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Biology Affiliated Clubs

The Biology Department is the official campus sponsor for six student organizations: Biology Club, Pre-Dental Club, Pre-Medicine Club, Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club, Pre-Pharmacy Club, and Pre-Physician Assistant Club. Each club has a departmental faculty advisor. Sanctioned student organizations are registered through the UMD Student Affairs Office and are required to list their organizational mission, club officers, activities, and financial status.


Biology Club

The Biology Club has been in existence for more than 40 years and is the largest of the six organizations. It is open to all students pursuing either a major or a minor within the department. It gives students a means by which to interact socially and academically, providing many activities that not campus related. It allows students a chance to take a break from their studies for a few hours. Students can ask questions of one another about biology classes or faculty. The club is also one of the main vehicles for information flow between students and the Department of Biology administration. Through the Biology Club, students can contribute to service projects and fundraisers and interact with biology faculty. Meetings are held one to two times a month. Typically two to three outings per semester are scheduled. Recent activities include picnics, highway clean up, fall camping trips, bowling with faculty, and participation in UMD's intramural sports program.


Entomology Club

The newest student organization in the department is the Entomology Club. This club is intended for anyone who is interested in insects. Students meet to discuss and explore various topics in entomology through scientific articles, field outings, and sharing personal experiences (insects gathered, photographed, witnessed, etc.). Members also volunteer with insect extension services via identification and outreach for the public.


Pre-Dental Club

On average, UMD is the second largest source of individuals accepted into the University of Minnesota Dental School located on the Minneapolis campus. Our students are heavily recruited, not only for their excellent preparation in academic disciplines, but also for their motivation, service, and campus involvement. The Pre-Dental Club at UMD is a student organization for all students interested in the dental profession. Club members and the club's faculty advisor provides information on gaining practical experience, advice in applying for dental school, and opportunities to participate in fun activities. Typically six to eight meetings are help per semester. Occasionally special workshops are held to assist students to prepare for their dental school applications.


Pre-Medicine Club

The Pre-Medicine Club is geared to those undergraduates seeking admission into medical school. It is highly visible and meets on a regular basis throughout the school year. Speakers from the UMD Medical School are often invited to speak at club events. The club, with the assistance of its faculty advisor, helps students in securing volunteer experiences within the Duluth community. It has held workshops in helping applicants in the writing of their personal statements. Help sessions have been held to provide study hints for the MCAT. It has also been an important partner for on-campus blood drives.


Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club

The objective of the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club is to provide students with an opportunity to meet others with a common career goal and to provide information about admission to veterinary medical schools. This is accomplished through a variety of social and educational events. Activities from past years have included a behind the scenes tour of the Lake Superior Zoo and the North Shore Veterinary Hospital. In both instances members were able to interact with practicing veterinarians and learn about alternative methods such as acupuncture and herbal treatments. Especially popular is a trip to the Twin Cities to take part in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine open house and receive a tour of the facilities. Its members are a cohesive group, united by a common desire to provide animal care.


Pre-Pharmacy Club

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Duluth was established in 2003. A four-year program leads to the conferral of a Pharm.D. degree. The advent of this school engendered strong interest in pharmacy among our students. This quickly translated into the formation of a Pre-Pharmacy Club. The club meets on a regular basis and is specifically intended for those students seeking admission into pharmacy school, either at UMD or elsewhere. Special events include outside speakers from the UMD Pharmacy School, workshops on preparing application materials, and conducting Pharmacy College Admission practice tests.


Pre-Physician Assistant Club

Pre-Physician Assistant Club has been in existence for approximately three years. This group helps prepare students entrance into physician assistant programs by providing them with different opportunities to explore and to provide general information about the profession. It prides itself on providing a welcoming, safe, and fun environment for students to come together with an interest in becoming a physician assistant. Volunteer work is an important part of their activities along with fundraisers, social events, and guest speakers.



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