Visits to the Biology Department by Individual Students
Individual high school students frequently visit the Department of Biological Sciences throughout the year to meet with a faculty member in the department and discuss degree options and other opportunities. These visits by prospective undergraduate students and their family members are coordinated through the FHSU Admissions Office (https://www.fhsu.edu/admissions/campus-visit/). Activities included in these visits typically include a meeting with an admissions counselor, a tour of the campus, a meeting with faculty in one or more departments of interest to you, and possibly visits with coaches or faculty who supervise extracurricular activities, such as athletic teams and musical groups. These visits allow prospective students to see the FHSU campus and the facilities available to students. Bus trips for prospective students from major cities in Kansas, as well as Nebraska and Colorado, are also available (https://www.fhsu.edu/admissions/upcoming-events/).
In addition to these initial visits to explore the university and the Department of Biological Sciences, high school seniors who decide to attend FHSU are encouraged to attend one of the early enrollment sessions offered on Saturdays in April (https://www.fhsu.edu/fye/tiger-pre-enrollment/). These sessions will familiarize you (and your parents) with services available at the university, and faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences will assist you in registering for the best possible class schedule for your first fall semester on campus. To attend one of these sessions, you must have completed the application for admission (https://www.fhsu.edu/admissions/admissions-application/).
Visits to the Biology Department by Groups of High School Students
Students also can visit the Department of Biological Sciences as members of a school group. These trips are usually arranged by one of your teachers. During the spring semester, students interested in careers in human health, such as medicine and physical therapy, can tour the human cadaver lab used as part of an undergraduate course in Human Anatomy (the course is not taught during the fall semester). To arrange a tour, your teacher should contact Dr. Bennett (http://bigcat.fhsu.edu/biology/cbennett/).
The Science Olympiad is a competition involving a wide variety of contests in science and technology coordinated by faculty and students in several departments at the university. The event held at FHSU is a regional competition, and students with the best scores advance to the state competition in Wichita. Middle school students are on campus on a Tuesday; high school students are on campus on a Thursday. The top finishers in this regional event also receive medals and team trophies. For more information on the Science Olympiad, visit the Kansas Science Olympiad website (http://webs.wichita.edu/scienceolympiad/index.asp).
Visits to the Biology Department by Potential Graduate Students
Prospective graduate students are encouraged to visit the Department of Biological Sciences. These visits should be arranged directly with a faculty member in the department (http://www.fhsu.edu/biology/faculty-and-staff/). Activities during these visits typically last a full day, and they include meetings with faculty and students in the Department of Biological Sciences and tours of our research and teaching facilities.