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Welcome Biology alumni! Our department has really grown. We currently serve approximately 1200 majors and have 40 faculty and 13 staff members. Our new Biological Sciences Building, which opened for business during the summer of 2013, is a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility, with a special emphasis on sustainable, environmentally responsible practices.

The Distinguished Biology Alumnus Program
Annually we recognize a biology alumnus who has distinguished themselves with an award.  In fact, the Department of Biology was the first department at Georgia Southern University to develop this program of recognition for its graduates. It all began in 1968 with Dr. Jim Oliver. Awardees come to campus, give a seminar, receive a small honorarium, and socialize with the Biology faculty and students. Recent recipients include:

2017 Mr. Nick Wiley
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
2015 Ms. Susan Finger
U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia Environmental Research Center
Topic: “Integrating biological sciences into the broader scientific community”
2013 Dr. Jimmy Wedincamp
East Georgia State College
Topic: “Micro-arthropods Collected from Coal Fired Gas Vents Near the Centralia Mine Fire in Pennsylvania, USA”
2011 Dr. Joel Hutcheson
USDA National Centers for Animal Health
Topic: “From Screwworm Maggots to Cattle Fever Ticks”
2010 J. Clifford Waldrep, Ph. D.
Senior Investigator, Bio-Defense Regulated Laboratory, US Army Medical Research, Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID); Office of Regulated Studies; Frederick, MD
Topic: “Biological Science and Challenges for the 21st Century”
B. S. 1975
2009 Guy D. Foulkes, M. D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon Fellow in Hand and Microvascular Surgery
Macon Orthopaedic and Hand Center, Macon, GA
Topic: “Evolution and Adaptation of the Human Hand”
B.S. 1984
2008 Charlene R. (Hudson) Jackson, Ph.D.
Lead Scientist, Microbiology Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Athens, GA
Topic: “The top ten worst jobs in science:  my career at #2”
B.S. 1990
M.S. 1992

As always, we in biology welcome your visit and would love to hear from you. Please send us your current contact details and let us know what you are doing in your life after Southern.

Last updated: 1/2/2020