Our Department combines the breadth, resources, and cutting-edge research of a major university with the camaraderie and faculty face-time of a liberal arts college. Our research on all sort of organisms, from viruses to humans, is well-balanced between the "skin-in" approach of molecular, cell, and developmental biology and the "skin-out" approach of ecology, evolution, and behavior. Our faculty members teach in their areas of expertise, and frequently offer new courses and other educational opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students. We host academic and social events throughout the year, such as our Biology Colloquium weekly invited speaker series, the annual Departmental Research Symposium, and regular social hours and "data talks" by our own scientists. The opportunity for students to get involved in research in our Department is excellent, and our labs are vibrant and fun places to work and interact. Several Departmental scholarships and awards are available to students who distinguish themselves in academics and research.