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Things our students are doing!

Congratulations to Sam Munk (Best Student Oral Presentation) and Cheyana Bassham (Student Platform Presentation Award Winner) for their awards at the 2023 Mississippi River Research Consortium meeting. Congratulations to Sam Munk (Best Student Oral Presentation) and Cheyana Bassham (Student Platform Presentation Award Winner) for their awards at the 2023 Mississippi River Research Consortium meeting.
Congratulations to Kristina Morben for receiving the 2024 Rosandich Graduate Thesis and Dissertation Award from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse! Kristina is now an Aquatic Biologist for Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Congratulations to Kristina Morben for receiving the 2024 Rosandich Graduate Thesis and Dissertation Award from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse! Kristina is now an Aquatic Biologist for Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Congratulations to Thomas Roehl who was the 2023 recipient of The Rosandich Graduate Thesis & Dissertation Award! 
Thesis title: Examining the genetics of mushroom in the cultivated edible mushroom (Flammulina velutipes)  Congratulations to Thomas Roehl who was the 2023 recipient of The Rosandich Graduate Thesis & Dissertation Award! Thesis title: Examining the genetics of mushroom in the cultivated edible mushroom (Flammulina velutipes)

Thesis defense announcements

M.S. Biology

Cheyenne Banasik

Associations of Polymorphisms in Vitamin D and Iron-Related Genes with Vitamin D Supplementation and Iron Status in Women 

June 13, 3-4 p.m. | Cowley Hall 103

Major Advisor: Peg Maher

Why earn a Master's degree in Biology at UW-La Crosse?

Master's-focused education

At UWL, we specialize in training Master's students, providing individual mentoring and professional development for students preparing for careers or further studies. As a M.S. student at UWL, you will not compete with Ph.D. students for resources, funding, or faculty attention. Many careers require a M.S. rather than a Ph.D., and a master's research project might help you decide whether to pursue a Ph.D. in the future.

Graduate student and mentor work in lab

Diverse research opportunities

Our department has a faculty of nearly 40 instructors with a wide variety of professional interests. Whether you are interested in biomedical sciences, molecular biology, ecology, evolution, fungi, or behavior, you can find a great mentor at UWL. Our colleagues in Microbiology study bacteria, archaea and viruses - you should check out the MS in Microbiology if those organisms are of interest! Our new Prairie Springs Science Center offers state-of-the-art research facilities for both programs.

Graduate student and mentor in the field

A great place to live

With accolades from publications including Forbes magazine and Outdoor Magazine, La Crosse offers a great cultural and natural environment.  La Crosse combines a small-town feel with ample cultural and recreational opportunities. Situated on the Mississippi River in the geologically unique Driftless region, La Crosse offers four-season recreational and research opportunities on water and land.

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Need additional info?

Contact our graduate program director