Dear Biological Sciences Students,
Whether you are here in person or are at the other end of a Zoom call, whether you are a returning undergraduate or happen to be brand new to our Biological Sciences community, I wanted to personally welcome you to our department and wish you every success during this spring of 2021.
For many of us, year two of this global pandemic feels too long and without a near end in sight. So, I wanted to share some thoughts with you, penned by one of my former graduate students, Prof. Sharon Homer-Drummond, that have resonated with many, and I hope they do with you as well.
"As biology students, and future research and health-science professionals, many of you will be dealing with the long-term ramifications of this or future zoonotic (animal to human or vice versa) epidemic and pandemic diseases…I hope that you let these circumstances motivate you to excellence and perseverance in your fields. And I hope that you recognize that you have the opportunity to work not just on entering the careers you desire, but that you have the opportunity, through your specific relationships and broader community relationships, to encourage others to think critically, to appreciate the process of science, to embrace the beauty and wonder in the world that science can show us, and to act compassionately.”
I hope that this new Biological Sciences Undergraduate Newsletter will help us to create greater connections among Biological Sciences students, faculty, and alumni.
And, as always, we would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for future issues at email@example.com.
Stay well and safe.
~Prof. Sarah Milton, chair