The Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BISI) offers outstanding opportunities for research and discovery within and across contemporary disciplines. Faculty mentors help students investigate exciting questions, in directions driven by each student’s interests and curiosity. Enthusiastic and interactive colleagues, agile minds, and cutting-edge technologies work together to advance and apply science. The goal of the Biological Sciences Program is to enable students to obtain the best training in their intended research areas, to work closely with outstanding faculty, and to prepare for successful futures contributing to innovative advances and effective teaching in the life sciences.

University of Maryland offers strong collaborations and enriched opportunities for research with distinguished institutions.

In addition to being a vibrant hub of science, medicine, biotech, and environmental research and policy, the D.C. area’s rich and diverse culture make it an especially lively, friendly, accessible community for students to thrive professionally and personally. The campus is “inside the beltway,” situated a swift 20 minutes (by convenient Metro ride from College Park) from the heart of the nation’s capital. 


Concentration Areas

Each student is part of, and advised though, one of the interdisciplinary concentration areas:

  • BEES: Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
  • CBBG: Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Genomics
  • MOCB: Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • PSYS: Physiological Systems

BISI Highlights

BEES Student, Edward Hurme (Wilkinson Lab) and his research was featured in Hakai Magazine (2017)

Video from Hakai Magazine: Citation: Edward Roqueta, “Mexican Fishing Bats,” Hakai Magazine, July 25, 2017, accessed August 22, 2017

BISI Merit Award Recipients

The Biological Sciences Graduate Program is proud to announce this year's Merit Award winners.  The Merit Award provides recognition and encouragement to students that perform unusually well in graduate school.  The award comes with a $2000 honorarium.

The Graduate Program in Biological Sciences is committed to supporting students and ensuring a fear-free, inclusive space where all students can thrive. The program recognizes non-binary gender identifications, as well as the difference between assigned biological sex and gender expression. It encourages students, faculty, and staff to share and honor preferred pronouns and names.