Biology Major Newsletter - April 5, 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

Announcements and Updates

Graduating this May or August?

Then be sure to apply for graduation and RSVP for the Biology Major Graduation Reception on Friday, May 12 and collect your free Biology Major Coffee Mug! Students who have applied to graduate will be emailed an RSVP link for the reception, and the deadline to RSVP is April 14, 2017.  If you are unsure on how to apply for graduation please see this tutorial.  Commencement information can be found here.  The deadline to reserve your cap and gown without a late penalty is April 6, 2017.  Cap and gown information can be found here.

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

School for Field Studies Info Session

International Academic Programs will be hosting a representative from SFS (School for Field Studies: for an info session and Q&A on Tuesday, April 11. Megan Telzrow, Institutional Relations Manager with SFS, will be available for any questions prospective students or accepted participants may have regarding SFS programs. SFS programs focus on environmental studies and sustainability issues, so they may …

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Nematology/Plant Pathology NEW!

Full time student hourly positions available May 16 to August 31, with possible renewal to part-time employment for the academic year. 

 Rate:  $10.00 per hour

 Responsibilities:  Assist with research in the field and laboratory including:  establishing, maintaining, and harvesting potato and soybean field plots;  conducting assays for nematodes, fungi, and assays for physical and chemical soil properties; collecting data on plant disease symptoms;  laboratory maintenance such as pasteurizing soil, making media, washing dishes.

 Qualifications:  Will train so no laboratory experience is required, but previous work experience (any field) is essential.  Preference will be given to students with previous exposure to plant pathology, microbiology, or soil science through coursework or work experience.

 Please send a resume and a brief cover email explaining why you are interested in this position to:

 Dr. Ann MacGuidwin

Career/Internship Opportunities and Workshops

PPD to hosts open house/career fair! New!

APRIL 7th, 4-7 pm
8551 Research Way,
Suite 150, Building 9
Middleton, WI 53562

PPD is excited to host a PPD open house/career fair onsite April 7th. This career fair event will have managers and senior leadership available to discuss opportunities with prospective candidates. We invite anyone looking for a career here in Madison in the analytical scientific industry to visit our career fair.

Career opportunities in the following areas:
Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Immunology, Biology, Biochemistry

Please bring multiple copies of your current resume to

Morgridge Hiring Full-time Americorps Position

The Morgridge Center for Public Service is hiring a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as the Achievement Connections Campus Coordinator.  Achievement Connections provides dedicated Math tutoring centers at Madison-area high schools focused on providing one-on-one support for students in Algebra and Geometry.  AmeriCorps Members at the high schools work as a team to provide support to students through math tutoring, class observations, communication with teachers, and development of foundational math skills.  An additional AmeriCorps member, the Campus Coordinator, is housed at the Morgridge Center for Public Service and recruits UW-Madison students to serve as volunteer tutors in the schools.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Megan Miller at Priority deadline is April 16. The AmeriCorps member will begin their term on August 21.  For more information click here.

Group Leaders for Chemistry Camp

The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) will again be offering Chemistry Camps this summer. The camps provide a fun and exciting chemistry laboratory experience for middle school students.  There are four sessions this summer:

• June 12-16: 8:45-12:00

• June 12-16: 1:00-4:15

• June 26-30: 8:45-12:00

• June 26-30: 1:00-4:15

They need Group Leaders (undergraduate students only) to work with groups of 4-6 students in labs each day. Group leaders are paid $12/hr. We have openings for 10 leaders in each camp, and prefer those who are available for all sessions (but not required). Mandatory training sessions, for additional pay, will be held before camps begin. Leaders must have a strong science background; applicants must have completed general chemistry courses. To apply, email your resume to or bring a current resume to room 1305 in the

Chemistry building. Application deadline is April 14. For more information, call 608-262-3033.

CfLI Jobs and Internships

The Center for Leadership and Involvement is current hiring for Fall 2017 positions, some of which start this summer.  For a list of opportunities click here.

Educational Assistant Positions with K-12 Schools

The Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) in the School of Education is hiring Educational Assistants for a few of their STEM classes for gifted and talented students ranging from second grade through juniors in high school.   They are specifically looking for help with Physiology of Body Systems and Food Science at ALP (high school) and Kinesiology at STEP (middle school).  Applications are due April 28.  For additional information click here.

Student Wellness Assistant at UHS

University Health Services is the on-campus student health center at UW-Madison.  The Student Wellness Assistant position is located in the Healthy Campus unit, within the Prevention Division. Work within this unit is focused on identifying, addressing and preventing issues that may negatively affect the health and wellbeing of students on campus. This position reports to the Wellness Coordinator.  The deadline to apply is April 12, 2017.  For more information click here.

UW Pharmacy Program Open House

SPRING 2017 PHARMACY OPEN HOUSE Saturday, April 22, 2017 Join us for our bi-annual Pharmacy Open House event. This is a day-long event that is open to any undergraduate student interested in learning more about the PharmD program. The Open House will provide attendees the opportunity to: §  Listen and participate in a mini-lecture §  Take part in a compounding lab …

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UW-Madison Physical Therapy Open House

Saturday May 6th, 2017 1:00 - 3:00 PM DPT Program Facilities 5th floor.  Medical Sciences Center 1300 University Ave.  Enter the building through the University Avenue entrance and follow the signs to room 5150. Tours of DPT facilities Lab demonstrations Meet faculty and students Snacks provided Anyone and everyone welcome anytime between 1-3pm! Questions? Contact Lisa Levy: or 608-265-9388 …

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Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

Fulbright U.S. Student Program New!

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) 2018-19 competition opened on April 3, 2017!
The program is open to undergraduates graduating in December 2017 or May 2018 and is designed to give recent recipients opportunities for personal development and international experience. Most grantees plan their own programs.

Projects can include university coursework, independent library or field research, teaching English, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination. Recent projects have involved cancer research in the United Kingdom, free-market development in Mauritius, women’s rights in Chile and contemporary artistic expression in India.

FUSP Information Session
Wednesday, April 26
206 Ingraham Hall

The Writing Center is also hosting a workshop:

Writing Your Way to a Fulbright: The Application Process
Tuesday, April 25
Helen C. White Hall
Register @

Climate Change Poster Competition

The seventh annual Reid Bryson Scholarship competition will be held on Thursday, April 27, starting at 6:15pm. It will be held in the first-floor open court at the WID (Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery) building, as part of the UW-Madison Climate Change Symposium. Submit the name of your poster and any co-authors to coordinator Anne Sophie Daloz ( by Friday, April 14, 2017. Anne Sophie can also answer questions about the scholarship. Maximum poster size is 3x4". A total of $2000 will be awarded.

Applicants for the Reid Bryson Scholarship must either be a registered undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, from any department or center. The research should either address (1) fundamental climatic and meteorological processes or (2) environmental issues at the interface of climate, people, and the environment. Professor Bryson's research was highly interdisciplinary, so students from across the sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply.  For additional information click here.

Internship Financial Support

Allen Internship Financial Support Application – for UNPAID internships Limited funds are available for students participating in UNPAID internships in the summer 2017. Students shall complete the online application form linked below. To be eligible for financial support students must: 1.      Be a current CALS undergraduate, in good academic standing (not on academic probation) 2.      Participate in an UNPAID internship …

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Other Opportunities and Events

Earth Day Conference

Post-apocalyptic films and books are more popular than ever, with recent titles like The Hunger Games, The Passage, Snowpiercer and The Walking Dead joining a rapidly growing list. What drives our fascination with the end of the world? Can this pop-culture phenomenon help us understand today's environmental challenges and stimulate ideas to build a just, secure and sustainable future? "Hope …

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Campus Peace Corps Ambassadors

Campus ambassadors are university students who work closely with Peace Corps recruiters to raise the Peace Corps’ profile on campus and introduce the Peace Corps to new and diverse student groups. Campus Ambassadors will work closely with  recruiters to raise Peace Corps’ profile on campus and introduce the Peace Corps to new and diverse student groups. Applications from students who …

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