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Shepherd University and Covid-19

Dear Biology Majors, Biology Minors, and Web-site Visitors,

First and foremost, take care of yourselves, your family, friends, and all of those around you.  Follow the laws, guidelines, rules, and recommendations of your local government officials.  In order to control the pandemic we must all act as one coordinated unit.

Shepherd University opens its campus for the Spring 2021 semester! We have learned a lot from the Fall 2020 semester and the university community will continue to work, teach, and learn under pandemic public health measures to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus.  We all will wear masks in every public campus space and all the time.  We will maintain social distancing.  Hands will be washed often; desks, chairs, door handles and frequently contacted surfaces will be disinfected multiple times a day.  Adding to our expectation of defeating the virus, WV has begun a vaccination program.  We expect Ram Spirit will unite us in our efforts to halt the spread of the virus.  We will of course care for those who contracted the virus or who were potentially exposed to it.  In theory, when we prevent all those currently infected from infecting another person, the virus has no where to go and the pandemic ends.

Biology classes will be taught in three main modes, in-person (FTF), as hybrid courses (HYA and HYS) or completely online (OLA and OLS).  Depending on the mode, lecture material will be delivered in person in a lecture room with properly spaced seats, virtually, or as PowerPoints online.  Many labs will meet in person; there is no substitute for learning by doing.  We will strive to bring the best education experience possible under these conditions.  At all times, the health of our students, visitors, staff, and faculty will be our foremost concern as the university opens a safe and vibrant campus.


Biology Faculty

Spring 2021

Scholarships and Fellowships

  1. Please follow the link from the Biology homepage for a list of scholarships and fellowships established by generous alumni donations.

Student Activities

Tri-Beta holds weekly virtual meetings.

Career Development

MCAT Test Dates for 2021   Note, registration for the MCAT must be initiated at least 30 days before the test date.  The coronavirus pandemic caused numerous changes to test administration. For the latest information, please visit

New Programs with Marshall Edwards School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy.  Contact

WVU Dentistry:  Information about the DentSTEP Program is available through the Related Links page.  Your Academic Advisor also can discuss the program with interested students.

Visits From and Contacts For Program Representatives

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine:
Each fall staff from WVSOM visit Shepherd to answer questions of interested applicants.

Summer Internships 

Shepherd U., SOARS (summer research with College of Natural Science and Mathematics faculty): The undergraduate researcher will receive a $4,000 stipend for summer research under guidance of a SOARS mentor.  Applications are due early in the preceding Spring semester.  More information and application forms are available from the CNSM faculty.

WV-INBRE Summer Research Program: The undergraduate researcher will receive a stipend and conduct research from May to July, 2021. Participation is open to all students who are enrolled full-time at the institutions participating in the WV-INBRE network who will have not graduated by August 2021. Priority will be given to students who are considering careers in biomedical research. The application and supporting documents are due in the WV-INBRE office in early February 2021.  For more information and application materials, please visit

National Cancer Institute (NCI): The NCI at the Frederick, MD campus has internships available and alumni are specifically looking to help Shepherd students.  Watch this site for updates for 2020 application cycle or visit

Millipore/Sigma: Internships (biologists, chemists, and engineers) are available at this global science company.  Visit the career website for listings (to use the website, chose the state Maryland for positions at the Maryland labs and offices, and chose level ‘current student’ or whatever is appropriate.)

Employment and Internship Opportunities

Please click here for detailed announcements.