UCF Biology is an active department, housing a diverse faculty who conduct leading research primarily in the fields of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, with a strong emphasis in conservation biology. The Ph.D. and M.S. degrees are offered as traditional research-based programs. Graduates of our programs have consistently found employment at numerous state and federal agencies, colleges and universities, as well as corporations and NGOs.
The Ph.D. and M.S. degrees are offered as traditional research-based programs. Graduates of our programs have consistently found employment at numerous state and federal agencies, colleges and universities, as well as corporations and NGOs.
Note: The Professional Science Masters in Conservation Biology program is no longer administered by this department. It has relocated and is housed in the College of Graduate Studies. Information related to the PSM in Con Bio can be found at:Ph. D Program Master’s Program Before You Apply
The Department of Biology will issue student travel awards in the Fall and Spring in order to promote the participation of graduate students in research-related travel. Research related travel is defined as travel that facilitates research related activity (e.g. field work) or promotes scientific learning and enrichment (participation in a conference, workshop or lab visitation). The department will award at total of $8000 in grants, and each proposal may request up to $1000 in reimbursement of travel-related expenses (e.g.,registration, transportation and lodging). These awards are competitive and will be determined by a faculty selection committee.
Selection and award mechanisms
Students will submit a one-page summary (12 pt. Arial font, 1 inch page margins) explaining the significance of the travel to the student’s research. A second page will include the student’s name, contact information, a detailed budget and budget justification. Deadlines will be announced each fall and spring semester. A faculty committee will select the best applications. Faculty will not evaluate students for whom they serve as major advisors.
Please contact Laurie Vonkalm (BioGradChair@ucf.edu) Graduate Program Director, for any additional information.
Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
The University of Central Florida Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) was established in 1997 to provide opportunities for UCF biology students to participate in extracurricular activities in biology. The activities include regular seminars by visiting professors, UCF faculty and grad student presentation sessions, as well as many social events (canoeing, nature walks, volunteer activities, social gatherings, etc.). BGSA is also an active service organization, participating in both roadside and beach cleanup activities. BGSA members are eligible for the Boyd Lyon Memorial Travel Award, which is awarded every semester. BGSA also serves as a liason to faculty, representing the attitudes, opinions and needs of biology grad students.View BGSA Website