Seven CALS students listed among “Top 15 of 2015″ UW spring graduates

Ahead of commencement last week, University Communications distributed a news release listing the “Top 15 of 2015″ UW spring graduates. We are happy to report that a full seven of the featured students were CALS students!

They are: Emily Baumann, biochemistry; Katelyn Budke, wildlife ecology and environmental studies; Alan Chen, biology; Rachel Dvorak, biochemistry; Lily Mank, landscape architecture; Kayla Sippl, biology; and Maya Warren, food science (PhD degree).

Learn what makes them stand out here:

New Monsanto scholarships promote diversity among STEM master’s students

Monsanto has launched a graduate scholarship program for minority students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The Monsanto Graduate Scholarship program, which will award ten $25,000 scholarships to graduate students enrolled in master’s programs in STEM fields, is part the company’s broader focus on innovation and investment in agriculture. To meet the challenges the world faces in feeding nine billion people by 2050, investing in future leaders pursuing STEM careers in food and agriculture is key. The next generation of innovators will be the ones to ascend and meet the challenges of global food security.

The scholarship application is online now. Interested students may apply online. The link to the application is below.


· The deadline to apply is June 1st, 2015.
· Winners will be announced by July 1st, 2015.
· Payments made by August 1st, 2015.


· Must be a diverse student enrolled in a Master’s program in a STEM related field
· 3.0 GPA
· PhD candidates will not be considered


SciMed GRS graduate students receive NSF and Ford Foundation Fellowships

SciMed Graduate Research Scholars (SciMed GRS) is proud to announce that several students in their community are recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Fellowship. The SciMed GRS program currently has 16 NSF fellows and two Ford Fellows in their community. The 2015-16 fellowship recipients are recognized below.

NSF Graduate Reserarch Fellowship
Maria Chavez (Agrocecology – incoming Fall 2015), Jasenia Hartman  (Neuroscience – incoming Fall 2015), Michelle Pearson (Plant Pathology) and Nicholas Santistevan (Genetics).

Honorable Mention: Nadia Khan (Cellular & Molecular Biology), Kassi Crocker (Genetics)

Ford Foundation Fellowship
Tomás Rush (Plant Pathology)

Honorable Mention: Gianna Hernandez (Cellular & Molecular Pathology, Lorraine Rodriguez-Bonilla (Plant Breeding & Plant Genetics)

The SciMed GRS Program is a fellowship program for underrepresented graduate students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, and School of Pharmacy. SciMed GRS coordinates professional development and networking events for fellowship recipients and provides opportunities for students to interact across disciplines in science and medicine.

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 CALS Senior Award recipients

CALS Senior Award winners and Dean Kate (Left to Right): Megan Theisen, Rachel Dvorak, Taylor Holterman, Taylor Kirby, Kelsey Corrigan, Dean Kate and Adam Bartling.

CALS Senior Awards recognize students for their scholastic performance, leadership, and service. Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher can apply. Applications are approved by faculty and staff on the CALS Prospective Students and Scholarships and Loans Committee.

CALS Prospective Students and Scholarships and Loans Committee members are: Brian Asen, Amin Fadl, Ann Haase-Kehl, Heidi Kaeppler, Marisa Otegui, Jonathan Pauli, Shiela Reaves, Tom Browne, Karen Martin, and Sue Ryan.

This year, each CALS Senior Award winner maintains at least a 3.9 grade point average. In addition to their outstanding academic performance, these students demonstrate remarkable records of both leadership and service.

2014 – 2015 Senior Award Winners

Adam Bartling 
Hometown – Waterford, WI
Major(s) / Certificate(s) – Food Science, Certificate in Business

Adam distinguished himself from other high ability students through a variety of co-curricular and leadership activities. Adam completed two research and development internships, one with Newlywed Foods and the other with Pepsi Co. He also completed undergraduate research with the Food Research Institute and he participated in several product development competitions including the Institute of Food Technologists Product Development Competition. In addition, Adam served in leadership positions for the Food Science Club and welcomed new students to the college as a CALS Ambassador. Adam fully immersed himself in his academic discipline and his career preparation. Adam remembers his CALS Freshman Orientation, where a graduating senior told him to become comfortable being uncomfortable. He said that advice stuck with him, and allowed him to pursue goals both in and out of the classroom.

Rachel Dvorak 
Hometown – Rice Lake, WI
Major(s) / Certificate(s) – Biochemistry

Rachel had an extremely productive undergraduate career at UW-Madison. While earning Dean’s List recognition every semester on campus, Rachel was active in student organizations, tutoring, and undergraduate research. She held two important leadership positions for the UW-Madison Lions Club. In addition to her leadership in student organizations, Rachel served as a tutor for physiology and chemistry. Rachel was also highly engaged in mentored research. She completed independent projects in the Amasino and Cox laboratories. She also completed a summer research experience at Cambridge University. Rachel attributes much of her accomplishments to her mentors at UW-Madison who inspired her to set lofty goals and helped her to achieve her aspirations. Rachel will be starting the Medical Scientist Training Program this summer in her ultimate pursuit to become a physician scientist.

Taylor Kirby 
Hometown – Carlock, Illinois
Major(s) / Certificate(s) – Biology (Neurobiology Option), Life Sciences Communication

Taylor, a varsity pole-vaulter, made a large impact at UW-Madison by getting involved in student organizations, service, and undergraduate research. While earning Dean’s List recognition every semester, Taylor served as president of Students for Life of Madison. She also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Badgers for Special Olympics. Taylor completed undergraduate research projects with the Population Health Sciences Department; Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand; and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Taylor will begin working in the Alzheimer’s Center full-time, as a Research Specialist, after graduation. She has plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.

Kelsey Corrigan 
Hometown – Whitefish Bay, WI
Major(s) / Certificate(s) – Biology, History of Science, Global Health Certificate

Kelsey had a very impressive undergraduate career. She engaged in many health related activities while preparing for medical school. Kelsey served in leadership roles for the CALS Health and Research Society, and the Health Occupations Student Association. She also volunteered in the Meriter Hospital Elder Life Program and at a Muscular Dystrophy camp. Kelsey completed a summer internship that focused on clinical care and worked in University Health Services. Kelsey participated in undergraduate research projects in two oncology laboratories where she co-authored four papers. Kelsey says she has thoroughly enjoyed her time in Madison the past four years. After graduation, she will be attending medical school.

Megan Theisen 
Hometown – Kewaskum, WI
Major(s) / Certificate(s) – Animal Science

Megan accomplished a great deal during her time at UW-Madison. She was actively involved in student organizations serving as a president of Sigma Alpha and social chair for the Pre-Veterinary Club. With a strong interest in animal health, Megan worked as a veterinary assistant for the Kewaskum Veterinary Clinic and as a livestock caretaker for the UW-Madison Livestock Laboratory. Megan also conducted an independent research project examining equine reproduction and how reproductive technologies can help maintain the wild horse population. In her free time, Megan is a pianist for her church and an entertainer for Top of the Ridge Restaurant. Megan says she has enjoyed her time in Madison with her classes, her student organizations, and the friends she has made. Megan has been accepted to a college of veterinary medicine and will begin classes this fall.

Taylor Holterman 
Hometown – Watertown, WI
Major(s) / Certificate(s) – Life Sciences Communication, Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Taylor has engaged in significant leadership activities on campus. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm, Rosy-Lane Holsteins LLC, and brought her passion for dairy and agriculture to campus. Taylor is currently president of Collegiate Farm Bureau and an active member of the Association of Women in Agriculture in which she was named Outstanding Freshman, Outstanding Junior, and Outstanding Senior. Taylor’s work experience includes internships with the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, Agri-Nutrition Consulting LLC, Merial, and the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science. Following graduation, she will move to Omaha, Nebraska to start her career with Union Pacific Railroad as an Account Representative in the Market Development and Sales Center.

Teaching Academy Summer Institute call for proposals due May 10

Interested in Teaching and Learning? Need time to reflect on your teaching? Need time to develop or restructure a course or program sequence? Want to interact with others passionate about higher education?

We have just the thing for you and your colleagues.

The Teaching Academy is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Summer Institute on Teaching and Learning, a four day boot-camp to improve your teaching. We will look at who our students are, what our teaching goals are, how to build a great course, and how to take it forward

The institute will be held June 1-4, 2015 at the peaceful UW-Madison Arboretum – a great place to reflect on teaching and rejuvenate your passion for education. The typical day runs from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

If you are interested or know of someone who is, please visit our webpage for more information and apply by May 10, 2015.

We are looking forward to your joining us for yet another great Teaching Academy Summer Institute!

-Tom DuBois & Sue Wenker
Co-Chairs of the 2015 Teaching Academy Summer Institute

BSE grad student among WARF Discovery Challenge winners

Jiehao Guan (right). Photo courtesy of WARF.

Jiehao Guan (right). Photo courtesy of WARF.

Jiehao Guan, a graduate student in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, won a peer award for his proposal, titled “A Surfactant Mediate Gold Nanoparticles for Selective and Sensitive Silver Detection,” at the WARF Discovery Challenge Research Symposium on April 9.

There were more than 85 presenters at the symposium from biochemistry to economics, pathology and mechanical engineering. The symposium, which is considered “phase I” of the WARF Discovery Challenge, featured two poster sessions and cash prizes awarded to the most creative, impactful and collaborative proposals.

Discovery Challenge activities will wrap up this fall at the “phase II” research award competition, which is open to original research ideas proposed by interdisciplinary teams. All spring symposium presenters and participants — not just the prize winners — will be eligible to compete for awards of up to $7,500 at the fall event.

UW Arboretum seeks project assistant

The UW Arboretum has a project assistant position open for a UW-Madison graduate student.

The project assistant is needed to work on a variety of development tasks for the Arboretum, reporting to the director. The student should have experience in development and event planning, strong communication and organizational skills, and a general interest in the Arboretum’s mission though a background in environmental science is not necessary. The ideal candidate will be energetic, hard-working, and highly motivated. He or she should be prepared to perform the majority of work on-site at the Arboretum Visitor Center, and able to adjust his or her schedule to accommodate donor events, which may occur outside regular business hours. The position will be 50% time, and will include tuition remission and graduate student benefits.

Download the full position description for details.

Application deadline extended for Grad/Professional and Capstone Certificate in Global Health

The UW-Madison Global Health Institute has extended the application deadline for the Graduate/Professional and Capstone Certificate in Global Health to Thursday, April 30, 2015.

The Certificate in Global Health program is designed to assist traditional and non-traditional students with interests in global health. The Graduate/Professional Certificate is available to graduate students as well as professional students in the health sciences. The Capstone Certificate is offered to individuals with a minimum of a Bachelors degree who have interest and/or experience in a global health-related field. The program is based in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and is administered by the campus-wide Global Health Institute at UW-Madison.

Through a nine-credit program of preparatory course work and culminating in a global health field experience, students will be prepared to address health disparities in a context of cultural diversity. Certificate recipients may serve populations internationally or work among the increasingly diverse population of Wisconsin and the United States. Through core courses and electives, students may focus their studies on health promotion, detection and treatment of disease, prevention and management of outbreaks, health policy, environmental health, or other interdisciplinary topics.

A detailed description of the certificate and an application form are available on our website, under the Education tab.

The application deadline for 2015-2016 has been extended to April 30, 2015.

Questions? Contact Betsy Teigland at the Global Health Institute,

Microbiology student wins Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student award

photo_patrick_dunnMicrobiology undergraduate Patrick Dunn will receive a 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student award presented by UW-Madison Adult Career and Special Student Services. The award honors two adult UW-Madison undergraduate students each year whose determination and perseverance have enabled them to pursue academic work and contribute to the academic community through leadership and service. Read about the other winner here.

Patrick M. Dunn enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during high school and later suffered serious injuries during his third deployment in Iraq. He found work after an honorable discharge but eventually decided to fulfill a dream by going back to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Despite struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges related to his wartime service, Dunn has distinguished himself as a microbiology student, including as an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of entomology professor Walt Goodman.

“Patrick is a model student, as evidenced by his Student Research Opportunity grant in microbiological sciences,” says Goodman. “His work ethic is outstanding; he has juggled several jobs while maintaining a full course load in microbiology.”

Dunn is the first veteran to win an Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award. He will be honored, and receive a $1000 scholarship, at the Continuing Studies awards and scholarships reception on April 28, 2015, in Union South.

Registration open for annual UW Teaching and Learning Symposium

Registration is open for the 2015 Teaching and Learning Symposium, an annual UW event designed to help facilitate the sharing of educational innovations across campus. This year’s symposium, which runs May 20th & 21st at Union South, has the theme “Accelerate Active Learning.”

Participants will attend a variety of sessions that highlight research on student learning, active and engaged learning approaches, pedagogical and curricular innovations, and interactions between student experiences inside and outside the classroom.

More than 500 faculty, instructional staff and graduate students generally attend the two-day event. Reserve your spot by registering here:

For additional information, contact Sheila Stoeckel at