Scientific Research & Development

Meet with Maureen if you are interested in careers in Scientific Research & Development.

Maureen enjoys working with students to help them connect the dots between their interests, skills, and experiences in order to search for opportunities and make meaningful career decisions. She completed her M.Ed. in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University where she worked in academic advising and career exploration. She has experience with AmeriCorps and taught English through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program in Hokkaido for two years.

Her Facebook group is a great place to learn more and connect with others with similar interests.

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Explore Career Paths

You may be working in a lab, individually or part of a team. You might be out in the field or in an office setting utilizing analytical and critical thinking and complex problem solving skills. Your work could span any number of paths that include positions in: scientific research & development; biotechnology; bioinformatics;  research related to behavioral sciences, biological, chemical, physics, pharmaceutical, environmental, or patents;  forensic science, and scientific consulting.

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Resources to Explore

JOB SKILLS, FUNCTIONS, OUTLOOK, & SALARIES

ONET OnLine:  O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more.

Occupational Outlook Handbook:  The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

CareerOneStop: A source for career exploration, training & jobs. Sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Glassdoor.com: Jobs, Company Reviews, Salaries, Interviews, Know Your Worth.

Scientific R & D

 

Ask a Badger

Listen to UW-Madison L&S alum Anne Kinney talk about her journey to a career at NASA.

From therapeutic and drug development to translational and integrated science, Wisconsin has it all. Accounting for one of the states' largest economic drivers, biotech and biopharma continue to flourish in Wisconsin.

BioForward-www.bioforward.org

Attend an Event

Opportunities to Explore

Still exploring your options and looking to learn? These events are a great place to start.

Oct 29

Political Science at Work

October 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Oct 29

Asian Studies at Work

October 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Oct 30

Sociology at Work

October 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Oct 30

Comm Arts at Work

October 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Oct 30

Biology at Work

October 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Career & Networking Events

Ready to get your applications together, network with employers and alumni, and land that job or internship? Don’t miss these events.

Sep 09

Fall Public Service Fair

September 9 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sep 16

Career Fair Prep Night

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sep 17

Fall Career & Internship Fair

September 17 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Get A Job Or Internship

Here, you’ll find many resources to help you apply to jobs and internships in this industry as well as view featured employers that may be helpful on your path to success!

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BUILD YOUR EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

Search for Internships, Volunteer, Part-time/Full-time jobs.

Explore position requirements and qualifications to find out what skills and experiences you need for jobs of interest.

Handshake: Find opportunities specifically for UW students and recent grads.

Indeed Research: A job search site listing positions at the local and national level.

LinkedIn: part-time and full-time opportunities local and international.

Idealist.org: Non-profit jobs and internships.

Glassdoor: Search by job title or company.

Wisc.jobs: Find jobs in the State of Wisconsin.

BioFoward Wisconsin: See Resources and Career Center.

BioSpace: Search for jobs, news, career advice and other related resources.

c&en Jobs: jobs board for American Chemical Society.

Zintellect: Government and private sector internships, jobs, fellowships and scholarships.

ApexAerotekSpherion – search by location and seek job search help from staffing agencies.

University Research Park Company Profiles – search individual company sites for jobs.

How do I find research opportunities on campus?

Research Opportunities – Wisconsin Discovery Portal

Research Opportunities – Undergraduate Research Scholars

Research Opportunities – Additional Opportunities

Types of Undergraduate Research

Campus Resources

Types of Undergraduate Research – learn the different ways to get experience.

UW-Madison Undergraduate Research Programs – campus introduction.

UW-Madison Student Job Center – search for Science-Tech-Eng-Math positions.

International Internship Program – do research and go aboard.

Wisconsin Discovery Portal – search for specific faculty across campus.

Waisman Center – human development, developmental disabilities, neurodegenerative diseases.

National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates. (REU)

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) – search departments across UW-Madison.

Graduate School

If you want to use your science and research background and advance in your field, do you need to go to graduate school or receive further training or certification to build specific skills? If yes, what is the right program(s) for you? Does it make sense to do a Ph.D. or a professional master’s program? Talk to your career & internship specialist, your academic advisor, and faculty members to learn more and to find out about different programs, here are a few resources to get you started: The Top PhD Resource on the WebScience Magazine listingGradschools.comMS in Biotechnology, UW-Madison SMPH

CONNECT WITH PROFESSIONALS

LinkedIn: Build your online presence by developing a profile, search for alumni in your major to learn the different paths you could consider, search for opportunities and more!

Use the Higher Education section to access guides on how to best use LinkedIn.

Badger Bridge: Whether you are fresh off Bascom Hill, a seasoned professional, or still a student, Badger Bridge is for you! Consider this your go-to resource for:

  • Seeking alumni connections for professional advice
  • Making a career change
  • Connecting with alumni in your city or cities across the globe
  • Considering relocating

Jobs & Internships on Handshake

Set up your profile in Handshake to take care of everything you need to explore career events, manage your campus interviews and apply to jobs and internships from 200,000+ employers around the country.

Check out these courses

ENTERING RESEARCH I

Prerequisites: None

Seminar course designed primarily for sophomores or transfer students to begin independent research in chemistry. Taken concurrently with 1-3 research credits with a faculty member. Supports independent research experience.

EXPLORING RESEARCH IN SCIENCE

Prerequisites: None

Exploring Research in Science is an opportunity for first-year, second-year, and transfer students to gain an understanding of the scientific research landscape at UW-Madison, to explore ways that scientists from different disciplines approach to research, and to build skills in thinking like a scientist. The course will provide guidance on finding a research mentor and will expose students to science careers.

ANIMAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY

Prerequisites: None

General concepts of animal biology at an introductory level. The general body plans and strategies used to accomplish the basic tasks of staying alive of 9 major animal groups are studied using preserved and live animals. The diversity within each group of animals is studied by integrating the body plans with the lifestyle and ecology of the animals. The evolutionary relationships between animals is a major part of the course. Dissections of earthworm, freshwater mussel, squid, sea star, and rat also aid the study of these general principles.