Dear Microbiology alumni and friends,
This past academic year was an exciting and challenging one for the Department of Microbiology, and we’d like to tell you about some of the highlights.
Phase 1 of the Pearson Hall renovation is moving along and will be completed as planned by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. Phase 2 of the renovation plan, which will start in September, will focus mostly on research labs and facilities with the goal of completing the entire process by the end of the summer of 2020. Once completed with the financial support from Miami University, the state of Ohio as well as donations, the renovated PSN Hall will provide a modern teaching, training, and research hub that will promote and empower the connections between classrooms and research labs in the biological sciences, including microbiology. In addition, it will provide an open welcome area on the ground floor in front of the main entrance, while adding a brand new glass-encased atrium in the center of the building, where students can spend time engaged in their coursework and assignments and discuss research ideas and projects with their mentors and peers.
The entering undergraduate class in 2017-2018 included 33 majors in both Microbiology and Medical Laboratory Science. This past academic year 38 undergrads joined 23 graduate students in research labs, including 7 new graduate students pursuing MS and PhD degrees. Overall, 73 undergraduate students co-authored 33 presentations made at regional, national, and international professional meetings, with two of them included in two peer-reviewed journal publications.
We welcome visits from alumni. If you’re planning to visit, please contact me and we’ll be happy to arrange your visit, talk to you, and show you the renovated teaching and research classrooms and labs.
Professor and Chair