Biology Major Newsletter    October 4, 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 New!

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

• 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 old 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

Fall Government Careers Workshop Series New!

Save the Dates! The three-part workshop series designed to assist students and alumni in identifying, preparing for, and applying to government jobs is near! All workshops will occur in Union South (TITU) and are open to any UW student or alum from any program or major with a valid ID.

• Find & Apply for Jobs/Internships with Federal Government Agencies, October 14, 2016, 10 am - 11 am

• Write a Winning Federal Resume, October 21, 2016, 10 am - 11 am

• Find & Apply for Jobs/Internships with State Government Agencies, November 4, 2016, 11 am - 12 noon

Careers in Translation and Interpreting

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)

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

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

Global Health Field Course Fair New!

If you are considering the Global Health certificate or are currently enrolled in the program, this event is for YOU!  Don't wait until senior year to begin planning your field experience; start planning now!  Attend the Global Health Field Course Fair to learn about the nearly 20 programs offered this year.

• Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 5 pm - 7 pm, Union South (TITU)

Law School Expo (Oct 5)

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)

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

Study Abroad Scholarships to Norway and Oslo (Nov 4) New!

The Brittingham Viking Organization will host two scholarship programs for Summer 2017.  The Madison Middelboe-Kellner Viking Scholarship and Madison Oslo Scholarship to Norway include travel within Scandinavia, round-trip airfare, tuition and housing at International Summer School in Oslo or Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen.  Commitment requires scholar availability from mid-June through mid-August. Applications are due Nov. 4.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship (Oct 12)

International Academic Programs (IAP) will be hosting an information session about Boren Scholarships, 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)

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.

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


Go Big Read, Evicted, related Events New!

Are you looking for venues and/or communities to share your thoughts and ideas about the Go Big Read selection, Evicted?  If so, there are a lot of opportunities to participate in Go Big Read-related events and discussions, both on campus and in the surrounding community. More information is available here.


Don't forget to get your free flu shot! New!

Getting an annual flu shot is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.  The cost of your flu shot is covered by your student health fees, and it takes less than 10 minutes to get vaccinated. The following satellite clinics are available:

• Friday, October 7 | Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC-Atrium), | 11 am to 3 pm

• Tuesday, October 11 | Union South (Varsity Hall 1) | 10 am to 2 pm

• Thursday, October 20 | Dejope Hall (Lake Mendota Room) | 2 pm to 6 pm

• Tuesday, November 1 | Chemistry Building (Room 1371) | Noon to 4 pm

After Nov.1, flu shots are available through Friday, November 18 at UHS, 333 East Campus Mall, 6th Floor Green Clinic, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After November 18, students will need to call UHS and make an appointment.