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2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 
    
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School of Life Sciences


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Director

Bazylinski, Dennis A.
  (2006), Professor; Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, Durham.
   

Graduate Coordinator

Andres, Andrew J.
  (2002), Associate Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington.
   

Graduate Faculty

de Belle, J. Steven
  (1997), Associate Professor; Ph.D., York University, Toronto, Canada.
Devitt, Dale A.
  (2005), Professor; Ph.D., University of California, Riverside.
Elekonich, Michelle M.
  (2003), Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle.
Gibbs, Allen G.
  (2005), Associate Professor; University of California, San Diego.
Hedlund, Brian P.
  (2003), Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle.
Lee, David V.
  (2007), Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Utah.
Meacham, Susan L.
  (1998), Associate Professor; Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg.
Reiber, Carl L.
  (1993), Professor; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Riddle, Brett R.
  (1990), Professor; Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
Robleto, Eduardo A.
  (2002), Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Rodríguez-Robles, Javier A.
  (2002), Associate Professor; University of California, Berkeley.
Schulte, Paul J.
  (1990), Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle.
Shen, Jeffery Q.
  (2000), Associate Professor; Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis.
Smith, Stanley D.
  (1985), Professor; Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe.
Stark, Lloyd R.
  (1999), Associate Professor; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
Starkweather, Peter L.
  (1978), Professor; Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
Thompson, Daniel B.
  (1990), Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tucson.
van Breukelen, Frank
  (2002), Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder.
Walker, Lawrence R.
  (1992), Professor; Ph.D., University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Wing, Helen J.
  (2005), Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, United Kingdom.
   

Professors Emeriti

Babero, Bert B.
  (1965-1987), Emeritus Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois.
Deacon, James E.
  (1960-2002), Emeritus Distinguished Professor; Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Murvosh, Chad M.
  (1964-1992), Emeritus Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University, Columbus.
Niles, Wesley E.
  (1968-2002), Emeritus Professor; Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tucson.
Yousef, Mohamed K.
  (1968-1994), Emeritus Distinguished Professor; Ph.D., University of Missouri.

The School of Life Sciences (SoLS) offers programs of studies leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Each degree requires a research thesis (M.S.) or dissertation (Ph.D.). Research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees may be conducted in one or more of the following fields: cellular and molecular biology; genetics; microbiology; physiology; population, community, and ecosystem ecology; evolutionary biology; systematics; and biogeography. The School has well-equipped laboratories to support faculty and graduate student research. These facilities are enhanced through access to a number of specialized scientific resources, including the Nevada Genomics Center and SoLS DNA Sequencing Facility (which house state-of-the-art equipment that includes an RTPCR machine, an Amersham Typhoon imager, a microarray printer, hybridization capacity and scanner, and a DNA capillary sequencer); the Nevada Center for Biological Imaging (which houses a Zeiss LSM-510 confocal laser scanning microscopy system mounted on either upright or inverted Zeiss microscope bodies); the Ecophysiological Research facility (which includes a greenhouse designed to support experiments at elevated levels of carbon dioxide); an AAALAC-accredited animal care facility; and regional natural history collections, including those of the Wesley E. Niles Herbarium and the Marjorie Barrick Museum. Investigators from the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Desert Research Institute also contribute to our graduate program. Numerous funding opportunities are available through state-funded graduate assistant programs via statewide initiatives or in association with individual faculty research programs. Prospective students should make contact with one or more faculty members to familiarize themselves with their current research interests, opportunities for conducting research projects, and funding availability. A list of faculty research interests and admission materials are available on-line at the School’s web site.

Admission Requirements to the M.S. and Ph.D. Programs in the School of Life Sciences

  1. A baccalaureate (B.S., B.A.) degree in biological sciences or its equivalent.
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for all undergraduate work.
  3. Satisfactory scores on the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Successful applicants to the program generally have scores among the upper 50th percentile of examinees taking the GRE.
  4. Letters of recommendation (two letters for the M.S. Program; three letters for the Ph.D. Program) from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic record and potential for advanced study in the biological sciences.
  5. A written statement that includes:
    1. summary of research interests
    2. reason(s) for wishing to earn an advanced degree
    3. motivation for attending UNLV
    4. possible faculty mentors
  6. Submission of official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended.
  7. Submission of a completed application form and payment of fees required by the Graduate College.
  8. All international students whose first language is not English or who have not received baccalaureate or Master’s degrees from an institution in which the language of instruction is English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination.

For details regarding application deadlines and the application review process, see the School of Life Sciences’ Graduate Student Handbook, which is available at http://sols.unlv.edu/gradhandbook.html.

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