Biology Major Newsletter - April 20, 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

Thursday, May 4, Last Class Day

Announcements and Updates

Biocore Integration into the Biology Major is changing! 

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! 

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.

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

Research Specialist Position NEW!

The UW Teleophthalmology Program is to hire a 50% - 100% Full Time Employment position to start in mid- to late-May 2017. 
The position is meant to be an entry-level/early career position and does not presume any prior experience with eye care. The research activities are focused on community-based participatory research in integrating teleophthalmology into primary care workflows. It involves direct contact with patient and healthcare providers with an emphasis on interpersonal communication skills. Prior experience with patients or with healthcare providers is preferred.
Learn more about the position and apply here.

UW Potato Breeding Position NEW!

The University of Wisconsin Potato Breeding Program is looking for an undergraduate to assist with summer field work, laboratory maintenance, greenhouse maintenance, and graduate research projects.

Applicants must be able to work approximately 15 hours/week during the summer and 5-10 hours/week during the fall semester. The ideal candidate would be research-oriented, have a background in biological sciences, and be able to participate in occasional field work at off-campus research sites (transportation will be provided). Pay is $9.00+/hr, commensurate with experience, and applications are due Friday, April 21, by 5 pm.

Interested persons should contact Grace Christensen at Please include the following information:

Cover letter
Separate Word document outlining your:

• Year in school

• Major

• Number of enrolled credits

• Anticipated graduation date

• Summertime availability and fall schedule (if known)

• References

Student Transcriptionist Positions NEW!

The Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR) has openings for up to three student transcriptionists. The work involves transcribing interviews and focus discussions associated with health care research. They offer flexible work hours, and the position could be good for sociology undergraduates interested in qualitative research, particularly related to medical sociology and public health.
Previous transcription experience is desired, but is not required. Expeditious and extremely accurate typing skills, MS WORD skills, and excellent English and grammar proficiencies, are required.  In addition, attention to detail and solid work ethic are required. Experience with medical terminology is helpful but not required. Willingness to learn transcription involving recordings with multiple voices and specific needs of researchers is necessary
Desired start date is as soon as possible, and available hours are 10-20 hours/week, possibly up to 30/week during the summer and other school breaks.  Schedule is flexible to accommodate student class schedules. During initial training period scheduled hours between 8am-5pm will be required, but flexibility for weekend work may be available once training is complete.  The WiSOR office is in the Clinical Sciences Center.  Please send cover letter, resume, and at least two references with name and contact information to Peggy Munson:

Plant Science Position at Epic NEW!

Epic is looking for a full-time landscape horticulturist to oversee and maintain the diverse landscape on our campus.

You'll perform hands-on landscape maintenance, as well as supervise a team of 2-5 seasonal workers in your area. Responsibilities include weeding, watering, mulching, pruning, edging, planting, deadheading, machinery operation and snow removal.

• Bachelor’s degree or greater in Horticulture or related field

• Must be able to work outdoors 8 hours each day and lift up to 50 lbs

• Experience with commercial equipment preferred

• Valid WI Driver’s license

• Apply here

Plant Pathology Lab Position

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 

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,

Undergraduate Research Scholars is accepting applications for rising sophomores.  

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

Career/Internship Opportunities and Workshops

Diversity Healthcare Virtual Fair 

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.

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 @

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