Biology Major Newsletter - April 24, 2018

• Biology Advising Notes

• 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

Registration Updates and Tips

Bio 151 Fall: Fall sections appear full or waitlisted on Navigator's Enrollment/Course Search and in Course Guide. However, there are sections open. You need to use Class Search to find them. Unfortunately, this is not connected to a scheduling app and you will have to figure out with the old-fashioned pen and paper to fit an open section into your Fall plan. Use this tutorial for help with enrolling through Student Center.

Anat & Physio 337 Fall: Non-Kines majors can begin enrolling. Seniors start enrolling at 9:00 a.m on April 24. Juniors may enroll at 9:00 a.m. on April 25. All others meeting prerequisites may enroll April 26 at 9:00.

Anat & Physio 338 Fall: If you were not given pre-approved priority status, place yourself on the wait list beginning at 9 a.m. on April 30. Students will be admitted as space allows.

Kines 337 and 338 Summer: Open sections are available. All enrollment questions should be sent to

Anat & Physio 335 Fall: For those not pre-qualified, you may put yourself on the waitlist. Students will be admitted as space allows.

Physio 335 Summer: Open sections are available.

Waitlists: If you are on a wailtist for a class, you should also register for another class that meets graduation requirements. For example, if you are waitlisted for Anat 338, you should have another Cat B, lab in your schedule if it is your last semester. If you can move the class to a different semester, put another requirement in as a back-up in the event you do not move into the course. For example, if you can move Anat & Physio to Spring, put in a Category C or D or literature if you need any of those items. If you are feeling overwhelmed, come in and see your advisor. In person, your advisor can help you with an alternate plan using your degree plan and DARS.

Biology Advisors cannot move you into classes or check  your position on a waitlist. Contact the department's enrollment coordinator. Who? When you are in Course Guide, you'll notice the lecture has a hyperlink. Click it. Then you will see information on the class (like how many students can enroll, what is the waitlist capacity, etc). Midway down, there is a section on contacts.

I don't know what to take for Biology! If you cannot get in to see your advisor, register using your DARS to determine which classes you need. Review Biology major classes on our Resources page to see what is available in your needed categories (i.e., red on DARS). Make an appointment to review your plan and fine-tune if necessary. You can find your advisor's name and contact information in Student Center (look on the right-side information bar).

What should I take outside of Biology? Look at your Gen Eds and select a class meeting one of those requirements. Planning on professional or grad school? Look at their admissions pages and see what non-Bio classes they recommend. Need more ideas? Type topics that interest you in the keyword search of Course Guide or Class Search (e.g.  health, fruit, justice) or, scroll down the newsletter to see some options that may be of interest.

On Wisconsin!
The Biology Major Advising Team

Academic Opportunities and Events

Writing Center's Midnight Madness

Are you working on final papers? Application essays? Resumes and cover letters? Stop by in person to sign up for a half-hour time slot to work with one of our seven fabulous Writing Center TAs (we'll have 42 appointments that night). First Come, First Served! Free Coffee, Soda, and Treats!

Sunday, April 29
6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
College Library, First Floor

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards

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

What about a Career in Physical Therapy?

CEC helps students focus on their interests, values, strengths, and personality to give them the tools they need to make decisions about their careers and their futures. Sign Up online: CEC.CCAS.WISC.EDU/CEC-WORKSHOPS

Tuesday, April 24 (TODAY)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
CEC in 114 Ingraham Hall


Free Careerwear Event

Don’t have the budget to purchase an outfit for future interviews, career fairs, or clothes to wear on your internship or job? SuccessWorks at the College of Letters and Science has got you covered. Stop by our office (on the third floor of the University Bookstore at 711 State Street) any time between 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 24 (TODAY), and find everything you need to make a positive impression in whatever setting you’re in, for FREE! Clothes for all body types and gender identities will be available and we’ll also have individual fitting rooms for trying on attire.

Look through more than 1000 items of new and gently used professional clothing and accessories from our Career Closet and find four items to claim as your own! In addition to shopping for professional attire, we’ll have snacks, music, the first 30 students will get a 40% off coupon on career wear at JC Penney, and all attendees will be entered in a drawing for $25 DSW gift cards. Don’t forget your WisCard! Questions about this event or other SuccessWorks events and services? Reach out to Tara Milliken (


Spooner Agricultural Research Station Internship: Seed to Kitchen Collaborative

This position supports the broader mission of the University to provide research and information in agriculture, horticulture and natural resources to Wisconsin residents.
The Seed to Kitchen Collaborative is a collaboration among plant breeders, farmers, chefs and consumers to identify varieties with good performance for direct market organic and low input farmers, and with excellent flavor and quality for local markets.

The intern will have an exceptional professional development opportunity to learn how to manage a research trial, interact with local farmers and other agriculture professionals and would be involved in outreach events including field days and other station programming

Spooner Ag Research Station W6646 Hwy 70 Spooner, WI 54801
Summer Internship (last week in May thru last week in August)
40 hours/week (flexible)


Dr. Wang's Sustainable Vegetable Production Lab (UW Department of Horticulture), Student Positions

Summer Lab Technician: Arlington, WI
The research is focused on evaluating methods to determine plant nitrogen status for potato. Duties for this position include preparation and analysis of plant samples specifically drying, grinding, prepping samples for total nitrogen and nitrate analysis. Successful applicant will be punctual, self-motivated, and find analytical work rewarding. Must have transportation to Arlington, WI. Coursework in analytical chemistry or equivalent are beneficial. This is a full-time hourly position starting ~June 1.

Summer Fieldwork Assistant: Hancock Ag Research Station
The fieldwork will be focused on: 1) evaluating several methods to determine plant nitrogen status for potato; 2) using a Variable Rate Irrigation system to water different potato varieties and measure their responses. Duties for this position include: scouting potato fields for potato growth and pest issues, collecting plant leaf and vine samples, reading soil moisture probes and recording the data, scheduling irrigation events and participating in irrigation management of potato production. Coursework in agronomy, soil science, or equivalent are desired. Transportation between Madison and Hancock will be provided. Research dates ~ June 1 - August 20 for 20-30 hours/week. Successful applicant will be punctual, self-motivated, and find fieldwork rewarding

Pay is $9.50/hour and have potential for continuing in the Fall, part-time, for both positions. Email Mack Naber ( for application/position details.


Dawson Lab in Horticulture Summer and Fall Opportunity

The lab is seeking a student with interests in plant propagation, plant breeding, or crop genetic diversity, to assist with maintenance and breeding of a collection of heirloom and specialty potato varieties.

Regular tasks will include plant micro-propagation in sterile conditions, media preparation, washing lab glassware, greenhouse propagation, and crossing potato varieties. Hours are flexible, but applicants should be available for at least 12-15 hours per week this summer, in blocks of at least 3 hours. The position will continue into the fall semester. 

The ideal applicant has strong interests in biology, including horticulture, genetics or microbiology, with at least 2 years remaining in their undergraduate degree. Experience with sterile laboratory technique would be an advantage. Applicants must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record.  Please email resume and the contact details of two references to Ruth Genger ( 


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: Cellular & Molecular Internship: 145044


Salus Discovery Lab Position for New Graduates

Salus Discovery is seeking a full-time lab technician to aid in experimentation, documentation, and organization, as well as manage lab inventory. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Biology, Bioengineering, or a related technical field, as well as a strong work ethic, excellent technical communication skills, and a proven ability to perform in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Salus Discovery manages diverse projects with ample opportunities for multiple-disciplinary collaboration. Salus Discovery offers competitive compensation and benefits including health insurance and employer matched 401K.

Other Opportunities and Events


Be the Change Bash

The Morgridge Center for Public Service has the good fortune of getting to collaborate with students, faculty and staff all across campus. In celebration of this work and all the work being done with our community partners throughout the city, state and world, we’re throwing a party! RSVP here.
Tuesday, May 1
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Tripp Commons in the Memorial Union.


Ladership @ UW Spring Open House

The Open House is a celebration of leadership, with attendees from all corners of campus and words from featured leadership framework implementers. Our philosophy is that leadership is an action-oriented endeavor not based on position or level of authority.  All UW-Madison faculty, staff and students are welcome. Register for this free event.

Tuesday, May 1
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Virginia Harrison Lounge in Lathrop Hall


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 the Biology Major: Summer and Fall

Summer Life Science Communication

LSC 251: Science, Media & Society (Humanities OR Social Sci, Intermediate)
LSC 251 helps students understand the relationship between science and the difficult ethical, legal, and societal questions that often arise from emerging technologies. Students will be exposed to key communication theories and be challenged to recognize these frameworks in current public debates.

LSC 350: Visualizing Science & Technology (Humanities OR Social Sci, Intermediate)
LSC 350 surveys principles of design, perception, and cognition, and outlines techniques to portray science in the media.  Students will explore visual communication through illustrated lectures and analyzing visual images in both written assignments and team presentations.


Fall S&A PHM 490: Health Equity and Social Justice

Priority enrollment is given to students currently enrolled in a health science or allied health program. Health Equity & Social Justice is an inter-professional dialogue-based seminar that examines issues of power and oppression as they play out in social identities. It also explores how these identities impact health, health care, and health practice through personal stories and scholarly readings. If you are interested in this course, application is required. Please apply here. If you have any questions, please direct them to Susan Tran Degrand at