Biology Major Newsletter - January 23, 2018

• Biology Advisor Notes

• Important Dates

• Academic Information

• Scholarships

• Research and Fellowship Opportunities

• Career, Job, Internship Events and Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events

Biology Advisor Notes

Welcome Back!

We hope you had a wonderful break full of fun, reflection, and rest. During this first week back, take time to map out your semester. When are exams, major assignments, quizzes? Are some outside of your regular class time? Is your class engaging or at the appropriate level for you? You have the first week to  adjust your schedule if you need to add, drop, or swap a class. See the deadlines below. Consult with your advisor, especially if you are changing a class that meets a major, college, or university requirement.

On Wisconsin!
The Biology Major Advising Team


Spring Graduates

Confirm you are on track to graduate. Run your DARS now to ensure you are not missing any requirements. If you see red, you are missing a requirement (or perhaps there is a DARS error). Reach out to your advisor (listed in Student Center) to discuss your DARS. If you do this early, and you are missing something, there is still time to rectify it. Do not delay!

We also encourage you to apply to graduate now. This gives you timely information on commencement and graduation. You apply in Student Center and will see your majors listed. 

Your diploma will be mailed to you 4-6 weeks after confirmation that you have met all requirements. Make sure your home address is accurate for this mailing. A UW-Madison undergraduate diploma lists only the degree titles and not major/certificate information. Please note that certificate information and majors are listed on your official UW-Madison transcript. For more information about obtaining your diploma, please see diplomas..

Important Dates

Deadline to drop Spring term courses without DR, or withdraw for the term without W, on transcript: Wednesday, January 31

Deadline  to add, swap, or change sections in a Spring term course: Friday, February 2

 Academic Information

Summer 2018 Kinesiology 337: Human Anatomy (Lecture)
Kinesiology will offer one lecture section of Kines 337 this Summer. There will be approximately 60-70 seats available and there will be NO PRIORITY ENROLLMENT GROUP! Anyone who meets the requisites will be able to enroll for the lecture!

Summer 2018 Kinesiology 338: Human Anatomy (Lab)
For the first time ever, Kinesiology will be offering TWO (2) sections of human anatomy lab during Summer session. This course will be open to all students meeting the course requisites (completion of Kines 337 or concurrent enrollment) and there will be NO priority enrollment period or group.


 Senior-Thesis Ice Cream Social

Tuesday 1/30       4:00-5:30

Are you working on a senior thesis this spring? Gear up for a productive semester at this special event featuring Babcock Dairy ice cream! This is an informal way to meet other senior thesis writers from across campus, talk about your project, and learn more about Writing Center resources and our Senior Thesis Writing Groups. Senior thesis writers of all stages (and all ice cream preferences) are welcome!

Sign up by January 28 at


Herfurth-Kubly Awards for Initiative and Efficiency 

The Office of Undergraduate Academic Awards seeks outstanding seniors for the Theodore Herfurth and Teddy Kubly Awards for Initiative and Efficiency, which are among the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate awards at UW-Madison. Students must be enrolled during the spring 2018 semester and plan to graduate in May, August, or December of 2018.

Two awards of $2,000 are given annually to students who have made the most effective use of their time at UW-Madison. Criteria includes:

--Academic achievement
--Distinguished participation in significant and constructive extra-curricular activities
--Financial self-support (employment, scholarships, etc.)
--Effective oral and written communication

To be nominated, you must email your Biology Major advisory by Wednesday,  January 24 at noon. You can find your advisor's contact information in Student Center or here. Email from your UW email account.


Reid Bryson Scholarship Poster Competition

Design a poster to showcase your research project, to be displayed at the UW-Madison Climate Change Symposium, and present a 2-minute flash talk at the Symposium on Thursday, February 22. Your poster should share your ongoing or completed research project on fundamental climatic and meteorological  processes or environmental issues at the interface of climate, people and the environment.

$2,000 in awards 

Deadline to apply: Friday, February 9
Email Anne Sophie Daloz your intention to apply and for more information.


Continuing Student Scholarships

Students may apply to these scholarship and find more details at

Paul R. Ebling Scholarship (any school or college)
This $5,000 scholarship supports a current junior or senior planning to attend the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Recipients must be Wisconsin high school graduates.  Applicants must have excellent academic records, be a current 3rd or 4th year Junior or Senior, and have demonstrated service to the campus and/or Madison community. Recommendations are required.  This scholarship will be paid out in Spring 2018. Due February 15.


Mathea Helen and Lawless Louis Mollere Pre-Medicine Scholarship (L&S only)
This scholarship provides up to $10,000 scholarship to a Letters & Science junior or senior with financial need pursuing medical school or graduate study.  This is for payment during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Applicants must be 2nd or 3rd year students at the time of application.

Eligible students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; be taking pre-med course work; and have financial need.  Recommendations are required. There is a preference for students who demonstrate breadth in the liberal arts outside of the biological sciences.  The donor prefers that the recipients do not smoke, or use alcohol or drugs. Due February 15.


2018 Richard Ralph Winter Phoenix Rising Humanitarian Scholarship (L&S only)
This scholarship rewards humanitarian achievement and service, encourages excellence and commitment in the application of humanitarian ideals, and affirms the moral obligation to provide for human welfare. The selected student would receive an award of $2,600 paid out in the Fall 2018 term.

Eligible students must be second or third year students and have a strong record of community/humanitarian service. The ideal scholarship candidate should exhibit a natural desire to provide for human welfare and a rational compassion for others. Further consideration will be given if the candidate has overcome life or academic challenges and/or has financial need. Finally, the recipient should possess the innate qualities of dignity, courage and discipline. Due February 28.


University Book Store Academic Excellence Awards
These awards provide $1,000 to undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves by completing outstanding projects, such as a senior thesis, at UW-Madison.  Students must be enrolled in a degree program during the 2017-18 academic year (December 2017 graduates may apply).  Due March 19.


Call for Art Scholarship
The Office of Student Financial Aid  is accepting submissions to be displayed on the walls of the 9th Floor of 333 East Campus Mall from February 23 – April 25, 2018. A student jury will award a $500 scholarship to the best entry. Due February 11.


Liberal Education Scholarship Competition

This annual award is based on a 1,000-1,250 word original essay connecting your classroom and the world. First place award is $1,000 and Second place, $500. This competition is open to all UW-Madison undergraduates in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Due March 5.


The CALS 2018-2019 Scholarship

The application is now open and will remain open through midnight (11:59 pm) on February 1, 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

Essential Lab Skills for Biology - Techniques Workshop

This workshop is designed for undergraduates looking to strengthen their laboratory skills or who lack the confidence to carry out lab work. If you are taking or planning to take a general biology laboratory course, are about to work in a lab, or need to fine tune your skills--then this workshop is for you! Graduate students will mentor you through processes, at the same time you’ll get academic and career advice. You'll also obtain a certificate of attendance at the end of the workshop.

UW Biotechnology Center
January 30 and 31
4:30 – 6:30
Email to register


 Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowships

Awards for undergraduate students to develop and implement community-based research or service-learning projects that will meet a community identified need (local, national or international) under the supervision of a UW-Madison faculty or instructional academic staff member. Fellowships provide three (3) academic credits, a stipend of up to $3,000 to a student ($5,000 for a group of up to five students) and up to $2,000 to help offset project related costs. Due February 9.


Sophomore Research Fellowships

Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs. At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2018, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. Due February 12.


Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships and Holstrom Environmental Scholarships

These awards provide support for collaborative research between undergraduate students and faculty or research/instructional academic staff members. The student researcher receives $3,000, and the faculty/staff receives $1,000 to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Scholarships require an environmental focus. The McPherson Eye Research Institute will continue to sponsor one additional Hilldale Fellowship for vision based research (including bioengineering, imaging, data visualization, ophthalmology and general biology of the eye). Due February 12.


Summer Research Opportunities Program for Undergraduates

SROP  introduces domestic underrepresented sophomores and juniors to academic research experiences at The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Student participants work one-on-one with a faculty mentor giving them an opportunity to experience research and the graduate student experience. Due to the 30-40 hour per week obligation to research activities, students who participate in SROP should view this program as a "full-time" experience. Students receive an award of up to $4,000 to work with talented faculty at a Research I institution with state-of-the-art facilities. Students not from Chicago will receive housing and travel assistance. Due Feb 2.

Career, Job, and Internship Events and Opportunities

Are you looking for a position after graduation or a meaningful internship this summer?  Buckynet is the place to visit! The Biology Newsletter will include postings to share a variety of the wealth of opportunities that may be posted to Buckynet or come directly from the source. However, you should still utilize Buckynet for a more robust search. Ready to sign up? Keep in mind it can take a day or so for your college to verify your status to access BuckyNet, so request an account today!

CALS students the CALS Careers site, click BuckyNet on the lower left, and select the students button

L&S students: visit SuccessWorks, click on BuckyNet on the top bar, then click through Current Students to sign up.

This section will also include positions for student workers, so it is always a good time in your college career at UW to read Career, Job, and Internship Events and Opportunities and visit the UW Student Job Center.


Medical Chemistry Position

Dr. Sunil David and his lab in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Minnesota are offering a research position to graduated/graduating Pre-Med Biology students this upcoming spring.

Dr. David is looking for enthusiastic, motivated, and hard-working students that are interested in research experience - specifically those that are taking a gap year or would like more experience before moving onto medical/graduate school. The lab is primarily looking for students interested in medicine, but we are open to those who are interested in pursuing research/graduate studies. This is a full-time position, with an anticipated start date in May/June of 2018. His research involves studying and exploring mechanisms of innate immune stimulation and their potential utility as vaccine adjuvants. We are also working on a project to develop subunit vaccines for Zika, Dengue, West Nile Viruses as well as HIV. For more information, please click on the following link:

For interested students, we kindly asks that they contact me at stating their interest, along with a copy of their CV/resume.


Alltech Career Development Program

Launched for recent or upcoming graduates. This is a phenomenal opportunity for students interested in an agricultural career to gain experience and be a part of a growing company. There is more information about the program on the Career Development Website, and the application is online as well. Deadline: Feb 9.



Hiring May 2018 grads for their Operations Development Program! They are especially interested in students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry. Students can contact Dana Glazer with specific questions. They are hoping to fill the positions towards the end of February.

Early Career Team
Talent Acquisition


Student Lab Position: Wang lab

is seeking for an undergraduate hourly help to assist an ongoing irrigation study at the UW Biotron. The objective of the study is to evaluate different potato varieties’ response to deficit irrigation. Major work responsibilities include: assisting in weighing potato plant pots, measuring irrigation water amount with beakers, scouting plants for physiological defects or diseases, taking soil moisture probe readings, taking plant growth data, on a daily or weekly basis. The hourly help is also expected to work in Dr. Wang’s laboratory for data entry, assistance with data analysis, and daily lab maintenance.

Job Requirements:

• 10-15 hours/week availability

• Highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills

• Good organization and attention to detail

• Ability to record data and take lab notes in a professional manner

• Able to lift up to 20 pounds

• Some lab experience preferred

• Relevant coursework as well as knowledge of greenhouse plant growth preferred

• Successful candidate would need to get the safety certificate to work in the Biotron

Please send a cover letter and resume to Mack Naber at


WISPIRG Student Positions

Millions of bees are dying off at an alarming rate. We rely on bees to pollinate most of our favorite foods. That's why WISPIRG is calling on state officials to pass a ban on bee-killing pesticides here in Wisconsin. We have several opportunities for students to get involved and gain first-hand experience in grassroots organizing. We are looking for students to join our campaign staff, volunteer with our campaign events and serve as interns in our office. Students on our campaign staff will enjoy accommodating schedules and will earn an average of $9-14/hour.


Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS) is currently hiring the following peer advisor positions:

• SOAR Peer Advisors(Summer 2018)

• Residence Hall Peer Advisor (Year)

• Front Office Student Staff (Year)

All positions start at $10.50/hour. The application deadline is Friday, February 9.

CCAS is the academic advising office that serves undecided and exploring undergraduate students. Our Peer Advisors work individually and in teams with CCAS professional advisors to help students explore all of their academic options, as well as choose and enroll in classes.  

Peer Advisors provide important information about campus, and serve as a valuable resource and role model for other students as they work to discover their academic path and have a positive and successful UW-Madison experience.  Our central CCAS office is in Ingraham Hall and we also have five residence hall locations in Witte Hall, Sellery Hall, Chadbourne Residential College, Ogg Hall, and Dejope Hall.


Internship Openings at Morris Arboretum

Duration: One-year, Starts June 18, 2018
Position Type: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Compensation: $12.35 per hour plus benefits
Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

Job Summary:
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, a 166-acre public garden in Philadelphia, has nine year-long, full-time internship positions available. The positions are open in education, urban forestry, plant protection, plant propagation, arboriculture, botany, horticulture, natural lands and the rose and flower garden. Interns work alongside experts in the public horticulture field, and take two University of Pennsylvania courses, "Understanding Plants" and "Evaluating Public Gardens." These courses are offered through the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Interns receive academic credit for successfully completing these classes.

Background in horticulture, biology, botany, landscape design, land management, or education. For a complete position descriptions and specific qualifications for each position: Click here


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)

Other Opportunities and Events

Committee on Student Organizations

CfLI is seeking interested students to join the Committee on Student Organizations (CSO) for the spring semester. The CSO is a special committee established by the Chancellor's Policy on the Conduct and Discipline of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). The CSO is comprised of students, staff, and faculty and includes a CfLI staff representative.  For more information, please visit  

The time commitment is a 1-2 hour meeting every other Friday and possible hearings one other time (that the student would provide input on) during the week. If students interested, contact for an application (due Friday, February 2).


The Madison Metropolitan School District Tutoring Network is hosting a Volunteer Tutor Training Workshop for prospective and current volunteer tutors on Thursday, January 25 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at La Follette High School, 702 Pflaum Road.

The Tutoring Network is a citywide coalition of volunteer-based tutoring program providers that serve students during and after school. Every year our schools benefit from the hard work and dedication of more than 1,000 volunteers, but there are still many students who need your help. If you've ever thought about becoming a volunteer tutor, please join us for the training workshop. Learn about the available volunteer opportunities on our website. If you have any questions, contact Laura Whitmore, MMSD Community Partnership Coordinator at (608) 663-4941.