Departmental Opportunities at Carleton

Grader for Bio125

The Bio125 course is looking to hire a grader for this term. Approximately 2-4 hours per week, and the rumor is that there is free candy involved. Please email Stephan Zweifel if you are interested in this position. 

Summer Research Opportunity – Restoration Ecology in the Carleton Arb

Biology professors Dan Hernández and Mark McKone are accepting applications for summer research assistants for summer 2017. The research will focus on various projects in the Carleton Arboretum on the ecology of prairie restoration, soil carbon and nutrient cycling, and the impacts of mammal herbivory on prairie communities. The project will involve extensive fieldwork, thus a willingness to work outside in summer conditions is required. Positions will be for 8 weeks beginning in early July and continuing until the end of the summer. The exact dates of work are to be determined, but late summer is our busiest time so it is required that applicants are available to work during the entire month of August. Previous research experience is not required and we welcome applications from students of all backgrounds.

The application can be found here:

Applications must be submitted by February 12, 2017.

Student Departmental Advisors

Student Departmental Advisors (SDAs) are specially selected senior majors who are dedicated to nurturing interest in the subject of Biology. They are responsible for running and holding advising hours prior to course registration, representing the department at the annual Academic and Majors fairs, meeting with outside guests, and maintaining a list of students interested in Biology.

Each Spring the Department selects two rising seniors to serve as Student Department Advisors. Students who have expressed an interest and whose major GPAs are above 3.00 (a college requirement) are considered. The Department attempts to select seniors from different "areas" within the Biology major. If you are interested in becoming an SDA, speak with your advisor and/or the Department Chairperson.

2016-17 Student Departmental Advisors: Jackson Raynor and Georgia Schmitt

Department Curriculum Committee DCC members are an active group of biology majors interested in serving as a liaison between students interested in biology, fellow majors, and the biology department faculty and staff. The Committee typically consists of 4-6 junior and senior members, and is supervised by a department faculty member.  This committee was created and exists to foster a greater community where students can relax and have a good time together in various social settings. New members are regularly invited to join the DCC, typically after major declaration at the end of the sophomore year, via email. Members are committed to attending DCC meetings and department events, and are responsible for organizing several social and academic events over the course of each year. If you are interested in becoming a member, inquire at the Biology Office to learn more!

2016-17 DCC Members

Kazia Mermel, Drew Gerber, Vianne Gao, & Sarah Min

Research with the Carleton Department of Biology

Students interested in conducting research at Carleton are encouraged to contact individual faculty members via e-mail. Faculty web pages discuss their research interests and projects in more detail. Research in the department occurs throughout the year, and work started during the academic year is often continued in the summer months.