The Department of Biology at Queen’s University is committed to providing the best in graduate learning and research mentorship while striving for an inclusive and supportive environment.   

We welcome graduate students from all backgrounds acknowledging that a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and voices contributes to a healthy and vibrant department.
We uphold non-discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. We are committed to identifying, understanding, and removing barriers to equal opportunities for all students and other members of the department.

The following are inclusivity statements from:
Faculty of Arts and Science.
School of Graduate Studies. See, 1) Equity Admissions Regulation and 2) Information for Indigenous Students at 
The following site presents funding opportunities for Indigenous students (note: the Robert Sutherland fellowships are available to incoming Aboriginal students, African Canadian students and other Canadian visible minority students):

If you have questions about departmental functioning or atmosphere and would like to ask a current graduate student, please contact the co-chairs of the Biology Graduate Student Council (BGSC). Their emails can be found at:

Interested in doing an MSc or PhD in the Biology Department? Your best bet is to contact a professor who you think might be a suitable supervisor for the sort of research that interests you. Applications made through the School of Graduate Studies, without first contacting a potential supervisor, are almost never successful.

NSERC SCHOLARS: Incoming students who hold an NSERC scholarship will receive a one time top-up from the university to assist with moving, and to thank you for choosing to come to Queen's. This one-time top-up is $5000 for MSc students and $10,000 for PhD students.

Most professors receive many applications each year so the majority are turned down. Overall we usually accept about 20 new MSc students, and 10 new PhD students each academic year. To initiate the application process, we suggest you send an email to potential supervisors, outlining your interests, skill, and relevant background. Do not make a formal application until at least one professor expresses strong interest in taking you on as a graduate student.

  • On-line Application for MSc and PhD Programs: A link to the on-line forms provided by the Graduate School.
  • OGS application deadline - March 1, 2022
  • Biology Canadian student application deadline - March 1, 2022
  • Biology International student application deadline - February 15, 2022

I've spent more time than many will believe [making microscopic observations], but I've done them with joy, and I've taken no notice those who have said why take so much trouble and what good is it?

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

It's a parts list... If I gave you the parts list for the Boeing 777 and it had 100,000 parts, I don't think you could screw it together and you certainly wouldn't understand why it flew

Eric Lander

What is true for E. coli is also true for the elephant

Jacques Monod

The world becomes full of organisms that have what it takes to become ancestors. That, in a sentence, is Darwinism

Richard Dawkins

Shall we conjecture that one and the same kind of living filaments is and has been the cause of all organic life?

Erasmus Darwin

Nature proceeds little by little from things lifeless to animal life in such a way that it's impossible to determine the line of demarcation


Cells let us walk, talk, think, make love, and realize the bath water is cold

Lorraine Lee Cudmore

In the distant future I see open fields for far more important researches. Psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation. Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history

Charles Darwin

It is my belief that the basic knowledge that we're providing to the world will have a profound impact on the human condition and the treatments for disease and our view of our place on the biological continuum

J. Craig Venter

Imagine a house coming together spontaneously from all the information contained in the bricks: that is how animal bodies are made

Neil Shubin

A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die - which variety or species shall increase in number, and which shall decrease, or finally become extinct

Charles Darwin

The stuff of life turned out to be not a quivering, glowing, wondrous gel but a contraption of tiny jigs, springs, hinges, rods, sheets, magnets, zippers, and trapdoors, assembled by a data tape whose information is copied, downloaded and scanned

Steven Pinker

We wish to discuss a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid. (D.N.A.). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biologic interest

Rosalind Franklin

We are biology. We are reminded of this at the beginning and the end, at birth and at death. In between we do what we can to forget

Mary Roach

The systems approach to biology will be the dominant theme in medicine

Leroy Hood

I've always been interested in animal behavior, and I keep reading about it because it's so surprising all the time - so many things are happening around us that we neglect to look at. Part of the passion I have for biology is based on this wonderment"

Isabella Rossellini

Because all of biology is connected, one can often make a breakthrough with an organism that exaggerates a particular phenomenon, and later explore the generality

Thomas Cech

Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution

Theodosius Dobzhansky

Biology is now bigger than physics, as measured by the size of budgets, by the size of the workforce, or by the output of major discoveries; and biology is likely to remain the biggest part of science through the twenty-first century

- Freeman Dyson

Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third

- Thomas Huxley