an e-newsletter for students and alumni of saint michael's biology department

Chair's Message
Fall 2009





Fall finds us welcoming a large and thriving first-year class of biology students to Saint Michael's College. More than 100 students are working in general biology labs studying sandplain forest ecology, and more than 50 of these are first-year students who have already declared the biology major. We also welcomed several transfer students into our program.

In this edition of our e-newsletter, we highlight some valuable opportunities for students including the project work we have planned for our three sections of biology senior seminar this spring and the internship experiences available to biology students.

For senior seminar, biology students will team with business students to work on business plan proposals with an environmental purpose, or they will study medicine from an evolutionary perspective, or they will work on enhancing the teaching of biology at local elementary schools.

For internships, biology faculty have worked with the Saint Michael's College Internship Coordinator, Joanne LaBrake Muehlberger to ensure that a variety of opportunities are available to highly motivated biology students. Internships provide a chance for students to explore careers they are considering, gain specific skills, and begin to create a network of contacts that will prove valuable after graduation. The article in this issue provides examples and student comments on the value of their experiences; those experiences range from working in medicine, veterinary medicine, and environmental biology, to environmental business. In the current economic climate, internship opportunities are more important than ever, so we are pleased to have many opportunities to offer our students.


Valerie S. Banschbach
Chair, Department of Biology


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