Biology Major Newsletter - September 19, 2017

• Announcements and Updates

• Academic Events and Opportunities

• Scholarship and Fellowship Events and Opportunities

• Career/Internship Events and Opportunities

Announcements and Updates

It's Career and Internship Month at UW.  Learn more about the offices, opportunities, resources and events in the Career/Internship Events and Opportunities section below.

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The Biology Major Advising Team

Academic Events and Opportunities

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.

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. (TODAY) 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

Scholarship and Fellowship Events and Opportunities

The College of Letters & Science Undergraduate Scholarship

The scholarship application is open for L&S continuing students

Deadline to apply:  October 15. 

Students can apply here:
and review scholarships information here:

Attend an information session in Memorial Union:
Thursday September 28, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4,   5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Career and Internship Events and Opportunities

September is Career and Internship Exploration Month

The career services landscape is robust at UW.  There are several offices specializing in different support services.  Here are a few that may be helpful to you:

Career Exploration Center provides career and major exploration resources.  you can meet with an advisor, explore career inventories, utilize their career library, and attend many workshops on career exploration.  

CALS Career Services assists CALS students in resume and cover letter writing, explore opportunities in agricultural or life science careers and internships, and provides career-related workshops. The office also provides information on graduate programs.

L&S Career Services (SuccessWorks) helps L&S students explore possible career paths that align with their strengths and course of study; refine resumes, cover letters, interviews, grad school applications; develop network with alumni and employers; and launch internships.

Center for Pre-Health Advising provides guidance on a myriad of health careers from Allied Health to Veterinary Medicine. They have a new first-year online course to get you started.

Center for Pre-Law Advising  provides advising and other resources to UW-Madison students and alumni in the process of considering, preparing for, or applying to law school.

September is a great time to think about career development goals and to attend one of the many events happening this month. Visit the Events Calendar to find out how you can participate: Career Events at UW-Madison


What is Buckynet?

BuckyNet is a free, UW password-protected interactive online system which connects students and employers. Through BuckyNet, you can search and apply for internships and full-time opportunities, post your resume, sign-up for on-campus interviews and mock interviews, research employers, and see schedules of our career fairs, employer information sessions and career events. Employers in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors post on BuckyNet on a daily basis, with many career fields of interest to you!

Ready to sign up? Keep in mind it can take a day or so for yoru college to verify your status to access BuckyNet, so request an account today!

CALS students the CALS Careers site, click BuckyNet on the lower left, and select the students button

L&S students: visit SuccessWorks, click on BuckyNet on the top bar, then click through Current Students to sign up.


L&S Career Services Changes

We are now called SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science. You will see the new name on everything we sponsor going forward.

We are located in the Bookstore building on the 3rd floor, suite 300; 711 State Street.

New website, same URL:  Many new features to check out like the Career Communities.

Drop-ins every Tuesday and Friday from 12-2 p.m. or go online to make a career advising appointment to learn about a career community in your interest area.


Engineering/STEM Career Fair

Over 320 organizations are scheduled to attend to recruit engineering, computer sciences, math, physics, chemistry and other STEM majors.

Wednesday, September 20
1:00 – 7:00 PM
Gordon Dining and Event Center

Students may pick up maps/hiring information in room 175 of 1410 Engineering Drive on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from Noon-4 pm.  Students may also build a name tag at that time. Name tags and maps will not be available at Gordon Dining & Event Center.


Career and Internship Fair

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

Full list of employers here. Download the Career Fair App for table locations.


Land O’ Lakes Global Food Challenge

Attention UW Class of 2020. By 2050, the world population is expected to grow to nearly 10 billion people. In order to feed the world and meet this demand, global food production must grow by 70%. To solve global food security, we need people from all different walks of life. Regardless of your college, major, or career experience, if you’re a sophomore (Class of 2020), now’s your chance to make a difference.

Info Sessions
Thursday, September 21
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
BioCommons, Room 110 Lower Level, Steenbock Library 
Click HERE to RSVP for this information session (encouraged, but not required)!

Thursday, September 21
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Union South, Check TITU
Click HERE to RSVP for this information session (encouraged, but not required)!

Selected Emerging Leaders gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the food and agricultural industry: trips to Washington, D.C and Africa as part of an 11-week paid summer internship with Land O’Lakes, Inc. Check out last years’ experience here!

Online applications due October 30, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.

Questions? Contact Brandi DeVries 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 (