Writing Center

The following short-term, non-credit workshops are free and open to all UW-Madison students, faculty and staff.

How to Email Like a Professional

Wednesday, July 5, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Because email is so convenient and seemingly casual, it’s easy to write too informally to faculty, teaching assistants, potential employers, advisors, supervisors, colleagues, etc. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to use email effectively for professional communications, and we’ll have fun looking at examples of what NOT to do. There will be plenty of time for your questions.

 Intro to Résumés and Cover Letters

Wednesday, July 19, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Wondering what employers are looking for? Having trouble fitting your whole life onto one page? In this workshop, we’ll discuss what employers want in résumés and cover letters, as well as strategies for convincing someone to hire you. This workshop is for undergraduate and Master’s students applying for jobs and internships.

On the Academic Job Market: Composing the All-Important Cover Letter

Monday, July 10, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Your cover letter can effectively demonstrate how you are the most qualified candidate for an academic position. In this introductory workshop, we will consider general principles for crafting a cover letter. There will be time for your specific questions or concerns throughout.

6171 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park

Med School Personal Statement Workshop

Writing the Medical School Personal Statement

Tuesday, June 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Are you eager to write a successful med school essay, but unsure how to start, what to include, or how to make the case for your future as a doctor? In this Writing Center workshop, we’ll consider general principles for writing convincing and persuasive essays for med school applications, as well as read and discuss samples of successful statements. Our goal will be to develop strategies for succeeding in this high-stakes writing task.

Please pre-register at the following workshop link: http://go.wisc.edu/y1991g

Fulbright Workshops

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) 2018-19 is open and we will be having two workshops next week!

On Tuesday, the UW-Madison’s Writing Center is hosting:

Writing Your Way to a Fulbright: The Application Process
Tuesday, April 25
Helen C. White Hall
Register @ http://writing.wisc.edu/Workshops/Application_Fulbright_essay.html

On Wednesday, Mark Lilleleht, the campus Fulbright Program Advisor, will hold a general information session:

FUSP Information Session
Wednesday, April 26
206 Ingraham Hall

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is open to undergraduates graduating in December 2017 or May 2018, currently enrolled graduate students, and alumni. Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student program must be U.S. citizens.

Full details on the campus process (and deadlines) are available @ http://go.wisc.edu/fusp

If you cannot make a session but would like to learn more, please contact Mark Lilleleht @ awards@iris.wisc.edu to set up an appointment (skype appointments for those abroad are also encouraged).

Health Care Workshop

Attention all health care students, faculty, and pre-health students!
We would like to invite you to attend Military and Veteran Culture for Healthcare Practitioners and Students, a workshop being hosted by Diverse-OT and Veterans, Educators, and Traditional Students (VETS), two student organizations here on campus. With an increasing demand for and focus on providing culturally competent care, this event is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about military culture and health disparities amongst veteran populations. Students will attend an opening keynote presentation, followed by breakout panel sessions led by local veterans that will cover a wide range of military-related topics. 
All UW students are welcome to attend this free event, which will be hosted on April 22nd from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM at 1345 Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC). Breakfast will be provided! Please register at www.diverseotweb.com to save your spot! 
Please see the attached  flyer for additional information. Any questions/concerns can be directed to Brittany Lowen (blowen@wisc.edu). Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/242823642850664/ 


Find A Research Mentor Workshop

Would you like to gain research experience but are not sure how to start? Join the WISCIENCE Research Peer Leaders for a Find A Research Mentor Workshop on Thursday, March 16th, from 6:30-8:00pm in the Biocommons (lower level of Steenbock Library).
Come learn about resources for finding an area of research that matches your interests, learn how to write professional emails to faculty and what to include in your request for a research opportunity. The workshop will include a student researcher panel and activities to help you write better emails.
Please help us plan for the event by filling out a 3 question survey: https://goo.gl/forms/nb1e8w8iLXr638vy2

EPPA Scribe Program Workshop

Great providers don’t just diagnosis disease; they treat people. The EPPA Scribe Program will provide real case studies from their clinic and emergency medicine practices. The goal of the workshop is to provide attendees with a window into day to day clinical decision making and utilize a tool for thinking about clinical situations where ethical dilemmas may be present. The workshop is geared towards students interested in pursuing a career in health care, e.g. medicine, PA, etc. However, all students are welcome to attend.  Space is limited.

RSVP Here: http://go.wisc.edu/qjmbog.

Tuesday, March 7
Middleton Building, Rm 120

Government Careers Workshop Series

Part One – Find & Apply for Jobs/Internships with State Government Agencies

Learn how to find your fit with the many opportunities available in Wisconsin state government agencies, how the hiring process works from an insider’s perspective, and gain some tips and tricks for making the job search easier. NOTE: The basic concepts taught in this workshop are applicable to a state government agency job search in most US states.

—-Friday, February 17th 12-1pm with Q&A to follow—- Led by Lisa Dally from the WI Department of Administration

Part Two – Find & Apply for Jobs/Internships with Federal Government Agencies

The Federal Government offers a multitude of career and internship opportunities, but most students are frustrated by what is often a very lengthy and confusing application process. Whether you have already targeted the federal government as an employer, or know absolutely nothing about Federal opportunities yet, this is the workshop you need to attend. You are guaranteed to gain an understanding of: the best way to navigate and apply on USAJobs, Federal Pathways opportunities for both interns and recent grads, the different types of Federal hiring, and much, much more!

—-Friday, February 24th 12-1pm with Q&A to follow—- Led by Marie Koko, Career & Internship Specialist at L&S Career Services

Part Three – Write a Winning Federal Resume

The content, style, length, and formatting of a successful Federal resume is quite different from the resume style you use outside of government. This workshop will teach you the tips and tricks that will help your resume stand out to Federal hiring managers. We’ll talk about KSAs (What are those? Come and find out!), keywording, and how to properly match your skills to the position you seek. NOTE: It is helpful to have attended the Federal Find & Apply workshop on 2/24, or have some familiarity with Federal hiring.

—-Friday, March 3rd 12-1pm with Q&A to follow—- Led by Marie Koko, Careers & Internship Specialist at L&S Career Services

These workshops are open to any UW undergrad, grad student, post-grad, or alum in any major, program, or college with valid UW ID# (not recommended for International Students since the Federal Government requires US citizenship for all positions) No RSVP necessary

All workshops take place in Union South (TITU)

Career Exploration Center – February Workshops

Choosing a Major
Feb. 14, 12 PM – 1 PM

Careers in Wellness & Health Promotion
Feb. 16, 3 PM – 4 PM in Unions South TITU

Creating your Path to an Internship
Feb. 17, 12 PM – 1 PM

Navigating Biosciences at UW-Madison: Making the Most of Your Campus Resources
Feb. 21, 3 PM – 4PM

Badger Bridge: Exploring Careers through Alumni Connections
Feb. 28, 12 PM – 1PM

All workshops take place at 114 Ingraham Hall, unless otherwise noted.

How to Write a Winning Federal Resume

The next workshop in the fall government workshop series is on writing federal resumes.  As always, students from any college, major and degree level are welcome.This workshop is open to any UW student or alum in any program, or college with valid UW ID#. No RSVP necessary.  (Not recommended for International Students since the Federal Government requires US citizenship for all positions)

This workshop will teach you the tips and tricks that will help your resume stand out to Federal hiring managers.

This workshop is best suited to students who have previously attended the Find & Apply workshop as we will not spend a lot of time on basic concepts related to federal job searches

You will gain an understanding of:

  • KSAs – why they are important and how to write them
  • The content, style, length, and formatting of a successful Federal resume
  • Federal resume dos and don’ts

Students are encouraged to visit http://go.wisc.edu/fl198p and read over the information found on the Federal Resume Writing tab

—-Friday, October 21st 10-11am with Q&A to follow—- Led by Marie Koko, Career & Internship Specialist at L&S Career Services

Writing a Personal Statement Workshop

Writing a personal statement or essay as part of your application to graduate school?

Join us for this workshop!

Writing Application Essays and Statements of Purpose for Graduate School

Thursday, Oct. 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m. OR

Monday, Nov. 21, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

For those applying to masters and doctoral programs in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, or the Arts, this workshop will explore principles for writing convincing essays and statements of purpose, share tips for highlighting your undergraduate work and research interests, and inspire you to make the most of this opportunity to shine.

Please note that this workshop is not appropriate for personal statements for medical school or law school applications. For those applications, you’ll want “Writing Personal Statements for Medical School Applications” or “Writing Personal Statements for Law School Applications”.