Ecological Journeys

Ecological Journeys is a travel course designed to familiarize students with principles of ecology in exotic or unusual environments. Students work together to design and carry out field investigations to be conducted on the trip. Off-campus sites could include the Galapagos Islands, South Africa, Alaska and Costa Rica.

Student Research

At Millikin, there are many opportunities for undergraduate research and various scholar programs. Visit the Student Research page for more information.

On-Campus Job Opportunities

Many biology students work for the department to earn money. Student workers may:

  • Serve as lab assistants for biology courses.
  • Prepare materials for labs and maintain inventory of equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Care for plants in the greenhouse and for research animals in the animal care facility.
  • File, type and perform other office tasks.

Most students typically work 10 hours per week, with some working more as schedules permit. These jobs fulfill work-study financial aid requirements. For an application, contact Natural Sciences Administrative Assistant Sue James at 217.424.6230 or

Related Student Organizations

Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED)

AED is the pre-medical honor society. Dr. Cynthia Handler is the faculty advisor. Additional information is available at the national website:

Beta Beta Beta: National Biological Honor Society
"Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research." Please see the national website for more information or contact one of the faculty advisors, Dr. Jeff Hughes or Dr. Travis Wilcoxen, to join.

Environmental Affairs Council
The Environmental Affairs Council (EAC) is a student environmental group dedicated to protecting the earth's natural resources. They sponsor many programs on campus and in the local area including campus-wide recycling programs. Prof. Roslyn O'Conner is the faculty advisor.

Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Association (PTOT)
PTOT is an association for PT and OT and other allied health students. They sponsor informational programs about the professions and engage students in how best to plan for a career in PT/OT. See Dr. Cynthia Handler for more information.

Sigma Zeta
Sigma Zeta is a national science and mathematics honor society. It encourages and fosters the attainment of greater knowledge in the fields of science and mathematics; it recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement in these fields through active, graduate, and honorary memberships. See Dr. Anne Rammelsberg or the national website for more information.