Biology Major Newsletter November 29, 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

• December 15, last day of Fall classes

Announcements and Updates

Organic Chemistry Bootcamp                   

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.


Career/Internship Events and Workshops

Career Kickstart Information Session        NEW

Steps to Landing an Internship: Q&A with student interns from Covance & American Family Insurance.

Monday, December 5th

7:30-9pm in the Ogg Hall Main Lounge

MacKenzie Center Internship                     NEW

The Department of Natural Resource’s MacKenzie Center is looking for students to join our 2017 Spring Education Internship Program. Work in the field of Natural Resources, gain valuable experience, and build your resume!  The MacKenzie Center is located 25 miles north of Madison in Poynette, WI.  Learn more about our programs by searching “MacKenzie” at

Application deadline is January 13, 2017

Weekend Naturalist Exhibit Position         NEW

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) in Monona seeks qualified, energetic individuals to join its weekend team in a dynamic indoor/outdoor position educating the public on a variety of environmental and natural history topics Staff is now being hired to assist with ALNC’s weekend public programming, events, exhibits, guided tours, and other activities related to topics such as local flora …

Read more.

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.  Deadline: December 7.

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

Covance Summer Internships                  

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

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.  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  provided. 

Apply by Jan 13, 2017. Contact Jessica Hirsch,, with questions.

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 Monday, December  12, 2016 from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in the Masley Media Room in the Red Gym (first floor). No registration required.


Academic Workshops and Opportunities

UW Madison Summer Term Preview      

The preview is not the full list of summer courses that will be featured in the course guide.  The full course guide will be available on January 6, 2017.  But the preview does include the 50 most popular summer courses based on prior undergraduate enrollment.


Biocore is a community and a curriculum that challenges students to discover and reach their academic potential within a supportive biology education program. The Biocore honors community of highly motivated students work with dedicated faculty to extend opportunities for scientific research, communication, integrative learning and collaboration in the context of a four-semester undergraduate biology curriculum. Biocore courses meet introductory, foundation and lab requirements of the Biology major. 

Online Applications will be available on Dec. 16,  2016

Early deadline: Jan 6; Regular deadline: March 3, 2017


Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

Multiple Scholarship Opportunities           NEW

An incredible scholarship opportunity for women in STEM - This is a full tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity and could be awarded to either current undergrads or high school seniors entering college next year. The deadline is December 11, 2016.

Two scholarship opportunities available for undergraduates intending to go to medical school. Apply by January 9, 2017 for consideration through the Scholarships@UW-Madison portal.

The Walter R. Ebling Scholarship (any school or college) awards up to $5,000 to a WI high school graduate with junior (3rd year) or senior (4th year) status intending to go to the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

The Mathea Helen and Lawless Louis Mollere Pre-Medicine Scholarship awards up to $9,000 to a junior or senior to a College of Letters & Science student with financial need.  There is a special emphasis on the importance of exploration of the liberal arts experience.

For more information contact

Conservation Scholars Program - Univ of Washington                                         NEW

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington (DDCSP@UW) is now accepting applications for our next cohort of scholars. We are reaching out to freshmen or sophomores with a passion for conservation and environmental justice.

Read more.

Gundersen Medical Foundation Summer Research Fellowship                                 

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.


Other Opportunities and Events

Tutors Needed for Fall 2016                        NEW

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) is in need of tutors for courses including Biology, Microbiology, Physiology, Physics, Stats and more. Tutors can earn $9.00 to start.

Eligibility: Grade of AB or higher in the course to tutor, are currently enrolled at UW-Madison with a 2.75 GPA or higher, and want to help other students.

If you are interested, email Africa Lozano at

Classes in the Biosciences                  

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!               

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: