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Life Sciences Program
Mark Lyford, Program Director
Aven Nelson Bldg., Room 138
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-4158
Fax: 307-766-2851

Welcome to the Life Sciences Program
at the University of Wyoming!

The Life Sciences Program provides a common series of courses for all life science majors at UW.  So whether you are a life science major in the College of Agriculture, Arts & Sciences or Health Sciences, you will likely enroll in a LIFE course at some point in your college career.  Courses in the Life Sciences Program offer a cutting-edge view of biology and biological research and are taught by some of the most respected teachers at UW.  Although the Life Sciences Program does not offer a major, a wide range of life science majors can be pursued at UW.  For more information on specific life science majors, contact the College of Agriculture, Arts & Sciences or Health Sciences.

Bryan Bares Presents at UW Undergraduate Research Day

"Experience, attitude and confidence of students taking an undergraduate level animal biology course," was the title of the oral presentation presented by Bryan Bares at the Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day on April 26th. Bryan, from Rawlins, was mentored by Brianna Wright in the Life Sciences Program on this project. Undergraduate Research Day is a celebration of the work of our very best college students and showcases undergraduate students as they present their research in a wide variety of areas.

Rachel Jones Receives John P. Ellbogen Outstanding GA Award

Congratulations to Rachel Jones, graduate student in the Department of Botany and Life Science Teaching Assistant, for being selected one of this year's winners of the John P. Ellbogen Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching Award. The Ellbogen award for outstanding Graduate Assistant teaching is the University's highest honor for graduate student teachers. This award is a testament to her extraordinary dedication to effectively reach students.

Steven Trowbridge Receives the Edward D. Waggy Memorial Award

Congratulations to Steven M. Trowbridge, graduate student in the Department of Botany and Life Science Teaching Assistant, for being selected this year's recipient of the Edward D. Waggy Memorial Award. This scholarship has been instigated by Ed's family and aims to honor Teaching Assistants who exhibit the compassion and care for their students that was so evident in Ed. Steven was nominated by Brianna Wright and the Department of Botany as an exemplary Teaching Assistant who exhibits a level of concern and effort for his students that goes beyond expectations. 

Four Life Sciences Faculty Receive
Promoting Intellectual Engagement Award

Recently members of the Life Sciences faculty were recipients of the 2014 Promoting Intellectual Engagement (PIE) Award. Those honored included Guinevere Jones, Jon Prather, John Willford and Brianna Wright. This award honors instructors who inspire excitement, inquiry, and autonomy in first-year courses. Recipients of the PIE Award are nominated on-line by sophomore students, and then selected by a committee based on thoughtfulness and volume of student nominations. Student's descriptions of nominees reveal the heart of excellence in lower-division instruction, courses that comprise the foundation of students' college experience and the crucial seed of intellectual self-awareness. Recipients will be honored at a reception Monday, April 21st. The PIE Award is co-sponsored by LeaRN, Ellbogen CTL, Residence Life & Dining, and Center for Advising and Career Services. To see the full list of recipients go to

Life Sciences Lost in Transition Summit – Quantitative Reasoning

In the News:  On February 21, forty-five science and math faculty from public schools, community colleges, and the university convened to discuss this year’s hot topic: quantitative reasoning, at the Life Sciences Lost in Transition Summit.  Read more about this event.

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