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 .

Science Curriculum Internationalization Awards deadline Dec. 15

Awards of up to $10,000 are now available to support UW–Madison to faculty and instructional academic staff members in the sciences who wish to incorporate international content into one or more undergraduate science courses.

Deadline: Monday, December 15, 2014

Special consideration will be given to proposals that:

  • make use of innovative technology (e.g. data visualization, online case scenarios, connected classrooms)
  • demonstrate collaboration between two or more departments/units
    expose students to aspects of scholarly research
  • substantially integrate visiting international scholars into one or more undergraduate courses

Non-tenured faculty, academic teaching staff, and new applicants are encouraged to apply. More information: http://go.wisc.edu/8e962k

Encourage students to participate in International Education Week

The UW-Madison is gearing up to celebrate International Education Week November 17-21, 2014. The special week, which is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

During International Education Week, UW-Madison students are encouraged to:

  • Talk to their advisors about how they can fit study abroad into their academic plans.
  • Make an appointment to visit the CALS Study Abroad office to learn about the variety of programs offered throughout the academic year.
  • Participate in one or more of the campus and community events listed here: http://intl-institute.wisc.edu/iew/events.htm

Students often find that international experiences are among the most meaningful and memorable experiences they have during college. In summer 2014, biology major Bri Murphy spent eight weeks abroad in Tecpán, a rural town in Guatemala. She helped with education and outreach in the agriculture and medical branches of an NGO focused on rural development.

“This internship provided an invaluable opportunity to apply my classroom knowledge, and to contribute a comprehensive approach to development,” says Murphy. “While I was pushed out of my comfort zone, being able to work on the global scale offered a chance for me to grow and to gain a perspective that is difficult to achieve within the borders of a developed nation.”

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Bri Murphy (center) spent eight weeks in rural Guatemala doing an agricultural development internship in summer 2014.

UW’s Global Health Institute offers a range of awards and grants

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute is pleased to announce four funding opportunities for innovative research in global health.

These Global Health Institute awards and grants are dedicated to furthering the Global Health Institute’s mission of fostering a deeper understanding of the complex determinants of health and disease for people, animals and ecosystems. Awardees will work locally and globally within and across disciplines to advance health and well-being for today and the future.

With the following awards and grants, the Global Health Institute looks forward to empowering the outstanding work and promise of University of Wisconsin-Madison students, staff, and faculty.

Faculty

Graduate Students

Faculty and Staff

The application deadline for all proposals is 5:00 p.m. on January 12, 2015. In addition, Seed Grant applicants must submit a letter of intent by 5:00 p.m. on December 1, 2014.

For more information, please contact the Global Health Institute at 265-9299 or globalhealth@ghi.wisc.edu

Classroom groups welcome to visit HungerU mobile exhibit next week

HungerU_Logo_grayscaleUW-Madison professors are invited to take classroom groups to visit the HungerU mobile educational classroom when it stops on the UW-Madison campus next week. The goal of the touring exhibit, which has already stopped at over 45 universities across the country over the past two years, is to build awareness of global hunger issues and the critical role modern agriculture plays in putting food on people’s tables.

The HungerU trailer, which expands into a 40×40-foot classroom space, features interactive displays, games and other educational materials designed and staffed by HungerU crew members. It will be stationed in front of the Chazen Museum on East Campus Mall on Nov. 6 and 7 and will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on both days.

Instructors who plan to bring their students to the exhibit are encouraged to make advanced arrangements by contacting Malorie Cardon at msc@nottocmarketing.com.

The HungerU Tour is a special project of Farmers Feeding the World and the Farm Journal Foundation. UW-Madison is one of 17 tour stops the project will make throughout the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest this fall. The visit was arranged by CALS and two student organizations: the Collegiate Farm Bureau at UW-Madison and Collegiate FFA.

To find out more about the event visit HungerU.com, facebook.com/HungerU and twitter.com/hungerutour.

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