Biology Major Newsletter    September 21, 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 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

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.

Career/Internship Events and Workshops

September is Career/Internship Month!

Covance Information Session (Sept 26) New!

Covance is one of the world’s most comprehensive drug development company, dedicated to advancing healthcare by providing high-quality nonclinical, clinical and commercialization services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.  They have helped pharmaceutical and biotech companies develop each of the top 50 prescription drugs in the marketplace today, and also offer laboratory testing services to the chemical, agrochemical and food industries.  For more information click here.

Representatives from Covance will be hosting two information sessions on September 26 in the BioCommons in Steenbock Library:

• Session 1: 12:00-1:00pm

• Session 2: 2:00-3:00pm

OPT Workshop for International Students New!

International Student Services (ISS) has officially launched its online OPT workshop for international students.  Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a type of employment authorization specifically for F-1 student visa holders, and is most commonly used for post-graduation work experiences in the U.S. ISS requires that any F-1 student who wishes to apply for OPT attend a mandatory OPT workshop, whether in-person or online.  Interested students can be directed to the following webpage for instructions on how to self-register for the OPT workshop “course” in Learn@UW (no enrollment fee required).

The in-person workshop will be held on the following dates during the fall 2016 semester. All in-person workshops will be held from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in the Masley Media Room in the Red Gym (first floor). No registration required.

• Monday, October 10, 2016

• Monday, November 14, 2016

• Monday, December  12, 2016

DC Internship Program (Sept 30)

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)

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

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

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:

• 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 deadlines:

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

Academic Workshops and Opportunities

Academic Support Resource Fair (Sept 28) New!

CFYE, FIGs, and College Library are excited to announce the inaugural #StudyStrong Academic Resource Fair on Wednesday, September 28 from 4:00-7:00PM in the Open Book Café (on the first floor of College Library).  Wisconsin Welcome will provide pizza, cookies, and drinks.  The following University resources will be on hand to introduce new students to their services and explain how students can utilize them:

• Biochemistry 501

• Greater University Tutoring Service

• Libraries

• Mathematics Tutorial Program

• McBurney Disability Resource Center

• Physics Learning Center

• Statistics Tutorial Lab

• Writing Center

Fall International Opportunities Fair (Oct 5) New!

The Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), cordially invites all students interested in international academic programming to stop by our first annual "Fall Welcome Open House/International Opportunities Fair"!  At 5:00 p.m. join us for a keynote address: "Today and Tomorrow: Studying Abroad in a Changing World" presented by Ronald Machoian, International Safety and Security Director, International Division, UW-Madison.  The will be an assortment of appetizer and beverages.  The event will start at 4:00pm on October 5 and will be located in the Pyle Center.  Come learn about:

• Certificates and Majors focused on a specific international geographic area

• Government Job/Internship Opportunities

• International Academic Programs (IAP)

• The International Internship Program (IIP)

• The International Learning Community

• Madison College's "Global Certificate Program"

• Washington, DC Semester Program

Lab Assistant in Forest and Wildlife Ecology

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.

Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

National Geographic Grants Workshop (Oct 1) New!

National Geographic is coming to UW-Madison to share insider tips with students on how to apply for their grants… and you’re invited!! They will share what a successful application looks like, and why many applications miss the mark. Additionally, you’ll be invited to network with National Geographic grantees and staff.  National Geographic Young Explorers Grants are for individuals ages 18 through 25 pursuing field projects in research, exploration, and conservation.  The workshop will be on October 1 at 11:00am in the Gordon Dining and Event Center.  Students can register at

Luce Scholars Fellowship Program (Oct 3) New!

The Luce Scholars Program provides a year’s internship in an Asian country related to the scholar’s interests. The program is designed to provide an extended period of exposure to an Asian country for highly qualified young Americans who lack extensive knowledge of Asian affairs and who would not gain this knowledge through their normal career trajectories. Any professional field will be considered, except Asian Affairs/Asian Studies. Graduating seniors, recent alumni, graduate students, and junior faculty are encouraged to apply.  To be eligible, a nominee must be a U.S. citizen, under age 30 at the beginning the program, and hold at least a B.A. Applicants should have little or no experience in the country of internship.  The application deadline is October 3.  Click here for additional information.

Global Food Challenge Fellowship (Oct 12) New!

Representatives from Land O' Lakes will be hosting an information session about the Land O' Lakes Global Food Challenge Fellowship.  The information session will be on October 12 at 4:30pm in 1211 Biochemical Sciences.

Meet with Emerging Leaders about their local, national, and international experience with the Land O’Lakes, Inc. Global Food Challenge.  Students selected as Emerging Leaders will gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the food and agricultural industry outside the classroom: this includes trips to Washington, D.C and Africa as part of an 11-week paid summer internship with Land O’Lakes, Inc. Check out last years’ experience here! Online applications are now being accepted at for the Class of 2019 at all colleges of the University of Wisconsin until October 31st, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. noon (CST)

Other Opportunities and Events

Energy + Sustainability Challenge (Sept 22) New!

As the semester starts to ramp up again, come learn about an opportunity to take your idea for an energy technology or sustainable enterprise to the next level. The Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge awards over $10,000 in prizes each fall to students with creative solutions for advancing sustainable energy and environmental innovations. 

An info session will take place this Thursday, September 22 for students to learn about competition rules, important deadlines, and tips for a successful entry. The final competition takes place November 18.  For more information please visit the Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability website.

Healthcare Case Competition (Oct 3) New!

Interested in public health? The Wisconsin AHEC (Area Health Education Center) is now enrolling teams for the Fall 2016 statewide Healthcare Case Competition.  Students will work in teams with a chance to advance to the final round held in the WI Dells in January 2017. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three teams ($3,000, $2,000, $1,000).  Here in Madison a student organization (Interprofessional Health Council) helps to match individual students onto teams so that they can get connected with other majors/disciplines and put together a strong team to enter the competition. The deadline to apply is October 3, unless all regions are filled sooner.  For further information and application details please visit AHEC's online resources. 

Princeton in Asia Fellowship (Sept 22)

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.