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Mission and Diversity Statements

Mission Statement

Our Mission:  To advance understanding of living systems though research and education.   

Our Core Values:

The scientist’s mind: Being curious and asking big questions.  If you know the answer, it isn’t the right question.  If you do not know the answer, do the research.  Being a scientist is a privilege earned through hard thought and hard work.

The mentor’s wisdom: Sharing experiences and leading by example.  Encourage breadth, as this will increase the questions that will be asked and the tools that can be applied.  Encourage depth, as this will sharpen those questions.  Encourage imagination, as this will lead to true innovation.

The educator’s insight: Knowing that students are empowered through the skills they learn and the knowledge they gain.  Great students can grow and develop through patience and encouragement.  Each student is unique, necessitating flexibility in, and multiple pedagogical approaches.

The student’s inquisitiveness:  Showing initiative to instigate learning experiences, including finding educators that are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject, who offer challenging and enlightening learning opportunities

The robustness of diversity: Like any ecosystem, diversity within the department brings vivacity, strength, and resilience.  Differences in experiences, perspectives, and approaches stimulate cross-fertilization and adaptation. Embracing diversity promotes fertile ground for new ideas to germinate and grow.

The Vision of the Department of Biology: To be a highly collaborative community of scientists working to generate a comprehensive understanding of living systems though multidisciplinary interactions.

Diversity Statement

The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Biology recognize the importance of building and maintaining a diverse department.  We will cultivate a welcoming, inclusive, and professional environment for individuals from all races, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, economic statuses, physical abilities, and personal religious practices.   We will also endeavor to increase the numbers of women and of individuals from groups underrepresented in the sciences who actively participate in our department, through recruitment, retention, and advancement of these individuals.