Biology Major Newsletter - October 11, 2017

• Announcements and Updates

• Academic Events and Opportunities

• Scholarship and Fellowship Events and Opportunities

• Research

• Career, Job, Internship Events and Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events

Announcements and Updates

Mid-Semester Advising

Although we are just entering the mid-point of this semester, it is not too early to meet with your advisor about Spring. Meeting before enrollment starts means you will have an easier time scheduling an appointment. At enrollment, advisors book up one to two weeks in advance, so plan accordingly. We do want to meet with you!

Why come in now? Biology advisors can help you with questions about finding research (or you can attend the Biology research session, see below); explore Biology classes and how they can fit into your major; develop a four-year plan including how to integrate study abroad, additional majors, or certificates; provide information on learning support resources; review your DARS; and discuss your academic goals. 

Spring 2018 courses will be available October 20. The Biology major will share a list of Biology major classes on our Resources page within a week after the courses are released. Use it to plan for Spring course selection.

Before you come in, run your DARS so you know what requirements are left for the major and degree. Your advisor can clarify any requirements and help you plan for meaningful semesters. To make an appointment, your advisor is listed in Student Center, or visit Biology Advising.

On Wisconsin!
The Biology Major Advising Team

Academic Events and Opportunities

Have you ever wondered how to a find a research mentor? Or how to enroll in independent study credits? Or what the CALS Capstone requirement is all about, and how it impacts you? If you can answer 'yes' to any of the previous questions, then the Biology Major has an event planned just for you!

Tuesday, October 17
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
2301 Microbial Sciences Building

The presentation is open to Biology Majors in both L&S and CALS. Register here by Friday, October 13!


Undergraduate Writing Groups for Publication

This peer workshop is for advanced undergraduates interested in revising and publishing their final papers or research projects in undergraduate journals. Students in this workshop will receive ongoing support as they work through the stages of publication. Participants will attend an orientation and meet weekly with a group of peers to receive feedback on progress.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please fill out this survey.  If you have questions, please email Mia at


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 discuss their research and drafts, give and receive feedback, and hold each other accountable. Consistent participation from each group member is key to a productive and enjoyable writing group experience.

If you are interested in joining or learning more, RSVP for an upcoming orientation meeting by completing this short survey.  If you have any questions, or are unable to attend, email Stephanie 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:


Career, Job, and Internship Events and Opportunities

Perfect your interviewing skills! Mock Interviews

Practice makes perfect! This event will give you the tools to go from hello to hired. Learn effective preparation techniques, popular questions to anticipate and tips on how to make a lasting positive impression. Expect to practice with your peers AND volunteer employers in a fun and comfortable setting. 

Tuesday, October 17
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Biocommons, Steenbock Library

ALL students will be welcomed. Co-sponsored by Steenbock Library, BioCommons and CALS Career Services. Volunteer Interviewers: Catalent Biologics, Exact Sciences, Allied Co-op, Agribility of Wisconsin, Covance

RSVP Requested, not Required:


Careers in Clean Energy Workshop

Energy touches all aspects of our lives, and transitioning to more sustainable methods of generating and consuming energy will be one of the major challenges of our generation. For this transition to take place, we will need talented young leaders from all backgrounds to work together for a better future. This workshop will highlight emerging career opportunities in the clean energy economy for a wide range of disciplines across campus. Register here!

Wednesday, October 18
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
114 Ingraham Hall

Visit the Career Exploration Center for more opportunities.


Science and Research Mock Interviews

Meet 1:1 with a helpful professional for a 20-minute interview and 10-minute feedback. Mock interviews provide:

• Low-key atmosphere that enables positive growth and provides support to develop your interviewing knowledge 

• Introduction to typical interview pace and questioning

• Connect with an in-the-field employer who is attending solely to help

Thursday, October 26
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SuccessWorks at the College of Letters and Science
711 State Street, Suite 300
3rd Floor of the University Bookstore 

RSVP REQUIRED by Oct. 19th. Email Nate Doolin – for details.


Tutors Needed

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) is in need of tutors for Bio 151/152.  Tutoring not only benefits the students, but the tutor as well.  Tutors can earn $9.00 to start (+ $1 per hour for more tutoring a group of 3 -6 students).

Tutors should have an AB or higher in the courses, are currently enrolled at UW-Madison with a 2.75 GPA or higher, and want to help other students.  If interested, contact Africa Lozano at for an application and more details.

Other Opportunities and Events

Transitions: Undergraduate to Graduate/Professional School

The GUTS Transitions program holds informational panel session to get questions answered by current graduate/professional students and gain a first-hand experience of graduate student life. Our panel-style seminars assist undergraduate students in understanding the graduate/professional school application process and helping them to make more informed decisions. The panels are informal and tailored to each undergraduate's questions and needs.

Transitions for Biomedical Sciences
Monday, October 16
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
168 Noland