Biology Major Newsletter - March 8, 2017

• Upcoming Deadlines

• Announcements and Updates

• Research Opportunities and Academic Events

• Career/Internship Opportunities and Workshops

• Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events 

Upcoming Deadlines

Drop Deadline is March 17th!

The final drop deadline for the semester is March 17th.  If you are considering dropping a course it is recommended that you talk with the professor/TA and consult your advisor.

Announcements and Updates

Biology Major Research/Capstone Info Session

• Wednesday, March 15, 3:00-4:00 in room 2301 Microbial Sciences

Have you ever wondered what the CALS Capstone requirement is all about and how it impacts you?  Or how to enroll in independent study credits?  Or how to a find a research mentor?  If you can answer 'yes' to any of the previous questions, then the Biology Major has an event planned just for you!  Join us for an interactive presentation on Wednesday, March 15, 3 - 4 pm, 2301 MSB or Thursday, March 30, 12 noon - 1 pm, 2301 MSB where we will:

• explore the expectations of the CALS capstone

• review the capstone approval form

• decode independent study credits and how to enroll in them

• model how to identify and contact potential research mentors

Please register here.

Fall 2017 Courses and Enrollment Timeline

Fall 2017 courses are now visible in Course Guide and Class Search, so you can begin to plan for next semester.  Upcoming enrollment dates are:

• March 13: Summer enrollment times emailed to students

• March 27: Fall enrollment times emailed to students

• March 28: Summer enrollment begins for seniors

• April 4: Fall enrollment begins for seniors

Summer Course Equivalency Service

The Course Equivalency Service  (CES) for summer will be open from March 1 – May 15. As a reminder, the CES is for currently enrolled UW-Madison students who plan to complete summer course work through another institution. The CES provides information on how the course work will transfer back to UW-Madison. Students can log in with their Net ID and …

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Summer Capstones

Are you interested in completing a Capstone Course this upcoming summer?  Are you graduating within the next year?  If yes, then this message is for you!  The Biology major is offering three great Capstone course options this summer:

• Microbiology 525: Adv Biological Laboratory Practices: A Research Experience.  This is a brand new course!  Prerequisites include Micro 303 and 304 or you can enroll with instructor's consent if you have completed any other intermediate or advanced biological science lab.  Please contact Robin Kurtz at for authorization to enroll if you have not taken Microbiology 303 and 304.  The course is offered 6/19/2017 - 8/13/2017 and you can find a sample syllabus here.

• Botany/F&W Ecol/Zoology 460: General Ecology. Prerequisites include intro biology.  The course is offered 5/30/2017 - 7/23/2017 and you can find a sample syllabus here.

• Biomolecular Chemistry 504: Human Biochemistry Laboratory.  Prerequisites include intro biochemistry.  The course is offered 6/19/2017 - 8/13/2017 and you can find a sample syllabus here.

Research Opportunities and Academic Events

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity

Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Science Anticipated Starting Dates: Between May 15 and June 1, 2017 Duration: Minimum 16 weeks Compensation: Paid Position/Credits/Combinations Project title: Impact of dietary manipulation on feeding behavior, productive performances, N-excretion through manure, and enteric methane emission of Holstein and Jersey cows Research Project description: Dairy sector is contributing a lot to global food security through …

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Summer Research Opportunity

The Karasov Lab is looking for undergraduates to help with feeding trials this summer with house sparrow nestlings. They will be studying physiological and time course responses to dietary changes. The main responsibilities will be feeding nestlings, taking mass and temperature measurements, recording data, and possibly performing wild nest checks. All of the work will take place on the UW-Madison …

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Leadership Certificate Information Session

• Wednesday, March 15, 6:30-7:30pm, Masley Media Room, 1st Floor, Red Gym

Have you been thinking about completing the UW-Madison Leadership Certificate? The Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) would like to invite all UW-Madison students, under­graduate and graduate who are interested in learning more about the Leadership Certificate to attend the upcoming Informational Orientation Session.  The Orientation format will be a general overview geared toward students who are just beginning the Leadership Certificate application process. Through interactive group work, we will discuss questions you may have about your specific leadership experiences.


Career/Internship Opportunities and Workshops

Careers in Occupational Therapy Workshop

• Thursday, March 9, 4:00-5:00pm in Room 114 Ingraham

If you are interested in a healthcare profession that allows you to help others live life to the fullest, occupational therapy might be for you! Come to this workshop to explore this exciting field, and learn about how to become an Occupational Therapist.

Careers in Physical Therapy Workshop

• Tuesday, March 14, 3:00-4:00pm, Room 114 Ingraham

What professional opportunities are available for physical therapists, how do you become a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and what steps are needed to gain admission to a DPT program? Answers to these and other questions will be provided at this workshop.

2017-18 Internships with the Morgridge Center

• Applications due March 12

The Morgridge Center for Public Service is hiring student interns for the 2017-18 academic year.  Current openings include: Badger Volunteers Community Development Intern, Badgers Volunteers Operations Intern, Campus Outreach Intern, Community-based Learning Intern, Community Outreach Intern, Marketing Intern, Peer Advisor, and Special Events Intern.

Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

Summer Course Scholarship

The Division of Continuing Studies application for the UW-Madison Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study is now open. This need-based scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate students (of any major) seeking financial support to take courses in the upcoming summer session. Scholarships awards will range from $500-$1,500. The application is open until April 4, 2017. To learn more, go to

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Master Gardeners Horticulture Scholarship

• March 15 application deadline

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation is offering the Emil and Gail Fischer N.E.W. Master Gardeners Association Horticulture Scholarship for undergraduate students in the plant sciences.

Other Opportunities and Events

Mental Health At-Risk Training

University Health Services would like to remind students of a free, online training available for all UW-Madison students. The training is called At-Risk and is designed to help students recognize peers experiencing distress, respond effectively, and refer to appropriate campus resources. The training uses interactive, virtual conversations and takes 30 minutes to complete. At-Risk is available online and can be …

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