Opportunity for Grad Students in the Biological Sciences! 

Several students and a mentor are gathered around a table during a BioHouse Seminar.

BioHouse Residential Learning Community Seeks Seminar Mentors for Fall 2024

Application Deadline: Monday, April 29, 2024

Residential learning communities bring together faculty, staff, and students around a thematic focus, building discipline-based communities that support academic success. Each community offers a unique seminar for residents, as well as aligned co-curricular activities.

The BioHouse seminar is designed to introduce students to the breadth of biology and connect scientific concepts to real life through presentations and interactive discussions. Students also learn about opportunities for undergraduate research, extracurricular activities, and career exploration. BioHouse Seminar Mentors facilitate small group discussions during the seminar and mentor students outside of class. Read more about the BioHouse Residential Learning Community.

Initial training in late summer (a session of about 2 hours), then about 2-3 hours a week during the fall semester, including the Monday evening seminar plus a weekly planning session after each seminar. (Note: It is important to discuss your participation in this program and its time commitments with your graduate advisor or equivalent prior to applying.)

$22 per hour (position does not qualify for tuition remission)


  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while planning and implementing seminar curriculum
  • Interest in working with a diverse population of undergraduates, including minorities underrepresented in biology and first-generation college students
  • Knowledge of biological science activities, opportunities, and career options
  • Strong interpersonal skills


  • Participate in an approx. 2-hour graduate student mentor training session in the late summer to become familiar with the seminar goals and logistics
  • Facilitate small group discussions in weekly BioHouse seminar course. Seminar is on Mondays from 5-6:15pm. Relay student attendance to Faculty Director
  • Give written feedback to students on their assignments
  • Meet weekly with BioHouse Faculty Director and fellow mentors to coordinate instructional efforts
  • Be prepared and knowledgeable about weekly seminar topics
  • Be available to mentor a diverse group of undergraduate students both inside and outside of class


Send cover letter and CV/resume to BioHouse Program Manager, MaryRuth Kotelnicki, at mkotelnicki@wisc.edu by Monday, April 29th, 2024.

BioHouse is co-sponsored by University Housing and WISCIENCE, the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement. BioHouse is committed to demonstrating the Division of University Housing Core Values: Care in how we approach people and our work; Creativity; Excellence; Integrity; Optimism, focusing on opportunities and positive outcomes; Respect; and Stewardship of human, financial and natural resources.