Bulletin Board

Department of Political Science Announcements

Posted 10/19: Academic Advising

Spring Semester registration is right around the corner! If you’d like to schedule an advising appointment, now is a great time to get that on the books. Students can schedule with any of the PS advisors through our Starfish channel.

 Announcements from Outside the Department

Posted 10/19: Job Shadow

SuccessWorks: Job Shadow Program
January 5, 2022 – January 22, 2022
Do you want an interactive opportunity to experience a “day in the life” of a particular job? Employers and UW-Madison alumni professionals are eager to host students like you for an in-person OR virtual job shadow opportunity over winter break!
You’ll get to:
• Explore a particular occupation or industry that you’re interested in
• Network with professionals and build valuable connections
• Get to know a job of interest to help determine your future next steps

Learn more and sign up by October 31 | Please sign up for only one spot at this time.

Posted 10/19: Writing Center

The Writing Center offers help where students live, study, and hang out! Students can sign up directly in WCOnline, our online scheduler.

There are three additional instructional options being offered this semester:

In-Person Appointments at the Main Center

Virtual Meetings

Written Feedback

Posted 10/19: Fellowship

The DFA program is recruiting for full-time positions that begin in June 2022. This unique, two-year rotational fellowship sits at the intersection of the federal government and the financial services industry. Director’s Financial Analysts are given the opportunity to hone analytical and problem-solving skills while helping to make consumer financial markets work for Americans.

All analysts will complete developmental rotations in offices throughout the CFPB. These rotations are designed to provide exposure to the analysis, strategy, research, education, policy development, supervision, enforcement, and rulemaking activities throughout the Bureau.

Recent graduates who will have received an undergraduate degree on or after April 2019 and before June 2022 are eligible to apply. Those interested should bookmark the link to apply. The application will be open from December 6 through January 3. To be notified when the application becomes available, students and alumni can send an email expressing interest to CFPB_DFA_Program@cfpb.gov.


The Bureau will be hosting hour-long information sessions:


Session 1:  Tuesday, October 26 | 6PM Eastern

Session 2:  Thursday, November 18 |5PM Eastern 

Session 3:  Friday, December 10, 2021 | 3PM Eastern 

Posted 10/19: Coursework

SuccessWorks is once again offering a modular section of the one-credit course Inter-LS 210 – L&S Career Development: Taking Initiative taught by Professor Greg Downey.

  • When does it start? This section will run from November 1 to December 15.
  • When is it? Discussion section will meet virtually once per week on Tuesdays from 5:40pm-6:30pm.
  • Who is it for? This is a great option for students who would benefit from a career exploration course or who need to add an additional credit due to mid-semester schedule changes. It is applicable to any major but enrollment priority will be given to L&S students.
  • How can students enroll? This course requires department permission. Students can request this by sending an email to careercourses@ls.wisc.edu.

Learn more about the Inter-LS Career Courses here.

Posted 10/19: Research

The 2022 Data Science Research Bazaar—with in-person and virtual options throughout February—seeks submissions for lightning talks, posters, interactive discussions, workshops, and an “art meets science” exhibit. The theme encompasses: how communities share, protect, and validate data,  how communities are represented in, and impacted by, data, open data and resources for community building, data ethics (privacy concerns, data rights, bias, etc.), and methodologies, uses, and communication of data. The Research Bazaar is a practical, hands-on conference for all members of the campus and community interested in data science, from experts to novice learners. Apply at datascience.wisc.edu Proposals due November 30.

Posted 10/15: Fellowship

Do you have an idea for how to solve a local or global problem? The Wisconsin Idea Fellowship (WIF) might be perfect for you. This program supports undergraduates working individually or in teams to solve problems alongside community partners. Funding of up to $7,000 is available. Learn more here and come to an info session to start planning your project!

Please join us to learn more about WIF at an info session:

In person, Morgridge Center, Red Gym, 716 Langdon Street

October 19, 3-4pm

November 3, 1-2pm


October 25, 5-6pm | Join here

Posted 10/15: Conference

The Ideas Conference is a public policy conference run by students, for students, at UW-Madison each year. This year, we are accepting both undergraduate and graduate applicants.

The event will take place virtually on April 9th, 2022, and every participant prepares a short policy memo that is reviewed by students and faculty before being published in our fall academic journal. As part of the application, we ask students to submit a roughly 100-word overview for a policy memo. The expectation is that each participant will draft this overview into a 3-5 page policy memo in the months before the conference, with the support of our workshop facilitators. Apply by November 29.

Posted 10/15: Graduate School

The UW-Madison Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs is now accepting applications for our 2022 cohort! If you are interested in earning an Accelerated Master of Public Affairs or Master of International Public Affairs degree, now is the time to apply. Applications have a strict deadline of January 1, 2022.

Posted 10/15: WI in Washington

Intern and Study in Washington, DC: Info Session

Meet advisors & returned students of the Wisconsin in Washington program to learn how YOU can jump start your career by:

  • interning in Washington, DC
  • completing classwork in domestic & international issues that complement & enhance your internship experience
  • taking a course from our Ambassador in Residence
  • connecting with UW alumni & professionals in your field

Oct 21, 2021 10:00 AM

Register Here

Posted 10/15: Careers

SuccessWorks Presents:

Badgers Exploring International Development Careers
2:30-4pm, Thursday, October 28

Interested in learning more about international careers? Students of all majors are invited to learn from alumni professionals about their careers in international development, diplomacy, and intergovernmental affairs. You’ll also be able to ask them questions, break into small groups with the alumni who do the work you’re most interested in, and have a chance to “experience” a piece of their work. Participating professionals include alumni who have worked with the UN, USAID, World Bank, and U.S. Department of State!
Register here & learn more about the alumni here

Posted 10/15: Careers

SuccessWorks Presents:

Diplomatic Careers for UW-Madison Students
12-1 pm, Tuesday, October 26

Students and recent grads of all majors are invited to join this live Zoom session to learn from Ron Packowitz, the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest. You’ll learn about Ron’s experiences from his 20-year career as a Foreign Service Officer, plus get the inside scoop about State Department careers, internships, and graduate fellowship opportunities.

Register on Zoom here

Posted 10/13: Scholarship

Truman Scholarship for Future Public Service Leaders
$30,000 for graduate study to college juniors

Virtual Information Sessions with 2019 Truman Scholar Shiloah Coley and 2020 Truman Scholar Tina Marshalek 
Thursday, October 21, 12:00-1:00pm: Registration Link

Do you hope to be an activist or “change agent” who improves how government, non-profit organizations, educational or research institutions serve the public? Are there conditions in our society or the environment that trouble you?

Successful candidates have an extensive record of campus and community service, outstanding leadership potential, and are committed to a public service career, broadly defined. In recent years 15 UW-Madison students have won Truman Scholarships. You could be next! If you have any questions, please contact the UAA Office at 608-265-2428 or awards@provost.wisc.edu.

Posted 10/13: Campus Talk

On Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 5:00 PM, Robert Levine (Distinguished University Professor of English, University of Maryland, College Park) will deliver a virtual Humanities Without Boundaries talk on “Impeachment: Frederick Douglass and Andrew Johnson after the Civil War”. He’ll bring to dramatic life Douglass’s conflicts and interactions with Johnson during the 1865-1868 period—the years immediately following the Civil War and the years of Johnson’s troubled presidency. This focus will offer a new African American perspective on the events leading up to Johnson’s impeachment, and on the impeachment itself.

The event is free and open to all.  More Information & Registration Here

Posted 10/13: Publication

Midwestern Citizen, a premier undergraduate legal/political op-ed publication at top universities across the Midwest, is looking for students at UW who are interested in law and policy to join our team as staff writers.

This is a great opportunity for students (especially those considering law school) to practice and hone in skills in argumentative writing, policy analysis, and the synthesis of complex legal and political issues.


Posted 10/11: Pre-Law Orientation

Are you a first or second year student interested in a career in the law field? Come to the Center for Pre-Law Advising’s (CPLA) Pre-Law Orientation workshop to learn more about exploring and preparing for law school and a career as an attorney!

Friday, October 22nd
12:00-1:00pm CST
VIRTUAL — via Zoom (link will be provided after registering)

Registration deadline is Monday, October 18th at 12pm

Posted 10/11: Careers

SuccessWorks Presents: Taste of Success
Stop by any of these informal virtual panel sessions throughout the fall semester to get tips and advice from UW alumni professionals who work in different aspects of the industry. Feel free to drop in whenever you like and just listen, but you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make professional connections.


Oct. 19 | 12pm – 1pm

Learn More & Register



Oct. 21 | 12pm – 1pm

Learn More & Register


More Taste of Success and other events HERE

Posted 10/11: Campus Talk

The first edition of the Indigenous Speaker Series this school year will be on Tuesday, October 26th, and will feature Nikki McDaid! Nikki McDaid (Shoshone-Bannock, Paiute) is a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. Her research interests are broadly focused on learning environments at the intersection of land-based education and Indigenous resurgence. This talk will be about relationships between human and plant communities, situated in Indigenous knowledge systems. Nikki McDaid considers how supporting these relationships in an Indigenous STEAM program can open possibilities for different climate futures.  Registration Link

Posted 9/29: FAFSA

The financial aid team is again hosting a FAFSA Frenzy on most Fridays this fall (and one Monday) to help students get it submitted before our December 1st priority date.

CLICK HERE for dates, links, and more information.

Posted 9/27: Scholarship

The Division of the Arts just launched the Artivism Student Action Program (ASAP). Available to UW–Madison students in any year or major of study, ASAP was developed in response to students’ desires to use politically-engaged art to bring about a more equitable world. Funding awards range from $100 to $5,000 (individual students applying can receive up to a maximum of $1,500).

Posted 9/27: Scholarship

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership offers one scholarship award of $2,300 to one student per academic year. Scholarships are intended for undergraduates who have shown public leadership in their lives in a way that reflects the general legacy of Governor Tommy G. Thompson.

Apply through WiSH HERE,  by 10/25/2021.

The award of $2,300 is paid out in Spring 2021 to the selected UW-Madison recipient

Posted 9/23: UW Student-Created App

Demic is a mobile app a team of UW-Madison students created to help connect us all with our classmates at UW-Madison.


  1. Specify what you’re looking for

✅ friends

✅ study buddies

✅ classmates on-call (classmates you message when you’re stuck on something)

  1. Choose which attributes (academic year, major, availability, interests, etc.) you want to have in common
  2. Decide whether each classmate ~ passes the vibe check ~, or skip them for now

You’ll be matched with a classmate only if you both indicate interest in each other, so you can message them with confidence!

Click here to download Demic

Please email contact@demicapp.com with any questions, concerns or feedback.

Posted 9/22: Journal

The Undergraduate Journal of Politics, Policy and Society (UJPPS) is an emerging interdisciplinary academic journal that publishes peer-reviewed work of undergraduate students in social sciences and humanities. The journal provides a platform for aspiring academics to gain experience in publishing, research, and critical thinking while contributing to current debates and discussions in their disciplines. The UJPPS is currently soliciting submissions for the 2022 issue, themed Politics of Inequality: Who is affected and how?

Posted 9/9: Tutoring

GUTS is a great campus resource if you’d like support in your UW classes, learning or speaking a second language, or developing study and learning strategies. All GUTS programs are FREE and provided by peer tutors. guts.wisc.edu

Posted 9/9: Conference

The University of Maryland Dept. of Government and Politics is holding its first Rising Scholars Conference for undergraduate students interested in Political Science research and considering graduate school.

The all-expense paid conference is ideal for students that have been working with faculty in a collaborative research program or that are working on an honors thesis. Applications due Nov 1.


Upcoming Dates and Events

October 2021

10/1: Deadline to request pass/fail credit for a Fall term course

10/25: Spring 2022 course schedule posts to Course Search & Enroll

November 2021

Week of 11/8: Enrollment appointment times for Spring term assigned to students (throughout week)

11/15: Students begin enrolling for Spring term courses according to their appointment times

11/25 – 11/28: Thanksgiving Recess

11/26: Deadline for students to drop a Fall term course without academic dean approval

11/26: Deadline for students to withdraw from the Fall term

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