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Congratulations to our Biology Department Scholarship winners!

Biology, Biomedical, and Biochemistry students received $14,800 in scholarships and prizes at the annual awards ceremony on November 1. This year, the Jean McKerracher Scholarships aimed at students intending to pursue a career in health services were awarded to Dayton Kelly and Sabateeshan (Saby) Matharavjah. Dr. The Charles Omole Scholarships for students intending to become medical doctors were awarded to Rubab Fatima, Maimoona Altaf, and Audrey Shakespeare; all of whom are currently taking the Medical Internship course and shadowing physicians at PRHC.

The Roy L Edwards Scholarship was awarded to Ken Mills for his work in terrestrial ecology, Peter Silk for aquatic ecology, and Madeline Trottier for terrestrial ecology. The Biology Department Scholarships recognize high academic achievement. They were awarded to Jenna Vander Velden and Laura Cota-Merlo. The Powles Prizes for excellence in fish biology went to Alexandra Hjort-Toms and Justin Werner. The Botany Prize went to Ryan Holt and the Goodhead Prize to Sarah Hunter. The Biology Department Book Prizes for high academic achievement in third year went to Glinton Hanover, Dmitry Shiryaev, Zakhar Krekhno, and Jacob Houpt. The Book Prizes for second year achievement went to Hailey Guertin, Neelkumar Patel, Amanda Roy, Denin Gray, and Tonya-Leah Watts. For outstanding achievement in first year, Book Prizes were awarded to Emily Horsey, Samuel Murray, Roselle Wright, Regan Caldwell, and Prahamya Balaranjan.

From Sabateeshan (Saby) Matharavjah, winner of one of the Jean McKerracher Scholarships:  "Trent has provided me opportunities which I wouldn't have dreamed of. Specifically, in the Biology program, where I have had the chance to work with kind, brilliant and wise professors like Dr. Robert J.Huber, Dr. Marguerite Xenopoulos, and Dr. Carolyn Kapron. It's been a tremendous ride, and I hope to take what I have learned at Trent to the next stage of my life". 

On behalf of the Biology Department, we congratulate all of the award winners and thank them for their hard work. We wish them all the best in the future.

Biology Seminar Series

Trent University’s longest running seminar series, the Biology Seminar Series, continues this fall! Come and learn about new and exciting developments from experts in the field of Biology. Seminars take place every Wednesday at noon to 1pm in SC 103.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come.

Trouble accessing Eduroam?

If you have changed your MyTrent password you may need to re-set your Eduroam access on your devices. First, go into your device’s Network/WiFi settings and forget the Eduroam network (you may need to Google how to do this for your particular device). Then look up available networks as you normally would, pick Eduroam and enter your username (recall your username is your FULL Trent e mail address) and password.

For full details, see the Eduroam portion of Trent's IT website, which contains links to detailed descriptions on how to set up Eduroam for various platforms.

Changing Biology Prerequisites

In 2018/19, Biology will change the requirement for prerequisites for our 3rd and 4th year courses. Before taking 3rd year courses, you will be required to have achieved 60% in the prerequisite course(s); before taking 4th year courses, you will be required to have achieved 65% in the prerequisite course(s). Pedagogical research conducted last year demonstrated that students who achieved the minimum 60% or 65% in the prerequisite courses were more likely to be successful in their third and fourth year courses.

This policy change will appear in the 2018/19 calendar instead of imposing it this year, to allow you a one-year grace period to prepare for this change.

Best of luck in your studies this year.

Graduate Studies workshops

Are you interested in attending Graduate School? Workshops to help you successfully apply for graduate school and for scholarships are taking place this fall. Check out the opportunities and dates by clicking here, or go to the Scholarships heading on the Graduate Studies website.

New Course Offering in Biology!!

BIOL 4210 - Ichthyology

Picture of yellow and blue striped fishPicture of shark swimming with other fish alongside

Interested in the biology of fishes? Then we have the course for you!

Dr. Dew will be teaching Ichthyology in Winter 2018, a brand new course that focuses on a comparison of the anatomy, physiology, and life history of fishes; the most diverse vertebrate group on earth.

Classes are 2:00-3:50 PM Fridays, labs are Mondays 1:00-3:50 PM.

For more information contact Dr. Dew (



Biology Undergraduate Society (BUGS)

BUGS exists to provide biology students with an opportunity to meet and interact with other biology students, and to promote the awareness of the biological sciences.

Check out the Trent Biology Undergraduate Society Facebook page, and add them to your Blackboard homepage to stay up to date on events!