Biology Major Newsletter - December 5, 2017

• Biology Advisor Notes

• Student Spotlight

• Academic Events and Opportunities

• Scholarships

• Research and Fellowship Opportunities

• Career, Job, Internship Events and Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events

Biology Advisor Notes

As the semester is winding down and finals are on the horizon, take time to take care of yourself. UHS has a variety of resources to help you with many aspects of health care. You can engage in group meditation, connect with a counselor for stress management, or find relaxation through guided breathing wherever you are. If you enjoy online exploration tools, try SilverCloud.

Your Biology Major advisors are here the majority of winter break. We are happy to help you manage your academic health. We encourage you to come in to discuss your Biology questions, review learning support resources, or work on your four-year plans. You can find your advisor in Student Center, right panel.

On Wisconsin!
The Biology Major Advising Team

Student Spotlight

Natalie Bueno

Biology, Neurobiology Option

When did you know Biology was the right major for you?
I knew Biology was the right major for me after taking Organic Chemistry 345. It was probably one of my most challenging, but rewarding classes. This class helped me understand my learning habits and how I react to stress. Studying for this class could be very frustrating- even after hours of studying for an exam I wouldn’t get a score I was with happy with. With the help of peers and perseverance, I found my best study methods (notecards, book summary references, etc.) and was able to succeed in the course. Not only was I able to do well in the class, but I also recognized how much I enjoy the challenges of STEM courses.

What class outside of the biosciences has resonated with you the most? What type of students would you encourage to take it as well?
I would recommend taking Sociology 134: Race and Ethnicity in the United States. As a STEM student, we do not really have exposure to social justice issues. It is important to be aware of especially since many inequalities are apart of every day life and especially on this campus. Another course I would suggest taking is a Business course, I am currently taking the Fundamentals of Management and Marketing for Non-Business majors. It is helping me with my financial aspects of my life and preparing me for post-undergraduate life.

Are you active in any student clubs—which ones would you recommend?
I am involved in the Integrated Mentoring Program and Core Training (IMPaCT) student organization under the department for Wiscience. This program not only offers many leadership opportunities, but also a chance to create a community with peers and faculty in STEM. It’s a great network to have especially with the opportunities and resources available to you as a student.

I am also a part of the Community Health Volunteers of Madison (CHVM). This student organization offers various health related volunteer opportunities. It was a way to give back to the community and help me grow as a leader in a field that interested me.

Have you engaged in service, study abroad, Honors, FIGs? How have these activities influenced you personally, academically and/or professionally?
I studied abroad in Thailand with the UW Microbiology and Public Health program. This program lined up with my academic interests and was located in a place I have always dreamed of visiting. This program was challenging, but it was an incredible experience. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, I would definitely recommend it!

What has been the most rewarding experience out-side of the classroom?
I have the privilege of working with many students throughout my college career. My goal has been to create a welcoming community in STEM and I have been fortunate enough to have many people share that same belief. Although my role as a mentor is to help support these students during their academic career, they have also pushed me to be a better leader and person as well. Never underestimate the power of networking and creating friendships; it has been a major contributor to my success at UW.

Academic Events and Opportunities

Community-based Learning Courses

Sometimes also called “service learning,” community-based learning (CBL) is a credit-bearing course that integrates meaningful community service within course curriculum. Along with traditional classroom learning, you will dedicate 25 hours to working with the course’s community partner. About 110-120 CBL courses are taught at UW-Madison every year.

The community-based learning model emphasizes reciprocal relationships. Students provide a service to the community partner, while you benefit from the experience and knowledge of the community partner.

Community-based learning with refugees and immigrants; Spanish language practice: Medical Spanish;Service with youth in STEM are just a few options. View the full list: Spring 2018 community-based learning courses


Health and the Humanities Certificate

The humanities are about the human experience, and this certificate will give you exposure to a range of historical, cultural, and philosophical reasons why people make decisions about their health care. Everyone who comes in contact with the health care system, from health care providers to patients, needs to understand more than just the biological aspects of medicine in order to support health and wellness. To learn more about this new option, attend an information session. Sign up through this link.

Wednesday, Dec 6 at 4 p.m.
Thursday Dec 7 at 5:30 p.m.


Nontraditional Student Scholarships

Are you a returning adult, single parent, or other nontraditional student who is struggling to cover the costs of your education?  Do you have at least one year left in your UW-Madison degree program, or will you be starting a new UW-Madison degree program?  If so, you may be eligible for a scholarship!

The Division of Continuing Studies Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) office administers multiple scholarships specifically designed for returning adult and nontraditional students.  We encourage you to visit our website for more information, as well as tips for applying.  Additional opportunities for support, including our Continuing Education grants can be found here.

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 scholarship competition is February 20, 2018.  Apply through Scholarships @UW-Madison by clicking Visit My Scholarships.  


The CALS 2018-2019 Scholarship

The application is now open and will remain open through midnight (11:59:59 pm) on February 1, 2018, but don’t wait until the last minute!  Waiting to submit your scholarship application could create a high volume of traffic at a critical time.  By filling out one application, you are applying to every scholarship offered by CALS whose criteria you match; keep in mind that all CALS students must apply every year to be eligible.

• Go to

• Click the “Visit my Scholarships” button

• Provide your log-in information and confirm your Academic/Contact Information

• Complete the application presented to you via the matching process.  Keep in mind that once your  application has been submitted, you will not be able to update/edit it.

If you do not intend to complete your application, please cancel your application so we do not send you any additional reminders.

Last year CALS awarded over 800 scholarships totaling approximately $1,300,000.  CALS offers scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Awards are given to students in every major, so every CALS student is strongly encouraged to apply.

These scholarships will be distributed in the 2018-2019 academic year.

E-mail or call 608.262.3003 for further information.

Research and Fellowship Opportunities

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Awards

Students are invited to attend upcoming information sessions & open houses to learn more about Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards for the study of critical and less commonly taught languages at UW-Madison.

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW's area & international studies centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and area or international studies competencies. The application for Summer 2018 and Academic Year 2018-2019 FLAS awards is now open!

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training. The application deadline is February 12, 2018.

Join an information sessions for students interested in applying for a FLAS award. The content of the sessions will be identical; students need only attend one session:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (in 336 Ingraham Hall):
3:00 - 4:00 pm for undergraduate student applicants
4:00 - 5:00 pm for graduate applicants*

Monday, January 22, 2018 (in 336 Ingraham Hall):
3:00 - 4:00 pm for undergraduate student applicants
4:00 - 5:00 pm for graduate applicants*

Thursday, January 29, 2018 (in 336 Ingraham Hall):
3:00 - 4:00 pm for undergraduate student applicants
4:00 - 5:00 pm for graduate applicants*

*Graduating seniors who plan to be in graduate or professional school at UW next year should attend the session for graduate applicants.

In addition, there will be 4 open houses where applicants and interested students are welcome to stop by for additional information and with any questions about the awards, the application process, etc:
December 1 & 7, 2017 and January 23 & 29, 2018
11:00am - 1:00 pm in 301 Ingraham Hall

Career, Job, and Internship Events and Opportunities

SOAR is Hiring

At the Center for the First-Year Experience we need 30+ student staff to make SOAR 2018 a success. We’re looking for a diverse applicant pool of students who want to represent UW-Madison to incoming students, as well as build their own skills in leadership, communication, and project management.

Student positions available include: New Student Leader (spring training + summer full-time) Orientation Assistant (spring training/ work +summer full-time), and Transfer Ambassador (year-round part-time). All positions pay $10.50 an hour and are open to undergraduate students. View the CFYE employment page to learn more about the positions and to apply. Applications are due by noon on Friday, December 15.

Other Opportunities and Events

2017 Cool Science Image Exhibition

September 22 – December 20, 2017

For the past six years, scientists from across the UW-Madison research landscape have participated in the “Cool Science Image” contest. The intent of the contest is to draw out the alluring but oft-hidden features of the natural world—cells, molecules, and stars among them—key to research and studies undertaken on campus.