BIOL 537 Offers 2019-20


Offers will be posted April 5, 2019.  To accept or decline the offer please e-mail the faculty person and copy Julie French ( If you do not accept or decline by April 10 (4:00pm)  your thesis project will be offered to another student. If you wish you can make an appointment and meet with your potential supervisor(s) before accepting. Note that your offer is conditional on being registered in a BIOL honours program (BSCH) and you must be in your 4th year. If you did not get an offer, you have the option of going back to supervisors that may not have selected you and ask if they would reconsider.  Additional places may become available after April 10th - providing some students decline offers.

Conditional offer* - a biology faculty co-supervisor is required, please ensure you find a biology faculty member to co-supervise.  Once you have done this, please e-mail

Note:  If a late offer is made you will be notified by e-mail.  

ID # is the last 3 or 4 digits of your student number.  

BUGS Award News!  Please also read, these may be of interest to you.

We have four undergraduate summer awards that help support field research at the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS). We are undersubscribed this year, and recognizing that many of you will now know whether you have 537 courses, SWEPs or NSERC USRAs that might involve fieldwork, we have extended the deadline for application to April 12th at midnight. These awards help underwrite the costs of room and board for stays at QUBS. 

The awards are:  
- The Wes and Dorletta Curran Memorial Award for research in aquatic biology
- J. Allen Keast Lake Opinicon Undergraduate Research Fellowship for independent research at   QUBS
- The Alexander and Cora Munn Summer Research Award for research in conservation biology or environmental preservation
- The Kingston Field Naturalists' Award for research on conservation biology or natural history
Application forms can be found at:

BIOL 537 Offers (April 5, 2019)
The list has been removed today April 9th.  If you have questions about an offer please contact me


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