Biology Major Newsletter - February 20, 2018

• Biology Advising Notes

• Academic Opportunities and Events

• Research and Fellowship Opportunities

• Career, Job, Internship Events and Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events

Biology Advising Notes

Midterms are coming, are you ready? Are you feeling stressed? If so, check out online resources at UHS on stress management. The taking tests video is especially helpful. If you've been up all night studying and need help relaxing to get those few hours of ever-important sleep, see these relaxation exercises.

You also have access to a variety of learning support resources. Click both "open to all" and "open to select students" in the left panel along with what subjects you would like to explore. You will then have a list of campus organizations that can help. Don't let these resources go untapped!

Academic Opportunities and Events

Summer Course Equivalency Service

Will you be taking a class away from UW Madison this summer? If so, make sure your course counts here! The Course Equivalency Service is open from March 1 – May 15. Once a CES request has been processed, you will receive an equivalency detailing exactly how  coursework will transfer to UW-Madison. It is a good idea to talk with your Biology major advisor to determine if the class can be applied to the major.


School of Pharmacy Open House

Saturday, April 7
10:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
UW-Madison School of Pharmacy, Rennebohm Hall 

This is an opportunity for undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about the UW-Madison Doctor of Pharmacy Program (PharmD). Participants will have a chance to meet and connect with School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and current students through a mini-lecture, lab demonstrations and an admissions Q&A. This event is free, but registration is required.

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.


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

The Wisconsin Stem Cell Roundtable (WiSCR), a group of UW-Madison junior stem cell researchers, is pleased to continue our highly successful SURF Program aimed at introducing talented undergraduate students to stem cell research with the help of a grad student or postdoc mentor. Since the inception of the SURF Program in 2013, SURF undergraduate Fellows have gone on to successful pursuits in scientific research, including being awarded additional fellowships (e.g., Hilldale Awards, Oxford-Cambridge Scholarships) and acceptance into top-ranked graduate programs. Apply by March 9.


Summer Program for Undergraduate Urology Research (SPUUR)

Summer Research Opportunities in benign urology are available to undergraduate students. Our exciting 12-week summer research program will immerse students in the laboratory research experience and provides weekly mini-lectures in benign and clinical urology. Students gain essential skills to position them for success in post-graduate studies. Students will present and receive reviews of their individual work at the end of the program.  Apply Today! Applications due March 1.


Summer NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Townsend Lab, UW Dept Forest & Wildlife Ecology

The Townsend Lab is looking for a motivated undergraduate student for our NSF project “Foliar traits and ecosystem variability across NEON domains” which involves using hyperspectral imagery and field data to characterize how the foliar traits that drive biological processes (such as chemistry and physiology) differ between and within species across National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) field sites.

Each summer through 2021, our field teams visit a subset of the NEON sites to collect calibration and validation data for our analyses. We identify species, sample foliage, and make spectral measurements of our leaf samples. The REU student will participate in some or all of this fieldwork in 2018, and will supplement our work with an independent project designed in conjunction with the project’s lead PI’s, Dr. Phil Townsend and Dr. Eric Kruger. While previous field experience is helpful, we will fully train you! A GPA >3.3 is expected, and prospective candidates should be interested in scientific research.

For more details on the position and application process, contact Complete application is due March 2.

Career, Job, and Internship Events and Opportunities

Wisconsin Ecology Job Fair for Undergraduates

The goal of the Ecology Job Fair is to connect undergraduates seeking work experience in ecology with graduate students, faculty and off-campus ecology-related organizations that need summer field and lab assistants.

Thursday, February 22
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Birge Hall atrium


Getting Started with Jobs/Internships in Federal Agencies

The Federal Government offers a multitude of job and internship opportunities, but you might be frustrated and confused by the application process. We can help you cut through the confusion. Whether you have already targeted the federal government as an employer, or know absolutely nothing about Federal opportunities yet, this is the workshop you need to attend.  You are guaranteed to gain an understanding of: the best way to navigate and apply on USAJobs, Federal Pathways opportunities for both interns and recent grads, the different types of Federal hiring, and much, much more!

Successworks, 711 State Street (above the bookstore)
Tuesday, February 20 at 4:00 p.m. (TODAY)


ORNL and ORISE Virtual Career Fair

Are you looking for a research opportunity? Are you interested in expanding your skill set and becoming competitive in your field?

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education are recruiting students in STEM! ORNL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy lab, dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security.

Thursday, February 22
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
a computer or mobile device near you

Pre-register for the Laboratory Internship Virtual Event today!

This virtual career fair will feature various internship opportunities and research participation programs at ORNL. Chat with ORNL scientists and ORISE recruiters and get tips on applying!

This is an excellent opportunity to network and see what a unique internship experience at a national lab would be like! Follow us to stay posted for future opportunities exploring even more programs available at locations around the US through DOE and ORISE!


Mock Interview Day: Science Product Development & Research

Wednesday, February 28 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Successworks, 711 State Street (above the bookstore   

Nail your next real interview by practicing with a recruiter at SuccessWorks. Professional recruiters are offering their time to help students polish interview skills.  Interviews will be scheduled for 30 minutes. (15-20 minutes of interview and 5-10 minutes of feedback and discussion). It’s easy to pick a time and register here.


Allied Health Career Panel

Who are allied health professionals?
What are the different career paths you can pursue in a clinical setting that are part of a patient’s healthcare team but aren’t an MD, PA, or RN?
What training and education is needed to work in these careers?

Come meet allied health professionals from UW-Health and Rush University to find out more, get your questions answered, and consider the multiple paths to working in healthcare. Registration is free and encouraged.

Tuesday, March 6
6:00 -7:00 p.m.
Room 1121 Mosse Humanities Building


PPD, Inc Career Fair

This career fair event will have managers and senior leadership available to discuss opportunities with prospective candidates. We invite anyone looking for a career here in Madison in the analytical scientific industry to visit our career fair. Please bring multiple copies of your current resume to discuss with our leadership teams. Questions, contact:

Friday, March 9
4:00 -7:00 p.m.
8551 Research Way, Suite 100, Building 10
Middleton, WI 53562


JC Penney & UW Suit Up Event

Are you looking for professional attire for your next job interview or internship? Everything you need to finish your look for that next interview or new job - including suits, dresses, sport coats, dress pants, shoes and accessories. Giveaway & Prizes!

Sunday, March 11
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

UW Student ID required. Pre-register  for a chance to win a $250 gift card.


Fishing In the Neighborhood (FIN) Coach Internship

This is a position for an energetic person who enjoys working with children and adults in the outdoors. An ideal candidate has had coursework in natural resources, education, or social work and is eager to introduce people to their local fishing opportunities. FIN opens the door for young anglers to learn a lifetime sport and provide a healthy outlet at a critical point in their lives. Coupled with the Fishing for Dinner initiative, it also introduces families and young adults to an inexpensive activity that connects them with nature, each other, and a healthy, sustainable source of food.

Hours & Duration: Average  40 hours/week May through August
Stipend: $3800.00
Application Deadline: March 14
Number of Positions: up to 8
Locations: Green Bay, Milwaukee,Madison


The MacKenzie Center Internships

The MacKenzie Center, just 25 miles north of Madison, is a diverse environmental education and outdoor skills center with a remarkable conservation history. With interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups, MacKenzie is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world.

Wildlife, Education, Facilities and Grounds, and History Interns work direct with wildlife technicians, to care for many different species of non-releasable native Wisconsin wild animals housed at the Center. Training will be provided for all areas of responsibility. Apply by March 11


Dr. Caitilyn Allen, Plant Pathology, Hiring Student Hourly

The lab of Dr. Caitilyn Allen is currently searching for a motivated, task-oriented, undergraduate student worker. Undergraduates will perform tasks related to the basic operation of the lab including maintaining sterile glassware, preparing media, and operating within biosafety guidelines. Applicants should be available 10 hours/week during the spring semester, with possibility of continuing during the summer and next fall.No previous experience in a research lab is necessary, but applicants need classes in basic chemistry and biology.

If selected, you will learn miscellaneous research skills, including plant growth and care, DNA extraction and analysis, sterile technique, and general microbiology methods. There may be opportunities for eventual independent research project, if performance merits.

Email Madeline Hayes at with your resume and list of scientific courses taken at UW-Madison. Apply by February 28.


Meyer Jackson, Neuroscience, Hiring Student Hourly

I am looking for an undergrad to work in my lab 10-15 hours a week. Duties include washing the glassware, placing orders, disposing carcasses, and other miscellaneous chores. The entry wage is $9/hour. Contact Dr. Jackson for more information:


The DDEEA Hiring Academic Coaches/Tutors

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) is in need of tutors in all subject areas including Biology/Zoology, Biochem, and Microbiology, and will gladly accept applications for any other courses students would like to coach.

We are looking for tutors who have earned an AB or higher in the course to tutor (or equivalent courses/background knowledge), are currently enrolled at UW-Madison with a 2.75 GPA or higher, and want to help other students.Tutors start at $9/hr.

If you are interested, DDEEA Academic Support Services Staff at:  for application and position details.


Other Opportunities and Events

The Great Disruption: Biologists, Revolutions, and the Values of Science ca. 1848

History of Science, Lynn K. Nyhart

In the German-speaking states of the 1840s and 50s, revolution was in the air. While the political revolutions of 1848-49 are best known, the life sciences were undergoing their own revolutions, marked by radical new ideas about the organization and transformations of living beings. This talk focuses on a cluster of leading life scientists of the period to examine their participation in the events of this era, both political and intellectual. Through these disruptions, Nyhart argues, scientists came to articulate and enact new models for the relationship of the scientist to political action—models that continue to have force today.

Wednesday, February 21
5:30 p.m.
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140


Leadership Certificate

Have you been thinking about completing the UW-Madison Leadership Certificate? The Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) would like to invite all UW-Madison students who are interested in learning more about the Leadership Certificate to attend one of three upcoming Informational Orientation Sessions:

Tuesday, February 20
Wednesday, February 21
Tuesday, March 6

All sessions meet in the Masely Media Center in Red Gym from 6:30-7:30pm.