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Six MSU researchers receive prestigious NSF Early CAREER Awards
May 17, 2019

Six MSU College of Natural Science researchers are recipients of 2019 National Science Foundation Early CAREER Faculty Awards.

Researchers team up to investigate microbes and their effect on plant growth
May 17, 2019

MSU microbiologist Cecilia Martinez-Gomez is co-principal investigator on a four-year, $1.77 million National Science Foundation Dimensions in Biodiversity grant to identify the mechanisms by which methylotrophic bacteria enhance the growth of plants, particularly soybean. 

NatSci undergrads Mohit Bansil, Emily Steffke land Goldwater Scholarships
May 10, 2019

Two MSU College of Natural Science undergraduate students, Mohit Bansil and Emily Steffke, have been named recipients of the nationally competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

NatSci's Danielle Flores Lopez selected for prestigious leadership program
May 7, 2019

Danielle Flores Lopez, assistant director of student success in the MSU College of Natural Science, has been selected as one of only 10 participants worldwide for the 2019-2021 Emerging Leaders Program offered by the National Academic Advising Association.

Before our very eyes: Species rarity and extinction in Michigan's Kalamazoo County
May 6, 2019

Hairy beardtongue, long-headed coneflower, and slender mountain mint are just three of the many native plant species that have disappeared from Kalamazoo County, Mich., since the late 1890s according to Meredith Zettlemoyer, an MSU doctoral candidate who is combining historical investigations and field work to study extinction in vulnerable plant species.

NatSci's Shelby Gombosi awarded for excellence above and beyond
May 1, 2019

Shelby Gombosi, Office of Academic Student Affairs administrative business professional in the Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci), is the recipient of the Ruth Jameyson “Above and Beyond” Award for 2019, one of the most prestigious honors given to support staff by MSU.

NatSci's 10th annual Classes Without Quizzes makes the grade
April 30, 2019

More than 100 MSU alumni, friends and guests attended the 10th annual Classes Without Quizzes, held on April 27 at the Molecular Plant Sciences Building on the Michigan State University campus. Hosted by the MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci), the event—which includes four faculty presentations—gives participants a chance to meet with NatSci faculty members and students, while getting an insider’s look at some of the latest research activities being undertaken here on campus.

College of Natural Science honors 2019 award winners
April 29, 2019

More than 100 individuals attended the MSU College of Natural Science annual awards program on April 26 to acknowledge alumni, faculty and students for outstanding achievements and excellence. Marilyn Capelli Dimitroff, CFP®, (B.S., mathematics, ’66) received the Outstanding Alumni Award; Eeda Marie Wallbank (B.S., environmental biology and botany, ’05) received the Recent Alumni Award; and David P. Weliky, professor of chemistry, received the Meritorious Faculty Award.

NatSci's Dania Diaz receives Unit Research Administrator Spotlight Award
April 29, 2019

Dania Diaz, research administrator for the MSU College of Natural Science Office of Research Support, received the Unit Research Administrator Spotlight Award from MSU’s Sponsored Programs Administration, Office of Sponsored Programs and Contract and Grant Administration.

Taking the long view: NatSci graduate students win prestigious fellowship
April 25, 2019

Three MSU College of Natural Science graduate students—Isabella Borges, Lindsey Kemmerling and Corinn Rutkosk—were among 11 MSU graduate students recently awarded Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research program fellowships.