Biology Major Newsletter - April 11, 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

Biocore Integration into the Biology Major is changing! New!

The manner in which Biocore integrates into the Biology Major has been updated, effective Fall 2017 for new major declarations!

New Policy: The following collection of 5 courses are required to satisfy the Introductory Biology and Foundation requirement for the Biology Major (and option programs). 

• Biocore 381- Evolution, Ecology & Genetics

• Biocore 382 – Evolution, Ecology & Genetics Lab

• Biocore 383 – Cellular Biology

• Biocore 384 – Cellular Biology Lab

• Biocore 485 -  Organismal Biology

The following 2 courses are optional and can satisfy Intermediate/Advanced level requirements for the Biology Major (and option programs).

• Biocore 486 – Organismal Biology Lab.  Can satisfy Cat B and breadth lab or additional lab or Capstone.

• Biocore 587 - Biological Interactions.  Can satisfy Cat E.

If you are currently in the Biocore program and would like to take advantage of these changes, please see your Biology Advisor.


Kines 337: Human Anatomy Lecture and

Kines 338: Human Anatomy Lab are approved for the Biology Major! New!

Kines 337 and Kines 338 have been approved to count for Biology Intermediate/Advanced credit beginning Fall 2017.  Please see your Biology Advisor to better understand how these courses might impact you and your 4 year planning.

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 two great Capstone course options this summer:

 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 Jobs and Opportunities and other Academic Events

Undergraduate Research Scholars is accepting applications for rising sophomores.  New!

URS is a two-semester course in which students do hands-on research or creative work under the guidance of a UW faculty or staff mentor. Each student works on the current project of a mentor who is advancing the frontiers of knowledge or creative practice. Students also participate in a weekly seminar to explore influences of research and creative work in society.
Course Schedule/Meeting Times
Students work an average of 6 hours/week on research or creative work (exact hours and days/times are determined by the student and mentor together, accounting for the student’s class schedule). The weekly seminar is Wednesdays 5-6pm both semesters – students must have this time free in their course schedule.

Application process
URS is open to all first and second year undergraduates. No prior experience is necessary, and no requirements are needed to apply. URS is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive scholarly community that includes students from historically underrepresented groups.
Students must apply online at Students will receive an email 1-2 weeks after applying. Admission is rolling and the deadline is end of summer 2017.
Please email

Plant Pathology Lab Position New!

SUMMER Undergraduate Hourly Employee, 20hrs/wk

The lab of Dr. Caitilyn Allen is currently searching for a motivated,
task-oriented, undergraduate student to fill an opening as a student hourly
worker. Undergraduates will perform tasks related to the basic operation of the
lab such as:
• Maintaining clean and sterile glassware
• Providing prepared media solutions
• Managing proper waste disposal, operating within biosafety guidelines
• Miscellaneous tasks as dictated by the needs of the researchers


The ideal candidate for this position will:
• Be available to work 20 hours/week during the summer, with possibility of
  continuing next fall
• Be able to work independently
• Be able to closely and carefully follow instructions
• Have taken classes in basic chemistry and biology

No previous experience in a research lab is necessary! If accepted, applicants
will train in miscellaneous research skills, including plant growth and care, DNA
extraction and analysis, sterile technique, and general microbiology methods.
There may be opportunities for eventual independent research project, if
performance merits.

To Apply:

Please email Madeline Hayes at with your resume and a
list of scientific courses taken at UW-Madison. Applications will be accepted
through May 1, although applications will be reviewed and interviews requested
expediently until the position is filled.

Genetics Lab Position New!

Dr. Payseur's lab is searching for an undergraduate who would be interested in working on a research project that involves handling mice and mouse colony management. This position is open immediately. This is a for credit position. They are most interested in students who are interested in working over multiple semesters, including this upcoming summer.

 Research description:
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated undergraduate (preferably sophomore standing as of Fall 2017) interested in gaining research experience. The main goal of the research project in the lab is to characterize genomic regions important in the evolution of large body size in an island population of house mice. The position itself entails breeding wild caught mice, daily weight measurements, general animal husbandry, data entry, and attending a group meeting twice a month. The mice are housed off campus with bus access. We are most interested in any individual with experience in or a willingness to learn animal handling techniques. The individual needs to be willing to travel to and from the facility either by bus or car (about a 20 minute trip by bus, from central campus) and be comfortable with euthanasia of mice. We are looking for a student who is interested in working with us long term (multiple semesters).

If interested, contact Mark Nolte,

Nematology/Plant Pathology Lab Position

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

Diversity Healthcare Virtual Fair New!

Register to attend the FREE Diversity Virtual Fair on April 25, 2017.  Connect with over 45 Health Profession Schools in a live online event.  Online Admissions event, April 25,11 am - 3pm, eastern time.

UHS is hiring! New!

University Health Services (UHS) is currently seeking to hire three student employees:

The Marketing & Health Communications Department at UHS is a dynamic, engaging, and fast-paced place to work. Our students write for and manage our website, manage our social media channels and star in our weekly Snapchat feature, create videos, create print materials for all of campus, and more.
The positions pay $10-12/hour, depending upon qualifications. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 14.

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.

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 

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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