Newsletter - October 30, 2018

• Biology Advising Notes

• Upcoming Deadlines

• Academic Opportunities and Events

• Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

• Career, Job, Internship Events and Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events

Biology Advising Notes

Spring 2019 Courses and Registration

Biology prepared a list of Biology major courses offered as of October 19. You can find the lists for the major and options in the Resources tab. If you are pursuing the Neurobiology option, all requirements must be met by Summer 2019. See your advisor if you have questions.

Keep in mind that some departments may update their course offerings prior to the start of the term. For example, you would need to search for Stat 371 with closed sections to find the potential lectures for Spring.

You will see an email Nov 5 with your registration time. You can also find your time/date in Student Center. Registration begins Nov 13 with seniors and registration times are rolled out though Nov 30.


Summer 2019 Course Guide Preview Released

The preview includes over 200 courses, including new online courses. The site also features “Bucky Bot,” a new chatbot to make it easier for students to find answers to their questions. The full Summer Course Guide and Schedule of Classes will be released on January 4.

Upcoming Deadlines

Friday, November 2: 
Deadline to apply for Fall 2018 graduation
Deadline to drop a Fall term class (with DR)

Academic Opportunities and Events

Spring Physiology and Anatomy Courses

For more detailed directions, see the previous edition of the Biology Newsletter.

ANAT&PHY 435: Enroll at your regularly scheduled appointment time. A waitlist for  will open 9 am on Dec. 5. This course meets Category B, Intermediate/Advanced lab, Additional lab, or CALS Biology Capstone course.

ANAT&PHY 335: Place yourself on the waitlist at 9 a.m. on Dec. 5. You will be contacted with a survey link. This course meets Category B, Intermediate/Advanced lab, or additional lab for the Biology major. It does not meet the CALS capstone requirement.

 ANAT&PHY 337 Human Anatomy Lecture: Students with SENIOR STATUS will be eligible to enroll after 9 a.m. on Nov. 30. A waitlist will be activated for others on  Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. You will be contacted with a survey link.

ANAT&PHY 338 Human Anatomy Lab: Complete this survey before Nov. 15 to be considered prior to waitlisting. If approved, you will be notified and provided instructions. All other students should place themselves on the waitlist opened on Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.


Comparative Animal Nutrition

Animal Science, Dairy Science, Nutritional Sciences 311
3 cr, MWF 12:05 to 12:55
Instructor: Dr. Heather White

Using a comparative approach, this course strives to understand nutritional physiology across species. Learn about key macronutrients and micronutrients, how nutrients are utilized and metabolized, and understand the basis for nutrient requirements. Integrated problem sets and case studies across species (companion animal, livestock, human, etc.) will help demonstrate nutrition concepts and the relationship between nutrition and disease and production. The class also stresses the application of biochemical and metabolic pathways that allow animals to use nutrients to meet body needs.

This class can be applied to the Biology Major as Category E. Students have found the information valuable, whether they have gone on to veterinary or medical school, or out into the industry.

Spring Courses Outside of the the Biology Major

MICROBIO 305: Critical Analyses in Microbiology 

This one-credit class is designed tfoster an appreciation for the field of microbiology, gain a deeper understanding of the nature of science and the scientific method, and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through an exploration of seminal papers and cutting-edge research in the field of microbiology. 

Because the publication of papers in scientific journals is the primary route by which scientists share their work with the scientific community, students need to learn to read scientific papers and think critically about the data being presented. The articles for this course have been selected to highlight the diversity and impacts of research areas and approaches within the field of microbiology.

This course enhances the learning in Micro 303 and 304, both category B courses for the BIology major. Micro 305 does not count towards the major.


INTEGSCI 240 – Service with Youth in STEM

Service with Youth in STEM is a 2-credit community based learning class that combines the knowledge gained at the UW with experience in the Madison community. The lab will prepare students for the after-school clubs, so no previous experience with science outreach or working with children is needed. (This course has been taught as BIO 375 – Engaged Children in Science in the past.)

This class is designed for students interested in science, engineering, and communication. It is open to anyone, but does require permission of the instructor. Please contact if you have students who are interested in adding this course to their schedule for spring!

Lecture: Thursday 9:30-10:45
Lab (Choose one): Tuesday 9:30-10:45 OR Thursday 11-12:15


Research Opportunities

NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The University of Iowa is offering ten NSF-funded REU opportunities during the 2019 summer. Research projects will span a range of topics, including evolution of behavior, origin of species, cancer evolution, evolution of sex, and paleontology. REU students will work on one project, but through interactions with their cohort will ultimately receive a broad exposure to evolutionary science. As part of the program, students will: receive training in research best practices, participate in career workshops, create a digital exhibit based on their research for the University of Iowa Natural History Museum, and make formal research presentations based on their work. Housing, a meal allowance, stipend, and a travel allowance will be provided to all participants. If you have questions, feel free to contact Andrew Forbes ( or Maurine Neiman (


Research at UW

The University of Wisconsin - Madison has a wide variety of research opportunities.  As a student, you can engage in research for credit, pay, or volunteer.

Finding an opportunity Labs looking to hire student workers/researchers post in the Student Job Center.  Both campus and off-campus organizations post jobs here. You can browse jobs by category (e.g., chilcare, healthcare, science-tech).

Would you like to join a lab or research project for credit?  Visit the Experts' Guide and Discovery Portal to search for topics that interest you.  Reach out the professors and researchers in these databases. Students participating in research for credit may be able to apply it to the major or degree.  See you advisor for more details.

If you are looking for volunteer research, connect with the Morgridge Center. You can browse options by major/interest. 

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program is for freshman and sophomore students looking for matched researchers and a for-credit seminar to support students. Participants commit to research for one year. You may apply this spring to begin in Fall.

When the Biology Major receives announcements for research position related to the major, we will post it to the Biology Newsletter (right here). However, we will not be notified of all. You should be diligent in your search through the above resources.

BioCommons has helpful information on how to find and connect with mentors along with planning and presenting research. Click "research" on the top toolbar.

If you are enrolling in Biology 152 in Spring, you will engage in research in an Independent Project either through mentored or library research. If you plan to engage in mentored research, you should start connecting with potential researcher soon. Visit the class website for more details.

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities


Human Rights Essay Contest

The UW Human Rights Program will soon be celebrating Human Rights Day (December 10th) and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signing. To celebrate, we would like to invite you to participate in an essay competition about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the 21st Century. We want to know what role you think Human Rights plays in our world today, and for our future. In exchange, you will be entered to win an gift card for use on books and school supplies.

Write about the following theme in 1500 words of less: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the 21st Century. The topics are not limited to, but may include, Gender, Technology, or Migration. All essays must be original writing and sufficiently sourced. Submit here by Nov 20, 5:00 p.m.

Career, Job, and Internship Opportunities and Events

Alumni Conversations: Scientific Research & Development

Curious about careers in scientific research and development? Come learn from UW-Madison STEM alumni who have taken their degree into a wide range of jobs at biotechnology companies including Covance, Illumina, and PPD. This laid-back and low-stress event is the perfect place to explore your options and connect to folks who know all about working in roles such as research scientist, analytical chemist, lab supervisor, toxicology safety assessment, and equipment engineering.

Tuesday, October 30
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Union South, TITU

Review alumni biographies. New to networking? Check these tips for students. RSVP on Handshake. Co-sponsored by SuccessWorks and CALS Career Services. Need accommodation? Have any questions? Contact Michael Kruse,


Health Professions alongside the MD, PA, RN sponsored by HOSA

Learn about different allied health professions within healthcare and the program requirements to work in these types of career paths. Panelists come from a sample of allied health professions that include a respiratory therapist, medical lab technologist, genetic counselor and a cytotechnologist. Allied health professionals are a segment of the workforce that delivers services involving the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders and comprise nearly 60% of the healthcare workforce. Email with any questions. Please RSVP.

Wednesday, November 7
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Grainger Hall
Business Casual or Professional Attire


WUD Alternative Breaks

The Wisconsin Union Directorate Alternative Breaks Committee is built on the principle of service learning. Students embark on life-changing experiences of teamwork, high-impact education, and powerful volunteerism, which serves as a vice to instill and inspire individuals to participate in service and build stronger communities in their own hometowns.

Are you interested in gaining leadership skills while learning about important social justice issues? Apply to be a Site Leader for WUD Alternative Breaks 2019 Spring Break Trips and get 40% off the trip price! Scholarships are also available. Applications are open Nov 1st - Nov 11th. Go to to learn more and apply.


Illumina Internships

As a startup, Illumina aspired to transform human health. Our initial products enabled researchers to explore DNA at an entirely new scale, helping them create the first map of gene variations associated with health, disease, and drug response. Every breakthrough opened up a new world, and showed us how much further there is to go. There are several internships in Wisconsin; many nation-wide. 

Other Opportunities and Events


BIG TEN Voting Challenge Mark

For current information on local elections and how to register to vote in Madison students can visit:


Take Care of Yourself

You@Wisc connects students with tools, content and resources specific to UW-Madison student life. Divided into three areas – succeed, thrive, matter – You@Wisc offers personalized online tool and resources. You can add You@Wisc and SilverCloud to your My.Wisc dashboard.