BioCommons hub open for UW biosciences undergrads

CALS-Freshman-studygroupBioCommons, a new hub for undergraduates majoring in biological sciences, has officially opened. Located on the lower level of Steenbock Library, the newly-remodeled space provides areas to study, relax, meet, hold an event, advise, tutor, collaborate and find information. More elements will appear over the spring semester, and student organizations are helping install living walls filled with plants, as well as a planted aquarium.

“We’re starting to call the lower level of Steenbock the Garden Level,” says Jessica Newman, Steenbock Library’s Undergraduate Services Librarian, who participated in the planning process for the space.

The BioCommons is an ongoing collaboration designed to support undergraduates in the biological sciences. Led by three cross-campus partners—WISCIENCE, Steenbock Library, and the Office of Undergraduate Advising—the initiative is also being shaped by units and student groups across campus as they bring events, services, and other projects to the spaces. In addition, a virtual BioCommons with resources for beyond-the-classroom learning is being developed at Read the full press release here, or visit to reserve a space for your biology-related event.