Where do you want to be next?

Canoeing the Ghost swamp of the Wolf River or conducting ground-breaking research at world-renowned St. Jude Children′s Research Hospital?

Counseling underprivileged patients at the Church Health Center or exploring the game parks of Namibia?

Discovering new genes as a part of the Lynx Genome Project or engaging in stimulating classroom discussions with award-winning professors?

Tutoring children at one of our neighborhood Learning Corridor schools or shadowing an anesthesiologist during open-heart surgery?

Helping hospitals contain costs in handling of infectious materials in El Salvador or monitoring panda behavior at the Memphis Zoo?

The answer is easier than you think; you want to be at Rhodes!

From the very start, Rhodes Biology students are practicing Biologists.

These are just some of the ways that we regularly engage Biology majors. It happens as a result of the dedicated work of our diverse faculty who use effective classroom teaching methods, maintain active research programs, and foster a wide range of partnerships in Memphis and beyond. Explore our pages to learn more about us, our classes, and these and more opportunities. Then, use our contact link to ask any questions that remain. We hope you′ll be one of our next practicing biologists.


Every Perspective is Important

The Biology Department is committed to creating an academic climate that is safe and respectful of all students, staff, and faculty regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, size, socioeconomic background, religion, spirituality, physical ability, mental ability, or any other aspect of one’s identity. A climate of mutual respect allows us to ask difficult questions and to participate in honest discussions, even in the context of strong disagreement. Creating this kind of open, honest, and respectful climate is our mutual responsibility.


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Student Awards!!!

Anna Kushnir ’14 received the award for Outstanding in Research in Biology 

Carlos T. Huerta ’15 received the Award for Outstanding Research in Biology

Albert Vacheron ’17 and Maria Youself ’17 received the Award for Excellence in First-Year Biology

Madeline Carwile ’16 received the Rosanna Cappellato Memorial Award

Anna Kushnir ’14 was awarded Honorable Mention in National Russian Essay Contest Competition of the American Council of Teachers of Russian

Maggie Blake ’14 won 1st place poster in Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science

Aubrey Howard ’15 won 3rd place poster in Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science

Aubrey Howard ’15 received a Marc Dresden Student Travel Award to help defray the cost of his trip to New Orleans to present his research at the 2014 meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists

Carlos T Huerta ’15 received a Goldwater Scholarship

Carlos T. Huerta ’15 was selected into the American Society for Microbiology’s Undergraduate Research Capstone Program.  This award provides a two-year membership to ASM and $1500 for travel to the 2014 ASM Meeting in Boston

Carlos T.Huerta ’15 was recognized for his research participation in the St. Jude Summer Plus Program in the January issue of Cancer, the research journal published by the American Cancer Society

Stephen Leavelle ’14 won 2nd place talk in Organismal Biology at Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science

Braden Taylor ’15 received a travel award to the International Society for Cell Biology Meeting in New Orleans, LA

Alison Hanson ’15, Alix Matthews BMB’14 and Jackson Roberts ’14 won 1st place talk in Organismal Biology at the Western Regional Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science



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