Biology Major Newsletter - October 17, 2017

• Announcements and Updates

• Academic Events and Opportunities

• Graduate School Events and Opportunities

• Career, Job, Internship Events and Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events

Announcements and Updates

Spring 2018 Registration

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.

You will receive your time and date to register November 6 in student center and by email. Seniors will begin registration November 14 and Freshman will begin registration November 30. Registration times are determined by your completed credits.

Biology will share information on high-demand classes (e.g., anatomy and physiology) via this newsletter as we have complete information. Please read this information carefully as there are changes to registration this year--no more wait list notes. Keep your eye on the newsletter.

If you have questions or concerns, connect with your advisor.

On Wisconsin!
The Biology Major Advising Team


 Anatomy Registration

Spring 2018 Kinesiology 337: Human Anatomy (Lecture)

The Department of Kinesiology will offer two lectures of Kines 337 in Spring 2018. At present, the course can accommodate 360 students in Fall and Spring semesters and 100 students in Summer term. 

• Students with KNS or PRN classification will have priority enrollment until November 30th at 9am.

• Seniors will be able to enroll beginning November 30th at 9am.

• Juniors will be able to enroll beginning December 1st at 9am.

• Open enrollment for all remaining students meeting the prerequisite begins December 2nd at 9 a.m.

• A small number of seats will be held back for special students.

• No priority lists will be collected prior to the enrollment period.

Spring 2018 Kinesiology 338: Human Anatomy Lab

• Kinesiology is offering 8 sections of human anatomy lab this spring.

• Students with KNS classification will have priority enrollment until November 30th at 9 a.m.

• The course will go straight to a wait list at 9am on November 30th for seniors only.

• The wait list comment function will no longer be available to students during registration. Students placed on a wait list should email Lisa Cappabianca ( with campus ID #, student status (sr., jr.), date of anticipated graduation and information regarding any post-grad health programs to which they have applied. This email should be sent AFTER YOU ARE ON THE WAIT LIST. The wait list will be prioritized based on that information. Priority will be given to graduating seniors and seniors applying to post-grad health programs.

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.


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

Graduate School Events and Opportunities

The Cornell University Graduate Student Diversity Preview Weekend

Cornell’s Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept. of Entomology, and School of Integrative Plant Science are pleased to announce our second annual preview weekend held from March 8-11, 2018. This event is intended to introduce students from underrepresented backgrounds to the graduate school application process and to connect them with faculty members that share research interests.

Participant housing and meals will be provided, as well as up to $600 in travel expenses. We encourage applications from students from underrepresented backgrounds (including underrepresented minorities, first-generation students, low income, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA) that are interested in applying for graduate school during the 2018-2019 application cycle. The application deadline is December 1, 2017.


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.


The Wisconsin Society for Conservation Biology presents:

Summer Internship and Job Panel

Wednesday, October 25
6:00 p.m.
Memorial Union (Specific room # will be posted on the TITU board)

Join WSCB and other environmental orgs to hear speakers talk about their experiences and learn more about how to land awesome summer internships and jobs.  Many applications open NOW.  Strengthen both your resume and connections for future jobs!


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.

Other Opportunities and Events

Food Evolution Screening  

Tuesday, October 24
6:30 p.m.
Marquee Theater, Union South

See the recently released documentary that examines the relationship between genetically modified organisms and food. There will be an opportunity to discuss the film and ask questions during an informal panel. No tickets required and seating is first come, first serve. Visit Facebook for more details.