Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Peace Corps Events

It's exciting times here in the Peace Corps office. We have a new application and application timeline. Applicant choice is upon us--long gone are the days of the Peace Corps deciding where you go and what you do. It's a brave new world, and we have a few campus events coming up quickly to help students sort it all out.

Making a Difference Abroad: Work that Matters
Tuesday, September 23rd, Noon-1pm
Memorial Union
Join us for this joint panel discussion to learn about international government service opportunities with the State Department and the Peace Corps. Ambassador Ian Kelly and Peace Corps Representative Kera Halverson will be there to share their experiences and insights. Bring your questions!

Peace Corps Application Writing Workshop
Thursday, September 25th, 4:30pm-6:00pm
Bascom Hall Room 54
Learn about the new streamlined Peace Corps application and timeline. We'll cover the nuts and bolts of the application, talk application strategy, learn how to craft your resume specifically for the Peace Corps program of your choice, and share examples and tips on writing successful Peace Corps essays. Bring your resume and essay with you!

Peace Corps 101: Information Session
Tuesday, September 30th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Red Gym, Masley Media Room
Find out how you can make a difference abroad and launch your career in the Peace Corps. We'll talk about the mission of the Peace Corps, where volunteers serve and what they do during their service, what the benefits of service are, how to apply, and much much more!

Have questions about Peace Corps or any upcoming events? Want to schedule an information session for your students or staff? Feel free to reach out to Eric, your Campus Peace Corps Representative at

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wisconsin Veterans Museum Looking for Walking Tour Volunteers in October

Jennifer Kollath, Curator of Education, runs a living history cemetery tour each year for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. It’s a 90 minute walking tour where guides take people through the cemetery, talk to them about the history and notable figures buried there, and stop at four vignettes performed by actors in period costume. It has a Civil War theme, runs for a week, and is located at Forest Hill Cemetery on the near west side of town.

This year the dates are Oct 7-10 for school groups and Oct 12 for the general public.

They get about 1700-2000 kids during the week and about 600 people on Sunday. They could use a couple more tour guides. Jennifer trains all guides two weeks before, and gives them a tour guide manual with all the information they would need to know (they can use it on the route. No memorization necessary). Jennifer is looking for a couple students who might be comfortable in front of a group and want to volunteer to lead a tour.

Please email Jennifer Kollath if you are interested in being a tour guide:

You can read more about the opportunity on their website:

Monday, September 15, 2014

National Scholarship Opportunities and Information Sessions

UDALL UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (Apply as a sophomore or junior). Tuition, room/ board up to $5,000/yr for up to two years, for students who intend a career related to the environment, or students of Native American/Alaskan native descent who intend a career in Native American healthcare/ tribal policy. UW-Madison may nominate 6 candidates/yr to compete nationally for 50 scholarships. Eligibility: U.S. citizen or national; GPA ≥ 3.0 (ideally higher). Looking for: Coursework, leadership, service and/or research activities related to the environment, Native American healthcare or tribal policy. Application deadline: Campus – January 20, 2015, Foundation – March 3. 

Information Session: Tuesday, September 16 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Union South (TITU), with Udall Scholar Colin Higgins 

BARRY M. GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP (Apply as a sophomore or junior). Tuition, room/board up to $7,500/yr for one to two years, for students intending to pursue graduate study and a research career in a math, science or engineering field. UW-Madison may nominate 4 candidates/yr to compete nationally for 300 scholarships. Eligibility: U.S. citizen or national; GPA ≥ 3.8; research experience; plans to earn a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. (M.D. alone not eligible) and pursue a research career in relevant field. Looking for: Outstanding academic performance and research potential. Application deadline: Campus – November 11, Foundation – January 30, 2015. 

Information Session: Thursday, September 18 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Union South (TITU),with Goldwater Scholars Anna Doebley, Rachel Dvorak, Geoffrey McConohy, Tong Wang 

HARRY S. TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP (Apply as a junior). Up to $30,000 to fund graduate study in any field leading to career in public service. UW-Madison may nominate 4 candidates/yr to compete nationally for 75 scholarships. Eligibility: U.S. citizen or national; GPA ≥ 3.5. Looking for: Extensive and sustained record of leadership and service (campus, community and/or government); strong academic record; commitment to a career in public service. Application deadline: Campus – November 11, Foundation – February 3, 2015. 

Information Session: Friday, September 19 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Union South, (TITU), with Truman Finalists Donya Khadem and Allison Perlin.

Writing Essays for the Certificate in Business Application Workshop Today

The Writing Center co-hosted with the Wisconsin School of Business is offering a workshop on “Writing Essays for the Certificate in Business Application”, today Monday, Sept. 15th, 3:30 – 5PM in 6176 Helen C. White.

The Certificate in Business Application is open until 4:30PM, September 26, 2014. 

 Information about the Certificate in Business is located here The application to apply to the CIB program is located here

Writing a Senior Thesis? Thesis Groups Are Available

Senior Thesis Writing Groups Are Forming! Take advantage of this supportive environment to help you stay on task and get helpful feedback. 

Are you writing a senior thesis? Congratulations on undertaking such a daunting and rewarding project! If you would like support, encouragement, and in-depth critical feedback from your peers during this challenging process, please join a senior thesis writing group. 

The Writing Center organizes these small, student-led groups that bring together senior thesis writers from across the university. At welcoming and relaxed weekly meetings, you will share and discuss drafts of your thesis and hold each other accountable for making progress. A Writing Center instructor will organize the groups and facilitate each group's first meeting, help the group decide its goals and meeting schedule, and check in occasionally with the group over the course of the semester. If you're interested in joining a group or just learning more, please register for and attend an introductory meeting: 

The introductory meetings will be held on Monday, September 15, from 4:30 to 5:15 pm and on Friday, September 19, from 4:30 to 5:15 pm, at the Writing Center on the 6th floor of Helen C. White Hall. These are not the times the groups themselves will meet; at the introductory meeting, you'll fill out a detailed scheduling form and be placed in a group that meets at a time when you're available. 

If you have any questions or you cannot attend either introductory meeting, please email me, Sarah Groeneveld, at -- I will be helping coordinate the groups. You can also read about our first year of senior thesis writing groups here: Thanks! And happy writing! Sarah Groeneveld, PhD Interim Associate Director, Writing Center University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Washington Undergraduate Law Review (WULR) is looking for submissions!

The WULR is an academic legal journal at the University of Washington that publishes law-related essays, research papers, and other written work by undergraduates. The law review is entirely run by undergraduates at the University of Washington. Submission to the WULR is open to all majors. We value papers on a variety of legal topics, and students are encouraged to submit undergraduate theses or other academic papers 12 pages or longer.

Please consult our website for more information about submission requirements:
All submissions for the autumn quarter issue of the Washington Undergraduate Law Review are due by Friday September 19. Please submit to *The WULR is now also accepting shorter pieces for potential publication online, or in a publication of shorter works. For more information, or to submit shorter papers, please contact