Biology Major Newsletter    September 29, 2016

• Upcoming Deadlines

• Announcements and Updates

• Career/Internship Events and Workshops New!

• Academic Workshops and Opportunities New!

• Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities New!

• Other Opportunities and Events

Upcoming Deadlines

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

• November 4: Last day to drop courses

• November 25: Last day to withdraw from the semester

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

Careers in Translation and Interpreting New!

Considering a career in the fast-growing fields of translation and interpreting, but wondering how to get started? Come to this workshop series to learn how to gain experience, build your expertise, find work, and more! Presented by UW-Madison alumni working as translators and interpreters in the Madison area.  Upcoming events include:

• Freelance Translation: October 3 at 5:00pm in Union South

• Medical Interpreting: October 10 at 5:00pm in Union South

• Legal Interpreting: October 17 at 5:00 in Union South

For additional event details click here.

Multicultural Career and Internship Fair (Oct 6) New!

This event will offer students the wonderful opportunity to connect with over 40 local and regional employers who are interested in connecting with diverse students looking for internship and full-time positions. Additionally, we will be offering on-site resume critiques and career fair preparation help.  The event will take place in Varsity Hall at Union South on October 6 from 4:00-6:00pm.  A list of registered employers can be found here.

OPT Workshop for International Students

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.

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

Law School Expo (Oct 5) New!

The biggest Prelaw Event of the Year is fast approaching on Oct. 5, 2016.  We have 105 law schools who are coming to answer questions about the law school admissions process.  Students from all majors are encouraged to attend.  For additional information about participating schools and the schedule of events click here.

Physical Therapy Information Session (Oct 8) New!

The UW-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) will be hosting a Meet the Program event where prospective students can learn from faculty and staff about the DPT program, admissions,curriculum, and clinical research. The event will be on Saturday October 8 at 1:00-3:00pm in room 5215 in the Medical Sciences Center at 1300 University Avenue.    

Fall International Opportunities Fair (Oct 5)

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

Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship (Oct 12) New!

International Academic Programs (IAP) will be hosting an information session about Boren Schollarships, which provide up to $20,000 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).  This event will take place on October 12 at 4:00pm in 1251 Van Hise.

Funding Study Abroad Info Session (Oct 13) New!

Whether you're currently applying to a study abroad program, or you've just started planning, this session will cover the costs of study abroad, program fees, financial aid, scholarships, creating fundraising and saving strategies.  This event will take place on October 13 at 1:00pm in the Red Gym.  For additional information on funding study abroad click here.

National Geographic Grants Workshop (Oct 1)

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)

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)

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

Healthcare Case Competition (Oct 3)

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.