Biology Major Newsletter - April 10, 2018

• Biology Advising Notes

• Upcoming Deadlines

• Academic Opportunities and Events

• Scholarships and Awards

• Career, Job, Internship Events and Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events

• Courses outside of the Biology Major

Biology Advising Notes

Fall 2018 Registration and Advising

This time of year, you may find it difficult to get an appointment with your advisor on short notice. Can't see your advisor before you register? Run your DARS, what are you missing? Use the Biology Requirements tab to determine what classes may fuel your interests and fulfill breadth categories. Major classes for Summer and Fall are posted on our Resources page. Make an appointment later in the semester to review your plan and fine-tune if necessary.

Were you planning on getting into Anat & Phsyio 338 or 335 and did not make the priority list? You should register for another class that meets the same major requirements as a back-up and place yourself on the waitlists (See March 13 news for details). If you move off of the waitlist and into the class, then you would drop the back-up course prior to day 7 of Fall term.

If you are looking for courses to balance your Biology major course, scroll to the end of the newsletter for some options that may interest you.

Notes: Many students have holds right now. Check today so you can register on time. The most common hold is Financial Responsibility Agreement (log in to your MyUW, there will be a blue button at the top if you have this particular hold). You can see a list of all holds in Student Center.

You should validate your courses prior to registration (as soon as you have your intended schedule). This will allow you to find any hiccups prior to registration. A common error is not having the pre-requisites.

On Wisconsin!
The Biology Major Advising Team

Upcoming Deadlines

Deadline to withdraw from Spring term with W on transcript: Friday, April 20

Deadline to change Honors Optional class status: Friday, April 20

Academic Opportunities and Events

Biocore Applications Still Open

Its not too late apply! Find out more about Biocore- UW Madison's Honors biology and certificate program for students who wish to discover and reach their academic potential within a small, supportive biology education program. What do students say? What do alumni say about their Biocore experience? Contact your Biology major advisor to learn how Biocore fits in the Biology major.


Personal Statements for Health Professions Programs

Are you writing a personal statement for your application to a health professions program? Will you write one someday? Register for the following workshop: Thursday, April 19, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards

CALS Scholarships for Unpaid Internships

Allen Internship Financial Support Application – for UNPAID internships

Spitze Legislative Internship Financial Support: Summer 2018

Apply by Monday, April 23 at 4:30 p.m. Applicants will be notified during final exams week or sooner.


Schwarzman Scholars Program Information Session

Join Schwarzman representative Arlie Slonim to learn more about Schwarzman Scholars, a highly-selective, fully-funded scholarship program designed to ensure that the next generation of business, political, and civil society leaders can effectively serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world. Three UW-Madison alumni received the scholarship since 2016. You could be next!

Wednesday, April 11
4:00-5:00 PM
Union South, TITU
Register here


The 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP)

The program is open to undergraduates graduating between now and May 2019 - that is, current juniors & seniors. Campus deadline is September 12 & the national deadline is October 9.

Drop-in open houses - all in 301 Ingraham Hall:
Monday, April 30, 2:00 - 4:00
Thursday, May 3, 11:00 - 1:00
Tuesday, May 8, 10:00 - 12:00
Thursday, May 10, 1:00 - 3:00

Interested students can meet with the UW-Madison's Fulbright Program Advisor, Mark Lilleleht, by emailing: Skype appointments for those abroad are encouraged.

Career, Job, and Internship Events and Opportunities

Careers in Bioscience: Research in the Biohealth Industry - Lunch and Conversation

Learn about Careers in Research. Enjoy question / answer time with graduates of the UW Masters of Biotechnology program and local biohealth industry professionals.
Pizza lunch provided!!
Co-sponsored by: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Office of Undergraduate Advising, and Masters in Biotechnology

Thursday, April 12
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Union South, TITU
Please RSVP Here


Government Resume Writing Clinic

This is a WORKING event. No formal presentation is planned. Instead, students will work collaboratively and with the trainer on resumes they want to submit to federal or state agencies.  Participation is limited to 8-10 students so that everyone can get some personal attention and is by RSVP only. 

Students should make an attempt to put a first draft of a government resume together utilizing the resources available in the Dig Deeper 2 section of the Government/Politics/Policy & Law Career Community Page. DON’T WORRY, IT CAN BE BAD! We’ll make it better together! 

RSVP below, but note: Due to availability, you will receive a PERSONAL email from Marie confirming your participation or waitlist status.
Clinic #1: Wednesday, April 11at 12:00 p.m.
Clinic #2: Friday, April 20 at 12:30 p.m.
Both clinics will be held at SuccessWorks 711 State St, Suite 300


STEM Career and Internship Fair

All students invited! Network with over 50 organizations. There is still time to land a summer internship or full time job! Co-sponsored: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, College of Letters & Science, College of Engineering

Thursday, April 12
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Engineering Centers Atrium
Public List of Employer Attendees


Willis L. Jones Leadership Center (JLC) Internships

JLC provides and facilitates unique, intentional experiential opportunities such as Leadership Workshops and Conferences to develop students’ sense of self and their potential to lead. Through their participation in the JLC, students will aspire to recognize how their values, goals, identity, and emotions influence their leadership practices. Both undergraduates and graduate students will also be able to share ideas across multiple modes of communication, allowing them to connect with others to transform vision into reality.

JLC Intern Responsibilities
The interns work collaboratively to support the JLC by maintaining office hours (8-10 hours weekly), program facilitation (3-4 workshops per semester), attendance at a weekly staff meeting and assuming additional tasks as needed.

Hourly student appointment through the ’18 -‘19 academic year; 8-10 hours/week, $10.00/per hour. To Apply: Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for one reference by 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 16.


Covance Study Technician Co-op

Use your unique talents and perspective to transform science that saves lives, all while complimenting your educational path!

This paid Study Technician Co-op is available in Madison, WI and Greenfield IN and will provide full time hours over the summer with opportunity to remain on call during the fall and spring semesters. Opportunities include: In-Life, Pathology, Dose Formulation. Apply online, Requisition ID 2018-18685


PPD, Inc.Summer and Fall Internships

PPD Laboratories offer the most comprehensive set of laboratory services available in the industry. Our services are designed to accelerate pharmaceutical development for small molecules, biologics, and vaccines, allowing our clients to make faster decisions about their compounds.'

PPD is looking for Life Sciences students studying Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for our internship program. The duration of the internship program will be Summer and the following semester.

Interns are assigned a specific project activities under the direction of the PPD Intern supervisor. The student will benefit by applying what they have learned in the classroom to practical situations, and by having various opportunities to develop professionally. PPD will benefit by building positive relationships with local colleges and universities.

Learn more and apply online:
Chemistry Internship: 145038
Biochemistry Internship: 145041
Cellular & Molecular Internship: 145044


Goldman Lab Plant Breeding Summer Opportunity 

Work with us during the 2018 field season. Our work involves breeding carrot, onion, and table beet in both conventional and organic fields. Our group manages field plots at six locations around Wisconsin from late April through late September. Field work includes tasks like planting, weeding, assembly of crossing cages, thinning, pollinations, seed production, root harvest, data collection, sample collection, and packing roots for storage. Additional tasks include seed cleaning, data entry, and some laboratory work. Students would gain experience in field research and plant breeding.

We provide transportation to all field sites. The majority of the work would take place on weekdays though opportunities for weekend work may occur. Work 20-30 hours/week from May 1 through late September. Pay is $10/hour. If interested in this opportunity, please contact Katharina Wigg at


University Health Services is hiring student positions

Communications Assistant
Part-time, 10-15 hours per week. Flexible scheduling between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Approximate start date is May (negotiable if gone for summer break). Preference given to a student who can commit to a minimum of two semesters. Click here for complete information and application details.

Multimedia Assistant
Part-time, 10-15 hours per week. Flexible scheduling between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Approximate start date is May (negotiable if gone for summer break). Preference given to a student who can commit to a minimum of two semesters. Click here for complete information and application details.

Other Opportunities and Events


SACNAS: National Diversity in STEM Conference

SACNAS - Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science- is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

October 11-13 in San Antonio, Texas

Travel Scholarships available for students! Application due April 13.


Inclusivity and Social Justice Conversations

Join IMPaCT (Integrated Mentoring and Core Training), WISCIENCE (Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement), and the STEM Diversity Network in building inclusive communities, having social justice conversations, and helping students find their space in STEM at UW-Madison. Together with UW-Madison libraries, these groups are hosting a series of events dedicated to discussing these issues. Join the conversation!

Monday, April 23
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Lecture in 1610 Engineering Hall (1415 Engineering Dr)
Reception to follow in the Cheney Room

This is a free event and is open to all university students and staff. If you need an accommodation to attend, please contact Heather Shimon at 608.263.6563 or If you have any questions about the event, please contact Hana Lee at


Biocore 50th Anniversary


This is a celebration of the innovative spirit of Biocore; our community of students, alumni, faculty/staff, administrators, and friends from the initial 1967-68 class to the present; and our strong commitment to excellence in biology education at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please join us! RSVP with the link above by May 7.

Biocore Prairie- Welcome & Walking Tour, May 14 3:00-5:00 pm at the Biocore Prairie

Biocore Program- Open House & Showcase, May 15 3:00-5:00pm 3rd Floor of Noland Hall, 250 N. Mills St

Courses Outside of Biology: Summer and Fall Opportunities


Fall Integrated Science Courses

IntegSci 150 Exploring Research in Science
1 credit
Designed for students interested in engaging in independent research, but unsure of where to star and deepen your understanding of how the scientific method translates into real experimental designs. Explore your research interests and find a research mentor. Contact Dr. Amber Smith ( for more information.


IntegSci 240 Service with Youth in STEM
2 credits
Service with Youth in STEM is a community-engaged learning course. Each semester, students work with after-school programs in the Madison community to lead science clubs for elementary school students. Contact Dr. Anna Courtier for more information.

IntegSci 230 Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership & Mentoring
 2 credits
Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership & Mentoring builds on practical peer leadership and mentoring skills, while providing a forum for evaluating and reflecting on personal experiences among a group of peers who challenge and learn from each other as they explore leadership. Class activities are designed to develop critical thinking around student development issues and provide strategies for integrating discussions of diversity, ethics, social justice, community, and civic responsibility into leadership experiences. Contact Dr. Jerry Whitmore, Jr. for more information.