Biology Major Newsletter - January 30, 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

About this Newsletter

Your advisors receive a wealth of information every week including job announcements, career fairs, new classes, scholarships, and other opportunities for your academic, career, or personal growth. Each week this information is curated and posted with Biology majors in mind in this newsletter. At the beginning of the term, there are so many opportunities from summer internships to upcoming deadlines. Don't be intimidated by the length. Please take the time to review the news as we include items for students at all points in their journey at UW. If you are looking for information in previous editions, it is posted on the Biology site.

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 (tomorrow)

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

 Academic Information

The Health and the Humanities Certificate Info Sessions

The Health and the Humanities Certificate is hosting several info sessions to start off the spring semester!  The HatH Certificate is a great way for students to learn more about the cultural, historical, and philosophical factors that influence the choices people make about health care in the United States. 

Sign up for an info session in February at this link.   


CALS Study Abroad

Grow Global with CALS Study Abroad
Wednesday, February 7
4:00 - 5:00pm
116 Ag Hall
Learn about CALS study abroad options, meet our team of advisors and get information about financial aid and scholarships to fund study abroad. Apply your experience to your major, college or university requirements. Free snacks and a succulent plant!

CALS Study Abroad Walk-in Advising Spring Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 1 - 3pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 - 2pm
Email:  Phone:  608-265-3835

Summer Study Abroad applications still open! Deadlines approaching: Feb. 16, 19 and 23 (Visit website for all program details!) CALS Study Abroad Scholarships- for Summer, Fall and Academic Year


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.


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.
Troxell Glicksman Scholarship Awards (campus-wide undergraduate women)
Scholarship awards ranging from $300 - $1,500 with selection initiated by faculty or staff nomination. Nominations deadline February 23, 2018. These awards recognize outstanding upperclass women whose qualifications include intellectual ability and curiosity, good citizenship, appreciation of the world outside herself and engagement in its affairs. Once nominated by faculty or staff, application materials are completed including short essay about future plans and resume. Selected applicants are invited to a small group interview in early April.  If you would like to be nominated, contact your Biology advisor by 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.
Dean of Students Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Student Awards.
A Nominee must be:
* Currently enrolled at UW-Madison as a senior undergraduate degree candidate who began or resumed University work after a significant interruption (usually five or more years) in their formal education
* Earning their first undergraduate degree and have a cumulative GPA which reflects academic success
* Anticipating graduation in May, August or December of 2018
* A new nominee for the award (not previously considered)
Contact your Biology advisor by February 9 if you wish to be nominated.


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. 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 to apply.

Research and Fellowship Opportunities

The Annual Undergraduate Symposium

Share your creativity, achievement and talent across all disciplines through oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibitions, film shorts, artist talks, and performances. The Undergraduate Symposium is open to all University of Wisconsin – Madison students enrolled during the 2017-2018 academic year, including those who graduated in December. This is an excellent venue for all research, including capstone.

This year’s Undergraduate Symposium will be held Friday, April 13, in Union South. The schedule includes a film shorts session, a Lighting-style talk session, a performance workshop where students can perform and discuss their creative process session, and the Friends and Family reception at 12:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Call for proposals is open, apply by March 1.


Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Summer Research Program

This program is designed to give undergraduates from underrepresented minorities the opportunity to conduct experimental biological research for 8-10 weeks in the lab of our faculty trainers. This summer experience includes:

   • research in a lab with a finite project asking a biological/toxicological question
   • professional development tutorials
   • opportunities to write, design, and present science to peers
   • a small stipend.

The goal is to expose students to bench science for their consideration as a possible (graduate school) career. If you are interested, please email Mark Marohl at for more details.


The University of Maryland Summer Research Initiative to Increase Diversity

Rising juniors and seniors increase their interest in research careers in the social and behavioral sciences, develop research skills, and learn about doctoral training with the goal of encouraging students to pursue doctoral degrees in the social and behavioral sciences. The program has a special emphasis on population groups underrepresented in these fields (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders).
Program Details This 8-week program will be held on the UM campus from June 2 - July 28. Students will be provided a meaningful research experience by working with a faculty mentor in one of our nine academic departments. We also supplement the research experience with lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. Students are provided round-trip airfare, meals, room and board in university on-campus housing. Application due: February 10.


Syngenta Seeds Summer Research

Position: Syngenta Seeds - Summer Field Research Associate
Location: Syngenta Seeds. Janesville, Wisconsin
Timeline: Summer 2018. May through September if schedule allows.

This position is focused around providing an introduction into the Seeds Production Research (SPR) department of a global agriculture business company. Applicant will be focused on interaction and two-way communication with project managers, SPR Scientists, SPR Agronomists, Corn Breeders, and research staff focused on the characterization and advancement of corn inbreds for the seed industry. Applicant will manage local field research projects during late spring, summer, and early fall. At Syngenta, you have the opportunity to work alongside some of the brightest minds to find real solutions for the seed industry.

For more information, contact Luke Drendel (Seeds Production Research Agronomist):


Harvard Summer Program in Epidemiology

June 10 – July 14, 2018

The 5 week Summer Program in Epidemiology & Biostatistics integrates mathematics and quantitative methods to provide students with an understanding of the skills and processes necessary to pursue a career in public health. Different areas of study in Epidemiology. The program includes:  coursework(not for credit) in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, as well as an R bootcamp; formal lectures, which are provided by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculty members with different foci in Public Health; a group research project where students will investigate a question of public health provided by a Faculty/Postdoc Mentor; Kaplan GRE prep courses, where students will take diagnostics tests as well as work in small Kaplan led groups to improve test taking and scores; and Profession Development sessions led by Faculty/Staff on Admissions, Career Translation, Resume/Interview skills, etc.

Students who participate in the program are able to meet with the Department of Epidemiology students and post-doctoral fellows at different networking events. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with faculty and administrators individually, and explore the historic city of Boston, Massachusetts. Participants receive summer stipends, and funded housing and travel from NIH grants, NSF grants, the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD)/MIDAS, and from continued support by the Department of Epidemiology and their dedication to diversity and inclusion in STEM fields.

Deadline extended to February 8 for application and 2 letters of recommendation.


 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.


Preparing For Life After UW-Madison 2-Part Series

Part 1: I’m Graduating Soon, Now What?
Thursday, February 1
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
BioCommons, Steenbock Library

• What should you be considering to prepare for gap year(s) and grad school/professional programs?

• Come get info on resources and tips for internship and job search strategies.

• Plus find out what you should know about the Spring Career & Internship Fair and how to prepare.

• Small break out groups will focus on preparing for the workforce and preparing for further education.

Part 2: Benefits, Taxes, Health Insurance, OH MY!

Getting the most out of your first professional job
Tuesday, March 6
12:00 - 1:00  p.m.
1441 in Genetics / Biotechnology Center

You've landed your first professional job! Maybe you are close to accepting a job offer or still looking for a job and scared about your financial independence. Evaluating the benefits package can be overwhelming for new college graduates. Attend this workshop to learn all the tips. Join Linda Francetic Lepe, Director, Consumer Finance & Financial Planning from the School of Human Ecology and gain the knowledge to make sound financial decisions.

Sponsored by College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, SuccessWorks at the College of Letters and Sciences, School of Human Ecology Career Services


Career Fairs and Preparation

Spring Career Fair Prep Night (Open across all Colleges)
Monday, February 5 | 6-7:30pm | Pyle Center
Meet 1:1 in 15-minute consultations to have resume/elevator pitch reviewed by an employer attending the Fair!
Career Prep for International Students Workshop (Open across all Colleges)
Monday, Feb 5 | 4:30 – 5:30 pm | Memorial Union TITU
Networking/Professional conversation practice + how to answer difficult questions employers may ask international students. Limited seating! First come, first served.
Spring Career & Internship Fair (Open across all Colleges)
Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 4-8 pm | Kohl Center
Employers Attending:
Career Fair Website:
Thursday, April 12
Co-sponsored with College of Engineering and College of agricultural and life sciences. Full details to be posted on SuccessWorks.
Employer Mock Interview Days SuccessWorks at the College of Letters and Science (Open to L&S Students Only)
Feb. 14 – Tech/Data
Feb. 21 – Breaking into Business
Feb. 28 – Science & Product Development
March 7 – Non-Profit Management / Government
Sign ups for each career community employer mock interview willl be posted on SuccessWorks website by: Feb. 1


Engineering/STEM career fair

All UW-Madison students and alumni are invited to attend Spring Career Connection  hosted by Engineering Career Services at Gordon Dining and Event Center on Monday, Feb 5 & Wednesday, Feb 7. You will need a name tag several days in advance and your student ID to enter. Contact Engineering Career Services for further details, including name tag locations and employer list: 608.262.3471 or

Recruiting employers are focused on hiring engineering and STEM majors for full-time and summer internship opportunities.


Student Garden Summer Internship

West Madison Ag Research Station is hiring four paid interns for the 2018 season. Applicants should have background in plant science, plant pathology, entomology or horticultural related field-experience. Student interns will be expected to help take the lead role in the maintenance, data collection, and trial management of bedding plant trials, wine and table grape research, and evaluation of overall management of annual and perennial flower program.

These positions offer a wonderful opportunity to meet CALS faculty, staff, and other students, and to get hands-on experience with applied research.  This is also a great opportunity to meet farmers, growers, industry representatives, and visit production facilities and other gardens.

Mon-Fri, 8-4:30pm, 40 hrs/week.  May through August.  Must be a current and continuing student. Must have a reliable means of transportation to the station and be punctual, responsible and dependable. A strong work ethic is important and must be committed from May through August.


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.


L & S Academic Advising Services is hiring summer SOAR peer advisors

L&S Peer Advisors welcome new students to campus and assist with course selection and enrollment. No experience necessary - we provide the training!

 As a Peer Advisor, you will develop interpersonal,communication, teamwork, and presentation skills L&S Peer Advisors are paid $10.50 / hour and work around 25-30 hours per week. Deadline to apply: Monday, February 12.


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).


Badger Volunteers Spring Registration Open

Badger Volunteers is a semester-long program that pairs teams of students with community organizations (schools, nonprofits, municipalities) to volunteer 1-4 hours each week. The program is designed to foster meaningful and consistent connections between community partners and students over the course of a semester. Apply by Thursday, February 1.