Biology Major Newsletter October 11, 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

• October 21: Spring courses will be available online via Course Guide and Schedule of Classes

• November 4: Last day to drop courses

• November 7: Students will be emailed their Spring enrollment date and time

• 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

Mayo Biomedical Ethics Research New!

The Mayo Biomedical Ethics Research program is seeking applicant for its Summer 2017 Undergraduate Research program.  This 10-week program places each student with a faculty mentor to work on a novel research project in biomedical ethics.  In addition, students will participate in the biomedical ethics summer curriculum, which includes educational sessions on bioethics research methods and lunch meetings with members of the program faculty.  With appropriate permissions, students may be given the opportunity to shadow physicians or clinical ethics consultations.  Compensation will be provided.  Applications should be submitted by Jan 13, 2017.    Students should contact Jessica Hirsch,, with questions.

International Internship Program Workshop Series New!

International Internship Program has extended its application deadline for Spring 2017 internships to October 20, 2016. Students can search the database for internship opportunities.  Additionally, IIP will host a number of informational sessions:

Intern Abroad!
Wednesday, October 12 (3pm – 4pm), 106 Red Gym
Come hear about upcoming international internship opportunities and get your questions answered about how to get started, visas, credit, insurance, etc.

Intern with the US Government
Wednesday October 19 (3:30pm – 5pm), 206 Ingraham Hall
Find out about international internship opportunities through the US Government. Advisors will talk about searching opportunities, credit, funding, etc. Presented by L&S Career Services and IIP.

Internships in Germany
Thursday, October 20 (4pm – 5pm), 386 Van Hise
Learn about available opportunities and search strategies for internships in Germany, scholarships and credit through the Worldwide Internship Program.

Intern Abroad!                                                                      
Monday, October 24 (5pm – 7pm), Upper Carson’s Gulley
Come hear about upcoming international internship opportunities and get your questions answered about how to get started, visas, credit, insurance, etc.

Fall Government Careers Workshop Series 

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:

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

For additional event details click 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, 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

Summer 2017 Global Health Field Course Applications are open.New!

Deadlines vary, but some applications will close by early November.  Tentative cost estimates are posted, with final costs available by the time accepted students are asked to commit in writing and with a deposit.  Students with questions should contact Robin Mittenthal at

Global Health Field Course Fair 

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)


Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

College of Letters and Science Annual Scholarship Program is open! New!

In years past, L&S Biology students have been awarded over $90,000 in scholarships!!  Don't miss this opportunity to apply for a scholarship.  Scholarships range from $500 to $3,000 and are open to all L&S majors and to students with Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing.  Deadline to apply online is October 18, 2016.

Study Abroad Scholarships to Norway and Oslo (Nov 4) 

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.

Other Opportunities and Events

Wisconsin in Washington, D.C. New!

The Wisconsin in Washington DC program has extended its deadline for the Fall 2017 program to November 4, 2016.  Students accepted into the program pursue DC-based internships in a variety of fields including agricultural and life sciences, environment, think tanks/applied research, education, and more.  The program offers students 12+ UW credits in Fall and Spring and a 3-credit program in the summer. 
Students should contact Joel Clark at to discuss program options and the application process.


University Health Services is Hiring! New!

UHS is seeking applicants for a Wellness Student Assistant position to support UHS wellness work and UWell (UW-Madison’s campus-wide wellness initiative).  The application closes October 14, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

Don't forget to get your free flu shot! 

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:

• 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.