Biology Major Newsletter - November 8, 2017

• Announcements and Updates

• Upcoming Deadlines

• Student Spotlight

• Academic Events and Opportunities

• Career, Job, Internship Events and Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events

Announcements and Updates

Spring 2018 Advisor Meetings

November and April are very busy advising times of year due to registration. If you cannot get in to see your advisor, register using your DARS to determine which classes you need. Review Biology major classes on our Resources page to see what is available in your needed categories (i.e., red on DARS). Make an appointment later in the semester to review your plan and fine-tune if necessary. You can find your advisor's name and contact information in Student Center (look on the right-side information bar).

On Wisconsin!
The Biology Major Advising Team


Anatomy and Physiology Registration

Please refer to the October 31 Biology newsletter for complete details on Anatomy and Physiology registration.

Kinesiology 337: Human Anatomy (Lecture)

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

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

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

Kinesiology 338: Human Anatomy Lab

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

• After enrolling onto the waitlist, 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.

Physiology 435 is prioritized for Biology majors Biology majors have priority over students in other majors. Enrollment happens at your assigned enrollment time, and the course typically fills with students with senior standing. Students will be able to join the waitlist after the course fills. There is not typically a lot of movement on the waitlist.

Physiology 335  A waitlist for non-priority students will open at 12:00 pm on December 6, and interested students should join the waitlist at that time. There are typically seats in Phys 335 after priority students enroll, so students can get into the course via the waitlist.

Upcoming Deadlines

Friday, November 24, 2017
Deadline to withdraw from Fall term with W on transcript

Student Spotlight

Alexa Bertz

Biology and Entomology majors

What has been your favorite bioscience class so far, and why?
Parasitology 350 has been one of my favorite bioscience classes here at UW. The class was incredibly interesting and Dr. Bartholomay is a great professor. She made an effort to get to know every student in the large lecture and she has a great sense of humor which made class a lot of fun.

What has been one of your challenges? What tips do you have for others with the same challenge?
Trying to stay on top of everything that I’m involved in has been challenging. For others who are also very busy with classes, work, or student organizations, I highly recommend taking breaks throughout the day or planning one fun thing to look forward to each day. Taking breaks allows me to be more productive. I’m also more motivated by having something that I can look forward to when I finish my work.

Are you active in any student clubs—which ones would you recommend?
I’m currently active in the Pre-Veterinary Association (PVA), the Associated Students of Madison (ASM), and a professional sorority (Sigma Alpha). PVA and Sigma Alpha are definitely student groups for those with more specific interests. More generally speaking, I would recommend joining ASM for there’s truly something for everyone within this organization.

Have you engaged in service, study abroad, FIGs?
This will be my 7th semester with Badger Volunteers (BV) and my 3rd semester as a BV leader. Volunteering has really given me the opportunity to further develop my communication and leadership skills. I’ve also learned a lot more about the community by working with and helping individuals outside of the campus.

I also participated in a study abroad program (UW Health and Obesity in Austria) over the summer in Vienna, Austria for a week. Studying abroad, even for a short time, was an incredible experience. I learned first-hand about global public health differences outside of the classroom. I also gained better perspective on the United States’ place in the world and also got to experience an entirely new culture.

Additionally, as a freshman, I joined an entomology-focused FIG during my first semester. If I had not taken the entomology focused FIG, I never would have discovered my passion for insects and wouldn’t have decided to double major in biology and entomology.

What do you wish someone would have shared when you were a freshman?
I wish someone would have told me about the UW-Madison Book Exchange Facebook page as a freshman. I really could have saved money by utilizing this page sooner! Additionally, I wish I would have been told immediately on day one not to wear my lanyard around my neck (haha).

Do you have any other tips for fellow Biology students?
I would recommend spacing out some of the intermediate/advanced biology coursework over time instead of taking many upper level courses in one semester. I would also recommend taking classes in the summer if you can. It really allows for more class schedule flexibility during the regular school year.

What do you hope to do after graduation?
Hopefully after graduation I will be attending veterinary school!

Academic Events and Opportunities


Biocore is an honors program that can fulfill both introductory and foundational course requirements for the Biology major. Meet with your Biology Major Advisor to learn how. Biocore provides:

•  Collaborative Honors biology community

•  Small class sizes with supportive large teaching team

•  Strong emphasis on research, scientific reasoning and communication

•  Earn Biocore Honors Certificate

Biocore Info Session
Meet Biocore student peer advisors, learn about program, and get your questions answered! Get a feeling for Biocore Student Experience - VIDEO

Thursday, November 16
132 Noland Hall


* General Chemistry 104, 109, or 115
* First semester calculus: Math 221 (or equiv)
* Fall 2018 (or previous) enrollment in Org Chem 343

Applications Available: December 15, 2017
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018


Applying for the Hilldale or Holstrom research fellowships?  

Don’t miss this workshop! You’ll have the chance to review successful applications from past years in a variety of fields and learn strategies that will help you stand out as a strong applicant. The application deadline for these awards will be in February 2018. Register at

Thursday, November 30
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
The Writing Center

Career, Job, and Internship Events and Opportunities

Covance is hiring December graduates

We have opened a number of full time Study Technician positions, specifically for December 2017 graduates. These positions are supporting our Early Drug Development labs business and are being made exclusive to UW Madison students for the next few weeks. Interested students must apply online and list ‘university’ as their source of application. This role is also being promoted through Buckynet.


All-Campus Healthcare Symposium

HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) is hosting the 14th annual All-Campus Healthcare Symposium next month. Save the date! This free event is open to all undergrads and features panels of healthcare professionals from the Madison area. Panels offered this year will be:  pre-medicine, pre-PA, pre-OT, pre-PT, pre-pharmacy, nursing, global and public health, and athletic training/sports. Register here.

Wednesday, November 15
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Lowell Center

Other Opportunities and Events

International Education Week - November 13-17

Partake in a variety of events on campus that celebrate International Education Week. Events include:

• Global Engagement Fair featuring campus and community organizations, food, and student performances

• Writing Center Peace Corp Application Workshop

• International Scholarship Workshop

• Full list here: