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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while studying biology.


On-Campus Research Experience 
The Jill Barrett Biology Research Program offers an invaluable opportunity for advanced students to participate in mentored research with Mills faculty. Students granted a Barrett Award receive a stipend for 10 weeks of summer research that can form the basis of their senior thesis project. Barrett scholars often present their original research at national scientific conferences. Additional opportunities to participate in faculty research are available throughout the year. Recent research has investigated:
  • Population dynamics of the endangered Tiburon mariposa lily
  • Odor receptors of C. elegans, a type of roundworm
  • Social networks, disease ecology, and stress responses of California ground squirrels
  • Phosphate in seafloor sediment

Read about Team Squirrel and how Mills biology students put their learning into practice.


Access to Facilities & Equipment

Student-faculty research takes place in the spacious laboratories of the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building and in the William Joseph McInnes Memorial Botanic Garden. Designed specifically for undergraduate research and teaching, the labs include such features as:

  • Scheffler Bio-Imaging Center, containing a transilluminating fluorescence microscope and digital imaging software
  • Sterile rooms with laminar flow hoods
  • Walk-in cold room
  • Zoology laboratory with a collection of museum-quality vertebrate and invertebrate specimens
  • An array of instrumentation: centrifuges, PCR machines, spectrophotometers, a western blotting and gel electrophoresis apparatus, autoclaves, and incubators

Off-Campus Research Internships
Students have gained additional hands-on experience at such institutions as:
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Women’s Cancer Resource Center
  • Tufts University
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of California, San Francisco
What Can I Do with a Biology Degree from Mills?

In recent years, graduates from Mills have put their scientific knowledge and research experience to work in such positions as:


Public Health Virologist
California Department of Public Health

Clinical Research Associate
Clovis Oncology

Senior Research Associate
Genentech

Naturopathic Physician
GreenThumb Natural Medicine

Conservation Biologist
Sierra Forest Legacy

Psychiatrist
Tulane School of Medicine

Chief Compliance Officer
US Peace Corps

Veterinarian
California Veterinary Medical Association

Biologist
Environmental Science Associates

Director of Clinical Operations
Gilead Sciences

Natural Resources Planner
Redwood Community Action Agency

Associate Scientist
Thermo Fisher Scientific 

Wildlife Biologist
US Army Corps of Engineers

Intensive Care Nurse
Virginia Hospital Center