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Biology

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.

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$25,000 Surprise Challenge
$750,000 will unlock $25,000 for Student Emergency Aid, Student Scholarships, Cardinal Kitchen, Cardinal Excellence Fund, and SOAR. Each area will receive $5,000 thanks to an anonymous donor.
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Morning Challenge
From 8 - 11 a.m., five donors will be selected at random and $1,000 will be given to the fund their gift went to.
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First Student, Employee, Alumni, & Parent Challenge
The first student, employee, parent, and alumni donor will each receive $250 given to the fund their gift went to.
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Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight April 6 receive $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 1,082
2 $3,000 Communication Studies 409
3 $1,000 School of Music 163
4 School of Journalism and Strategic Communication 160
5 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 127
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Evening Leaderboard
The 5 areas that raise the most money from 7-11:59pm each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Unit Raised
1 $1,000 Athletics $38,306.54
2 $1,000 Indiana Academy $14,305.00
3 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $11,450.22
4 $1,000 Alumni Programs $5,770.00
5 $1,000 Black Alumni Constituent Society $4,180.00
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First Five!
One Ball State Day, 24-hours of inspiration and impact, starts now. The first 5 academic areas to receive a gift will each receive $500 in challenge funds.
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Tag & Swag Social Media Challenge
Take a selfie with any of our Leadership cut outs and post social using #OneBallState. Four individuals will be randomly chosen to designate $250 to a fund of their choice.
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Donor Leaderboard
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 812
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 633
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 278
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 184
5 $1,000 School of Music 126
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Evening Donor Leaderboard
The five areas with the most donors between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. will each receive $1,000 in challenge dollars.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 161
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 149
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 50
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 47
5 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 27
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Ball State University Foundation Challenge
If the Foundation reaches 100% employee participation, Jean Crosby & Ray Allen will give a total of $1,000.
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Enrollment Planning & Management Employee Challenge
If the number of enrollment planning, and management employees who donate is greater than last year, Vice President Paula Luff will donate $2,000 to Student Emergency Aid Fund.
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General Counsel Match
Sali Falling will match gifts made by General Counsel employees up to $500.
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College Leaderboard
The three colleges with the biggest percentage of increased gifts from OBSD 2021 will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.
Rank Prize College % +/- Goal
1 $3,000 Honors College +17.39% 108
goal: 92
2 $2,000 College of Health +12.42% 335
goal: 298
3 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning -7.93% 209
goal: 227
4 Teachers College -10.92% 848
goal: 952
5 Miller College of Business -12.21% 410
goal: 467
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Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red
Gifts from all 50 states will unlock $5,000 from the Alumni Council!
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College Leaderboard
The college that has the most donors receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize College Donors
1 $5,000 College of Fine Arts 855
2 Teachers College 721
3 College of Sciences and Humanities 659
4 College of Communication, Information, and Media 629
5 Miller College of Business 387
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Ambassador Challenge
The three units/departments with the most verified ambassadors, with dollars raised, receives $1,000.
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Facebook Challenge
Share the official One Ball State Day videos on Facebook and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
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Twitter Challenge
Share the official One Ball State Day videos on Twitter and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
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Noon Leaderboard
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by noon receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Unit Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 296
2 Athletics 272
3 Indiana Academy 130
4 The Ball State Fund 107
5 Student Scholarships 86
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Dean Cutout Selfie Challenge
Provost Susana Rivera-Mills will donate $100 for each dean who takes a selfie with her cut out and/or the cut out of another dean and posts it to social media using #OneBallState on April 5. This total gift of up to $5,000 will benefit the University College.
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Last Hour Challenge
Give during the last hour of OBSD and you could be one of three donors chosen to designate an extra $1,000 to the area you gave to.
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International Alum Challenge
The first international alum to make a gift on One Ball State Day will get $500 in challenge funds designated to the fund their gift went to.
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Dean McCarthy Challenge
Dean Maureen McCarthy will give $500 to the CSH department with the most unique # of donors.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $500 English 67
2 Modern Languages & Classics 64
3 Geography and Meteorology 60
4 History 56
5 Philosophy and Religious Studies 38
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IT Employee Match
Loren Malm will match gifts made by IT division employees up to $500.
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