Graduate Student Degree Information and Resources

Program Information

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Forms & Links

Enrollment Rules

Students should consult the following document when determining the correct number of credits to enroll in each semester:

Minimum Credit Requirements

The Graduate School considers full-time enrollment to be 8-15 graded credits taken at 300 or above, excluding pass/fail and audit, during the fall and spring semesters, and 4-12 credits during the summer term, but it is not possible or advisable for graduate students to take that many actual course credits. To help with this, students have the ability to enroll for Zoology 990: Research. The credits for this course are variable and can be used to help fill the gap between actual course enrollment and full-time status. Students are strongly encouraged to talk to their advisor about the number of 990 credits they should enroll in for any given semester.

All students in the Department of Integrative Biology must be given permission each semester to enroll in Zoology 990. Please note that the course will appear closed, but because of the permission the “closed course” will be overridden.

To request permission to enroll in Zoology 990, email Kelin Boldiis (, and provide the following information:

  • your name
  • campus ID
  • name of your advisor
  • term in which you want to enroll

Kelin will send you a confirmation email so you can enroll through your Student Center in MyUW.

Career resources

Postdoc, Postgrad, and Research intern positions at UW-Madison

Ecological Society of America– Has a career center for positions in Ecology.

The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology–  Job and fellowship page has faculty positions, post doc positions and more.

International Association for Great Lakes Research– Job Board

The American Society of Cell Biology -Job Board focused on cell biology.

Badger Bridge allows you to connect with other Badger Alumni.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a job search engine with various positions in higher education.

DiscoverPD is a resource for UW-Madison graduate students to match their skill development needs with upcoming campus events, online training, and more.

Beyond Graduate School is a career training platform designed specifically for master’s students. You have access to this platform with unique curriculum, information, and strategies you need to confidently apply for jobs.


A warrant is a program’s recommendation that a student be admitted to doctoral candidacy (a preliminary examination warrant) or be granted a degree (master’s or doctoral), and is the Graduate School’s notification that a student has met both the Graduate School and the program requirements. Warrants are requested electronically by the Graduate Student Coordinator and must be returned to the Graduate School with faculty signatures upon completion of the degree requirements.

Please complete and submit the following form at least 3 weeks before your preliminary exam, master’s thesis defense, or doctoral dissertation defense to notify the Graduate Student Coordinator of your intent to request a warrant:

iBio/FMS Warrant Request

Once received from the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Coordinator will notify the student to pick up the warrant in B154 Birge Hall.

Upon successful completion of the preliminary exam, master’s thesis defense, or doctoral dissertation defense, the student’s advisory committee must complete and sign both the warrant and the Thesis/Dissertation Proposal and Defense Evaluation Rubric. Both signed forms must be turned in to the Graduate Student Coordinator in B154 Birge Hall.

Note: Students who have successfully defended their doctoral dissertation must upload their signed warrant to ProQuest before turning in the hard copy to the Graduate Student Coordinator.

iBio Graduation Guidelines

iBio PhD Graduation Guidelines

iBio MS Graduation Guidelines

Defense template poster pdf– You can make your own flyer if you want

Defense template poster word doc-You can make your own flyer if you want

Scholarships & Awards

Departmental scholarships and awards applications are due on March 1 at 11:59 PM.

Graduate Scholarships and Awards

National Associations

Graduate Program in the Department of Integrative Biology Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The faculty, students and staff in the Department of Integrative Biology are committed to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. We believe that each person’s identity, background, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, beliefs, and other experiences fuel the creativity and innovation that are central to scientific discovery.

We recognize that societal inequities, discrimination, and biases in academia prevent talented individuals from participating in the sciences. We are committed to eliminating these barriers. We condemn racism and any form of harassment or discrimination, which hold back both individuals and the advancement of science. We are committed to advancing the ideals of equity and justice, we express solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and Students of Color, and support the LGBTQIAP+ and international student communities.

We aim for our program to support students expressing their experiences, questions, and concerns. We strive to provide an environment where students feel comfortable enough to speak up and let the program know of arising issues or misconduct. To conduct and maintain a collaborative, non-hostile environment that seeks to promote connection, our program is dedicated to continual learning, feedback, and assessment. We strive to provide a just and equitable graduate program and welcome specific suggestions and comments at this link.

Message to prospective students

We believe that all students can succeed in our graduate program. We are committed to increasing diversity and to providing an inclusive environment in which each member of the iBIO community feels welcome, respected, and supported. We aim to attract scientific talent from the widest pool and welcome and encourage all students who are motivated to explore any of our numerous areas of biological research to apply to our graduate program. As biologists, we are devoted to the study of life, and we treasure diversity. We are committed to enhancing and supporting our incredible, strong, smart diverse community.

Campus programs that support the diverse community of scholars at UW

Multicultural Graduate Network —

Graduate Research Scholar Communities —

Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society —

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity —

iBio Graduate Student Commitments to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Grad Program Stipend Rates

Here is a list Graduate Program Assistantship Rates


Mental Health Resources

Resources on Campus

Need Help?

If you have questions or concerns related to credit hours, annual reports, forms, degree and graduation requirements, contact:

Kelin Boldiis, Graduate Coordinator, B154 Birge Hall,; 608-262-2742

If you have questions or concerns about degree progress, mentor-mentee interactions, program requirements and expectations, contact:

Monica Turner, Ph.D., Professor, Director of Graduate Studies,; 608-262-2592