Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nursing Parallel Planning Workshop

Current pre-nursing (PRN) students and all students interested in learning more about the nursing program are invited to our upcoming Parallel Planning Workshop:
What: Nursing Parallel Planning Workshop, presented in conjunction with the UW Exploration Center for Majors and Careers
Where: Health Sciences Learning Center, Room 1345
When: Friday, May 2, 1:30-3pm
Why: To help pre-nursing students develop and refine their parallel plans
Read more about it below! 

Alt Breaks Leadership Team

The Alternative Breaks program provides UW-Madison students with an opportunity to participate in volunteer and educational trips to a range of communities throughout the United States. Alternative Breaks provides service learning opportunities working with important issues such as the environment, education, immigration, poverty, and other unmet human needs. Alternative Breaks exposes students to areas and experiences which cannot be replicated on the UW Madison campus. These lessons and perspectives can then be applied in students' own studies, student orgs, and out-of-school activities. 

There are FIVE openings on the Wisconsin Union Directorate's Alt Break Leadership team for next year! The application for these positions is due Saturday, May 3, at 12:00 pm with a preferred deadline of Friday, April 25. Applications and more details about each position can be found here.

Please email with any and all questions!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Study Cafe for Finals

Looking for a good study spot for finals? The L&S Honors Program will be opening up our space at Washburn Observatory Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9! Join us anytime between 12:00 - 8:00 p.m. for light refreshments and a great study atmosphere!

If you have a group project or would like to study with friends or classmates, the conference room and seminar room can be reserved for one hour at a time between 12:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. If you are interested in reserving a spot, please email and let us know the day, time slot, and name and email address for one member of your group. Reservations will be first come first serve. 

Stay tuned for more information as finals approach. We hope to see you there!

2014 Iwanter Prize

The annual Iwanter Prize provides an unrestricted $2,000 award to one graduating senior who, through a senior thesis and general academic distinction, demonstrates outstanding humanities-based scholarship of a broad and interdisciplinary nature. The award is made possible by a gift to the UW Foundation by Sidney E. Iwanter, an alumnus of the College of Letters & Science (BA History, 1971). 

The application deadline is May 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm. To read more about the applications requirements and the prize itself, please visit the website. For additional information, please call 608-263-3412 or email

Wisconsin Festival of Ideas

Join the Distinguished Lecture Series for the Wisconsin Festival of Ideas this weekend! This is a one-day conference event featuring UW-Madison faculty and students. This conference will celebrate the Wisconsin Idea and the collaboration and creativity that make Madison a special place to live. This event will take place at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Please visit the website for details!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Classics Lectures Series Presents: Dr. Egbert Bakker

Join the Classics Department as they invite Dr. Egbert Bakker to give a guest lecture, "In and Out of the Golden Age: The Temporality of Odysseus' Return." The lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in room 104 Van Hise Hall. This event is free and open to the public!

Egbert Bakker is Professor of Classics at Yale University, having previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Universite de Montreal. His scholarship has revolutionized the study of ancient Greek texts, particularly the Homeric poems, through the application of methodologies drawn from linguistics and from the study of oral poetics (Linguistics and Formulas in Homer, 1988: Poetry in Speech: Orality and Homeric Discourse, 1997; Pointing at the Past: From Formula to Performance in Homeric Poetics, 2005). Most recently he has embraced anthropological methodologies and research, in an ecological reading of meat and consumption in Homer (The Meaning of Meat and the Structure of the Odyssey, 2013)."

1 Credit Bioscience Research Course

Thinking about getting started in a research lab this summer or fall? Consider enrolling in Biology 260: Entering Research! This 1-credit fall seminar course for sophomore, junior, and transfer students supports and enhances independent research experiences. To participate, students simply register for Bio 260, save space in their schedule for 1-3 research credits, and find a research mentor. 

If you need help finding a research mentor, drop in to chat with our peer research mentors in Steenbock Library study room (108 ground floor) Tuesdays and Wednesdays (6-8 pm)! Additionally, a workshop will be held during the week of May 5th to help enrolled students find research mentors.

Find out more about Biology 260 at Questions? Contact Dr. Janet Branchaw at