The Department of Biology at Ball State University is a vibrant and collegial community where we emphasize student and faculty engagement through scholarship and service. Through seven diverse biology concentrations, multiple pre-health programs such as pre-medicine and pre-dentistry, a biotechnology certificate program, master’s programs in biology and physiology, and one interdepartmental Ph.D., research and scholarship are always at the core of our programs and it is always student-centered and student-driven. The work we do within the biology department can and does change lives. Our cutting-edge research spans a multitude of fields, from endangered species conservation to studying ALS and heart disease at the cellular level. In all cases, our students benefit not only from learned experiences and real-world practice, but they are also integral parts of that work and vital to the success of our research programs. In many cases, students conduct their own independent research that complements existing faculty research or addresses entirely new and novel issues in biology and in science as a whole.


To ensure an outstanding education for our students, we encourage them to pursue authentic research experiences whenever possible. However, outside funding does not cover all the costs of this critical, student-driven research. Similarly, we foster student success by supporting several biology-focused student organizations. These clubs and organizations provide numerous benefits to students, ranging from service opportunities and professional development to meeting and connecting with people who share their scholarly interests. Often, the relationships forged in these groups are lifelong and will continue to serve them throughout their careers.


All donations to the Department of Biology directly cultivate the collegiate relationships and the professional opportunities that launch our students on a trajectory toward lifelong success. But fostering such a positive and productive community requires support that cannot always come from traditional budgets. For instance, each year your donations support our spring student awards ceremony where we publicly recognize our best and brightest students. Your donations also allow us to bring in expert speakers that share their cutting-edge research and converse with our students. And your donations help cover the costs of sending many of our students to regional, national and international conferences where they can present their original research and network with potential employers. Additionally, we use some donations to support recruitment efforts to attract and bring in exceptional faculty and graduate assistants who help make our department the best that it can be for our students.


In short, your donations support our students every step of the way: From funding vital, authentic research, to enabling trips to academic conferences, to instilling in our students the knowledge and experiences that will help them find a fulfilling career. It is with your support that our students can truly fly.

Early Bird Challenge
Congratulations to Associate Professor, Elizabeth Agnew, for winning $2,000 to donate to Religious Studies!
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1,918th Gift
The 1,918th gift will unlock $20,000 for student scholarships!
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Ball State Unit or Org with the Most Gifts
The Ball State unit/org with the most gifts on April 9 will receive an additional $6,000 for their department/org 2nd place = $3,000 3rd place = $1,500
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $6,000 Theatre & Dance 747
2 $3,000 Athletics 623
3 $1,500 Ball State's Greatest Needs 168
4 Greek Life 119
5 Student Scholarships 88
Academic Dept Participation Leaderboard
Which academic department will have most gifts on One Ball State Day? Make a gift to your department to help keep them at the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Departments Gifts
1 Theatre & Dance 747
2 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 88
3 Communication Studies 68
4 Telecommunications 62
5 Journalism 60
Amount Raised Leaderboard
Which area will raise the most on One Ball State Day? Make a gift to your favorite area of the University to help keep them flying high at the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Campus unit/fund Raised
1 Athletics $66,023.77
2 Theatre & Dance $19,328.27
3 Ball State's Greatest Needs $16,322.32
4 Charles W. Brown Planetarium/Physics & Astronomy $11,680.00
5 Teachers College $10,963.32
1,000 Gifts
1,000 gifts will unlock a gift of $1,000 from ’06 grad, Scott Wenclewicz.
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