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Welcome to the M.S. in Biological Sciences at EIU!

Jeffrey R. Laursen

Jeffrey R. Laursen

Office: 2112- Life Science Building
Phone: 217-581-3914
Email: jrlaursen@eiu.edu
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The Biological Sciences Graduate Program provides graduate students with a unique opportunity to pursue concentrated studies in many areas of biology and select courses from a broad range of subject areas.  Students in the program interact with graduate faculty with advanced expertise and conducting research in a broad range of subject areas.  We have been very successful in placing our M.S. graduates in career positions or in advanced degree programs at other universities.   We do not offer the Ph.D. at Eastern Illinois University

Graduate students can select either a thesis or internship degree option. The thesis option is recommended for students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. or desire employment, which requires research experience. The internship option is designed for students seeking professional experience and employment in environmental biology or affiliated fields and requires a 12-15 week internship with a private or governmental agency.  The student and their graduate advisory committee determine specialization in a given area of biological science, specific course work, and thesis project or internship experience.

Approximately forty students, including international students from several countries, are typically enrolled in the Graduate Program in Biological Sciences. Qualified graduate students are eligible for graduate teaching assistantships and serve as teaching assistants in classrooms and laboratories. In addition to a monthly stipend, tuition is waived for each graduate teaching assistant. Graduate teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis.

Look through the list of the graduate faculty and their current research interests.  We encourage you to contact individual graduate faculty regarding the availability of space in their laboratories and research programs for additional students.

The web pages you are reading have information that describes the Biological Sciences Graduate Program, and contain applications to the Graduate School, our graduate program, and graduate teaching assistantships.  These pages outline the requirements for admission to the Graduate School and the Biological Sciences Graduate Program.   Applications for admission to the Biological Sciences Graduate Program may be accepted at any time and you may begin your career at E.I.U. at mid-year. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (Aptitude portion - verbal, quantitative, analytical) are required for admission to the department. A minimum combined GRE score (Quantitative and Verbal) of 300 is recommended for admission.  IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP, YOUR APPLICATION(S) AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 15 TO BE CONSIDERED IN FIRST ROUND OF DELIBERATION. 

If you have an opportunity, please plan to visit the university, meet our faculty and graduate students, and tour the campus. I am confident you will find our graduate program to be challenging and rewarding. If you have additional questions regarding our program, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your interest in the Biological Sciences Graduate Program.

Sincerely, 

Jeffrey R. Laursen 
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences 
Coordinator, Biological Sciences Graduate Program 
Phone: (217) 581-3914 
Fax: (217) 581-7141 
e-mail: jrlaursen@eiu.edu