Biological Sciences

Graduate Studies

Our department offers outstanding and well funded opportunities for graduate research and training at both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. Our award-winning faculty and superb research facilities will prepare you for success as a graduate student and beyond.

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Recent Graduate Student Accomplishments

The following Biological Sciences students were recognized at the recent International Congress of Entomology held in Orlando, Florida - September 25-30, 2016

Chaminda De Silva Weeraddana (PhD, Evenden Lab):
Best graduate student poster in the Insect Chemical Ecology Section: "Effect of canola infection with clubroot disease on oviposition by the bertha armyworm."

Asha Wijerathna (PhD, Evenden Lab):
Runner-up graduate student poster award in the Agricultural and Forest Entomology Section: "Energy use by the mountain pine beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionida: Scolytinae) for dispersal by flight."

Erin Campbell (PhD, Sperling Lab):
Runner-up graduate student oral competition award in Morphology, Systematics and Phylogeny: Flies, Lepidopterans and Others. "Thinking out of (species) bounds: Phylogenetic inconguitiess in the butterfly genus Speyeria show widespread interspecific introgression."

Graduate Student Events

Biological Sciences holds NSERC PGS-D workshop




Grad Orientation

Three Minute Thesis

Some of our students have recently participated in the 3-Minute Thesis competitions on campus.

What is a 3-Minute Thesis?

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that assists current graduate students with fostering effective presentations and communication skills. Participants have just three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience. 

3MT was developed by The University of Queensland in 2008, and is now held in nineteen countries around the world. As of 2015, over 139 universities from Sweden to Columbia, Japan to Iran have participated in this fun, highly informative and very entertaining event. 

2015 was the inaugural UAlberta 3MT competition.

Featured below is a 3-Minute Thesis presentation by one of our Ph.D. candidates, Jason Gardiner (E. Scarpella Lab).