Biology Major Newsletter November 2, 2016

• Upcoming Deadlines

• Announcements and Updates

• Career/Internship Events and Workshops 

• Academic Workshops and Opportunities 

• Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events 

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

• November 4: Last day to drop courses

• November 4: Deadline to submit information if you want your name included in Winter commencement.

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

• November 25: Last day to withdraw from the semester

Announcements and Updates

Physiology 335 and 435                            New

Physiology 435 is a spring-only human physiology course that can be used as a category B lab course or the additional lab/capstone requirement Biology students have priority enrollment for this course and can enroll for this course at their assigned enrollment time.  The course typically fills quickly with seniors and a few juniors with senior standing.  Biology students can get on the waitlist before Dec 5th, and should put in the 'notes box' their reason for needing the course and which sections work with their schedule.  Questions about enrollment for Physiology 435 should be directed to Mary Walker at: mjwalker2@lists.wisc.edu

Physiology 335 is a human physiology course that is taught every semester, including summer.  It can count as a category B lab course or an additional lab course for the Biology major, but cannot count for the CALS capstone requirement. Physiology 335 is primarily intended to serve specific majors like nursing and kinesiology, and those majors get priority enrollment for this course.  This means that all other students (including Biology majors) will have to wait until noon on Dec 5th to get on the waitlist for this course.  Many students are then let in this way off the waitlist, and many Biology students take this course each semester.  Put in the 'notes box' their reason for needing the course and which sections work with their schedule.  Questions about enrollment for Physiology 335 should be directed to Mary Walker at: mjwalker2@lists.wisc.edu

Anatomy/Kinesiology 328 and 329            New

Anatomy 328 is now taught every term by the Kinesiology department and is listed as Kinesiology 328Anatomy 329 is now scheduled to be taught every semester by the Kinesiology department and is listed as Kinesiology 329.  Since Anatomy 329 has not been offered for two semesters we anticipate this to be a high-demand course. 

These courses are primarily intended to serve specific majors like nursing and kinesiology, and those majors get priority enrollment for this course.  This means that all other students (including Biology majors) will have to wait until 9:00am on Dec 1st to get on the waitlist for this course.  Many students are then let in this way off the waitlist, and many Biology students take this course each semester.  Students getting on the waitlist for this course should put in the 'notes box' their reason for needing the course and which sections work with their schedule.  Questions about enrollment for Kinesiology 328 and 329 should be directed to Zoe Hurley at: ugkines@education.wisc.edu  

Biology - Neurobiology option                    New

The NTP 500 seminar is now listed as Zoology 500.  If you have questions about enrollment for this course please contact the Zoology department.

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.

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Career/Internship Events and Workshops

Research@UW Seminar                               New

Friday, Nov 4  3:00-4:30  BioCommons in Steenbock Library

Come learn about research on campus from our panel of Professors, Postdocs, and PhD candidates!  We will have a Q&A followed by round table discussions where you can have the opportunity to meet researchers.  Afterwards, we will have refreshments.  Please RSVP at charsociety@gmail.com and email us with any questions!

International Career Connections: alumni mentoring                                                       New

Thursday, Nov 17  6:00-7:30  Town Center/Discovery Building

Come to meet and network with alumni who took their international experiences to work with them in a broad range of career areas, from business to education, science to communication. Learn about the paths that former students took to get where they are today and get advice for your own next steps.
Refreshments will be provided.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)2017 HS-STEM Summer Internships                   New

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

DuPont Pioneer Research Opportunities     New

Research Summer Student Assistant

Three-month opportunity designed to give broad based exposure to the day-to-day activities of a breeding program.  Assistants in the program will be expected to participate in all aspects of the research center's activities including planting, plot maintenance, pollination, data collection, and could travel to other locations to help on specific field related tasks. Position duration is May to August 2016.

College Sophomore or Junior standing, majoring in Agronomy, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, Genetics, or a related field. Agricultural background beneficial.

Research Co-op

This 6-month co-op is an integral part of a team committed to developing exceptional corn hybrids.  The individual will be involved with the daily operations at their research center. Co-op’s begins May 2016 and ends December 2016.

Candidates must be a pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture or related field with at least a senior standing. Previous research experience preferred, but not required.

Questions: Contact Amber Belleba amber.belleba@pioneer.com

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, hirsch.jessica@mayo.edu, with questions.

Fall Government Careers Workshop

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 State Government Agencies, November 4, 2016, 11 am - 12 noon

• Attend Government Job Fair in Chicago, Friday, November 18 1 - 4 PM.        New Transportation available.

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

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Academic Workshops and Opportunities

The Writing Center, Graduate School Applications, and You! 

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:

• Monday, 11/21, 4:00–5:30 (Sec. 3)

Register here!

The School of Nursing Group Advising and Admission Workshops 

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 mittenthal@wisc.edu.

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Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

The Payne Fellowship is now open! 

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.

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.

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Other Opportunities and Events

Sylvan Crossings Assisted Living and Memory Care is Hiring! 

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 stind@sylvancrossings.com or 608-277-7586 for more information or if you have any questions. 

PhysAssist Scribes is Hiring! 

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 katie.reynolds@iamscribe.com.

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 jclark24@wisc.edu 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.

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.