ARS Internships—apply by Dec. 5

Summer 2015 applications due December 5, 2014
The objective of the Agricultural Research Stations’ Summer Internship program is to foster relationships between UW-Madison departments and station personnel. At the same time, the opportunity provides UW Madison undergraduate students a chance to become involved in applied research projects as they consider their career plans. These internships should be used as a recruitment tool and have a direct benefit to a student. Awarded internships provide students with an opportunity to see how large farms are managed, the responsibilities associated with a large farm, and the research activities occurring on each farm.

To be considered for funding, the faculty member must have an active Hatch, Hatch Multistate, or McIntire-Stennis project during the summer of 2015.

Five internships will be awarded for year 2015, each with $5000 of student labor (approximately 15 weeks, limited to UW-Madison undergraduate students) and $500 of supplies to be spent at the station on the student project. Last year, projects were awarded at Arlington, Hancock, Prairie du Sac and Spooner.

For more information, see the Agricultural Research Station (ARS) Internship.

Please direct all inquiries to Michell Sass, (608) 265-9534 or msass@cals.wisc.edu .

WALSAA Innovation Grant Program offers money for CALS student groups:

WALSAA—the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association—would like to invite you and your respective CALS organizations and groups to apply for funding via the WALSAA Innovation Grant program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but target dates are October 1, February 1 and May 1. All applications will be considered regardless of date submitted.

The program is aimed at CALS student organizations, teams, and groups. Events, conferences, conclaves and presentations are appropriate uses for an Innovation Grant. The key is innovation. What about the program is new and exciting? How are your members learning through a new process? Why is your event in 2015 different from the same event in 2014? Please direct all questions to admin@walsaa.org.

The application can be found on the WALSAA Scholarship Page

Read about last year’s winners.

We look forward to your applications!

Circle these dates: Undergrad Symposium and Teaching & Learning Symposium

Mark your calendars for two campus-wide symposia to take place next spring:

  1. The annual Undergraduate Symposium is our campus-wide showcase for undergraduate creativity, achievement, research, service-learning and community-based research across all disciplines through oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibitions, and performances. The Symposium will be on April 16, 2015, in Union South.
  2. The annual Teaching & Learning Symposium brings together faculty, academic staff, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students to share best practices, celebrate success stories, discuss new teaching pedagogy and opportunities for educational innovations, and explore themes of mutual interest. The Teaching and Learning Symposium will be on May 20-21, 2015, in Union South.

More information about each event will be provided later in the semester.

Early-career faculty: Apply for Teaching and Learning Excellence fellowships by Nov. 1

Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) is a one-year professional development program designed to support early-career faculty in the scholarship of teaching and learning. MTLE Faculty Fellows will capitalize on teaching responsibilities in real time and build connections to the robust teaching and learning community at UW-Madison. Our goal is to support fast, efficient starters in the tenure process. Fellows will gather evidence about teaching success to use in their tenure dossiers and learn how to use high-impact teaching practices that focus on student learning.

The application is available in this downloadable PDF and is due November 1, 2014.

Questions? Contact Nick Balster (Faculty Director) or Emily Utzerath (Assistant Director) at info@mtle.wisc.edu

Info for students on new voting rules at vote.wisc.edu

A new campus web page has information on what students need to do in order to be able to cast a ballot now that Wisconsin’s voter ID law is in force.

Vote.wisc.edu has details on eligibility, registration, where to vote, election dates and how to obtain an acceptable photo ID.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison strives to create not just good students, but also good citizens, and that includes exercising the right to vote.

 

 

 

Free course: Intro to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

“An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching.” This free 7-week course will provide future and current STEM instructors with an introduction to evidence-based STEM teaching practices. Participants will learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, and then apply what they learn to the design of lessons and assignments they can use in future teaching opportunities. Those who complete the course will be more informed and confident teachers, equipped for greater success in the classroom.”

https://www.coursera.org/course/stemteaching

University Summer Forums – Call for proposals

Proposals for the University Summer Forums for summer 2015 (FY16) are now being accepted. The call and short proposal form are available online (http://summer.wisc.edu/courses/summer-forums.html).

The Division of Continuing Studies asks that proposals are routed through schools / colleges. Proposals from CALS departments should be submitted to the CALS Academic Affairs Office by Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Send them via email to jklatt@cals.wisc.edu or by campus mail to John Klatt / 1450 Linden Dr. / 116 Ag Hall. The Division of Continuing Studies will provide funding for instructional costs and course expenses as well as assist with course logistics and marketing. Two proposals will be selected campus-wide.

Important: Equity workshops for graduate assistants

New teaching assistants (TAs) and program/project assistants (PAs) are invited to participate in professional development focusing on diversity, discrimination and harassment to be offered during the fall 2014 semester. These sessions are presented and sponsored by the campus Office for Equity and Diversity, The McBurney Disability Resource Center, the Theater for Cultural and Social Awareness and the Office of Human Resources.

We encourage you to attend and participate in a session. In addition, please be aware that teaching assistants cannot be reappointed for more than one semester unless they have completed this professional development workshop. For example, a TA who was reappointed in the fall 2014 semester without having completed training cannot be reappointed again in the upcoming spring 2015 semester unless training has been completed prior to the start of classes.

Participants receive information about relevant laws, policies, regulations and resources; explore the practical application of these policies to classroom and learning environments; and engage in facilitated conversations designed to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and excellence through diversity. These sessions promote the development or competencies that sustain and strengthen UW-Madison’s position of preeminence in research and higher education and advance critical campus strategic priorities.

The session schedule, electronic copies of the materials referenced during each in-person presentation, and the registration link are available at http://www.oed.wisc.edu/graduate-assistants-equity-workshops.htm. Please register online, session space is limited. The available workshops and locations are provided below.

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 5-8 PM Union South
  • Thursday, September 11, 2014 5-8 PM Union South
  • Monday, September 15, 2014 5-8 PM Union South
  • Thursday, September 18, 2014 5-8 PM Memorial Union
  • Monday, September 22, 2014 5-8 PM Memorial Union
  • Wednesday, September 24, 204 5-8 PM Memorial Union
  • Thursday, October 2, 2014 5-8 PM Memorial Union
  • Tuesday, October 7, 2014 9AM-Noon 8417 Social Science Building
  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014 5-8 PM Memorial Union
  • Friday, October 10, 2014 9AM-Noon 8417 Social Science Building

Funding opportunity for grad students: Dannon Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the 2014-2015 Dannon Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Program. This is an opportunity for one incoming or current graduate student who shows a strong interest in research of the nutritional value and importance of yogurt and probiotics. The winning applicant will receive a scholarship of $25,000, payable to the educational institution either for tuition, or research related projects or as otherwise allocated at The Dannon Company’s discretion—to enhance his or her academic path in this field during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Remind your students and alumni: Career and Internship Fair on Sept. 23

UW-Madison Career Services units will host the Fall Career and Internship Fair on Tuesday, September 23rd, which will bring nearly 300 organizations to campus.

“UW-Madison Career Services units are excited about the number of companies coming to the Fall Career and Internship Fair,” said Angie White, Assistant Director of Employer Relations, from the College of Letters and Science Career Services at UW-Madison. “This is the largest one-day fair ever at UW-Madison. The Career Services units attribute this to more organizations eager to hire graduates and host internships.”

“This year, we expect 300 employers to attend, our largest fair ever. Both levels of the Kohl Center concourse will be filled with recruiters!” says Duane Cooper, Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Career Events in the Wisconsin School of Business.

The UW Fall Career and Internship Fair will also have an official Twitter hashtag, #UWCF. Employers, attendees and university staff members are encouraged to tweet about their experiences at the Career Fair, including jobs, pictures or any simple fun facts.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, College of Letters and Sciences, School of Education, School of Pharmacy, School of Human Ecology, and the Wisconsin School of Business are working together to host the career fair, which will be held at the Kohl Center on Tuesday, September 23, from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

All UW-Madison students and alumni, especially those looking for internships and full-time positions, are encouraged to attend. To view a full list of participating organizations, attendees should log-on to BuckyNet (buckynet.org) and click “events.”

UW career services units provide resources for students to explore career interests and develop skills that will make them successful as they seek employment or admission to graduate or professional programs.

For more information contact Megan O’Rourke at 608-262-3460 or morourke@cals.wisc.edu.