Biology Major Newsletter - March 20, 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!  Important commencement information will soon be send to students graduating in May and August, but only those who have applied for graduation will receive this communication.  If you are unsure on how to apply for graduation please see this tutorial.

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

Biology Major Research/Capstone Info Session

• Wednesday, March 30, 12:00-1:00pm in room 2301 Microbial Sciences

Have you ever wondered what the CALS Capstone requirement is all about and how it impacts you?  Or how to enroll in independent study credits?  Or how to a find a research mentor?  If you can answer 'yes' to any of the previous questions, then the Biology Major has an event planned just for you!  Join us for an interactive presentation on Wednesday, March 15, 3 - 4 pm, 2301 MSB or Thursday, March 30, 12 noon - 1 pm, 2301 MSB where we will:

• explore the expectations of the CALS capstone

• review the capstone approval form

• decode independent study credits and how to enroll in them

• model how to identify and contact potential research mentors

Please register here.

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

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

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity

Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Science Anticipated Starting Dates: Between May 15 and June 1, 2017 Duration: Minimum 16 weeks Compensation: Paid Position/Credits/Combinations Project title: Impact of dietary manipulation on feeding behavior, productive performances, N-excretion through manure, and enteric methane emission of Holstein and Jersey cows Research Project description: Dairy sector is contributing a lot to global food security through …

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Summer Research Opportunity

The Karasov Lab is looking for undergraduates to help with feeding trials this summer with house sparrow nestlings. They will be studying physiological and time course responses to dietary changes. The main responsibilities will be feeding nestlings, taking mass and temperature measurements, recording data, and possibly performing wild nest checks. All of the work will take place on the UW-Madison …

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Career/Internship Opportunities and Workshops

UW STEM Career Fair

• March 30, 1:00-4:00pm, Main Lobby, Engineering Centers Building

The College of Letters and Science, the College of Engineering and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences have joined forces to host the UW STEM Fair which will target organizations that focus on science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about their fields of interest and learn about full-time job and internship opportunities. A list of the 63 employers attending can be found here.

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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Interviewing Evening with Employers

Tuesday, March 28 from 4-6pm At the Steenbok Memorial Library BioCommons You got the interview, now land that job! Learn effective interview preparation techniques. Discover popular questions employers ask and learn how to anticipate them. Hear tips on how to make a lasting positive impression.  Expect to practice with your peers in a fun and comfortable setting. As a bonus, …

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STEM Career Panel: Selling Your Science

Come get tips and ideas from area biotech and biohealth employers and learn about ways to…. ·        Communicate your technical and lab skills to a potential employer or grad school ·        Improve your resume, LinkedIn profile, and interview skills DATE: Thurs. March 30, 12-1 p.m. LOCATION: Engineering Centers Building 1025 Stop by the STEM Fair afterwards and continue the conversation …

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L&S Badger Internship Program

Many students choose to seek out internships throughout the year, especially during the summer. These experiences give them an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they've learned in your classes while trying out a company or position that interests them. The L&S Badger Internship Program helps students navigate the internship search process, offers individualized support throughout the course of …

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Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

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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L&S Summer Internship Scholarships

L&S Career Initiative and Career Services Summer Internship Scholarships Awards range from $2000 - $5000 and are made possible through the generous donations from the Henderson-Reznick family, the Shinners family, and the Picus family. Applications are due on March 31, 2017. Students may apply through their Scholarships@UW-Madison page. Eligibility: Must be a College of Letters & Science student Graduating in December …

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Scholarship to Study in Finland

• Applications due March 26

Scholarship is offered by the Brittingham Viking Organization for study in Finland.  This scholarship is awarded annually to UW-Madison student(s) (US citizens) to study at one of the three Universities in Finland (Aalto, Hanken or Helsinki University). Studying in Finland at any of the three universities is a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Classes at the universities range from Finnish language to International relations, etc.  A fair amount of classes are taught in English.  The scholarship will be given as a flat amount to assist with tuition, room, board, and travel expenses throughout Scandinavia.  

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

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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Teach English, Live Abroad

Monday, March 27 4:00-5:00 pm Union South Explore what it takes to teach English abroad and how you can travel with an income. Understand what international employers are looking for and tips for finding job opportunities. Learn about obtaining a TEFL Certificate to make living abroad a reality! Presented by Hannah LeDuc & Jennifer Phillips, Wisconsin ESL Institute.

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Mental Health At-Risk Training

University Health Services would like to remind students of a free, online training available for all UW-Madison students. The training is called At-Risk and is designed to help students recognize peers experiencing distress, respond effectively, and refer to appropriate campus resources. The training uses interactive, virtual conversations and takes 30 minutes to complete. At-Risk is available online and can be …

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