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BioCommons = common space and resources for students in the biological sciences at UW-Madison

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Coming Up This Month...

Biological Sciences Majors Fair
Monday April 13, 4-5:30pm

Advisors from multiple bioscience majors all in one place, plus more! Think holistically about your education, including long-term planning, career exploration, and other learning beyond the classroom.

And more...

Introductory Biology 151/153 is being offered this summer!

It's a great way to get ahead, open other options, and/or lighten your load during the school year. Click here for more course information. Got a question? Email

Beyond the Classroom

(Okay, so there's not really massage therapy...)

Undergraduate Research Peer Mentors: Drop-in mentoring every Tues & Wed, 6-8 pm, room 108

Pre-Health Advising: Drop-in advising Thursdays 2-4 pm, room 108
Have an idea for making the BioCommons homier for you or your student org? Let us know, and we can work together to get it started. 

WISCIENCE introduces the new IMPACT Peer Leaders program, which trains students for leadership positions in courses and programs in science. Applications are due April 8. More info here.

The Plants are here! The Horticulture Society has installed the plants in the walls—check out this time-lapse video and this e-CALS article about it. 
Wonder how international study might impact your life? Get a student view with this article from the Daily Cardinal by Justine Jones, who studied abroad in Ecuador. 
Don't miss the cross-campus STEM Career Fair! Learn about full-time job and internship opportunities. Thurs, April 9, 1-4 pm, main lobby, Engineering Centers Bldg. Here's the list of employers attending. 

Wondering what humanities courses are relevant to the health professions? Here's a list from the Center for Pre-Health Advising:
English 175: Literature & Medicine
English 181: Medical Narratives (Honors seminar, 1st-year students only)
History 283: Health, Healing & Science in Africa (Honors seminar)
History of Science 212: Bodies, Diseases & Healers
Medical History & Bioethics 218: History of 20th Century American Medicine
Religious Studies 101: Religion in Sickness & Health
There are lots of ways to work research into your educational plan...
• research for academic credit
• summer research
• community-based research
• volunteering
• part-time employment
Need more info? Talk with an Undergraduate Research Peer Mentor in the BioCommons on any Tues or Wed from 6-8 pm.
Looking for service learning courses? Start at the Morgridge Center for Public Service. They have lists of courses for summer & fall.

Be a role model—help cultivate the next generation of scientists!  Engage Children in Science gives you hands-on experience with after-school science clubs. It's part of the ARMS program, featured in this video.
Click Here for a Full List of BioCommons Events and Services

Want More?

There's a new online bulletin board starting up. Bookmark it! It's a place to find and post opportunities in public service, international experiences, leadership/community, undergraduate research, and career exploration. To post your opportunity on the board, send a pdf or web link to If you have brochures or handouts you would like to share in the BioCommons, contact Aaron Miller at

Video Spotlight

Student Voices on Race

This video explores some of the challenges of race that students experience on campus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was produced by UW-Madison senior Christian Inouye with assistance from senior Christian Wilson.

5 Tips for Being an Ally

This YouTube video by Frencesca Ramsey (aka Chescaleigh) was shared at a recent UW–Madison Women and Leadership event.

Who Is It ?

Structural engineer, Navajo, head of Sandia National Laboratories’ Tribal Energy Program—brings solar power to remote Native American communities and creates internships to train a new generation. Don't know who it is? Go here and learn more:

Visit the BioCommons portrait gallery of scientists to find more "guess who" puzzles and learn about some very cool people (including an outspoken autism advocate whose story was made into a movie, and a chemist who discovered how CFCs deplete the ozone layer).
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