Biology Major Newsletter - March 31, 2017

• Upcoming Deadlines

• Announcements and Updates

• Research Opportunities and Academic Events

• Career/Internship Opportunities and Workshops

• Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities

• Other Opportunities and Events 

Upcoming Deadlines

Announcements and Updates

Graduating this May or August?

Then be sure to apply for graduation and RSVP for the Biology Major Graduation Reception on Friday, May 12 and collect your free Biology Major Coffee Mug! Students who have applied to graduate will be emailed an RSVP link for the reception, and the deadline to RSVP is April 14, 2017.  If you are unsure on how to apply for graduation please see this tutorial.  Commencement information can be found here.  The deadline to reserve your cap and gown without a late penalty is April 6, 2017.  Cap and gown information can be found here.

Anatomy Lecture and Lab Enrollment Update

Please carefully read the following message from Kinesiology if you plan on taking Anatomy or the Anatomy Lab next fall. 

As fall registration approaches, the Department of Kinesiology would like to share information about the undergraduate Human Anatomy lecture and labs (formerly Kinesiology/Anatomy 328/329). For Fall 2017 the course numbers will change to Kinesiology 337 (lecture) and Kinesiology 338 (lab). Going forward, the Department of Kinesiology will offer Kines 337 every fall, spring and summer semester and will offer Kines 338 every fall and spring semester.  Please note that Kines 328/337 are not currently approved to count for the Biolggy major.

Summer 2017: Kinesiology 328

• Summer 2017 will be the last time the human anatomy course is listed as Kinesiology 328

• Please make sure to register through Kinesiology 328 as the cross-listing with Anatomy 328 is no longer being managed

• There are no priority restrictions for the summer.

Fall 2017 Kinesiology 337: Human Anatomy

• Students with KNS or PRN classification will have priority enrollment until April 18th at 9am

• Seniors will be able to enroll starting April 18th at 9am

• Juniors will be able to enroll starting April 19th at 9am

• Open enrollment for students meeting the prerequisite begins April 20th at 9am

• No priority lists will be collected

Fall 2017 Kinesiology 338: Human Anatomy Lab

• Students who need to take Kinesiology 338 (lab) in Fall 2017 should email the Center for Pre-Health Advising ( and ask to be placed on a priority enrollment list by March 31, 2017 if and only if the students: will graduate in December 2017 or May 2018; have a GPA of 3.0 or better; and plan to apply to one of the following health professions programs after graduation from UW-Madison (e.g. accelerated nursing, dental, occupational therapy, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant)

• Student emails to the Center for Pre-health Advising must include: student ID; section(s) of the course preferred (as many as will work with their schedule); type of health professions program the student plans to apply to

Fall 2017 Courses and Enrollment Timeline

Fall 2017 courses are now visible in Course Guide and Class Search, so you can begin to plan for next semester.  Upcoming enrollment dates are:

• March 13: Summer enrollment times emailed to students

• March 27: Fall enrollment times emailed to students

• March 28: Summer enrollment begins for seniors

• April 4: Fall enrollment begins for seniors

Summer Course Equivalency Service

The Course Equivalency Service  (CES) for summer will be open from March 1 – May 15. As a reminder, the CES is for currently enrolled UW-Madison students who plan to complete summer course work through another institution. The CES provides information on how the course work will transfer back to UW-Madison. Students can log in with their Net ID and …

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Summer Capstones

Are you interested in completing a Capstone Course this upcoming summer?  Are you graduating within the next year?  If yes, then this message is for you!  The Biology major is offering three great Capstone course options this summer:

• Microbiology 525: Adv Biological Laboratory Practices: A Research Experience.  This is a brand new course!  Prerequisites include Micro 303 and 304 or you can enroll with instructor's consent if you have completed any other intermediate or advanced biological science lab.  Please contact Robin Kurtz at for authorization to enroll if you have not taken Microbiology 303 and 304.  The course is offered 6/19/2017 - 8/13/2017 and you can find a sample syllabus here.

• Botany/F&W Ecol/Zoology 460: General Ecology. Prerequisites include intro biology.  The course is offered 5/30/2017 - 7/23/2017 and you can find a sample syllabus here.

• Biomolecular Chemistry 504: Human Biochemistry Laboratory.  Prerequisites include intro biochemistry.  The course is offered 6/19/2017 - 8/13/2017 and you can find a sample syllabus here.

Research Opportunities and Academic Events

School for Field Studies Info Session

International Academic Programs will be hosting a representative from SFS (School for Field Studies: for an info session and Q&A on Tuesday, April 11. Megan Telzrow, Institutional Relations Manager with SFS, will be available for any questions prospective students or accepted participants may have regarding SFS programs. SFS programs focus on environmental studies and sustainability issues, so they may …

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Summer Research Position in Horticulture

The USDA carrot genetics and breeding lab in the Department of Horticulture is looking for two motivated undergraduate students who wish to gain field experience in crop and seed production, and evaluation of plant germplasm in a breeding and genetics program. Duties include plant production and data collection in the field; transplanting, propagation, and pollination of plants for seed production in the field; cleaning, packaging and inventory of seed; and record-keeping, entry of data in Excel. In addition to field work, activities will also involve lab work including DNA and pigment extraction, and PCR analysis. A successful candidate must be reliable, able to work independently, and enjoy working outdoors in a field situation, as well as in the lab. No prior experience is necessary, but a good driving record is required. Interested applicants should be able to work full time this summer, with an opportunity to continue part-time during the fall semester. Pay rate starting at $10.00, more with experience. Please send a CV including science course work and job experience, as well as a brief description of your interest in the position to

Agricultural Research Assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION: Assist the UW Sweet Corn Genetics and Breeding Program at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station located at 8502 Mineral Point Road. Duties will consist of hand pollination of breeding nursery, weed control (hoeing), hybrid evaluation (taste testing and data collection), trial and nursery maintenance, and seed harvest.

QUALIFICATIONS: No experience necessary; training provided. Work/study students desired. Successful candidates must be current and continuing (Fall 2017) undergraduate students. Non-agricultural majors interested in an outdoor experience are encouraged to apply. Affinity for outdoor activities is highly recommended, given that all activities related to this summer job opportunity will involve handling corn plants in a field setting. Applicant must provide own transportation to and from the West Madison Agricultural Research Station.

SALARY: $12.00 per hour

TO APPLY: Send a resume to containing references and contact information. Questions regarding this position may be sent to email address above, or by calling 608-513-1797.

Research with Dairy Forage Research Center

Summer field crew of 5-6 UW students for Dr. Michael Casler’s perennial grass breeding and genetics laboratory at the USDA - Dairy Forage Research Center. Work will support research projects breeding switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata), and meadow fescue (Festuca pratensis). The team will meet every morning (Monday – Thursday) on campus (1925 Linden Dr.) and drive together to research fields at Agricultural Research Stations throughout WI and IL. Agronomy, horticulture and botany students interested in plant breeding are encouraged to apply for this paid summer research position.  Interested students should contact Joe Halinar (

Horticulture Summer Internship


The Patterson Lab in the Department of Horticulture is looking for an undergraduate who is interested in both field and lab experiences this coming summer with the potential to start part-time this spring. Horticulturally, there are 15 acres in organic vegetable research and nearly 6 acres in the horticultural public display garden that includes fruit, vegetables, and large annual and perennial ornamental. This position will be a combination of general work at WMARS and research in the Patterson lab on cold hardy grapes. Student interns are crucial during the growing season and availability 30 hours weekly throughout the summer is essential. Major tasks at WMARS will include maintenance of crops, phenological observations, disease and insect spotting, trellis training, and harvesting. Alternatively, in the lab the student will be responsible for gene expression studies of berry abscission zones at three stages of development and histological studies.  Applicants must be a current student and should have background in plant science, plant pathology, entomology or horticultural related field-experience.  Daily work is physically demanding and includes general garden maintenance: planting of annuals and perennials, dead-heading, irrigating, training and thinning, mulching, and weeding. Positions require the ability to use, or learn to use, garden tillers, tractor style mowers, and small motorized vehicles. Interns receive training on growing vegetable plants organically and gain experience with season-extending technology and irrigation systems.  West Madison Ag Research Station is located on Madison’s west side on Mineral Point Road, about eight miles from campus. Students must have their own means of transportation or carpool.

If interested please contact Sara Patterson  or Janet Hedtcke:

Sara Patterson - or stop by RM 486 Horticulture

Janet Hedtcke - 262-2257 ext. 2

Career/Internship Opportunities and Workshops

Nelson Institute Career Week

APRIL 3-7 Learn about potential job and internship opportunities, and hear from recent alumni about their experiences after graduation. Free pizza lunch each day! RSVP MONDAY APRIL 3 Peace Corps TUESDAY APRIL 4 Department of Natural Resources WEDNESDAY APRIL 5 Alumni Panel George Reistad, ES ‘11, Food Policy Coordinator, City of Madison Hayley Parsons, ES ‘15, Wildlife Technician and Natural …

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Morgridge Hiring Full-time Americorps Position

The Morgridge Center for Public Service is hiring a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as the Achievement Connections Campus Coordinator.  Achievement Connections provides dedicated Math tutoring centers at Madison-area high schools focused on providing one-on-one support for students in Algebra and Geometry.  AmeriCorps Members at the high schools work as a team to provide support to students through math tutoring, class observations, communication with teachers, and development of foundational math skills.  An additional AmeriCorps member, the Campus Coordinator, is housed at the Morgridge Center for Public Service and recruits UW-Madison students to serve as volunteer tutors in the schools.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Megan Miller at Priority deadline is April 16. The AmeriCorps member will begin their term on August 21.  For more information click here.

Group Leaders for Chemistry Camp

The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) will again be offering Chemistry Camps this summer. The camps provide a fun and exciting chemistry laboratory experience for middle school students.  There are four sessions this summer:

• June 12-16: 8:45-12:00

• June 12-16: 1:00-4:15

• June 26-30: 8:45-12:00

• June 26-30: 1:00-4:15

They need Group Leaders (undergraduate students only) to work with groups of 4-6 students in labs each day. Group leaders are paid $12/hr. We have openings for 10 leaders in each camp, and prefer those who are available for all sessions (but not required). Mandatory training sessions, for additional pay, will be held before camps begin. Leaders must have a strong science background; applicants must have completed general chemistry courses. To apply, email your resume to or bring a current resume to room 1305 in the

Chemistry building. Application deadline is April 14. For more information, call 608-262-3033.

CfLI Jobs and Internships

The Center for Leadership and Involvement is current hiring for Fall 2017 positions, some of which start this summer.  For a list of opportunities click here.

Educational Assistant Positions with K-12 Schools

The Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) in the School of Education is hiring Educational Assistants for a few of their STEM classes for gifted and talented students ranging from second grade through juniors in high school.   They are specifically looking for help with Physiology of Body Systems and Food Science at ALP (high school) and Kinesiology at STEP (middle school).  Applications are due April 28.  For additional information click here.

Student Wellness Assistant at UHS

University Health Services is the on-campus student health center at UW-Madison.  The Student Wellness Assistant position is located in the Healthy Campus unit, within the Prevention Division. Work within this unit is focused on identifying, addressing and preventing issues that may negatively affect the health and wellbeing of students on campus. This position reports to the Wellness Coordinator.  The deadline to apply is April 12, 2017.  For more information click here.

UW Pharmacy Program Open House

SPRING 2017 PHARMACY OPEN HOUSE Saturday, April 22, 2017 Join us for our bi-annual Pharmacy Open House event. This is a day-long event that is open to any undergraduate student interested in learning more about the PharmD program. The Open House will provide attendees the opportunity to: §  Listen and participate in a mini-lecture §  Take part in a compounding lab …

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UW-Madison Physical Therapy Open House

Saturday May 6th, 2017 1:00 - 3:00 PM DPT Program Facilities 5th floor.  Medical Sciences Center 1300 University Ave.  Enter the building through the University Avenue entrance and follow the signs to room 5150. Tours of DPT facilities Lab demonstrations Meet faculty and students Snacks provided Anyone and everyone welcome anytime between 1-3pm! Questions? Contact Lisa Levy: or 608-265-9388 …

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Summer Education Internship

The Department of Natural Resource’s MacKenzie Center is looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals to join our 2017 Summer Education Internship Program. This position provides unique opportunities to work in the field of Natural Resources, gain valuable experience, and build your resume. Join the MacKenzie Center team! Description of the internship and application instructions: Application deadline is April 1st …

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USDA Internships

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will announce 26 Pathways internship positions in the Biological Sciences field. This will be a two-year pilot internship with entry-level positions at the GS-4/5/7 Levels. Positions will be in the following programs: · Biotechnology and Regulatory Services (Biological Scientists) · Wildlife Services (Wildlife Biologists) · …

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Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

Climate Change Poster Competition

The seventh annual Reid Bryson Scholarship competition will be held on Thursday, April 27, starting at 6:15pm. It will be held in the first-floor open court at the WID (Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery) building, as part of the UW-Madison Climate Change Symposium. Submit the name of your poster and any co-authors to coordinator Anne Sophie Daloz ( by Friday, April 14, 2017. Anne Sophie can also answer questions about the scholarship. Maximum poster size is 3x4". A total of $2000 will be awarded.

Applicants for the Reid Bryson Scholarship must either be a registered undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, from any department or center. The research should either address (1) fundamental climatic and meteorological processes or (2) environmental issues at the interface of climate, people, and the environment. Professor Bryson's research was highly interdisciplinary, so students from across the sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply.  For additional information click here.

Internship Financial Support

Allen Internship Financial Support Application – for UNPAID internships Limited funds are available for students participating in UNPAID internships in the summer 2017. Students shall complete the online application form linked below. To be eligible for financial support students must: 1.      Be a current CALS undergraduate, in good academic standing (not on academic probation) 2.      Participate in an UNPAID internship …

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Summer Course Scholarship

The Division of Continuing Studies application for the UW-Madison Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study is now open. This need-based scholarship is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate students (of any major) seeking financial support to take courses in the upcoming summer session. Scholarships awards will range from $500-$1,500. The application is open until April 4, 2017. To learn more, go to

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Other Opportunities and Events

Earth Day Conference

Post-apocalyptic films and books are more popular than ever, with recent titles like The Hunger Games, The Passage, Snowpiercer and The Walking Dead joining a rapidly growing list. What drives our fascination with the end of the world? Can this pop-culture phenomenon help us understand today's environmental challenges and stimulate ideas to build a just, secure and sustainable future? "Hope …

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Campus Peace Corps Ambassadors

Campus ambassadors are university students who work closely with Peace Corps recruiters to raise the Peace Corps’ profile on campus and introduce the Peace Corps to new and diverse student groups. Campus Ambassadors will work closely with  recruiters to raise Peace Corps’ profile on campus and introduce the Peace Corps to new and diverse student groups. Applications from students who …

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