The Mission of Miami Microbiology
The mission of the Department of Microbiology is to educate and train students in the discipline of Microbiology and to expand the body of knowledge of this scientific field through research. The specific goals of the Department are to:
- offer courses within Miami's liberal education program to enhance the intellectual foundation and preparation of students for life in a complex, dynamic technological world;
- offer undergraduate majors in Microbiology (MBI) and Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), and partner with other departments to offer minors in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, to prepare students for professional schools, graduate education, for careers in clinical microbiology, and for careers in basic, environmental and biomedical research;
- prepare graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) with in-depth knowledge and research skills for professional careers in Microbiology;
- enhance opportunities for research and scholarship for faculty members as well as undergraduate and graduate students;
- preserve, add to, evaluate, and transmit knowledge in the field of Microbiology; and
- serve society by promoting science in Ohio's schools.
Climate and Diversity Statement
The Department of Microbiology is committed to promoting diversity of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, departmental staff, and faculty members. Our current students, staff, and faculty come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. We each bring our unique viewpoints and life experiences to our research, our work, and our teaching, to create an inclusive environment based upon an atmosphere of mutual respect and positive engagement. Our intellectual and social interactions are greatly enriched by embracing our own diversity, and the diversity of others. As described in Miami University's Diversity Statement:
"We recognize that we must uphold and abide by university policies and procedures protecting individual rights and guiding democratic engagement. Any actions disregarding these policies and procedures, particularly those resulting in discrimination, harassment, or bigoted acts, will be challenged swiftly and collectively."
The Department will continue to value and promote diversity in recruiting and retaining faculty, staff, and students.