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About WISCIENCE

It Takes a Community to Raise a Scientist

Since 1989, WISCIENCE (the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement) has collaborated with educators at all levels to create model programs, courses, events, projects, resources, forums for dialogue, and other solutions that help broaden participation in science and make science education and mentoring more effective for more people—at UW-Madison, in K-12 schools, and beyond. We provide a temporary or permanent home for effective solutions that have no other means of support, so our constellation of programming continually evolves in response to community-identified needs (details below).

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Summer Science Institute (SSI)
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Teaching & Learning Single-Session Events
WISCIENCE periodically hosts one-session events, such as brown bags, lectures, and workshops.
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Undergraduate Symposium
The first campus wide Undergraduate Symposium (originally called the Undergraduate Research  Symposium) was organized in 1999 as part of UW‐Madison’s sesquicentennial Teaching and Learning celebrat
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WISCIENCE Fellows
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Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching
The Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching is an umbrella program that offers a variety of courses and other learning experiences to help graduate students and postdocs in the sciences cultivate active learning in the classroom, mentor more effectively, and reach undergraduates with a diverse range of backgrounds. Participants increase their understanding of the processes of learning and the needs and perspectives of diverse students, learn to use assessment as a tool for evidence-based teaching, get hands-on practice teaching and creating instructional materials, and join a learning community of peers to share experiences, ideas, and materials.
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BioScholars Postdoc Program
The BioScholars program was created to support postdoctoral scholars working on components of the Foundations for Success in Undergraduate Biology initiative, funded by a 2010 HHMI grant.
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Digital Media Center (DMC)
The creation of the Digital Media Center (DMC) in 1996 was a collaboration between WISCIENCE (then known as the Institute for Biology Education), the Biotechnology Center, and the Division of Infor
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Mazomanie (Science) Outreach Outpost
The Mazomanie Science Outreach Outpost (MOO), established in 2009 in collaboration with the Biocore program, was a venue for UW–Madison‐based science outreach located in the Mazomanie Elementary School. Programming at the MOO included professional development courses for K‐12 science teachers and other resources, including science equipment for loan.
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Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center, Community Outreach and Education Program
UW‐Madison had a National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences Center from 1998-2003, and WISCIENCE managed its outreach program.
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School Yard Long-Term Ecological Research (SYLTER)
Since 1999/2000, WISCIENCE has partnered with the Center for Limnology’s NSF‐funded North Temperate Lakes LTER to develop an educational arm of the project, including ecology-related curriculum development opportunities and educational programming for K‐12 students and teachers.

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Engage Children in Science
Engage children in ways that can be transformational—you could inspire someone to be a scientist! Learn about the process of learning, the needs and learning styles of children, how to teach the process of science, and how to evaluate informal (non-classroom) learning experiences. Then practice what you learn by helping lead an after- school science club, reflecting on your learning and sharing with your peers along the way.
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Entering Research Course Series
Maximize your undergraduate research experience in STEM by taking this series of one-credit seminars alongside. Learn how to cultivate a productive mentor/mentee relationship, design your experience to meet your goals, and gain understanding of the larger world of research and scientific exchange.
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Exploring Biology
Exploring Biology is a two-credit lecture/discussion course for first-year students interested in the biosciences. Get an overview of major concepts in college-level biology, learn about options at UW-Madison, connect biology to real life issues, and open your eyes to the variety of work that biologists do in the world. Explore majors, careers, beyond-the-classroom experiences like research and public service, and find your place in the bigger landscape.
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Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership
Leading as a scientist has unique issues and challenges, so invest in the training you need to excel with peers in your field. This one-credit seminar for peer leaders in science is part of the IMPACT Peer Leaders program. Build practical peer leadership and mentoring skills, and join a community of peers who can provide support and additional insight as you evaluate and reflect on your personal experiences. Challenge and learn from each other as you explore leadership!
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Exploring Service in Science Course
You can start making a difference in the world right now and apply the knowledge you’re gaining in your other classes! This one-credit seminar lets you explore science outreach in areas like education, health, and the environment.
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Research Mentor Training Seminar
The Research Mentor Training seminar, offered in collaboration with the Delta program, gives you space to reflect and reinvigorate and provides concrete tools to support a successful mentor/mentee relationship. The course is designed for graduate students, postdocs, and senior undergraduates who are mentoring an undergraduate, and it's meant to be taken alongside as you mentor, so you get just-in-time support and can try out what you're learning.
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Scientific Teaching For TAs
Designed for newer TAs with assistantships in bioscience courses, this course provides essential information about active learning, diversity, and assessment, as well as creating a community of colleagues. Meant to be taken concurrently with a TA assignment.
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Secrets of Science Course
A two-credit seminar for first-year students to explore the processes of science and become informed consumers of science in the media.
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Ways of Knowing Biology Course
The Exploring Research course, formally Ways of Knowing Biology course for first‐year students focused on exposing students to biological sciences research at UW‐Madison and consisted of faculty presentations about research, mini‐field trips to labs (research explorations) and graduate student shadowing experiences.

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Biological Sciences Course Guide
The Biological Sciences Student  Course Guide, a searchable electronic database designed to provide in‐depth biological sciences course information to students, was a project initiated by WISCIENCE
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General Biological Sciences Advising
WISCIENCE (then known as the Center for Biology Education) created the position of Cross-Campus Biological Sciences Advisor in 1993.
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Which Biology Major? and Which Intro Bio Course?
Which Biology Major? and Which Intro Bio Course? were publications developed in 1996-1997 by UW-Madison's first cross-campus biological

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