Biology Major Newsletter November 9, 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 14: Registration begins, enrollment date based on credits

• November 25: Last day to withdraw from the semester

Announcements and Updates

Organic Chemistry Bootcamp                   NEW

UW system schools offer a two-week organic chemistry bootcamp  that can transfer to UW-Madison as Chem 344.  Note that this is transfer credit and would not count towards residency requirements.  If you believe the bootcamp is a good choice for you and will meet your academic goals, email Rebecca Bauer (Rucker) at to be added to the waitlist now. This is the only method to enroll.

The Winterim sessions are full (January 2017). The summer sessions are not finalized, but there will be several sessions offered.  More information is expected late in November or early December.

Physiology 335 and 435                           

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:

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:

Anatomy/Kinesiology 328 and 329            

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:  

Biology - Neurobiology option                  

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

NTP 524 is no longer offered.  Psych 454 will now be used in its place. If you have previously taken Psych 454 as a NB category B and have not taken NTP 524, you will need to take another category B course.                                                   NEW

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

Peace Corps and the Health Sector          NEW

 Wednesday, November 9, 8:15-9:00 PM,  Education Building L185

Health Volunteers in the Peace Corps work within their communities to promote important topics such as nutrition, maternal and child health, basic hygiene, and water sanitation. Learn more about opportunities within the Peace Corps at this presentation to the UW-Madison non-profit chapter of GlobeMed.

International Career Connections: alumni mentoring                                                       

Thursday, November 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                 

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    

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 2017 and ends December 2017.

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

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.

Attend Government Job Fair in Chicago,

Friday, November 18 1 - 4 PM. 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


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, November 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


Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

Gundersen Medical Foundation Summer Research Fellowship                                 NEW

Paid undergraduate research fellowship available for up to 13 weeks this summer. Candidates should complete junior year by Spring 2017; have overall GPA of 3.2 or higher; and are interested in pursuing advanced degree or working in a medical field.  Apply by February 10, 2017.

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.

Covance Summer Internships                    NEW

Covance has a number of internships specifically for the purpose of demonstrating commitment to the principles of providing equal employment exploration opportunity to qualified minorities, females, veterans and differently-abled individuals. 

Apply online . Use the ‘Quick Job Search’ box; enter ' internship’ into the search box, and filter by location. Add, 'College/University visit' in the referral fields


Other Opportunities and Events

Classes in the Biosciences                     NEW 

These opportunities can help you with finding research, get involved in service,and enhance your leadership skills in the Biosciences.  Note that these classes count towards your 120 credits towards the degree, but not to the Biology major requirements.

Exploring Research in Science, Bio 375 section 4, No mentor required prior to class

Entering Research Bio 260 Must have a mentor prior to class

Exploring Service in Science, Bio 375 section 2

Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership & Mentoring, Bio 375 section 3

Volunteer with the Wisconsin                               Middle School Science Bowl!               NEW

January 28th, 2017 at  UW-Madison.

The Science Bowl is a competition for teams of middle school students to compete for a chance to go to the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. However, to have a successful Science Bowl, we need volunteers! The main volunteering positions are timekeeper, scorekeeper, moderator, scientific judge, and rules judge. We offer free coffee, bagels, pizza, and a T-shirt for all who volunteer.

If you are interested, please fill out the volunteer form. If you have any questions, please email Justin Earley:

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 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

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.