Biology Major Newsletter    September 15, 2016

• Upcoming Deadlines

• Announcements and Updates

• Career/Internship Events and Workshops

• Academic Workshops and Opportunities

• Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events

Upcoming Deadlines

• September 16: Last day to add courses without departmental approval

• September 23: Last day to pay tuition without $100 late fee

• September 30: Last day to apply for pass/fail priviledge

• November 4: Last day to drop courses

Announcements and Updates

Updated Capstone Form for Biology New!

If you are a CALS student in Biology using independent 699 research credit for your capstone requirement please note that there is an updated form.  Please use this new form as the only form will no longer be accepted.  If you are in CALS and have questions about the capstone requirement please contact your advisor.

Neurobiology Major in L&S

The new Neurobiology major in the College of Letters and Science is now open for students to declare if they wish to do so.  Students should meet with a Neurobiology advisor to declare or obtain information about the new major, not their advisor for the Biology major.  The new major is only offered in L&S and students are not able to double major in both Biology and Neurobiology.  The Neurobiology Option in the Biology major is closed to new students, but existing students in the Neurobiology Option will be able to finish and graduate with this designation.   

Career/Internship Events and Workshops

September is Career/Internship Month!

DC Internship Program (Sept 30) New!

The ‘Wisconsin in Washington’ DC Internship Program harnesses the many opportunities found in our Nation’s Capital for UW-Madison undergraduates in any major.  Students pursue DC internships in a variety of fields including government/politics, international affairs, communications, journalism, law, NGOs and nonprofits, history, the arts, corporate management, agricultural and life sciences, environment, lobbying, PR/advertising, think tanks/applied research, education, and more.  Admitted students stay in university-arranged, apartment housing located in the heart of Capitol Hill.  Scholarships are available for qualified students.  The application deadline is September 30.  Click here for additional information.

DNR Mackenzie Center Internship (Oct 1) New!

The Department of Natural Resource’s MacKenzie Center is looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals to join our 2016 Fall Internship Program. We have openings on our Education, and Facilities and Grounds teams. These positions provide unique opportunities to work in the field of Natural Resources, gain valuable experience, and build your resume.  The application deadline in October 1, 2016.  For descriptions of internship openings and application instructions click here.

Fall Career and Internship Fair (Sept 22)

The Fall Career and Internship Fair will be held on September 22 from 4:00 - 8:00pm in the Kohl Center.  The free event open to all students will feature approximately 750 recruiters from over 300 companies.  For workshops and help preparing for the career fair be sure to visit

Internshipalooza (Sept 20)

Join past interns, employers, and UW staff to get started on finding your internship. We'll kick off the evening with a panel of local employers where you'll have an opportunity to ask questions about what it takes to have a successful internship experience. Next we'll break into a resource session where you can chat with other students who have completed an internship, meet with various career professionals, and have an opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with the employer panelists. Light refreshments provided.  The event is on September 20 at 7:00pm in Gordon Dining Center.

Engineering Career Fair

All UW-Madison students and alumni are invited to attend the Engineering Career Services Career Connection at Gordon Dining and Event Center.  Employers are primarily recruiting engineering students, but all science majors are encouraged to attend the event.  Different employers participate on each date, so students should attend all three days for maximum networking.  All three days will take place in the Gordon Dining and Event Center:

• Monday, Sept 19 - 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - 100 organizations

• Wednesday, Sept 21 -11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - 99 organizations

• Wednesday, Sept 28 - 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - 105 organizations

Career Exploration Open House (Sept 20)

Interested in exploring potential careers?  The Career Exploration Center is having an open house on September 20 from 10:00am - 2:00pm to help students understand their services.  Students are also encouraged to visit their website and schedule an appointment to start their career exploration process.

International Internships

Interested in participating in an internship abroad?  The International Internship Program has a number of upcoming events and workshops to help you research opportunities and prepare your applications for Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 internships abroad:

• Intern Abroad Information Session (Sept 15 4:00-5:00pm, 336 Ingraham)

• Teaching English Abroad (Sept 27 3:15-4:00pm, Varsity Hall in Union South)

• International Careers (Sept 28 4:00-5:00pm, Union South)

• Internships in Latin America and Spain (Oct 4 4:00-5:00pm, 336 Ingraham)

State Department Internships and Careers

Interested in an internship or career with the State Department?  Be sure to visit L&S Career website for information on upcoming opportunities.  Upcoming September deadlines include:

•  Sept 12: Pathways Internship Experience Program (paid internship)

• Sept 16: Rangel Fellowship for Graduate Study

• Oct 14: Summer 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid internship)

Academic Workshops and Opportunities

Lab Assistant in Forest and Wildlife Ecology New!

The Townsend Lab in the UW-Madison Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology is looking for motivated undergraduate students to assist with laboratory work, including plant sample processing, measurements using spectrometers and data entry.  Work will involve preparing the leaf samples for chemical analysis, including drying and grinding samples, weighing the samples and entering data.  Ideal candidates will be able to operate independently and as a team. 10-20 hours per week are available, and hours are flexible.  The student worker will work under the direction of graduate students and post-docs.

Interested students should send a resume including experience, list of relevant coursework, and references to Sarika Mittra:  IMPORTANT: (1) Please name your resume document with your last name, so if your name is Mary Jones, your resume would be i.e. JONES.docx or JONES.pdf.  In the subject line of your email, please put “2016 Fall Lab Assistant Application.” Interviews will be conducted immediately, and work can start as soon as you are available.

Research Opportunity in Neuroscience Lab

The Zhao Lab is looking for a new undergraduate research assistant.  Students will start with general lab tasks and chores and will be encouraged to participate in weekly lab meetings and join discussions on research projects. Depending on aptitude, the student will be matched to a research team and contribute to experiments leading to scientific publications.  Eligible students should be:

• a current freshman or sophomore

• have a goal to enter a PhD or MD/Phd program after graduation

• be in a bioscience major

• have a science gpa of 3.3 or higher

Interested students should complete this online survey to apply.

Undergrad Research Publication (Sept 16)

Want to publish your research paper? The UW-Madison Journal of Undergraduate Science and Technology is accepting submissions for their Fall 2016 publication. They are accepting both scientific manuscripts and general review articles of current technology from all quantitative areas of undergraduate research on campus. The deadline for submission is September 16.  For more information visit

Boston University MPH Program (Sept 19)

Interested in learning more about public health programs?  Learn about how to become a competitive applicant for Master's in Public Health (MPH) programs. An admissions representative from Boston University will describe BU's program and answer questions about how to prepare for the application process.  The event will be on September 19 at 1:00pm in 120 Middleton Building.

Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

Boren Scholarships (Sept 15) New!

International Academic Programs will be hosting an information session on the Boren Undergraduate Scholarships.  The event will be on September 15 from 3:00-4:00pm in 54 Bascom Hall. 

The Boren Scholarship provides funding for US students planning to study abroad in world regions critical to US interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East (the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded).  A representative from the Boren Scholarship/Fellowship office will be on campus to present these information sessions.  Please note that undergraduate students applying to the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship need to apply by the specific UW-Madison campus application deadline: December 2, 2016

Other Opportunities and Events

Princeton in Asia Fellowship (Sept 22) New!

Are you a senior looking for an exciting international opportunity after graduating? The Institute for Regional and International Studies will be hosting an information session about Princeton in Asia Fellowships.  This event will be on September 22 from 5:00-6:00pm in 336 Ingraham.

Princeton in Asia (PiA) sponsors over 165 fellowships in 21 countries and is the oldest and largest non-profit organization of its kind, unique in its scope, size, century-long expertise and emphasis on service. PiA arranges fellowships and internships with Asian host organizations in the fields of education, health, international development, environmental advocacy, journalism, engineering, technology, law and business. Fellowships are the means of fostering person-to-person diplomacy, enhancing mutual understanding, serving vulnerable communities with unmet needs and providing transformative experiences for fellows and host communities.  Application deadline is November 11, 2016.

Morgridge Public Service Fair (Sept 27)

This event provides students the opportunity to connect with local, state and national nonprofit agencies. Students can chat with people from these organizations to find volunteer opportunities, jobs and internships that match their interests, major, and career goals.  Check out the list of organizations that will be there.