Biology Research Course - BIO481

Join us for the 41st Annual BIO481Y5 Symposium!

This year, the symposium will take place over two days, March 29 and April 5, with a reception following the talks on April 5.


The schedule will be posted in full soon but in the meantime, please click on the link below to download the schedule and abstracts:

41st Annual BIO481Y5 Symposium Schedule & Abstracts

Interested in a 4th year research course in Biology? Students in BIO481 earn a full credit while working on their own project in a Biology faculty member's lab. Students prepare a thesis on their work and present it at our Symposium in April.

Interested students should contact Biology faculty members in the winter or spring prior to enrolling in the course. If you do not have a supervisor by the end of May, you should make sure to satisfy any 4th year program and degree requirements with other courses while trying to secure a supervisor.

Still not sure? Contact the Biology Department at to find out more.

BIO481 Best Presentation Award Winners


  • Winner: Fahad Farooq (Wagner Lab)
    • Project title – The differential effect of pollination and seed dispersal on genetic diversity of a common tropical plant, Heliconia tortusoa
  • Runner up: Erika Frangione (Stefanovic Lab)
    • Project title – Plastid Genome Sequence Assembly and Annotation of a Parasitic Plant Species Cuscuta Africana
  • Runner up: Mahnoor Ayub (Lange Lab)
    • Project title – Investigating the role of SIFamide in feeding behavior of the blood-sucking bug, Rhodnius prolixus


  • Winner: Nikhil George (Short Lab)
  • Runner up: Jason Tang (Espie Lab)


  • Winners: Paul Penkul (Milstein Lab) and David Przelicki (Cheng Lab)
  • Runner up: Amara Rasool (Levine Lab)