Biology Major Newsletter - November 21, 2017

• Announcements and Updates

• Upcoming Deadlines

• Academic Events and Opportunities

• Research and Fellowship Opportunities

• Career, Job, Internship Events and Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events

Announcements and Updates

Enrollment Updates Spring 2018

Holds: Check your Student Center for holds now. Not right before you register, today! Not all holds are removed instantly. Many students have a hold for "Terms and Conditions" which is a new type of hold. You can log into your MyUW, look on the very top of the page; there will be a button at the top if you still have the hold.

Validate: Use this helpful Student Center feature when you have selected classes. You have the option to validate classes in your enrollment list; it is next to the enroll button. This will give you an opportunity to resolve potential issues. If you have a validation error message, contact the department's enrollment coordinator. Who? When you are in Course Guide, you'll notice the lecture has a hyperlink. Click it. Then you will see information on the class (like how many students can enroll, what is the waitlist capacity, etc). Midway down, there is a section on contacts

I don't know what to take for Biology! 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 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).

I can't get into the class I wanted. If it is physiology or anatomy, see below. For classes with a waitlist, enroll on the waitlist. In the meantime, you should enroll in another class in the event that you don't move off of the waitlist. The back-up class should meet the same requirement if this is your last semester.

On Wisconsin!
The Biology Major Advising Team


Apply to Graduate

If you are planning on graduating Fall 2017, you should have already applied to graduate. If you forgot, please do so now. If you are graduating in the Spring or Summer, you should apply now.  When you apply, you will also choose the term you commence (sometime referred to as walk). This can be the term before or after your actual graduation (completion of all requirements). Visit Commence to learn more about the process and day-of details. Learn more about the UW Alumni Association on their Recent Grads page.


Biology Major Course Updates

You may have noticed some Biology courses are in red on the Spring class list linked from the Resources page. Courses in red need to be reviewed by the Biology Major Program Committee. Once the review has been completed, the courses will converted to black (no syllabus available) or blue (syllabus available) if approved. One class you can expect to see changed is Food Systems, Sustainability, and Climate Change which is cross-listed among a variety of departments. This course will still meet Category E, but will no longer meet the lab requirement. If you were planning on this class for your Intermediate or Advanced breadth lab, you will need to choose another class with an approved lab.

Updates will be posted this afternoon for over half of the red courses. The remaining red courses will be reviewed in early December. If you are concerned, please reach out to your advisor.


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.

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. The course is now filled and students may join the waitlist. As there is little movement of the waitlist for this class, you should enroll in an alternate class.

Physiology 335  If you are on the priority waitlist, register for 335 at the time of your enrollment. A waitlist for non-priority students will open at 12:00 pm on December 6. 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

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


Deadline Extended for Summer 2018 Microbiology and Public Health in Northern Thailand Study Abroad Program

A quick note to let you know that the application deadline for the popular microbiology and global health certificate study abroad program in Thailand has been extended to December 1, 2017.  This program was created in conjunction with the Biology major and is geared towards students with an interest in public health who are looking to take a microbiology lab course.  This is an eight week program (mid June to early August) where students take two courses: a 2 credit Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory (Micro 304) course and a 3 credit course about public health in northern Thailand.  The microbiology lab course is taught by the same UW-Madison professor that teaches the course here.  The public health course is taught by UW-Madison instructor with years of experience researching public health in northern Thailand, and this course will count for the global health field experience requirement.  Students do not need to be completing the global health certificate to participate, and the program is open to students from any major.  Because the program requires taking Microbiology 304, students interested in this program should complete the Microbiology 303 prerequisite before participating.  For additional information on this popular program please click here.      


INTER-LS 210: L&S Career Development: Taking Initiative

You don't have to plan your entire career--just your next steps on the path to success.

This one-credit course includes assignments you can use immediately for your internship and job search. Not sure of your career path? That’s OK! We'll help you get started.

Register for Inter-LS 210 to:

• Write a great resume and cover letter

• Explore your career possibilities and internships

• Make connections with UW alumni who want to help you succeed

• Build an effective network of professors, TAs, alumni and your peers

• Hone your strategies to get noticed by employers

92% of students say the course prepared them to find and apply for an internship, volunteer or research experience

Note: This class is open to students in all colleges.

Research and Fellowship Opportunities

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


Summer Fellowship: Mosquito and Tick-borne Disease

Worldwide, mosquito and tick-borne illnesses kill millions of people each year and leave hundreds of millions more suffering chronic illness and reduced productivity and quality of life. Even in Wisconsin, humans, pets, farm animals, and diverse wild animals are regularly infected and even killed by a host of pathogens that includes West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and heartworm. Preventing vector-borne disease is fascinating because it requires understanding the biology of the vector, the pathogen, the hosts, and the environment in which all of them interact. Whether you plan to become a clinical medical provider, a public health official, or almost anything else, if you find vector-borne disease interesting you may want to apply to be a 2018 Summer Research Fellow with MCE-VBD. Research fellows will be paid to help monitor populations of ticks and mosquitoes in Wisconsin, test captured vectors for diseases, and more. To learn more and apply, please see here


2017-18 Newman Civic Fellowship

This student will participate in leadership development and learning around civic engagement with a cohort of other fellows from schools around the country. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports one community-committed student per participating campus who has demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change.

Newman Civic Fellow nominees must also meet the fellowship eligibility criteria:

-Be an enrolled undergraduate at UW-Madison
-Have at least one year of education remaining at UW-Madison
-Must commit to providing a short reflection piece (video, article, or letter format) to Campus Compact during their fellowship year

Students should apply online to serve as the 2017-18 Newman Civic Fellow: The application deadline is Sunday, December 10.

Career, Job, and Internship Events and Opportunities

On Campus Event: Chemistry, Coffee, & Covance!

Have you ever considered careers in research and development or chemistry?
Have you thought about what it's like to be a "career" scientist?
Come explore your potential and get answers to your questions!

Join us for a networking session and career presentation with Covance scientists and professionals. Graduating Seniors - Please bring Resume to be considered for full time roles!

Tuesday, December 5th
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Chemistry Building; Room 9341

Food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to by 11/29/17.RSVP is preferred but not required.


--This position is from BuckyNet. If you are looking for internships or careers after graduation, make sure you register and review the opportunities regularly. See the October 19 Biology Newsletter for more information on BuckyNet.--

Gundersen Health System Internship

The Student Summer Research Fellow will develop an understanding of medical research in a community-based clinical setting through a 13-week summer internship. Students will utilize commonly used experimental designs for research studies and gain insight in disease processes, observation of diagnostic and treatment interventions. In collaboration with a Principal Investigator (PI), research mentor, and biostatistician, the student will work on a research project, including but not limited to data collection through review of patient medical records, data entry, analysis, and potentially publication. Students will utilize available resources, including but not limited to, the medical library, online resources, departmental guidelines and policies, and methods of scientific writing, to complete specific research project goals. Students will present a 15-minute verbal PowerPoint presentation of their research project findings at a noon conference at the end of the summer internship. Students will gain knowledge of medical departments through specific departmental training and shadowing experiences.

Other Opportunities and Events

Cornell University Graduate Student Diversity Preview

The Cornell University Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept. of Entomology, and School of Integrative Plant Science are pleased to announce our second annual Graduate Student Diversity Preview Weekend being held from March 8-11, 2018. This event introduces 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. If you have any questions, please email


Wisconsin Express

Wisconsin AHEC (Area Health Education Center) is delighted to announce our annual Wisconsin Express. This one-week cultural immersion program is offered in Spring and Summer 2018.

This field experience offers unique insider access to a local region of Wisconsin, including tours of facilities and conversations with people who live and work in that part of the state. The 2018 program offers 14 sites, each with a different cultural focus (such as Native American, Amish, Somali, Hmong, African American, Latinx), and other special focus areas (such as aging, women’s health, addiction, or incarceration). Teams of 6-12 student stay overnight and travel together throughout the week to tour local resources and meet health care providers and many additional professionals in the region, to gain an understanding of the community.

Program dates:
Summer (10 sites) – May 20-25, 2018
Spring Break (4 sites) – 3 different weeks in March 2018; see application for timing and site locations

Participant fee is $210 for the week; partial scholarship assistance is available for students unable to pay the entire fee. Applications received by Friday December 22 will receive priority consideration.