News and Opportunities


Biology News

  • Augustana biology alum Dr. Damien Fair, now of the University of Minnesota, for receiving a MacArthur "genius" award.
  • The South Dakota BRIN award, a partnership between Augustana, the University of South Dakota, and institutions across the state that supports faculty and student research, was renewed by the National Institutes of Health. Congratulations to Dr. Cecelia Miles and the BRIN team for this accomplishment!
  • In 2021, Brady WIlliquett, Peyton Baker, and Lauren Ostlie, with advisor Dr. Mark Larson, were scheduled to present their research at the Experimental Biology annual meeting, but the meeting was canceled due to COVID-19.
  • Dr. Sally Mallowa and Dr. Rosanna Beraldi mentored two outstanding students, elementary education major Caitlyn Savey and communications disorders major Izzy Koenan, as they wrote an article for the newsletter Phytopathology News. In the article, titled "What Does Plant Health Mean to Non-Science Majors?" Caitlyn and Izzy reflected on their experiences doing lab activities related to the International Year of Plant Health in Biology 110. 
  • Dr. Mark Larson was awarded a South Dakota BRIN Faculty Fellowship for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • The Science Fair, which was scheduled to take place in April 2020, has been canceled due to COVID-19.
  • Students Elizabeth Kiffmeyer and Jameson Cosgrove (advisor: Dr. Alex Kloth) won a Best Poster award at the 2020 Arthur Olson Research Symposium at Augustana University. They have also presented their research at the regional MIDBRAINS conference, at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience satellite symposium in Chicago, IL, and at the online NURVS symposium.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Carrie Olson-Manning on her new publication in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution titled "Elaboration of the Corticosteroid Synthesis Pathway in Primates through a Multi-Step Enzyme."
  • Congratulations to Dr. Carrie Olson-Manning and her research team of undergraduates on their paper "Behaviour before Beauty: Signal Weighting during Mate Selection in the Butterfly Papilio Polytes," which was completed at the Sioux Falls Butterly House & Aquarium.

Clubs and Organizations

  • Augustana Pre-Med Club is an organization dedicated to helping its members prepare for application and admission into medical schools, as well as providing social activities for students in health-related programs. Visit their on-campus page link.
  • The Biology Club promotes interest in biology and to increase appreciation of the sciences. The club will endeavor to provide members with opportunities for fellowship and self-improvement in the field. Visit the Biology Club page.
  • Augie Green works toward establishing ecologically sound environments on campus and the local community. "Go Green." Visit their on campus page link.
  • Beta Beta Beta is the local chapter of the National Biological Honor Society. Visit their on-campus page link.