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. As outlined in our Diversity Statement, we firmly believe exposure to this rich diversity enhances the scientific endeavor and a student’s capacity to learn and to succeed in today’s world. Thus, 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 and programs, especially with MU’s ReSTEM Institute and Broader Impacts Network, to develop unique outreach programs for K-12 teachers and students, the university, and the larger community.
Among the nation’s most prestigious scientists
James Birchler, a Curators' Professor of biological sciences, is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.