Biology Major Newsletter - September 6, 2017

• Announcements and Updates

• Upcoming Deadlines

• Academic Events and Opportunities

• Scholarship and Fellowship Events and Opportunities

• Career/Internship Events and Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events 

Announcements and Updates


The Biology major advisors welcome you to the 2017-18 academic year.  We hope your summer was engaging, productive, and relaxing. We have a few tips to get your semester off to a great start:

Read your syllabi carefully for all classes.  Consider:  Grading expectations, do finals overlap, are all midterms in the same week, when are exams and assignments due?  If the courseload is overwhelming, see your advisor right away. You can make an appointment through Scheduling Assistant or visit the Biology Advising page

Are you taking a particularly challenging class? Review learning support resources as some may require signing up in advance.  You can see all UW has to offer at UW Advising. Click into Resources and check both 'open to all' and 'open to select' students.

Know key deadlines (drop, add, withdraw).  The Biology newsletter will include important deadlines.

Run your DARS report at the beginning of the term. Are your current courses meeting requirements as you expected?

Read the Biology newsletter. It will be sent by email, and is available on the Biology Major webpage. We will include upcoming deadlines, tips for enrolling, and events pertinent to Biology majors.

On Wisconsin!
The Biology Major Advising Team


Upcoming Deadlines

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Deadline for students to drop Fall term courses without DR, or withdraw for the term without W, on transcript
Friday, September 15, 2017
Deadline for students to add, swap, or change sections in a Fall term course (after: need department permission)

Academic Events and Opportunities

Biology Major and Study Abroad Info Session

Monday, September 11
11:00 -- Noon
Biocommons, Steenbock Library

Are you curious about studying abroad? Do you think you don't have time in your four-year plan or can't take science classes abroad?  You can!  Come learn about how study abroad can fit into your major with Biology advisors and students.

This session will help you make the most of the Study Abroad Fair (Sept 13).


Public Health Graduate School Fair

Tuesday, September 12
5:30 - 7:30
Union South

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health will host a FREE graduate school fair at Union South. Register to attend.

There will be representatives from various schools and programs as well as a member from the SOPHAS team to answer all of your application questions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health at one convenient location!


Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday, September 13
1:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Varsity Hall, Union South

Discover why so many Badgers make study abroad a part of their experience at UW-Madison. The Study Abroad Fair features over 90 exhibits highlighting 200+ programs, including faculty- led programs, exchanges, international internships, research opportunities and much more.

Don't speak another language? Not a problem! Check out programs with no language requirements, including opportunities to begin language learning in locations like Costa Rica, Italy and China.

In addition to IAP programs, you'll also find info and resources for programs offered by CALS, the College of Engineering and the School of Business.


Occupational Therapy Group Advising Sessions

Alexia Rebne, Occupational Therapy Admissions Coordinator, will offer three (identical) Group Advising Sessions this fall for prospective MS-OT students. Group Advising Sessions offer prospective students an opportunity to learn about the admission requirements, application procedures, and curriculum of the MS-OT Program at UW-Madison. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet a current MS-OT student.

Thursday, September 14, 4:45 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20, 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11, 12:00 p.m.
Room 3130, Medical Sciences Center (all sessions)


Scholarship and Fellowship Events and Opportunities

Preparing an NSF-GRFP Fellowship Application

The Graduate School is running a series of workshops designed to help UW-Madison senior undergraduates and graduate students in the early stages of their graduate studies prepare a competitive application for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application Overview and Fellows Panel
Thursday, September 7
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall

This informational session covers applying to the National Science Foundation GRFP, an overview of the application to provide prospective applicants (i.e. senior undergraduates or graduate students in the biological, physical, or social sciences), the amount of work involved, and where to start. There will also be a panel of current fellows who will be able to answer questions about the process. Register here

Career and Internship Events and Opportunities

Public Service Fair

Monday, September 11
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Union South

Meet with over 70+ local/state government & nonprofit groups seeking volunteers, interns, part-time/full-time help.


CALS Career Café - Walk-in Resume Reviews

Tuesday, September 12 
1:00 -3:00 p.m.
Microbial Sciences Building – near the Microcosm Café

Drop in for coffee and have your resume critiqued by staff and professionals to prepare for the Fall Career and Internship Fair. All career related questions are welcome! Guest reviewers from Kerry Group, Peace Corps, UW International Internships Program. Questions:


Fall Career Fair Prep Night

Monday, September 18
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Pyle Center
Alumni Room – 1st Floor

Students will have the chance to meet 1:1 with an alumni recruiter from some of the top employers within a wide array of industries to review their resume, elevator pitch or field general questions.  Students will be randomly matched with the next available recruiter upon arrival (drop-in format)


Come Meet Covance

Monday, September 18
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Chemistry Building - 1101 University Ave. (RM 9341)

Have you ever considered a career in pharmaceutical research or food safety?
Are you curious what it's like to be a career scientist?
Come explore your potential and get answers to your questions from UW Madison Recent Graduates & Alumni.


Career and Internship Fair

Tuesday, September 19
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Kohl Center

Full list of employers here. Download the Career Fair App for table placement and facility map.