This week...
We have events for students interested in graduate school, government jobs, and more. There are also some great opportunities to check out, including winter break job shadowing. Read below for more details.

Tune in next week for...

UW's 100 Hour Challenge and the Graduate School's Virtual Open House!
Monday: Cache and Memory Friendly Programming
Date: November 1
Time: 6 PM
Location: CS Building, Room 1240
Hosted by: Undergraduate Projects Lab (UPL)

An introduction to improving performance by observing cache and memory locality, as well as techniques and best practices when doing common tasks in C++. No prior knowledge required although an understanding of pointers is recommended.
Tuesday: Tech Chat with Oracle
Date: November 2
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Location: Virtual - register here for the link!
Hosted by: CDIS (School of Computer, Data, and Information Sciences)

Curious about recent trends in Oracle and what employers are looking for in UW grads? Join CDIS for a Tech Chat led by UW CDIS Founding Director, Tom Erickson, in conversation with Chris Stone, Executive VP at Oracle!
Tuesday: Graduate School Q & A
Date: November 2
Time: 4 PM
Location: CS Building, Room 1240
Hosted by: SACM

Are you an undergrad who is contemplating on going to grad school?
Confused about the program and university choices, and wondering what admissions committee expects from you?
Then this Q&A session is for you!
Come join us to get answers for all your questions from the professors who have been in the admissions committee and from the graduate school students.
Do not miss this informative session by SACM.
Tuesday: Funding Your Venture
Date: November 2
Time: 6 - 7 PM
Location: Engineering Hall Room 1610
Hosted by: Transcend UW

Come join us to hear Joshua Carson from WARF (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation) speak about his experience in funding various innovations and startups in Madison. He completed his doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology from UW and has 10+ years of bench-level biotechnology research and several years experience in tech transfer, entrepreneurship, and startup fundraising. He also currently supports the selection and management of direct startup investments within the WARF Ventures portfolio.
Wednesday: Wisconsin Idea Grant Information Session
Date: November 3
Time: 1 - 2 PM
Location: Morgridge Center in the Red Gym
Hosted by: Morgridge Center for Public Service

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!
Wednesday: ORISE Career Fair
Date: November 3
Time: 11 AM - 2 PM
Location: Virtual - register here!
Hosted by: Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

This program highlights the variety of paid internships, fellowships, and research opportunities available with their Research Participation Program at the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Science Foundation (NSF). Many of these opportunities are in Statistics, Technology or related fields!
...and Things
Wisconsin Autonomous
Do you want to work with state-of-the-art technology? Do you want to make deep industry connections? Do you want to collaborate with talented teammates? Then come build a self-driving car with Wisconsin Autonomous! Wisconsin Autonomous is a student org developing autonomous hardware and software to compete in the evGrand Prix and the GM sponsored Autodrive Challenge II. 

The Autodrive Challenge is a prestigious competition, with only 10 universities being selected to partake out of the ~80 that applied. With this competition starting soon, we are looking to expand our team. This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience with real-world application of sensing technologies, computing platforms, software design and implementation, and advanced computation methods. If you’re looking for a way to learn valuable/marketable industry skills, work with cutting edge technology, and network within this rapidly expanding field, Wisconsin Autonomous is the place for you! Now is an exciting time to get involved, and we encourage you to reach out if you are interested!
Volunteer Opportunity with Achievement Connections
Students who pass Algebra I by 10th grade are twice as likely to graduate high school. In Dane County, 1 out of 4 students fail Algebra on the first try. Volunteer with Academic Connections to make a difference in the community.
Check out their website to get involved, or email
GEM Fellowship
The GEM Fellowship supports qualified students from underrepresented communities pursuing graduate degrees. Check out the flyer for more information.

The deadline to apply to November 15!
Winter Break Job Shadowing
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
Please sign up for only one spot by October 31, 2021. Opportunities will fill up, so sign up now to save your spot!
Use the table here to view available opportunities and request a spot with an employer/alumni! Questions while signing up? Email 
Student Game Award
The Student Game Award is a brand new category for the Game Development World Championship (GDWC) aimed specifically for students, and open to students of all fields, as long as they have a game to show us.

The competition offers visibility in a global game developer community and recognition from industry professionals. Five best teams in the Student Game Award will be rewarded, and the winning team will receive career coaching from game industry veteran Jean Leggett. Participation is entirely free and online, so no travel is required.

All of the details can be found here!
...and some more Things
Career Corner: The Cover Letter
A cover letter always comes with a resume -- it is intended to spotlight some of your best experiences from your resume, and to compare them to the job for which you’re applying. 

A cover letter is not about your skills; it’s about the job you’re applying to, and how your skills are a good match for it. 

Okay, but how do I write a cover letter? 
Start by looking at the job description and picking out some of the Required Skills that you feel you can really prove yourself with. 

Then, write a five-paragraph essay (in letter format) which demonstrates those skills from your work examples. Focus the paragraphs on the skills, rather than your individual jobs. 
A cover letter is not just an essay version of your resume. 

Do I really need to write a cover letter for every single job? 
Yes and no….. It’s really critical that a cover letter is tailored for each job -- a cover letter with no mention of the employer or the job is bland and boring. How does the interviewer know you didn’t send the same letter to fifty other companies? 

You don’t need to write a brand-new cover letter from scratch every time, though. The job might be different, but your skills don’t change! You can use previous letters to start new letters. 

Want more info? Check out SuccessWorks’ resources on cover letters, or make an appointment with an advisor!
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