Biology Major Newsletter - September 13, 2017

• Announcements and Updates

• Upcoming Deadlines

• Student Spotlight

• Academic Events and Opportunities

• Career/Internship Events and Opportunities

Announcements and Updates

This year, the Biology major will be adding new features to the newsletters.  This week we begin the Student Spotlight where you can take a look at the diversity of student experiences in the Biology major.  We hope to share faculty and alumni perspectives in the months to come.

On Wisconsin!
The Biology Major Advising Team


Biology Badgers Care

The Open Seat is a food pantry run by students, for students. It is located in the Student Activity Center, 333 E Campus Mall, 4th floor.   Any current UW student is eligible to use The Open Seat.  Hours this semester are:
     Sundays        2:30 - 6:00
     Tuesdays      5:00 - 8:00
     Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:00
Students can come once a week and take the equivalent of about $30 of groceries. Our stock varies depending on donations, but we consistently have non-perishable grocery items, some fresh fruits and vegetables and personal care items.

The Biology Major is collecting items to donate to The Open Seat. Please bring non-perishable, non-expired cans (cans must not be dented or rusted) and other unopened packages (such as toiletries, toothpaste, dish soap, etc.).  All items must be unopened with the original, legible, sealed packaging. You can drop off items in the yellow bin near the Biology Major Advising sign on the second floor of Microbial Sciences Building.

Upcoming Deadlines

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (TODAY)
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)

Student Spotlight

Cole Bacig

Biology Major, Senior

Are you involved in research? What do you do? With whom?  How did you get into the lab? Tips for those looking for research opportunities.

I got involved in research through the Welton Honors Scholarship Grant in the summer of 2016. I emailed a handful of different labs with my resume and why I was interested. I heard back from the Gamm Ophthalmology Lab first and I began integrating into the lab shortly thereafter. I’ve learned that the relationship between PI and undergrad is symbiotic, but the catch is both parties have to communicate well in regard to expectation and aspirations. You get out what you put in so, make sure to ask questions and put in the time. It helps to find a lab studying something that you are interested in.

Have you engaged in service, study abroad, FIGs? How have these activities influenced you personally, academically and/or professionally?

I recently studied healthcare systems and various clinical settings in Copenhagen, Denmark. I applied through International Academic Programs and was accepted to the DIS Program. This experience not only reaffirmed my passion for medicine, but also helped me learn more about the type of doctor I want to become and the healthcare system I want to work toward. Further, it pushed me to grow by forcing me out of my comfort zone. I made new friends, acquired credits the count toward my major, and exploring around Europe – I can’t think of a better way to spend a semester!

What has been one of your challenges?  What tips do you have for others with the same challenge?

I’ve always preferred and been more successful in science-based classes. While there is no shortage of science classes offered at UW, I think there is a value in taking classes that don't count towards your major. Not only do they allow your brain to take a break from what it’s used to processing, but they give you new insights to unknown passion and interests.


 Are you interested in learning more about research?  Biology will host a research info session in October (keep reading the newsletter). You can also visit BioCommons Research or look for UW researchers through the Experts Database and Discovery Portal.

Academic Events and Opportunities

Study Abroad Fair (TODAY)

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.


Student Org Fair (TODAY)

Wednesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 14
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Kohl Center

The Student Organization Fair is an interactive fair for students to find out information about and make connects with Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) that align with their interests.

Becoming a member of an RSO will also help you build lifelong friendships and enhance your academic experience. The fair is at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and is located in the Kohl Center.

All students can attend the fair –just remember to bring your Student ID!

Watch this video prior to going so you feel ready!


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)



Writing Center Programs

Senior Thesis Writing Groups
The Writing Center organizes small, student-led groups that bring together senior thesis writers from across the university. At welcoming and relaxed weekly meetings, seniors will share and discuss drafts of their thesis, give and receive feedback, and hold each other accountable for making progress. A Writing Center instructor will attend the initial meeting for each senior thesis writing group, help the group decide its goals and meeting schedule, and be in touch with the group over the course of the academic year to offer advice and support. Consistent participation from each group member is key to a productive and enjoyable writing group experience.

Orientation meetings will be held on Tuesday, September 19 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 6176 and Wednesday, September 20 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in room 6172 on the 6th floor of Helen C. White Hall. (You only need to attend one of these orientations.) If you're interested in joining a group or just learning more, please RSVP for an upcoming orientation meeting by completing this short online survey:

If you have any questions, or are unable to attend either orientation meeting, but would still like to be involved, please email Stephanie at


Undergraduate Peer Workshop for Publication
Under the guidance of an experienced doctoral-level teaching assistant, undergraduate students enrolled in this workshop will receive ongoing support as they work through the stages of publication, from selecting a target journal to revising their drafts. Participants will attend an orientation and meet weekly with a group of their peers to receive feedback on their progress.

Please fill out this survey by September 20th to participate. Writing Center staff with be in touch with you soon to confirm a time and place for the orientation. If you have questions, please email Mia at


First-Year Pre-Health course “Preparing for Professional Programs in Health Care”

This online, non-credit course will help first year students learn to find answers to many of their most pressing questions: how to explore health careers; how to determine which classes to take; how to find extracurricular experiences; and most importantly, how best to utilize advising resources across campus answer their questions, big and small. While completing the course, students are also expected to volunteer in a hospital or other facility for a semester.  Students will be able to meet with Mike Hill, our dedicated first year advisor and course instructor, during group advising sessions, via online office hours and during drop-ins, including our new First Year Friday Drop-In hours. First year students may seek advice via our questions box (

Career and Internship Events and Opportunities

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 – 6:00 p.m.
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.