The University of Maine at Presque Isle offers an outstanding Biology curriculum with opportunities to pursue various careers in the life sciences, including a B.A. with a Pre-medical, Professional Biology, or Self-Designed Concentration, a B.S. in Secondary Education with a concentration in Biology, as well as an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology.
Our Biology majors have been accepted into prestigious programs around the country and report that they were well-prepared for graduate work. Several have won academic awards in their graduate programs, including Erika Valtinson, the 2008 recipient of the University's Recent Alumni Award, who is now practicing medicine as a Physician Assistant. Other alumni have gone on to medical and dental schools or advanced research and laboratory work, such as Kristine Davidshofer, recently awarded a doctoral degree in physiology.
For students interested in professional biology, our curriculum stresses hands on experiences providing essential skills that are an integral part of modern biology. Many courses afford opportunities for working outside studying the local flora and fauna of the region. Faculty teach their own laboratory courses and low student-to-faculty ratios ensure one-on-one learning opportunities. Students are also encouraged to participate in faculty research projects.
In addition to rigorous and varied coursework, Biology majors often enrich their educational experience through off-campus learning opportunities and the National Student Exchange Program. For example, two of our majors were able to spend a week in the Washington, D.C. area at the National Human Genome Research Institute, fully funded by the National Institutes of Health. In the past several years, other students have been able to spend a week working with researchers at the Mount Desert Island Biology Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Biology faculty are actively engaged in research ranging from neuroscience to fungi and our students play active and essential roles in their research projects. Dr. Linda Graves, Professor of Medical Technology and the Program Director, has published three books in her field – one of which was recently translated into Korean - and Dr. Jason Johnston, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology, has led several years’ of research on the Aroostook River Watershed through EPSCoR grants [Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research], bringing more than $325,000 in National Science Foundation monies to the institution.