BioHouse members in a laboratory during their Energy Institute

BioHouse Learning Community

BioHouse allowed me to meet friends in the scientific community on campus, succeed in my classes, and receive invaluable guidance for starting research in the biosciences.

Christina McNerney, BioHouse Resident

BioHouse residents

New Biology for the 21st Century | 1 Credit

Every student in BioHouse has the opportunity to enroll in a one-credit seminar course in the fall called “New Biology for the 21st century”. The course introduces students to the myriad of majors in biological sciences on the UW-Madison campus, core concepts of modern biology, and the global challenges around human and biosphere health, food security, and natural resource availability. Explore majors, learn about beyond-the-classroom opportunities, and begin to understand how you can become part of the thriving scientific community at UW-Madison by interacting with undergraduate and graduate student mentors, postdocs and faculty.  BioHouse also offers a spring semester seminars for smaller groups of BioHouse students.

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BioHouse students will meet premiere scientists in various sub-disciplines of biology and discuss cutting-edge science issues with invited guests over dinner. Examples of typical BioHouse activities include:

  • BioHouse Orientation before fall classes begin
  • Camping trip to Kemp Natural Resource Station
  • Hiking at Devil’s Lake State Park
  • Ski trip to Tyrol Basin
  • Lab tours
  • Group dinners at Faculty Director’s home
  • Social gatherings
  • Guest speakers
  • Biology-related volunteer opportunities
  • Workshops
  • Structured study groups
  • Mentoring programs
  • Themed movie nights
  • Research and job opportunities


The BioHouse Learning Community is incorporated into a strong network of undergraduate programming, designed to facilitate community among all bioscience students on campus. Residents have access to mentors who can provide academic, career and personal guidance and support. Mentors add to the Residential Living Community by assisting with the BioHouse seminar, creating fun extracurricular events exclusively for BioHouse residents, and mentoring BioHouse residents in small group settings.

Bioscience Resources

BioHouse Professional Staff

Kelly Giese

Position title: Assistant Director of Residence Life

MaryRuth Kotelnicki

Position title: Program Coordinator

Jon Pauli

Position title: Faculty Director of BioHouse
Associate Professor of Forest & Wildlife Ecology

Rachel Zizmann

Position title: Residence Life Coordinator