As a department, we take a great deal of pride in our students, both graduate and undergraduate, as well as the accomplishments of our alumni. Each of you is more memorable than you may think. We enjoy knowing how you are doing, both personally and professionally. And we hope that you will use this site to maintain contact with the department and keep abreast of "goings on" in Biology.
Each year, we schedule events in which you might be interested. For example, this year's spring seminar series featured distinguished scientists from USGS Trust Species and Habitats Branch, The Morton Arboretum and Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and The Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University as well as several of our current Master's students.
Please let us know what you're up to. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your accomplishments, accolades and adventures, as well as changes to your contact information. Photos are welcome, too.
With warm regards,
Dr. John Swallow, Chair
Department of Integrative Biology
Bio-logue Alumni Newsletter
Welcome Biology Alumni and friends! We wanted to give everyone a chance to read our Alumni Newsletters that share news about the Department, so below are links for each semester's newsletter. The "Bio-logue" alumni newsletter is emailed to a listserv each semester and now you will be able to catch up on any issues you may have missed. If you would like to be added to the Biology Alumni listserv please use either of these links; email@example.com or https://giving.cu.edu/update-my-records.
We’d also like to hear from you, your professional accomplishments and milestones and share these in future newsletters. If you have news to share please email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrea Lorenz accepted to CU Medical School
Congratulations to Andrea Lorenz, a former student in Dr. Charlesworth’s General Cell Biology class, for being accepted into Medical School at CU Anschutz.
Kristy Rushin accepted into CU Denver Business School MBA Program
Kristy Rushin, former student of Dr. Cheri Jones, has been accepted into the CU Denver Business School 11 month MBA program for the 2020 Fall Semester. Congratulations Kristy on this accomplishment
Kristin Olson accepted into the University of Alaska -Fairbanks PhD program
Kristin Olson, a CU Denver Biology student who worked with the Buma lab on an NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) project in Alaska, has been accepted into the PhD program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and will be starting in Fall 2020. She will work on permafrost and carbon projects in the boreal north. Congrats Kristin!
Alexander Visser accepted to Johns Hopkins dual Biotech Masters/MBA program
Alexander Visser, a former student of Dr. Cheri Jones and Dr. Lisa Johansen, has been accepted into the Johns Hopkins dual Biotech Masters/MBA programs for the 2020 Fall semester. Alexander was a student in Dr. Jones' Principles of Ecology and Parasitology courses and, Dr. Lisa Johansen's General Biology, Cell Biology and Virology courses. Congratulations from the Integrative Biology Department, Integrative Biology Department Alexander, we wish you the best on your future endeavors!
Matthew Mitchell chooses Harvard Medical School
Matthew Mitchell, a student worker in Dr. Chris Phiel’s lab, has chosen to attend Harvard Medical School in the fall of 2020. Matthew received letters of acceptance from several institutions including, The Mayo Clinic, University of Colorado, University of Pittsburg, Creighton University, University of Minnesota, and the MD/PhD program at the University of Cincinnati.
Matthew hasn’t decided which direction he wants his career to take right now but, he knows he wants to do something surgical/intervention and is leaning towards neurosurgery or interventional radiology. He knows that he wants to work closely with patients, as they have been his motivation to pursue medicine in the first place. He is also interested in community outreach focused on increasing early exposure to science among disadvantaged and minority youth.
Matthew has worked in Dr. Phiel’s lab since he was a freshman and will graduate this Spring semester.
Congratulations Matthew from the Integrative Biology Department, we wish you the best on your future endeavors!
Jessica (Weber) Hoffman accepted to M.S. Modern Human Anatomy Program
Jessica (Weber) Hoffman shared some good news with Dr. Cheri Jones. Jessica, a student of Dr. Jones, has been accepted to the M.S. Modern Human Anatomy Program at Anschutz Medical Campus. Congratulations from the Integrative Biology Department Jessica!
Ignacio Escobar Blazques admitted to Medical School
Ignacio Escobar Blazques, a former student of Dr. Cheri Jones, recently reached out to her to let her know that he has been admitted to the Saba University School of Medicine! Congratulations Ignacio and Dr. Jones!
Tori Gray accepted to Dental School
Congratulations to Tori Gray for being accepted into dental school by Midwestern University, Illinois!
Cody Sellers accepted to Med School
Congratulations to Cody Sellers, an alumni student of Dr. Amanda Charlesworth, on his admittance into the College of Osteopathc Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Clearwater Florida!
Give to the Charles Ferguson Scholarship Fund
The Charles Ferguson Scholarship will allow pre-health students to pay for expenses beyond tuition, fees and materials. The fund will support students in completing test prep courses, paying application or test fees, or covering life expenses that might derail them at completing their education. As these funds are intended to cover unexpected or 'Outside CU' expenses, the application and awarding process will all take place with the goal of simplifying access and streamlining the process for students.
For those few who don’t know him, Dr. Charles Ferguson is a native of Denver and received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Colorado Denver in 1985, his Master of Arts in Biology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1989, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1996 at the ripe old age of 45. Before going to college he worked in the medical profession for 14 years, "retiring" from the medical profession in 1985. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado Denver where he teaches or has taught a number of courses. His research is focused primarily on the issues high school students wanting to go into science, math or engineering disciplines encounter in their transition from high school to college. He is also the Director of the Health Professions Program at the University of Colorado Denver and specializes in the advising of the “non-traditional” older student. He has been instrumental in the development of a number of K-12 pipeline programs as well as a number of post-bac programs designed to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds obtain a college education and pursue their passion in the medical profession. He has received numerous teaching awards at both the institutional level as well as the national level.
Dr. Ferguson, who is starting his phased retirement this fall, has always been acutely aware of student need and committed to trying to meet it. He has long had on his ‘wish list’ exactly this sort of fund, so that more students could pursue their educational and professional goals. Advancement’s goal is to have the scholarship in his honor at endowment level by the end of this academic year. An endowed scholarship exists in perpetuity at CU and spins off 4% of the principal in support of scholarships. $25,000 is the minimum required to establish an endowed fund.
How to donate:
- Checks can be made out to University of Colorado Foundation (include on the memo line of the check "gift is intended for the Charles Ferguson Scholarship, allocation number 0321984") and mailed to ATTN: Cristina Sloan/Austin Locke University of Colorado Denver, Office of Advancement, 1380 Lawrence St. , Suite 1201, Denver, CO 80204.
- Go to giving.cu.edu and click on the Give Now button (at the top of the page there is a “click here to write-in a fund” button) use Charles Ferguson Scholarship Support Fund. The fund number is 0321984.
- If you would like to make recurring gifts to Charlie’s fund (also an option on the giving.cu.edu link), you can do so through payroll deduction. Here is the link to the relevant form: https://giving.cu.edu/payroll-deduction-form