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Please check back after the start of the 2018 Fall Semester for more information about our Fall Seminar Series.



Congratulations to the Department's CLAS Faculty Awards recipients​
Dr. Laurel Beck
  Excellence in Teaching 
  Non-​Tenure Track


Dr. Miuchael Wunder  
  Research and Creative Activities

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Dr. Annika Mosier – Biology Professor beats odds​

Amy Ventura, University Communications
CU Denver Today, March 29, 2018​

"I am a statistical anomaly”! Annika Mosier, PhD, grew up in a part of Oregon where there are more farmers and loggers than scientists – but that didn’t stop her from becoming assistant professor of integrative biology at CU Denver, with her own lab and nearly two dozen publications to her name.

Before joining the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty in 2014, Mosier’s career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) took her from the Willamette Valley to Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

In CU Denver’s Department of Integrative Biology, Mosier works to promote diversity in science and education, giving female students, minority students and others who might be struggling the same support that fueled her success. Click here to read the rest of this article in the CU Denver Today newsletter​.


Integrative Biology's 2018 Spring Outstanding Student Awards

On the afternoon of May 4, 2018, Integrative Biology faculty, staff and students gathered to honor our 2018 Spring Outstanding Student Award recipients for their achievements and also to congratulate our first PhD graduate. Dr. Christopher Phiel presided over the awards presentations and Dr. Mike Wunder announced exciting news about the Department’s fledgling PhD program.

This year’s winners had some amazing stories and were truly “Outstanding” in their academic endeavors! Below is a brief explanation of the Smilodon Awards and the recipients.

Smilodon Outstanding Underclassman and Upper Classman Award -

Recipients of this award receive a $250.00 prize administered by CLAS that may be used to defray expenses related to enrollment at CU Denver. Nominations come from the Departments teaching faculty and include such indicators as motivation, perseverance, enthusiasm, depth and breadth of interest in Biology, academic performance, outreach, and extenuating circumstances. The Department’s Awards, Scholarships and Outreach Committee reviews the nominations and votes on the final recipients.

The 2018 Spring awardees are:

Anh Tran, nominated by Dr. Cheri Jones for the Smilodon Outstanding Underclassman Award

Elham Chabbi, nominated by Dr. Christopher Phiel for the Smilodon Outstanding Upperclassman Award

Outstanding Student Awards for the 2018 Spring Semester -

Outstanding Teaching Assistant,
Sarah St. Onge, nominated by Dr. Tod Duncan

Outstanding Graduate Student,
Paul Le, nominated by Dr. Laurel Hartley

Outstanding Graduate Defense,
Dr. Adrienne Narrowe, nominated by Dr. Chris Miller

Outstanding Undergraduate Research,
Harman Kang, nominated by Dr. Alan Vajda

Outstanding Service Learning,
Victoria (Tori) Gray, nominated by Dr. Amanda Charlesworth

Aside from the Department’s Smilodon and Outstanding Student Awards, Dr. Mike Wunder updated everyone on exciting news pertaining to the PhD program and announced that Libby Pansing and Andres Andrade were the 2018 recipients of the ISB Merit Scholarships. To round out the afternoon the Department celebrated our first PhD graduate, Dr. Adrienne Narrowe who was also awarded the CLAS Outstanding Student Award later that afternoon in another ceremony.

All in all it was a good tension breaker for everyone before final exams started!