Biology Major Newsletter - December 12, 2017

• Biology Advisor Notes

• Alumni News

• Scholarships

• Research and Fellowship Opportunities

• Career, Job, Internship Events and Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events

Biology Advisor Notes

Have a wonderful winter break!

The newsletter will be on hiatus until next term. However, your Biology Major advisors are here the majority of winter break. 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

Alumni News

Biology alumna Sarah Timmler awarded teaching fellowship

Timmler, a Wauwatosa native, is in her second year teaching science at Wauwatosa West High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from UW–Madison, and did field work tracking the distribution, density and reproduction of California spotted owls.

“I’ve had to learn ways to make science more engaging, to meet the level the students are at, to modify things so they are more accessible,” she says.

“I can get lost in the details of daily planning and teaching. Being in the network of educators through Knowles reminds me to slow down and analyze what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, and how it impacts student learning.

“My professors at UW–Madison started us thinking about how we know what we know. They introduced us to different approaches, and focused on teaching in ways that are authentic and meaningful to the students, that make it applicable to their lives.”


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

International Internships

There are many amazing opportunities for UW-Madison undergrads in STEM fields to do summer research or intern abroad! Some deadlines are over winter break so start your research and applications early. IIP staff are available during break and happy to help with questions.

Aalto University Science Institute Research Intern
Location: Espoo, Finland
Description: Participate in topical research, interact with premier research groups
Compensation: Monthly salary to cover expenses and on-campus housing
Deadline: January 31

Health Access Connect Monitoring and Evaluation Intern
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Description: Document impact of HAC programs, conduct implementation research, compile literature reviews. 
Deadline: February 18

Amgen Scholars Japan Program
Location: Tokyo or Kyoto, Japan
Primary Internship Duties: contribute to research with faculty members from labs across campus to explore a career in biology or related sciences.
Compensation: Variable, but at least housing and stipend
Deadline: January 31 (Feb 1 Japan time)


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

Need a study room? Book one at SuccessWorks!

We know rooms are a premium during exam time, so we have new rooms you can reserve using the UW Library Study Room System. All rooms are located at SuccessWorks on the 3rd floor of the University Book Store building (711 State Street).  Rooms will fill fast, so reserve your spot right now.

Twelve rooms have a four-person capacity, and two larger conference rooms are available that accommodate eight and twenty students. These rooms are great for students, or even TA review sessions.

BONUS: We've also got free coffee and hot chocolate to keep you awake.


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.