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Katy Resident to Earn UT Tyler Graduate Degree, Pursue Doctorate at Rice University

Stephan Joseph of Katy, a biology graduate student at The University of Texas at Tyler, will begin doctoral studies at Rice University this fall. There, he will study in the virology, bacterial toxicology and bioelectronics research labs.

“I want to congratulate Stephan on his educational achievements. He joins the many biology majors who go on to do great things and represent UT Tyler extremely well,” said Dr. Neil Gray, dean of the UT Tyler College of Arts and Sciences.

Joseph will graduate with a UT Tyler Master of Science in biology later this month. He said UT Tyler prepared him for career success and the next phase of his educational journey, noting that the research opportunities and caring and committed faculty made an impact.

“UT Tyler equipped me with the experience that will be essential in pursuing a PhD degree,” said Joseph. “My presentation skills were greatly improved during my time at UT Tyler, and I also obtained a much deeper understanding of my field and an ability to process research papers, thanks to great professors.”

He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a specialization in biotechnology from the University of Florida. After obtaining his doctorate, he plans to work as an industry researcher in the biological sciences.

Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the UT Tyler Department of Biology integrates research as an important component of the learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students. Both faculty and students have received distinguished awards for their work. For more information, visit

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 10,000 students. Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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