semester of physics and includes biological applications. In Bisc 2584 Bioinformatics you will learn to use computational tools to analyze and compare the vast amounts of DNA information available for humans and all kinds of other organisms. The skills you learn in these SQNS course will prepare you for the fellowships and internships with GWU scientists.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will invite students to join the program upon review of their submitted common application. 

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