Graduate Student Seminar Series


Graduate students present seminars over their research projects on a weekly basis throughout the fall and spring semesters. Please check out departmental Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for weekly announcements concerning these seminars.  

Plant Biology seminars are on Thursday at 4:30 in George Lynn Cross Room 129.  

Microbiology seminars are on Friday at 3 pm in George Lynn Cross Hall Room 123.  


George Lynn Cross Seminars

The George Lynn Cross Seminars in Microbiology and Plant Biology were initiated through far-sighted donations by former OU President George Lynn Cross and his dedicated followers. During his time as president, he built much of the university infrastructure that exists today, serving as president from 1943-1968. During his 25 year term most of the academic buildings were built, the student body expanded from 2500 to 18000, and the university, through his visionary leadership, became the first university of the South to become integrated. Dr. Cross came to the university as an assistant professor in structural botany in 1933 and kept close ties with the department until the time of his death. This named seminar series honors his continued dedication to academic excellence in his home department.

Cox Seminar

The Donald C. Cox Seminar Series in Microbiology honors a former faculty member (1965-78) and chairman (1976-1978), who served as an inspiration to a generation of graduate and undergraduate microbiology students. In recognition of his dedication to student development, the speakers in this seminar series are selected and hosted entirely by current OU microbiology graduate students. For further information about the honoree, please see this tribute to Dr. Don Cox at the microbiology department site at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Past speakers include Lilly Young (Rutgers), Ed DeLong (MIT), Greg Velicer (Indiana University). J. Greg Ferry (Penn State University), Dr. Daniel H. Buckley (Cornell University)

Rice Seminar

The Elroy L. Rice Seminar in Ecology was initiated by generous donations of his many friends and former students. Professor Rice joined the department after serving in World War II and completing his Ph.D. at University of Chicago in 1947. He is best known for his ground-breaking work in allelopathy, authorship of the classic book Allelopathy (1974) and three subsequent books on that subject after his retirement in 1981. He taught and mentored innumerable students. The named series honors his devotion and contributions to the field of ecology. For further information, please see this in memoriam tribute on the International Allelopathy Society site.