Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Save the Date: Honors Senior Thesis Symposium

The Honors Program invites and encourages you to attend the Honors Senior Thesis Symposium on Saturday April 18, 2014

As many of you know, the Honors in the Major track culminates in a two semester Senior Honors Thesis. This independent research experience involves choosing a thesis topic, finding a thesis advisor, conducting and collecting research, analyzing data, writing the paper, and finally presenting a year’s worth of research at the Senior Honors Thesis Symposium.

Attending the Senior Honors Thesis Symposium will give you a chance to learn more about undergraduate research and about the Senior Honors Thesis experience. Students present their research in a wide array of disciplines and departments. In the past topics have included everything from Biology to Political Science to Art History.

At the symposium you will have the opportunity to meet other Honors students, hear about the amazing work of your peers, ask questions about research, and hopefully leave feeling inspired to write a Senior Honors Thesis yourself. We would love to see you all there!

Stay tuned for more information regarding times, and registration.  

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research

The Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff. Approximately 105 Hilldale awards are available each year.

The student researcher receives $3,000, and faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs (e.g., supplies, faculty or student travel related to the project). At time of application research mentors can ask for an additional $500 (up to $1,000 total) if exceptional circumstances apply (for example, if student travel is necessary to conduct the research).

To be eligible for this award, students must:
  • have at least junior standing at time of application
  • plan a collaborative research project with a UW-Madison faculty/staff
  • plan to graduate after May of the application year
  • while there is no minimum GPA to apply, projects proposed by students with a cumulative GPA of  3.2 or lower typically are not as competitive
Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

For more details and information on the application process, visit the Undergraduate Academic Awards Website.

The online application will be available mid-December through Scholarships@UW-Madison

Hilldale & Holstrom proposal Writing Center Workshop

Applying for a Hilldale or Holstrom Research award? Need help writing your proposal? 

The Writing Center has a workshop just for you! 

Writing Proposals for Hilldale and Holstrom Research on Thursday, Dec. 5, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
If you're applying for one of the University's prestigious Hilldale or Holstrom awards, don't miss this workshop! You'll have the chance to review successful applications from past years in a variety of fields and learn strategies that will help you stand out as a strong applicant. The application deadline for these awards is in mid-February.

Please pre-register HERE

Interested in more one-on-one attention? 
For those looking for help critiquing their papers, applications, and writing projects, the Writing Center offers individual conferences with experienced writing instructors.

The Associated Students of Madison-- Open Positions

Interested in getting involved with  student government? The Associated Students of Madison is currently accepting applications for several student positions.

There are the currently open positions for:

Finance Committee: Finance Committee communicates with student organizations about grant opportunities and awards those grants in a viewpoint neutral manner to those that apply.

Conference Selection Committee: The Conference Selection Committee reviews and selects students from across campus to attend student conferences throughout the country.

Associate Justice: Associate Justices serve on the Student Judiciary, the body that oversees ASM elections and resolves disputes between ASM and other parties.

For complete position descriptions and applications see the ASM website.

Applications are due Saturday, November 29th at 8 p.m.

Questions? email the ASM Nominations Board: asm.nominations@gmail.com

Monday, November 24, 2014

Summer Undergraduate Research programs at UT Southwestern Medical Center

 The UT southwestern Medical Center is sponsoring opportunities for undergraduate research fellowships this summer! There are three being offered. All three summer programs will run from June 1st through August 7th, 2015.  
Participants will be selected based on their letters of reference, course work, and experience. The stipend for the 10-week program is $4,000. If a fellow requires housing, the costs will be covered by the program; however, fellows are responsible for paying their own travel expenses.  
Application deadline is February 9, 2015.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
The goal of SURF is to give 75 students an intensive, 10-week research experience in a world class research environment. Students immerse themselves in the laboratory and work on individual research projects with UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty. Most areas of modern biomedical engineering, cancer biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology are represented. In addition to research, SURF provides seminars, optional classes in Cancer Biology and Genetics, social events, and an end-of-program poster session. 
The SURF website and online application can be found HERE

Quantitative and Physical Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) Program
This program, initially funded by a NIGMS training grant and now funded internally, will accept 10 students who are earning their undergraduate degrees in the field of biomedical engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, or chemistry. The goal of QP-SURF is to give students an intensive, research experience and demonstrate to students in the physical and quantitative sciences how their knowledge and skill sets are applied in a biomedical research setting. QP-SURF students would carry out their 10-week research project in a biomedical engineering, biophysics, computational biology, or quantitative/analytical chemistry laboratory. QP-SURF students also participate in seminars, optional classes in Cancer Biology and Genetics, social events, and an end-of-program poster session. 
More information about the program and the online application can be found HERE

Summer Undergraduate Research Institution for the Study of Kidney Disease (SURISKD) Program
This program is funded by a National Institute of health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIHIDDKD) training grant and will accept 15 students who are earning their undergraduate degrees in the field of natural sciences. The goal of SURISKD is to give students an intensive summer research training experience for college students who are preparing for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. careers in kidney-related research. SURISKD spend 10-weeks pursuing individual research projects that range from embryonic development and physiology to kidney cancer and imaging in the laboratories of Graduate School faculty members.

The SURISKD website and online application can be found HERE

Fulbright US Student Program Undergraduate Information Session

Erin Crawley, the Fellowships Advisor in the Division of International Studies, is holding an information session about research and English teaching asistantship opportunities abroad through the Fulbright US Student grant program. 

If you are an undergraduate interested in pursuing a project abroad after you graduate, this session is for you. If you will be graduating in December 2014 or May 2015, it is not too early to begin preparing for Fulbright application deadlines in the fall (early September). If you are a freshman or sophomore and would like to learn more about this program, you are welcome to attend. Alumni are also encouraged to attend. 

To be eligible for the Fulbright US Student program, you must be a US citizen. We will discuss the different types of grant categories, the application process, and how to start planning for your project.

When: Thursday, December 4, 2014;  1:30-2:30
Where: 336 Ingraham Hall 

L & S Career Services: Day in the Field to M3 Insurance

Are you interested in careers in all aspects of insurance, sales, risk management, information technology, finance, marketing, human resources, and corporate services?
Want to engage in community service and make a positive impact on the greater Madison community?
Would you like to be a part of an organization that places high value on philanthropy and giving?

You are invited to a Day in the Field to M3 Insurance!
When: December 5, 2014; 8:30-12:30 p.m (This time frame includes transportation time between UW and M3 Insurance)
Where: M3 Insurance right here in Madison! 

At M3 Insurance, you and your fellow students will meet with leaders and staff (including UW alumni) to learn about their careers, take tours, engage in interactive conversations, and learn about internship and job opportunities. You will also learn about M3's very well-known philanthropy program and its leading role with community service in the Madison area (and how you can get involved with it)! LUNCH will be provided at M3!

Interested in attending? Register HERE before December 2.

See below for more information about M3 Insurance.