CALS students at home in UW’s new BioHouse

Undergraduates Kelly Vanderloop (far right) and Christina McNerney (right) listen to graduate students Kristin Michels (center) and Rachel Brunner (left) describe elements of a soil core sample in a lab tour for BioHouse residents. Photo by Jeff Miller, UW-Madison University Communications.

Campus’ new residential learning community, known as BioHouse, is a place where CALS undergrads can feel right at home.

As described in this recent UW news story, BioHouse is the newest of 10 UW–Madison residential learning communities, groups of students with a common area of interest who choose to live clustered together in a residence hall setting. Focused on biological sciences, BioHouse — in partnership with WISCIENCE and University Housing — opened in fall 2014.

CALS wildlife ecologist Jonathan Pauli, a professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, is the faculty director, and 29 of the community’s 66 residents are CALS students (with 30 from L&S and 7 from engineering). CALS also helps fund the community’s graduate student mentors, who lead weekly seminar discussion sections with the undergraduates, organize science-focused events and serve as resources for the younger students.

Learn more about the BioHouse student experience here.