Biology Major Newsletter October 18, 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

CALS is hosting a Mock Interview Clinic! New!

Ever wish you had the opportunity to dust off your interviewing skills BEFORE interviewing for a position? Wish no longer!  CALS students, now you have the chance to practice interviewing with employers and professionals.  Sign up today via your BuckyNet account.  Interviews are 30 minutes total, 20 minutes of interview and 10 minutes of feedback and questions.  Employers will focus on behavior based interview questions.  Mock Interviews will occur on Wednesday, October 19, 1 pm - 4:30 pm.  Sign up today!  Slots are going fast!!

Careers in Bioscience Panel: Careers off the Bench and Outside the Lab New!

Come hear from professionals about how your bioscience degree can help you work in environments such as education, outreach, technical sales and business, public policy and government regulation.  Seating is limited. Register now!  Free pizza will be provided.

• Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

• Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

• Location: BioCommons at Steenbock Library (lower level)

Careers in Mental Health Session New!

"I know I want to provide therapy...but what do I do next?"  Come to this panel session to hear from representatives from Clinical Psychology, Counselor Education, Mental Health in Social Work, Rehabilitation Psychology and more.  You will also learn about different graduate school/career options to jump start thinking about which direction fits you best.  Register here.

• Date: Friday, October 21, 2016

• Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

• Location: Room 338 Psychology (Berkowitz Room)


Mayo Biomedical Ethics Research 

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 

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 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.

• 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

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

Academic Workshops and Opportunities

The Writing Center, Graduate School Applications, and You! New!

Learn how to write convincing and persuasive personal statements for graduate school admission.  This workshop will explore principles for writing convincing essays and statements of purpose, share tips for highlighting your undergraduate work and research interests, and inspire you to make the most of this opportunity to shine.  Schedule for Fall 2016 is as follows:

• Thursday, 10/20, 3:30–5:00 (Sec. 2)

• Monday, 11/21, 4:00–5:30 (Sec. 3)

Register here!

The School of Nursing Group Advising and Admission Workshops New!

The School of Nursing is offering a series of group advising and admission workshops this fall for students interested in learning more about the application and admissions process.  If you are curious about these processes and/or programs offered through the School of Nursing, consider registering for and attending one (or more!) of these sessions.

Summer 2017 Global Health Field Course Applications are open.

Summer 2017 Global Health Field Course applications are open!  Deadlines for applications 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

Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

The Payne Fellowship is now open! New!

Seniors, are you interested in working on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times - poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, and climate change?  The Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provides up to $93,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities.  Learn more and apply here.  The application will remain open until January 20, 2017.

College of Letters and Science Annual Scholarship Program is open! 

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

SOAR & CFYE Intern Positions Available! New!

The Center for the First Year Experience (CFYE) is currently hiring a diverse team of intern-level student leaders for the upcoming year!  They are looking for undergraduate students who have a desire to represent the university and support the transition of all new students to UW-Madison.  Student leaders will have the opportunity to work with SOAR, Wisconsin Welcome, the Wisconsin Experience Seminar and more.  Most intern applications are due by 12 noon, Friday, October 28.  Learn more and apply here

Sylvan Crossings Assisted Living and Memory Care is Hiring! New!

Students are you looking for an opportunity to gain patient contact hours?  Here is an opportunity that may be of interest to you!  Sylvan Crossings is seeking applications for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Care Specialists.  The company is also committed to paying for your continuing education to become a CNA if you choose to pursue your license.  You can contact Sylvan's directly at or 608-277-7586 for more information or if you have any questions. 

PhysAssist Scribes is Hiring! New!

PhysAssist Scribes hire and train medical scribes to work alongside physicians and other healthcare providers in Emergency Departments across the country.  They are hiring recent graduates and current students for part time and full time medical scribes on teams in Milwaukee and Green Bay.  Email Katie Reynolds if you have questions at

Wisconsin in Washington, D.C. 

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.


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.