The NMSU Biology Department with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is increasing persistence in science by nurturing students’ interest in science and providing support for them to succeed in their majors.This is accomplished by:

  • enhancing NMSU biology courses to incorporate a research-based component,
  • by providing in and out of classroom support to students through peer instructors and peer advisers, and
  • by offering undergraduate research opportunities.


Coming Up

February 24, 2018: Biosymposium, Department of Biology




Biology Seminar Series, Foster Hall, Rm 231

February 22. Vanessa Lougheed, UTEP: “Response of Arctic Aquatic Ecosystems to Climate Warming.”

March 1. Jeffrey Olimpo, UTEP: “Course- Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE’s): A Mechanism for Advancing Student’s Conceptual Understanding and Affect in the Biological Sciences.”

March 8. Sasha Reed, USGS, Southwest Biological Science Center: “Dryland Responses to Anthropogenic Change: A Biogeochemical Perspective.”

March 15. Michael Strand, University of Georgia: “The Role of the Gut Microbiota in Development and Reproduction of Mosquitoes.”

March 29. Dylan Schwilk, Texas Tech: “Using Plant Traits to Predict the Effects of Climate and Fire on Dynamic Communities.”

April 5. Rindy Anderson, Florida Atlantic University: “A Tale of Two Sparrows: Song Function, Signal Reliability and the Evolution of Animal Communications Systems.”

April 12. Jessica Treisman, NYU School of Medicine: “Connecting the Visual System with a Sidekick”?

April 19. Christopher Aiken, NMSU

April 26. Graduate Awardees

May 3. Graduate Awardees


Biomedical Research Seminar Series, Domenici Hall, Rm 109

February 16. Amy Navratil, University of Wyoming: “Knockin’ on Fertilities door: Understanding Gonadotrope Function.”


March 16. Gil Mor, Yale University School of Medicine: “Unique Immunological and Microbial Regulatory Mechanisms During Pregnancy.”

April 13. Charlotte Vines, UTEP: “CCR7 Induced Migration: Signaling Pathways and Malignancies.”

April 27. Fangjun Shu, NMSU: “Fluid Dynamics in Blood- Wetted Medical Devices.”