The Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) program is a university/community collaboration to bring more engaging science to young people in the Madison area. The ARMS program offers courses and trainings to help adults (from college students to after-school program staff) become effective scientific role models who can help children think like scientists and build confidence around science learning. Role models are matched and connected with children through after-school science clubs, family science events, the Madison Middle School Science Symposium, volunteering in classrooms, and other means. A central component of the program is the Service with Youth in STEM course.
The BioCommons offers a gathering space on the lower level of Steenbock Library, programming and print resources, and a collection of online resources at biology.wisc.edu. It's designed help make it easier for undergraduates to navigate and find their place in the bio-landscape at UW-Madison.
BioHouse is a residential learning community for students interested in the biological sciences. BioHouse residents live on the same floor of a campus dormitory, and they work, play, study, and explore opportunities in biology together.
Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program
This ten-week hands-on research program is designed to give undergraduates—especially those who might not otherwise have it—a chance to experience the richness of bioscience research at a premier research university. There is no cost to participants, and housing costs are covered. Underrepresented minority, low-income, and first-generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply, as are students from small liberal arts institutions without broad research facilities.
Many WISCIENCE programs and courses for undergraduates make use of peer leaders, and the IMPACT program prepares them for these positions. Single-day training retreats and a semester-long course provide multiple options to suit student availability.
This two-semester program helps graduate students and postdocs develop innovative and effective teaching methods in biology. Fellows develop instructional materials for a first-year biology course and teach the course as a team. There are no course prerequisites, but some teaching/TA experience is recommended.
STEM Immersion is a non-credit educational program designed just for incoming students interested in the sciences. Participants come to campus a few days before the official start of semester to learn more about campus and college life, find out about STEM opportunities on campus, connect with faculty, sharpen key skills for academic success, and form a community with other STEM-interested students who can provide a support network from the very beginning.