About the Bayer School 

“At the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, excellence begins with faculty members who inspire and challenge every student. Our professors create an environment that encourages inquiry and rewards hard work. Students gain new insights by working with investigators on some of the most important and difficult scientific questions of our time. College is a journey full of horizon-expanding experiences that we invite you to enjoy at Duquesne.

While learning may start in the classroom, you will learn from your peers and your professors in a research setting while studying real-world scientific issues such as neurodegenerative diseases, tracking the trace amounts of toxic elements in soil, or understanding the neurological processing of pain. You will collaborate with experts in your field and share your scientific discoveries in-class and at national conferences.

Our achievements are made possible by the continued—and growing—involvement with alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, and government agencies Their support means the college will continue to move forward and set new standards in research, teaching and engagement with the world. Our students are deeply committed to personal and professional excellence and we welcome and celebrate the diverse life experiences that they bring to our community.”

-Ellen Gawalt, Ph.D., Dean of the Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences

Student Organizations

Student organizations offer leadership roles, networking opportunities, professional development and community engagement opportunities.

The Student Member ACS chapter is an academic, social, and service organization open to all science majors who strive to attain academic and professional success at Duquesne. Members receive a free National ACS Membership. The group organizes outreach projects on-and-off-campus and acts as an active support network for its members. Students host a symposium each spring for area students to present their undergraduate research.

The ACS student chapter has been nationally recognized as an OUTSTANDING CHAPTER for 12 of the past 13 years and won the GREEN CHEMISTRY award for the past 8 years. In recent years, this chapter has been twice named the best student organization on campus.

Faculty Mentors: Drs. Paul Lummis, Tim Evans and Nithya Vandanythan

The Duquesne student chapter of the American Society for Microbiology is for those students whose interests lie in microbiology and bacteriology. The group organizes student-planned field trips and projects.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Wook Kim

The American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) student chapter at Duquesne is dedicated to the advancement of undergraduate research and education in biochemistry and molecular biology. The Molecular Biology Concentration in the Department of Biological Sciences at Duquesne is accredited by ASBMB In addition to the opportunity to participate in local student activities, student members receive free membership to ASBMB. This membership provides access to the following: ASBMB-related journals publications related to graduate education and career choices, awards and scholarships.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jana Patton-Vogt 

The Bayer School Ambassador Program is a service organization to the Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences. The primary purpose of this organization is to provide service, promote pride, and communicate an increased understanding of the school and Duquesne University. The ambassadors are the official student public relations representatives, tour guides, student recruitment agents, and hosts/hostesses for the Bayer School. Ambassadors work closely with the Dean's Office and faculty members, and have interaction with alumni and prospective students

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Palmer

The objectives and purposes to which BAGS is dedicated are as follows: to provide a forum for discussion of issues of concern to graduate students to represent graduate student interests before Duquesne faculty and administration to organize, promote, and conduct activities beneficial to graduate student life to disseminate information of interest to graduate students to own and manage property and accounts that will assist in securing the above objectives to select graduate students for appointment to faculty and university committees, as needed

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Palmer

The mission of this organization is to form an association of students within the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as a means to promote diversity and multicultural sensitivity within the field on the Duquesne campus while providing a network for students and professionals interested in STEM related careers, internships, research and community engagement and service, while in accordance with the Duquesne University Mission

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Palmer

Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society recognizes academic excellence in the biological sciences. As a national organization, Tri-Beta "promotes scholarship, propagates scientific knowledge, and encourages biological research." To uphold these ideals, the Duquesne University Xi Psi Chapter of Tri-Beta enables students to explore their own biological interests through student-planned events, guest speakers, and projects, among other student interests. 
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarah Woodley

Academic Integrity Policy

All students taking classes or participating in faculty-led academic activities in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences are subject to the University Academic Integrity Policy, as well as specific actions and procedures put forth in the Bayer School Academic Integrity Policy.