Diversity & Outreach
MU is an intentionally inclusive institution that understands, values, and actively supports diversity in all its forms. The Division of Biological Sciences, in particular, attracts people of diverse backgrounds. Since we believe exposure to this rich diversity enhances a student’s capacity to learn and to succeed in today’s world, the Division of Biological Sciences participates in a number of diversity initiatives to actively recruit students from underserved and underrepresented groups for both our graduate and undergraduate programs.
The Division of Biological Sciences is also a strong supporter of science outreach to the public. We collaborate with other departments, especially with MU’s Science Education Center, to develop unique outreach programs for K-12 teachers and students, the university, and the larger community. The Office of Science Outreach serves as a central resource for these programs and provides ongoing support for science outreach at MU.
Among the best herpetologists
The 2011 Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists was bestowed upon Dr. Ray Semlitsch, a Curators’ professor in the Division of Biological Sciences. This honor recognizes individuals who have demonstrated long-term excellence in the study of amphibian and/or reptile biology.