The Department of Microbiology at Miami University
The Department of Microbiology, established in 1956 in the College of Arts and Science, offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Microbiology. The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science is also administered within the department. The department is composed of 15 faculty members, 3 postdoctoral fellows, 25 graduate students, approximately 250 undergraduate majors, and a professional support staff. The group occupies modern research and teaching facilities in Pearson Hall. Departmental research interests include immunology, molecular biology, microbial ecology, microbial genetics, microbial physiology, microbial pathogenesis, bacterial cell biology, bioinformatics, medical mycology, and virology.
Students receiving degrees in either Microbiology or Medical Laboratory Science are well prepared for careers in almost any field in medicine and biology, and in every sector of the economy. These degrees also serve as an excellent stepping stone to medical school and graduate school (the requirements for a major in Microbiology are virtually the same as those which will qualify students to apply to Medical, Dental and Veterinary School).
The Department of Microbiology (MBI) at Miami University enjoys an outstanding national reputation because of the:
- rigor of our program (including core courses in general microbiology, molecular biology, microbial physiology and/or microbial genetics);
- fact that most of our required courses have laboratory components; and
- friendly, supportive faculty who are truly dedicated to excellence in teaching and research.
In contrast to MBI Programs at many other universities, MBI majors at Miami:
- begin courses in the major in their first semester (others begin only as Juniors);
- take more courses with laboratory components; and
- have numerous opportunities for experiences in our research laboratories, leading to presentation of their results at regional and national meetings, and publication in peer-reviewed journals.
An active Microbiology Club, run by the students and advised by the faculty, has lectures on career opportunities, visits to local companies and opportunities for social interactions, and provides membership in the American Society for Microbiology.
We have approximately 250 undergraduate majors, of which nearly 20% are in the Honors Program. Several of the current Harrison Scholars are MBI majors. In addition to the usual numbers of mid-westerners, in recent years MBI students have come from all over the nation – California, Alaska, New York, and Florida.
In the last several years MBI majors have received:
- an Astronaut Foundation Scholarship;
- a Goldwater Scholarship;
- two of the twenty-two Provost's Academic Excellence Awards;
- six of the fifty Dean's Scholars Awards;
- twenty-three Undergraduate Summer Scholars (USS) and Howard Hughes Summer Internships; and
- more than thirty University Undergraduate Research Program grants.
Our success is measured by the numbers of our graduates who have gone on each year to:
- Graduate School (Stanford, Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia);
- Professional School (all Ohio Medical Dental and Veterinary Schools, as well as schools in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia); and
- rewarding research positions in industry (Battelle, Procter and Gamble, Eli Lilly, Meridian Diagnostics), and universities (Cincinnati, Ohio State, Children's Hospital Research Institute, Medical College of Ohio).