Friday, February 24, 2017

Midterm Study Evening and Dinner at Washburn Observatory



Come and prepare for your midterms while eating dinner in Washburn! Dinner will be available starting around 5:45 pm, and we'll be open until 8:30pm.  Use the conference room for quiet study and the library for small-group work. Chat with Honors Director Sabine Gross, who will be around all evening.

When: Wednesday, March 1
Time: 5:45pm - 8:30pm
Where: Washburn Observatory (Library and Conference Room)

Apply to Graduate



Are you planning to graduate this semester?
Do you have questions about commencement?
This is the first in a series of emails that will provide the details you need to prepare for Spring Commencement.
UW–Madison’s Spring Commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. Make sure you know which ceremony to attend, and where!
Commencement for doctoral, MFA and medical professional degree candidates will be held on Friday, May 12 in the Kohl Center. Graduates need to be seated by 5:10 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately two and a half hours. 
Commencement for all undergraduate, law and master’s degree candidates will be held on Saturday, May 13 at Camp Randall Stadium. Graduates need to be seated by 11:20 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 12 noon and last for 75 minutes. Haven’t heard who the Commencement keynote speaker is yet? Check out this announcement video.
Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, everyone who intends to graduate must complete the following graduation checklist:
Let us know you are graduating! Complete the apply to graduate application in the Student Center of My UW. This ensures your name is printed in the commencement program. All graduates must complete their application by Friday, March 31. If you have already applied to graduate, are wondering if you have applied or want to check if your information has been entered correctly, access the graduation application and make any necessary updates. A demo is also available.
Get your commencement attire! Check out the University Book Store's graduation timeline for additional cap and gown details.
Save the date with family and friends! No tickets are required to attend either commencement ceremony, and there is no limit to the number of guests a graduate may bring. Be sure to alert your friends and family about the event dates and times, and direct them to the commencement website for information about planning their trip to Madison.
Celebrate! Each school and college will celebrate its graduates with a recognition event during commencement week. You will hear more about these events directly from your school or college as details become available. You can also check our events page for more details.
Still have questions? Find answers at www.commencement.wisc.edu, including information for you and your family via FAQs specific to each ceremony, whether at Camp Randall Stadium or at the Kohl Center.
Congratulations, soon-to-be graduate! You’re just three months away from celebrating an achievement that has been years in the making. Next month, you’ll learn more about the Student Philanthropy Campaign and how you can get in on a photo opportunity atop one of our campus icons. We look forward to celebrating with you in May!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Wisconsin Experience Bus Trip: May 15-19

WEBT brings UW-Madison student leaders together to expand on the Wisconsin Idea while traveling and serving throughout the state.
This annual, weeklong trip for emerging UW-Madison student leaders on campus builds bridges between campus organizations by fostering leadership, cultural understanding, and community.

Previous WEBT trips have:

  • Toured a dairy farm
  • Held a Q&A with Lambeau Field's Outreach Manager
  • Met with leadership at Lac du Flambeau reservation
  • Shared dinner with Wisconsin Alumni Association members
  • Volunteered at a wildlife sanctuary

  • This year we plan on including aspects of year's past experiences as well as incorporating leadership and professional development while providing engaging dialogue. 

    Apply Today
    36 student leaders will be selected to participate in this FREE trip. If you have demonstrated leadership involvement and anticipate a leadership role on campus in the 2017-18 academic year, we encourage you to apply.

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Sign Up for The Honors Senior Thesis Symposium



    The Honors Program invites and encourages you to attend the Honors Senior Thesis Symposium on Saturday, April 22, 2017; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Union South. 

    As many of you know, the Honors in the Major track culminates in a 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.

    Are you writing a thesis? Register to present!
    This event is an exciting opportunity to present your research to your peers, faculty, and university staff, as well as your family and friends. Your thesis need not be picture-perfect in order to present; rather, we encourage you to embrace this opportunity to discuss your findings thus far, your methods and the research experience at large.

    If you are planning to participate, please register and save the date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM at Union South

    Registration is free and includes a light breakfast, a lunch, and a reception. We will provide you with a more detailed program for the event as the date approaches, but please note that all presenters will be expected to attend the entire symposium.  

    Registration for student presenters as well as guests (family, friends, advisors) can be found on the Honors Program Website
    Please register to participate in the symposium no later than Sunday, April 2nd. 

    Please register guests by Sunday, April 9th

    All students writing a Senior Thesis are invited to participate. If you received a Senior Honors Thesis Award from our office, you are required to participate in the symposium. You still must officially register so that we have your title and abstract to include in the planning. If you received a Hilldale award, participation in our event will fulfill your obligation to present your findings at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

    Not Presenting? Please come support your fellow Badgers as they present!
    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!

    2017 Awards for Professional Conference Travel

    Bromley Research Conference Travel Grants are awarded based on a competitive application process to eligible L&S Honors students for presentation and/or attendance at regional or national professional conferences.  Review of applications and selection of Bromley Research Conference Travel Grant recipients will be conducted by the L&S Faculty Honors Committee.
    - Grants awarded for presentation at regional or national conferences provide up to $500 to the recipients.
    - Grants awarded solely for attendance at regional or national conferences provide up to $250 to the recipients.
    Priority for awards is given to applications requesting support for presentation at professional conferences.
    Eligibility:
    • Currently enrolled L&S Honors Student (HLA, HM, or Comprehensive Honors)
    • Minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
    • Progress toward the completion of the L&S Honors in the Liberal Arts, Honors in the Major, OR Comprehensive Honors degree(s)
    Criteria for Selection:
    • Strength of statement of benefit/impact of proposed experience
    • Strength of letter of recommendation from faculty member
    • For conference presentation: submission of documentation of accepted abstract from organizing body and a copy of the conference agenda summary
    • For conference attendance only: submission of a copy of the conference agenda summary
    Application Process:
    Completion and submission of:
    1.       application form
    2.       required statement (see attached)
    3.       documentation of accepted abstract and/or copy of conference agenda summary (as appropriate)
    4.       applicant’s UW-Madison student transcript (unofficial or official)
    5.       one (1) letter of recommendation from a UW-Madison faculty member in support of the application
    Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 26, 2017  by 4:15 p.m. due to Washburn Observatory
    NOTE: Award recipients will be expected to submit documentation of conference attendance and a brief (1-2 page) summary of their experience.
    Notification of awards should take place by e-mail within four weeks of the application deadline.
    Questions should be directed to Matt Kohlstedt at (608) 262-2454 or matt.kohlstedt@wisc.edu.

    To access the application, please click HERE

    2017-2018 Travel Awards for Study Abroad

    Up to one (1) $1250 Abraham S. Burack Scholarship; one (1) $1250 Kurz Scholarship; and two (2) $1250 Directors’ Fund Travel Grants will be awarded to eligible L&S Honors Students participating in one of the University of Wisconsin’s Academic Study Abroad Programs during the 2016-2017 academic year. Students studying for a summer, semester, or a year abroad are eligible for these awards; however, preference for award is given to students participating in semester or year abroad programs. Review of applications and selection of the scholarship recipient will be conducted by the L&S Honors Program Faculty Honors Committee. Submission of this application will make the applicant eligible for any of the awards.



    Eligibility:

    • Currently enrolled L&S Honors Student (HLA, HM, or Comprehensive Honors)
    • Minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
    • Participation in a summer, semester, or year-long University of Wisconsin Academic Study Abroad Program during the 2017-2018 academic year
    Criteria for Selection:

    • Progress toward the completion of the L&S Honors in the Liberal Arts, Honors in the Major, OR Comprehensive Honors degree(s)
    • Strength of statement of financial need (see attached)
    • Strength of essay submitted in conjunction with application (see attached)

    Application Process:
    • Completion and submission of application form and required written essay (see attached) and applicant’s UW-Madison student transcript (unofficial or official)
    • Submission of one (1) letter of recommendation from a UW-Madison faculty member in support of the application

    Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 4:15 p.m. to Washburn Observatory


    Notification of awards should take place within four weeks of the application deadline.

    Questions should be directed to Matt Kohlstedt at (608) 262-2454 or matt.kohlstedt@wisc.edu.

    To access the application, please click HERE