Academics

2021 Information

Undergraduate Megan Janquart studies outside on Engineering Mall

The College of Engineering is acting in accordance with the University’s COVID-19 Response plan. While access to in-person services are limited, we are committed to ensuring a safe, healthy, and successful school year for every student in the College of Engineering.

Resources and information to support engineering students are below. These resources will be updated as we have more information. Please check back for more information and continue to check the UW-Madison COVID-19 Response website for the most current campus information.

For all other questions, please email us at contact-us@engr.wisc.edu and we will follow up as soon as we can.

Latest Updates

Dear College of Engineering Undergraduate Students,

You received an email from the UW-Madison provost on April 5th about the university’s disruption grading option for the spring 2021 semester. I know that many of you have questions about this option and how it will impact your GPA and progress toward your degree. The remainder of this e-mail provides some answers to these questions as well as information on additional resources.

Where can I find answers to my question on the how the option works? 

The university has a description of the disruption grading option for spring 2021 at the Office of the Registrar website, including answers to many general questions. The College of Engineering has supplemental information more specific to engineering students on our Student FAQ website. These websites will continue to be updated. For those of you enrolled last spring, you will see that the disruption grading option this semester will work much as it did in spring 2020.

A communication describing how the disruption grading policy impacts progression requirements will be sent separately to students who may be applying to meet progression this semester.

The College of Engineering regulations were amended for spring 2021 to reflect the adoption of the disruption grading option. The amendment to the official regulations regarding enrollment, scholarship, and graduation for undergraduates can be found in the document entitled “College of Engineering Official Regulations – AMENDED FOR SPRING 2021.”

For what classes may I elect the disruption grading option? 

The disruption grading option may be elected for any course graded on an A-F basis, including those required to satisfy degree requirements. You will be able to choose the disruption grading option on a course-by-course basis.

What grade will I receive if I elect the disruption grading option? 

The disruption grading option uses grades of SD (satisfactory-disruption) or UD (university disruption-no credit). Neither SD nor UD grades will be included in GPA calculations. SD or UD grades will be assigned according to the following rules:

  • Your letter grade will be converted to SD if you have earned a C or higher. SD grades will count for University General Education, degree/major and certificate requirements and will satisfy future course prerequisites.
  • Your letter grade will be converted to UD if you have earned a D or lower. UD grades will not count for any credit and do not fulfill any requirements.  

When will I have the opportunity to elect the disruption grading option? 

You will be able to choose the disruption grading option May 8 through May 21, after final grades are posted in your Student Center.

What more do I need to know? 

We know you are working diligently on your coursework and our faculty and instructors are delivering a rigorous learning experience. We expect that most of you will want your academic transcripts to reflect the caliber of your performance and maintain your hard-earned letter grades.

When you are making decisions about whether to choose the disruption grading option at the end of the semester, I encourage you talk with your advisor to determine whether this option is the best choice for you and your goals.

I wish you the best as you complete this semester.

— Dean Robertson

Dear Undergraduate Engineering Student,

As we are heading into the last weeks of the semester, it is good to reflect on how you are doing and how best to support yourself as the semester comes to an end. This is a long email with important information, please read it carefully all the way to the end.

The upcoming drop and withdrawal deadline is Friday, April 16th and the last day of class is two weeks later on Friday, April 30th . Please take some time to consider any challenges you are facing and determine your standing in each of your courses.

If you plan to drop a course or withdraw from all of your classes, the drop/withdrawal must be completed by 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 16th, 2021. You should also confirm in your Student Center that you were successful in dropping the course(s).

DROP COURSE(S)

If you are unsure about whether to drop any course(s), I encourage you to take the following steps:

·       Speak with your instructor for the course(s) in question as soon as possible. Professors and TAs can help you understand where you stand in the course and what it will take to achieve a desired grade.

·       Communicate with your academic advisor. Your advisor is listed in your Student Center. Your advisor can help you understand the impact of dropping a class (e.g. meeting progression requirements, satisfying prerequisites for future courses, time to degree, remaining full-time).

Step-by step instructions for dropping a course are at: https://kb.wisc.edu/registrar/15256

If dropping a course will reduce your enrolled credits to less than 12, please request part-time permission. Part-time permission will be liberally granted this semester, but please review the steps listed below:

·       Meet with your advisor to discuss academic implications of part-time permission.

·       Check with other campus offices as needed. Students may face additional constraints with other offices on campus (International Student Services, Athletics, Financial Aid, etc.).

·       Any question you have about part-time permission should be emailed to EngrUGdeanadmin@engr.wisc.edu.

·       Complete this web form to submit your part-time permission request: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3jvL7rGBLWpxgtD

·       Questions about part-time permission? Email EngrUGdeanadmin@engr.wisc.edu.

Please note that to drop a course is not the same as to withdraw from the semester. Withdrawal is described below.

WITHDRAW from UW-Madison

To withdraw means to drop all of your courses and not remain an enrolled student. If you are considering dropping all of your courses, you need to:

·       Contact your engineering academic advisor. Your advisor is listed in your Student Center. If you are considering a withdrawal, speak your advisor as soon as possible. Answers to questions about the withdrawal process and implications of withdrawing are at: https://kb.wisc.edu/registrar/25151.

·       Fill out and submit the online withdrawal form. The form is in your MyUW Student Center – Manage Classes – Enrollment Term Withdrawal (https://registrar.wisc.edu/how-to-withdraw/).

Again, a withdrawal is only to be used if you wish to drop all of your courses and not remain a student for the rest of the semester.

ACADEMIC ACTIONS – changes to PROBATION and DROPPED status for Spring 2021

As described on the university’s disruption grading option webpage https://registrar.wisc.edu/disruptiongrades/, students will not be dropped from the university for reasons of academic standing at the end of the Spring 2021 semester, regardless of semester GPA.

If you are currently in good academic standing you will not have a negative academic standing action (e.g. probation) placed regardless of your semester or cumulative GPA.

If you are currently on some kind of probation, your academic performance in Spring 2021 will be evaluated against College of Engineering regulations and you will either be returned to good academic standing, if eligible, or your Fall 2020 probation status will continue following the Spring 2021 term. If you are returned to good academic standing, your transcript and ‘View Grades’ page in the Student Center will show “Cleared of Previous Action,” which is UW-Madison’s practice once a student returns to good standing.

NEED SUPPORT?

If you are concerned for the well-being of yourself or someone you know, please call University Health Services (UHS) at 608-265-5600 (option 9) to speak with an on-call crisis counselor. This service is always available, including weekends, holidays, semester breaks, and all summer.

SPEAK with Assistant Dean Rachel Jones

Is there anything you need help with as you navigate the end of the semester? In my position, I often work with students to help them identify the challenges they are facing, understand all of their options moving forward, and then help them create strategies and plans to be successful. Your advisor and I want to work with you! Please respond to this email.

I want you to know that I am thinking of you, your families, and our global community during this time. We all are doing the best we can, so please be patient with yourself and others.

Sincerely,

Dean Jones

Rachel Jones
Assistant Dean for Student Services

College of Engineering
2620 Engineering Hall

Appointments: (608) 262-3484

Office: (608) 890-3692

rejones5@wisc.edu

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24-hour crisis services: 608.265.5600 (select option 9 for crisis services)

E-mail is not checked outside of business hours or on weekends. If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact our 24-hour crisis services, dial 911, or go to your nearest emergency room.

Dear Students,

I wanted to take a moment to share and remind you about some of the mental health and wellbeing resources that are available for you. I recognize that you may be juggling academics, work responsibilities, family responsibilities, etc., but I hope you are able to take some time to think about what you may need in this moment and seek out a resource or two that you can access to support yourself.

If you are struggling, or concerned in any way about your wellbeing, please reach out.  Sometimes just talking to a friend, colleague, or instructor/staff member about what is going on in your life can make an enormous difference.  I am available to talk, so please feel free to send me an email if you’d like to set up an appointment to see what resources, supports, or academic options may be available.  Assistance is also available through UHS, see the list of support options at the end of this email. Lastly, if you would like to take an online mental health screening to see if you may need further assistance, please visit: https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools/

Seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness.  Please practice patience toward others AND yourself as we all continue to navigate this semester.

I extend my wishes for your health and wellness,

Assistant Dean Rachel Jones

 

UHS Mental Health Services (all free)

UHS Mental Health Services’ no-cost include individual, couple/partner, group counseling, campus-based programming, stress management, and psychiatry.

Crisis Support: They also offer 24/7 crisis services at 608-265-5600 (option 9). This 24/7 service is always available, including weekends, holidays, semester breaks, and all summer.

Virtual Group Counseling: For a full list of groups and descriptions, visit the Group Counseling webpage.

 

Virtual Let’s TalkA virtual, online version of our informal drop-in consultations with a counselor will run throughout the semester. Students will need to sign up for a time slot via an online form. Open to all students and identity based spaces. Engineering focused times available.

 

MHS Instagram: MHS has a new Instagram page! Follow us at @uw_mhs to learn more about our services, get to know our staff, and gain quick skills to address common mental health concerns.

 

Take a virtual RecWell group fitness classes, intramural sports, wellbeing workshops, and more:   https://recwell.wisc.edu/virtualprograms/

 

Self-care Drop-in Programs:

  • Let’s Yoga –Join us on the mat every Tuesday at 1:15pm (CST), starting February 2nd, for a 45 minute Yoga Asana (posture) and Pranayama (breath) practice facilitated by Jamie Gratrix. This practice is accessible for all levels & beginners are always welcome. Sessions are held via Zoom and require registration.
  • Connection During COVID – This drop-in space is for students to find social support and connection virtually while being physically distant. It will be held every other Wednesday, starting February 10th, from 5:30-7pm (CST). Sessions are via Zoom and require registration.
  • Let’s Meditate – Join every Thursday at 4pm (CST), starting February 4th, for a 30-minute meditation practice. All levels of meditation experience are welcome, this offering focuses on community building and guided meditative practices with time for participants to journal at the end of practice. Sessions require registration.

 

Student Success Workshops: MHS’s Student Success Workshops have included topics such as test anxiety, attention and focus, time management, and more. Students can sign up for these workshops directly through our website.

 

Thrive Workshop Series:  Held virtually all semester. Workshops designed to teach students various skills, techniques, and strategies to support their overall academic success and overall well-being. Schedule: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/thrive/

 

Badger Support Network

The Badger Support Network is a new student organization sponsored by UHS that provides peer-facilitated support groups. A mental health provider will train and provide ongoing supervision to peer leaders as they’re providing these groups. Groups will all be virtual this fall. This may be a good fit for students who want connection with other students but don’t feel comfortable doing so in a UHS provider-facilitated space.

 

University Health Services

With two convenient clinic locations, providers address concerns relating to colds, the flu, injuries, stress, and gynecologic care as well provide health consultations for international travel and trans health care services. Most medical services are free of charge.

Please also visit the https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/ for general updates and the UHS Remote Services Page for a variety of videos and other helpful resources.

 

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING RESOURCES

Academic Advisors:  Each undergraduate engineering student has their own professional academic advisor who can help you with questions regarding your major, courses and degree requirements, but they also are there to help you navigate academic and life challenges. They’re there to help you be successful in college and connect you with the many resources here for you

Assistant Dean Rachel Jones supports undergraduate students regarding their academic and overall wellness. Contact Assistant Dean Rachel Jones at rejones5@wisc.edu

For support for graduate students, please contact the Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs Chris Brace at engr-deangraduateaffairs@engr.wisc.edu

 

Rachel Jones
Assistant Dean for Student Services

College of Engineering
2620 Engineering Hall
Appointments: (608) 262-3484

Office: (608) 890-3692

rejones5@wisc.edu

Dear Engineering Community,

I’m emailing you about the murders that occurred Tuesday evening in Atlanta, Georgia. Eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, were killed in a mass shooting. These killings have reminded us that violence against women – particularly women of color and, in this case, Asian women – is an ongoing tragedy in our country.  The engineering community includes many Asian and Asian American people, and these killings have painfully highlighted the vulnerability to hate, bias and violence that members of our own community experience, a vulnerability that has only grown in the past year.

The College of Engineering endorses the statement from the university encouraging anyone who is struggling with these recent events to connect with the campus resources.   If you are a member of the Asian, Pacific Islander, or Desi Asian (APIDA) community, a processing space especially for you has been created, see the details below.

Our College strives to create a space where all members of the engineering community feel safe, valued, and respected.  This incident reminds us all that these values are not always enacted; therefore we must redouble our efforts to make the College of Engineering the supportive environment where all of our members thrive.  Let’s take care of each other, and keep working hard to create a more just environment—inside and outside of Engineering–for all of our members.

Resources for the APIDA community: 

  • Resources for the APIDA community can be found here.
  • FOR STUDENTS:  Processing and In-Community Space: Addressing Hate and Violence in Asian and APIDA Communities
    • Join UW Asian and APIDA- identified students in community to discuss the impact of recent and increasing violence towards the Asian and APIDA communities. This session will be facilitated by Gabe Javier, Student Affairs, and Egg Guo UHS-Mental Health Services.
    • Friday, March 19, 4:00pm.  ZOOM. Pre-registration is required here: go.wisc.edu/APIDAspace   A zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the event.
    • Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Center, APIDA Student Center, Student Affairs, and UHS-Mental Health Services
    • For questions or accommodations, contact gabe.javier@wisc.edu 
  • FOR FACULTY/STAFF:  APIDA Affinity Group

Resources for all community members: 

  • University Mental Health Services (UHS) is currently supporting students virtually. Services are confidential, and any enrolled UW undergraduate or graduate student is eligible. There is no charge to students for counseling sessions, because services are paid through tuition and fees.
  • UHS also offers 24/7 crisis services at 608-265-5600 (option 9). This 24/7 service is always available, including weekends, holidays, semester breaks, and all summer. You can call this number and speak with a counselor any time of day or night.
  • The College of Engineering’s Wellness and Wellbeing website includes links to many campus and community resources, including information on self-care.
  • For UW-Madison employees, the Employee Assistance Office offers confidential appointments and resources for those in immediate crisis.
  • For anyone experiencing gender-based violence, this Campus Resource Guide may help.
  • Should you or anyone you know experience an incident of hate or bias, please file a Bias Incident Report with the Dean of Students Office.
  • Two national resources for those experiencing or witnessing acts of hate against AAPI community members can be found here and here.

— Dean Robertson

Dear College of Engineering Student,

Engineering students who plan to complete summer coursework through another U.S. institution should follow these steps to access transfer credit information:

Step 1 – Use Transferology: https://www.transferology.com/state/wisconsin.htm

Currently enrolled UW–Madison students should first check Transferology to see if a matching course equivalent exists. If a matching equivalent exists, that is how the course will transfer back to UW-Madison for the summer term and no further action needs to be taken to guarantee the transferability. Transferology allows students to search for specific courses at another campus AND to search for replacements for specific UW-Madison courses. To ensure that coursework will transfer as expected, it is important to “expand all notes” to see detailed information about the equivalency and also to print a copy or save a screenshot of the transfer report.

Step 2: Complete the Course Equivalency Request form (if no matching course equivalent exists in Transferology): https://registrar.wisc.edu/course-equivalency-service/

If no matching course equivalent exists in Transferology, then students are able to submit a Course Equivalency Request with a detailed course syllabus.

Below are some important reminders:

The Course Equivalency Service for summer coursework is available between March 1 – May 15.

The Course Equivalency Service will equate a maximum of five summer courses per student.

Students should not submit a Course Equivalency Service request if they are taking coursework that is already listed on Transferology.

Students in the College of Engineering must achieve a final grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in off-campus coursework for transfer credits to fulfill degree requirements. See Section 12 in the College of Engineering Official Regulations at ugregulations.engr.wisc.edu .

There are limits to the total number of credits a student can earn during a term. Credit limits apply to credits earned at UWMadison and any combination of colleges/universities attended during the term. The maximum credit load equals the number of weeks in the session. See Section 9 in the College of Engineering Regulations at ugregulations.engr.wisc.edu .

After completing summer coursework at a different college/university, students must submit an official transcript to UW-Madison’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment to have the transfer credit added to their UW-Madison record.

For more information about the Course Equivalency Service, please visit https://registrar.wisc.edu/course-equivalency-service/  and direct any questions to crediteval@registrar.wisc.edu.

As always, be sure to consult with your engineering advisor about your plans to take coursework at another college or university.

Sincerely,

Jessica Regan
Transfer Coordinator
College of Engineering
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Dear Engineering Student,

Enrolled Undergraduate Application for 2021-2022

The College of Engineering – Enrolled Undergraduate Application provides scholarship opportunities to students who will be enrolled for the 2021-2022 academic year, including current first-year students. The scholarship application period is now open through April 30, 2021. All scholarships are awarded based on a student’s application essays, extracurricular activities, work or research experience, career interests, and academic record. Some scholarships have a financial need requirement and students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2021-2022 academic year.

How to apply:

  1.  Log into Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) using your UW NetID and password. Complete the question set in the General Application.
  2.  Your responses to the General Application will match you to the College of Engineering – Enrolled Undergraduate Application. You may also be matched to other applications within engineering or across campus.
    1. Mechanical Engineering majors will need to complete a separate application for Mechanical Engineering-specific scholarships.
    2. For all other majors, departments will review submissions to the College of Engineering – Enrolled Undergraduate Application to award their department-specific scholarships.
    3. All first-year students are expected to have progressed in their engineering major before their scholarship application can be considered.
  3. Complete all applications that you are matched to in order to be considered for those scholarships.

Please email coescholarships@engr.wisc.edu with any questions or visit our website for more information about engineering scholarships.

Best regards,

CoE Scholarships

Thank you to those who were able to attend last evening’s student forum. Dean Robertson, and the rest of the College leadership, welcome your questions, comments, and recommendations.

If you were unable to attend, the recording of the meeting can be accessed here:

https://uwmadison.box.com/s/p9v82ojrtdc4ddm8usuilqn191neo39y

 

Regards,

Office of the Dean

College of Engineering

Dear COE Students,

Welcome back! I know you’ve received messages from campus about Safer Badgers and restrictions that will begin on February 10.  I want to reemphasize several points that will hopefully address most of the questions we’ve received since those messages were sent:

  • You must adhere to the testing protocol. This applies to everyone in the College of Engineering who works on our campus or who might need to access an engineering building for any reason.  
  • We cannot grant exceptions. If the badge in your Safer Badgers app is red, you will not be allowed to enter the engineering buildings. If you already have received the COVID-19 vaccine, you must still adhere to the testing protocol. 
  • Your COVID-19 tests must be completed at an on-campus testing facility. Tests completed through your health provider or at other locations will not be reflected in your Safer Badgers app. 
  • There is a convenient testing location in the Mechanical Engineering Building. ME is open for testing from 6:30 AM until 2:30 PM M-F. To access the testing center, enter the building through the northwest doors. Review tips on how to prepare and what to expect on this testing page. 
  • Union South and the Shell also provide convenient testing locations with late afternoon and early evening testing time availability. 
  • Vaccination does not change required testing protocol. At this point in time, those who receive a COVID-19 vaccination must still participate in the testing protocol to receive building access. 
  • Treat the staff working at the testing centers with appropriate respect, they are there to help our community stay safe and for the college to continue to operate. 

Once again, full implementation of the Safer Badgers app and enforcement of building access restrictions will now begin Wednesday, Feb. 10. As of that date, Badger Badges must be green (access granted) to enter campus facilities.

  • To ensure your own compliance, get tested and have a green Badger Badge before Wednesday and thereafter. It is a good idea to be tested at least two days before your green badge is due to expire.
  • Importantly, do not ask Badger Wellness Ambassadors to let you or others into a building without a green Badger Badge. You can find answers to many questions about building access on this FAQs page.
  • Remember to always treat the Badger Wellness Ambassadors respectfully, they are there to help our community stay safe and for the college to continue to operate.
  • Building hours will be enforced.

If you have questions that are not addressed above or in the list of FAQs, you can email covidresponse@vc.wisc.edu or call the UW–Madison COVID-19 Assistance Line at 608-262-7777. The line is staffed Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Finally, please continue to check the COVID-19 Response website for updates.

Thank you for all your cooperation, patience, and most of all, your exceptional work supporting and driving our campus mission during these challenging times.

— Dean Robertson

The College of Engineering’s Undergraduate Learning Center will host the following academic supports for Spring ’21:

Online Drop-in Tutoring and Virtual Study Space – Begins Monday, Feb. 8

Tutoring for 40+ courses is available Sunday – Thursday, 6:30PM – 9:00PM via BBCollaborate Ultra on the ULC Drop-in Tutoring Canvas Page. No need to have specific questions to attend!  Join us for a structured study time and connect with other engineering students in your classes.  https://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/student-services/ulc/tutoring/

Study Interest Groups (SIGs) – Sign-up now!
Looking for a study group for your classes? Join a Study Interest Group (SIG), a new program this year that helps match you with others who are enrolled in one or more courses with you. We will set a time for you to meet each week for an hour during drop-in tutoring with your study partner or group.  Complete the interest form at:  https://forms.gle/xsHYmZ2s9LcrniH1A

ULC Q&A – Monday-Tuesday, 4:00PM – 6:00PM or by appointment. ULC Staff will be available to answer questions regarding academic support options and ULC services, discuss study skills and academic concerns, or just to say hello!  Access through the drop-in tutoring space at: https://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/student-services/ulc/tutoring/

Additional Services – See ulc.engr.wisc.edu for details 

– PrEPS (InterEGR 150)

– Math 171, 217, 221, 222 tutorials

– Pre-Statics/Pre-Physics 201 tutorial

– MATLAB videos

– R workshop slides

 

Have a great semester!

Kathy

Kathy Prem

Director, Undergraduate Learning Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
407 Wendt Commons, 608.265.1099

http://ulc.engr.wisc.edu

Hello College of Engineering Students,

I hope you had rest and relaxation during winter break and your spring semester has started smoothly. MHS is ready to kick off their Spring 2021 programming, and I wanted to check in and share some reminders and updates regarding their services. Students can always get started with their services by making an Access appointment through logging into MyUHS or calling our front desk at 608-265-5600 option 2.  All their services, including outreach, will continue to be done remotely via phone or video.  MHS are particularly excited to reintroduce our annual Let’s Play event, but please take a look at all our offerings for this spring:

MHS Instagram: MHS has a new Instagram page! Follow us at @uw_mhs to learn more about our services, get to know our staff, and gain quick skills to address common mental health concerns.

Self-care Drop-in Programs: We are continuing our Connection During Covid drop-in space this spring, and are adding in weekly yoga and meditation drop-in sessions as well.  Our website is still being updated, but the information and registration for these programs will be here.

  • Let’s Yoga –Join us on the mat every Tuesday at 1:15pm (CST), starting February 2nd, for a 45 minute Yoga Asana (posture) and Pranayama (breath) practice facilitated by Jamie Gratrix. This practice is accessible for all levels & beginners are always welcome. Sessions are held via Zoom and require registration.
  • Connection During COVID – This drop-in space is for students to find social support and connection virtually while being physically distant. It will be held every other Wednesday, starting February 10th, from 5:30-7pm (CST). Sessions are via Zoom and require registration.
  • Let’s Meditate – Join us every Thursday at 4pm (CST), starting February 4th, for a 30-minute meditation practice. All levels of meditation experience are welcome, this offering focuses on community building and guided meditative practices with time for participants to journal at the end of practice. Sessions are led by Jamie Gratrix via Zoom and require registration.

Groups & Self-Referral: Our group therapy offerings continue to be popular with students and the beginning of the semester is the best time to sign up. Students do not need an Access appointment to be referred to a group. Instead, students can call our front desk directly during business hours to request a group screen, which is an opportunity for them to learn more about the group and get signed up.

Student Success Workshops: MHS’s Student Success Workshops have included topics such as test anxiety, attention and focus, time management, and more. Students can sign up for these workshops directly through our website. Our roster of Student Success Workshops for Spring 2021 is forthcoming and will be updated on our website soon.

Private Spaces on Campus: Some students have let us know that often they don’t have private spaces from which to attend their MHS telehealth visits. There are a variety of reservable private spaces available on campus for students who need it to complete their visits. Students should first schedule their appointment at MHS and then reserve a space through the College, Memorial, and Steenbock Libraries; the Business School Library; or the Residence Halls.

Badger Support Network: We are continuing our consultation and partnership with the Badger Support Network, a student organization that focuses on peer support and connection.  BSN is composed of peer led student groups that meet regularly throughout the semester.  They are a great option for students who are looking for more connection in their life.

Let’s Play Day: Every Spring MHS hosts our Let’s Play day. In previous years, Let’s Play has been a chance for students, faculty, and staff to come together and celebrate the importance of play with field day activities. Let’s Play will look a bit different this year given the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the underlying message is no less important. This year, Let’s Play will allow for virtual interaction between students and UHS Staff. UHS is in the process of collaborating with Recreation & Wellbeing as well as other campus partners to create a multi-day, multimedia set of programs designed to engage students and promote play. Be on the lookout for additional updates throughout the semester.

Virtual Let’s Talk: This virtual, online version of our informal drop-in consultations with a counselor will run from January 25th through April 30th, including April 2nd. Students will need to sign up for a time slot via an online form.  There are general sections (open to all students) each business day and specialty sections based on identity, specific concerns, or departments throughout the week. Most sessions sign up via this form, and the international student session uses this form.

Spring 2021 Schedule:

Day Time Population
Mondays 8:30a-10:30a Focus: International Students
1p-3p General/Open to All Students
Tuesdays 10:30a-12:30p General/Open to All Students
3p-5p Focus: Relationships & Couples
Wednesdays 10a-12p General/Open to All Students
3p-5p Focus: Engineering Students
3p-5p Focus: Chemistry Students
Thursdays 12p-2p General/Open to All Students
2p-4p Focus: BIPOC Students
3p-5p Focus: Engineering Students
Fridays 10a-12p Focus: LGBTQ Students
2p-4p General/Open to All Students

 

Thrive Workshops: This series of virtual workshops is designed to share tips and tools for thriving at the university. All workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30-7pm (CST). The full schedule and registration links will be found here.  Topics for the semester are:

Date Topic
Tuesday, February 9th Living with uncertainty
Tuesday, February 16th Love Beyond Romantic Love
Tuesday, February 23 Navigating COVID Risk Together and Apart
Tuesday, March 2nd Self-care is not #instagrammable: Making Changes Beyond the Superficial
Tuesday, March 9th Feeling Out of Practice? Skills to Have Better Conversations
Tuesday, March 16th Create Your Own Plan: Practical Skills and Information for Adjusting Your Own Substance Use
Tuesday, March 23rd How to Find Your People
Tuesday, March 30th It’s not You, it’s COVID: Self-compassion and Coping in a Time of Strife
Tuesday, April 6th Stop Doomscrolling: Phone, Social Media, and Wellbeing

 

Rachel Jones
Assistant Dean for Student Services

College of Engineering
2620 Engineering Hall

Appointments: (608) 262-3484

Office: (608) 890-3692

rejones5@wisc.edu

Dear Engineering Students,

As we are starting a new spring semester, I am thinking of all of you and reaching out with information and updates about wellbeing resources and Mental Health Services, especially as it relates to access and outreach, in order to support you during this year. I recognize that you all are navigating a new college reality with possible life challenges on top of that. This semester in particular may be challenging for all of us, and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of your community is vitally important. You all are valuable to the Badger Engineering community and I want you to know that there is help and support for you here in the College of Engineering and UW for many challenges you may experience along the way. We are striving to create a supportive campus environment with accessible resources that promote our students’ mental health and wellbeing. Wellbeing is about much more than physical health. Here, it’s a multi-dimensional balancing act that – when maintained properly – leaves us best able to cope with adversity, build rewarding relationships, and live with a sense of purpose.

I hope that we all encourage one another daily to create a supportive atmosphere where everyone is empowered to engage in healthy behaviors, to support others in doing the same, and to look out for one another. Achieving and sustaining wellness involves becoming aware of and taking steps toward a healthier, happier, and more satisfying life. The resources below can help you as you take steps to support your own wellness. I encourage you to share with your friends/classmates if you find any supportive and helpful connections or resources. Share the wealth.

I know that this is a long email with a lot of information, but please skim through at your leisure and (hopefully) bookmark the links so that it’s easy to find them later.

My name is Rachel Jones and I am an Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering. Most of my communication to students centers around mental health and wellbeing/wellness related supports. If you are an undergraduate student who wants to connect with someone in the College around extenuating circumstances, life/academic challenges, or anything else; don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

For graduate students, please feel free to reach out to Assistant Dean Chris Brace at clbrace@wisc.edu.

Sincerely,

Assistant Dean Rachel Jones

Wellbeing

UW Recreation & Wellbeing (RecWell) Fun Wellbeing Offerings: RecWell encourages students to play hard, get fit, and live well in college—and have fun doing it. While the facilities are open, many of their offerings have gone fully virtual to protect the wellbeing of their students and staff. There is athletic training, group fitness classes, Intramural sports (e-sports), Personal training, live guided meditation, etc. Link to Rec Well Virtual Offerings

Mental Health Services (MHS)

The most important thing to note is that we remain open for services, including individual, couple/partner, and group counseling, care management, outreach programming, wellness and stress management, Behavioral Health, and Psychiatry. All routine appointments are being conducted remotely, either over the phone or through video. Please note that all outreach programming this fall will be conducted virtually as well.

UHS/MHS Clinical Services: Every new student starts with a phone screening to collaboratively determine a student’s needs and connect the student to the best resources. There is no charge for this appointment. To schedule an Access Appointment phone screening, students can call 608-265-5600 (option 2) or log on to MyUHS to web-book an appointment. Our Access providers will gladly assist students in connecting with care and resources. Please note that our ability to connect students at UHS may vary depending on a student’s current location, but our Access providers will guide students through what options may be available and collaboratively develop a plan with them to get connected to support. We also continue to have a 24-hour crisis line at 608-265-5600 (option 9) and offer a variety of groups.

Group Counseling (Interpersonal Process Groups): Interpersonal Process Groups are often the treatment of choice for people who experience troubled relationships, loneliness, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and low self-esteem. These groups offer a safe environment to identify and explore feelings; to give and receive support and feedback; to practice new, healthier ways of relating to others; and to feel less lonely or isolated. Wide variety of group topics available. To join a group, schedule an Access Appointment in MyUHS or contact Mental Health Services at 608-265-5600 (option 2). During your consultation, let the counselor know that you’re interested in joining a group.

Virtual Let’s TalkLet’s Talk provides easy access to informal and confidential support and consultation with counselors from UHS Mental Health Services. Students will need to sign up for a 20 minute time slot via an online form. Open to all students and identity based spaces. Engineering focused times available with two Engineering focused providers: Michelle Bond and Zoe Whaley. Any Let’s Talk space is available for Engineering students.

Virtual Processing Spaces: This is a recurring online space for current students to connect with each other to cope with isolation, grief/loss, uncertainty about the future, discrimination, and many other things. These spaces are 90min drop-in meetings via Zoom and require a sign-up to join.

Badger Support Network

The Badger Support Network is a new student organization sponsored by UHS that provides peer-facilitated support groups. A mental health provider will train and provide ongoing supervision to peer leaders as they’re providing these groups. Groups will all be virtual this fall. This may be a good fit for students who want connection with other students but don’t feel comfortable doing so in a UHS provider-facilitated space.

Badger Recovery: Badger Recovery provides support and community for students in active recovery. We also welcome allies, family, friends, and students working toward recovery through a risk-reduction approach. We understand recovery can be individually defined and we honor multiple pathways to recovery. We value the diverse experiences of our members and their personal goals. All of our meetings and events are substance free spaces and we ask that all individuals participating in our events are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Students working with Badger Recovery have access to dedicated university staff who will continue to support and advocate for them along their recovery journey.

Thrive Workshops: We will be continuing to provide a series of virtual workshops throughout the semester designed to share tips and tools for thriving at the university. All workshops are held 5:30 – 7 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required. The full schedule of workshops can be found here.

Suicide Prevention Training for UW-Madison Students:  University Health Services, with support from partners on the UW-Madison Suicide Prevention Council, is excited to announce the release of a new, online suicide prevention training tool available for all UW-Madison students. Suicide Prevention Training for UW-Madison Students is currently accessible in Canvas where any interested student can participate. You can follow this link to enroll in the training: https://canvas.wisc.edu/enroll/PP7XM6.

Suicide Prevention Training for UW-Madison Students is part of a broad campus-wide strategy to build a culture of care, support student mental health, and prevent suicide. We encourage you to participate in this valuable training.

Office of Student Financial Aid’s Be Engaged workshops: The Be Engaged Workshop Series focuses on Leadership, Wellbeing, &  Self-Exploration. These offer great opportunities to connect with other students while learning key skills and resources to empower student success during your time at UW-Madison.  Our Workshop Library is filled with previously recorded workshops.

 

College of Engineering’s Wellness and Well-being website: https://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/student-services/academic-advising/undergraduate-engineering-students/successful-students/

I hope you are staying well and thank you if you actually read (or skimmed) this super long email.

Sincerely,

Rachel

Rachel Jones
Assistant Dean for Student Services

College of Engineering
2620 Engineering Hall

Appointments: (608) 262-3484

Office: (608) 890-3692

rejones5@wisc.edu

Dear College of Engineering Students and Community,

Protests against the confirmation of the outcome of the presidential election on January 6 gave rise to violence and disorder in the U.S. Capitol building. We know that these events can be upsetting, frightening, and even traumatizing, especially as we continue to grapple with the effects of the global pandemic and racial injustice. It is expected and reasonable during moments such as this to experience a range of reactions, including feeling unsettled or anxious, and everyone’s response will be unique. Now, more than ever, it is important to take time to help ourselves and the people around us and to prioritize self-care.

Here are some UW-Madison resources, and others, that may help as we navigate the uncertainty of this moment.

Jacob Blake

The MSC has a heavy heart as we continue to witness the lack of accountability for law enforcement and violence, in particular with the decision made in the case of Jacob Blake in Kenosha in which the officer who shot Jacob in the back seven times will not face any charges. We know this can be a difficult time, and are offering space online to come to together in community to process the unfolding news, as well as be in solidarity for accountability. Processing spaces will be held online Thursday, Jan 7th at 4pm CST. Please register beforehand to get the zoom information. Link in bio to sign up Jacob Blake processing space co-facilitated with the MSC, taking place today: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJtgb6wDLQ5/

 

Coping with the Attack on the Capitol Processing Space

Description: This process space is for students coping with stress and mental health impacts from the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

Date: Friday, January 8th

Time: 1:00-2:30 pm CST

Sign up by 12:00 pm on 1/8/21

Sign up link: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6eXWJILC5k7BUFv

 

More Resources

  • Text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a confidential conversation anytime.
  • JED’s and MTV’s Press Pause includes animated PSAs and an online hub with simple mindfulness techniques — like breathing exercises, meditation, perspective checks, music, and movement — to deal with common stresses and challenges that can make young adults feel overwhelmed or hopeless.
  • JED’s COVID-19 Resource Guide provides resources and tips for protecting mental health and supporting each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has Tips for Coping with Traumatic Events.

We can help each other process these challenging moments in healthy ways, and remind each other that we are not alone.

Be well,

Rachel Jones
Assistant Dean for Student Services

College of Engineering
2620 Engineering Hall
Appointments: (608) 262-3484

Office: (608) 890-3692

rejones5@wisc.edu

 

Concerned about a student? Click here to fill out a student of concern report

 

24-hour crisis services: 608.265.5600 (select option 9 for crisis services)

E-mail is not checked outside of business hours or on weekends. If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact our 24-hour crisis services, dial 911, or go to your nearest emergency room.

 

Use your winter break to prepare for Spring 2021 coursework!

The College of Engineering Undergraduate Learning Center (ULC) offers a variety of on-line resources that might be useful in preparing for Spring 2021 courses.  Visit the ULC Additional Resources page to learn more and access the Canvas tutorials:  https://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/student-services/ulc/additional-support/

 

AVAILABLE OVER WINTER BREAK

Math 171, 217, 221, 222 tutorials

Get a head start on your math course for spring or review material from this fall. These tutorials provide supplemental materials and opportunities for you to practice your problem-solving skills and apply course concepts.

Pre-Statics/Pre-Physics 201 tutorial
This 0-credit modular tutorial is designed to bridge the gap between calculus and mechanics and help you prepare for EMA 201 or Physics 201.

MATLAB videos
Taking a course in the spring that will use MATLAB?  Training videos for beginners and more advanced users are available.

R workshop slides
Taking a stats course that uses R?  Slides from the ULC training workshop are available.

 

AVAILABLE SPRING ’21 SEMESTER:

Study Interest Groups:  
Interested in meeting other students in your courses?  Join a SIG!  Watch you email form details in January.

PrEPS (InterEGR 150):

The ULC will offer PrEPS (Practicing Engineering Problem Solving) labs to support students enrolled in EMA 201, EMA 202/ME 240, Physics 201, and Physics 202 during the spring semester.  The PrEPS schedule will be released in mid-January.

Drop-in Tutoring:  
Drop-in tutoring and on-line study spaces are offered Sunday-Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:00 beginning the third week of class.

For more information on PrEPS, Drop-in Tutoring, SIGs,  and other supports offered by the ULC, visit ulc.engr.wisc.edu

 

Enjoy winter break!

Kathy Prem

Director, Undergraduate Learning Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
407 Wendt Commons, 608.265.1099

http://ulc.engr.wisc.edu

 

Hello Engineering Students,

The semester is well under way and the first round of midterms exams are either already happening or are coming up quickly. If you are feeling that your academic life is feeling a little disorganized, this may be a great time to learn a few resources that can help you or get you connected to people or services that can support you. Here are a few resources that I hope you find helpful.

Academic Organization

Engineering Time Management: Consolidated Semester Calendar and Weekly Schedule Explanation/Directions

  1. Consolidated Semester Calendar- Get the “big picture.” Plan out your semester:  Most students find this an incredibly helpful exercise because it gives you an overview of what your semester is going to look like and where you may have “crunch periods.” This will give you an idea of how far in advance you need to plan. Make sure that you can complete all your assignments, without sacrificing the time you need to put in to make sure you keep up with all your classes.
  2. Weekly Schedule Template– One effective way to make time for all your work is to create a weekly schedule. Creating a routine allows you to keep yourself accountable and avoid procrastinating. Do you want to see and hear a weekly schedule created? Watch the video here: https://guts.wisc.edu/resources/

Online Class Tips

Would you like to work with someone 1-on-1 to work on a Consolidated Semester Calendar and/or Weekly Schedule? Work with (me) Assistant Dean Rachel Jones to get back on track ASAP. If you’d like to schedule a remote meeting with me, contact Lukas Dietz at lpdietz@wisc.edu to get on my calendar. Please don’t be intimidated by the title, my job is to support and work with Engineering students, so I’m looking forward to meeting some of you.

 

Study Skills

GUTS Study Skills Program

The main purpose of our Study Skills program is to help you improve your studying habits and give any tips needed in certain studying areas!  The Study Skills Program consists of working with students to help identify problem areas in time management, note-taking, concentration, test-taking, and more. We then work with students to help them develop their own personal learning strategies.

One-hour long, 1-on-1 advisory appointments are available with our study skills advisors. These free appointments aim to identify areas of development specific for each student and help them develop their own personal strategies to grow.

Link to schedule appointments:  https://guts.wisc.edu/study/ss/

 

McBurney Disability Resource Center’s STUDY AND LEARNING SKILLS (SLSS) Program

The Study and Learning Skills Program (SLSS) is a peer-to-peer service offered to students registered with the McBurney Disability Resource Center. To become a registered McBurney student, click here to see if you are eligible. Students schedule individual appointments with trained study skills specialists to discuss ways to study more effectively.

 

Tutoring (not comprehensive):

Engineering’s Undergraduate Learning Center (ULC)

GREATER UNIVERSITY TUTORING SERVICES (GUTS)

UW Academic Support

UNIVERSITY HOUSING TUTORING

 

Wellbeing Resources- great link w/ UHS/MHS online services this semester

https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/remotehealth/

 

Rachel Jones
Assistant Dean for Student Services

College of Engineering
2620 Engineering Hall
Appointments: (608) 262-3484

Office: (608) 890-3692

rejones5@wisc.edu

Information At-A-Glance and FAQ

CoE Disruption Grading FAQ

Details about the University’s Disruption Grading Option are outlined on the Office of the Registrar website. You will find answers to how this grading option applies for College of Engineering undergraduates for engineering programs and first-year progression requirements below. 

Will courses with a Satisfactory-Disruption (SD) fulfill my engineering degree requirements? 

Yes. Your letter grade may be converted to SD if you have earned a C or higher. SD grades will count for University General Education, degree/major and certificate requirements and will satisfy future course prerequisites. SD grades are not included in GPA calculations.  

You will be able to choose this special disruption grading option in your Student Center between May 8, 2021 and May 21, 2021, after final grades are posted. 

 

Will courses with a University Disruption-No Credit (UD) fulfill my engineering degree requirements? 

No. Your letter grade may be converted to UD if you have earned a D or lower. A course with the UD grade does not count for credit, does not satisfy any requirements, and cannot be used to fulfill a prerequisite for a course. UD grades are not included in GPA calculations. Students may retake a course with a UD grade in a subsequent semester and receive credit in that semester. Both courses will remain on the student’s transcript. 

You will be able to choose this special disruption grading option in your Student Center between May 8, 2021 and May 21, 2021, after final grades are posted. 

 

Will there still be a Dean’s List this semester?

Yes. The requirements to be eligible for the Dean’s List will remain the same as previous semesters. To be eligible for a Dean’s List, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded (A-F) degree credits this semester. SD/UD grades do not count towards the minimum of 12 credits.

College of Engineering Dean’s List is: At the end of each semester the names of all full-time students in good standing with a 3.5 or higher semester GPA and cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (with at least 12 graded credits (A-F)) will be included on the Dean’s Honor List. Students must have received no incompletes and no unreported grades. A notation of “Dean’s Honor List” and date will be entered on the student’s transcript.

 

How will employers, graduate schools, and professional schools evaluate SD/UD grades? Will I be at a disadvantage if I select to convert my grades to SD or UD? 

There is not a single answer to this question. You should consider your decision to elect SD/UD grades carefully. 

  • You may consider the number of SD/UD grades on your transcript, particularly if you elected SD/UD grades in spring 2020.  
  • Some engineering employers require you to share your transcript with them. Are these courses for which a potential employer might want to see a grade?  
  • If you intend to apply to graduate or professional school either upon graduation or some time from now, how might SD/UD grades reflect on your application?  
  • There is a risk that those reviewing your student record will assume the lowest possible grade. Are you comfortable with them making this assumption? 

What are progression requirements and how are they affected by the University’s Disruption Grading option? 

Engineering students must meet first-year progression requirements after direct admission or to switch between engineering degree programs after their first two semesters of residency at UW-Madison. The change in the University’s grading policy has implications for progression requirements for first-year students. To allow for flexibility for students in a wide variety of situations due to COVID-19 related circumstances (e.g., Disruption Grading option, dropping core courses, COVID-19 illness, or other extenuating circumstances) the following adjustments have been made to progression requirements (Review Official Regulations Amended for Spring 2021 here): 

  • Those who meet guaranteed progression requirements still progress automatically. That is, no change to current practice (Regulation #3). 
  • Those who do not meet firstyear progression requirements to automatically progress in degree (major) due to the SD/UD grading option will be considered for progression after their second semester. If not accepted, students will have an additional semester to meet automatic progression (Regulation #3) or be considered for non-automatic progression (Regulation #4). 
  • Those who do not meet first-year progression requirements to automatically progress in degree (major) due to COVID-19 related circumstances (e.g., dropping core courses, COVID-19 illness, SD/UD disruption grading selection, or other extenuating circumstances) will have an additional semester to meet automatic progression requirements or to be considered for non-automatic progression. Students currently on an extension, will be evaluated for meeting progression or granting an extension. (Regulation #5). 

 

I have questions about the Disruption Grading option and progression. Who can I ask? 

Your academic advisor can help you understand your situation and all of your options. Remember that you have a lot of time to assess your options and you will have a lot of information at the end of the semester (Disruption Grading option selections are due by May 21, 2021 after final grades are posted). These options and time frames are intended to help relieve stress and acknowledge that you may be facing challenges.  

 

Can I meet automatic progression if I elect to take my math and science core courses Satisfactory-Disruption (SD)? 

Yes. Review Regulation #3 in College of Engineering Official Regulations- Amended for Spring 2021

Students who complete course, credit, and GPA benchmarks, specified in the first-year progression requirements with at least four math and science core courses with standard grades (A-F) will meet automatic progression. For example, if you have taken five math and science core courses, you can take one of those courses SD.

 

Can I be considered for progression if I elect to take my math and science core courses Satisfactory-Disruption (SD)? 

Yes. Review Regulation #4 in College of Engineering Official Regulations- Amended for Spring 2021

Students who complete the courses and credits specified in the first-year progression requirements with three of those core courses with standard grades (A-F) will be considered for progression.

 

What is the difference between core courses and math and science core courses?

Review Regulation #3 in College of Engineering Official Regulations- Amended for Spring 2021

Core courses are all the courses that count towards your core GPA as defined in progression requirements regulation 3.F. Math and science core courses are the courses defined in progression requirements regulation 3.E.

 

Can I meet automatic progression or be considered for progression if I elect to take my Comm A or liberal studies requirement Satisfactory-Disruption (SD)?  

Yes. 

 

Can I meet automatic progression or be considered for progression if I elect to take my Introduction to Engineering course requirement Satisfactory-Disruption (SD)?  

Yes. 

 

Do courses with Satisfactory-Disruption (SD) grades count toward the minimum of 24 graded credits for progression? 

Yes. 

 

What happens if I don’t complete the four core course requirement or one of the other courses required in the first-year progression requirements? 

The College of Engineering previously amended the progression regulations for students starting in a College of Engineering program in academic year 2020-21 granting an additional semester to meet automatic progression requirements or to be considered for non-automatic progression. Regulation #5 in College of Engineering Official Regulations- Amended for Spring 2021

Please visit our Cross-Campus Student page for admissions information

Operations Information

In accordance with the University’s COVID-19 Response plan, most student services operations and activities will be remote through summer. While access to in-person services are limited, we are committed to ensuring a safe, healthy, and successful school year for every student in the College of Engineering. More details can be found below.

Building access information

Beginning May 10, 2021, all College of Engineering building hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The Engineering Research Building and 1410 Engineering Drive will be locked and accessible with WisCard only.

Access to College of Engineering Buildings during closed hours is available via WisCard for approved faculty, staff and graduate students.

Email coe-facilities@engr.wisc.edu with questions or other requests for Wiscard access to College of Engineering buildings.

More engineering building access information

 

Dean’s Office

Diversity Affairs Office

  • Contact: DAO@engr.wisc.edu | 608-890-1403
  • The College of Engineering Diversity Affairs Office (DAO) student services will be provided remotely by the DAO director and staff M-F 8:30 am -4:30 pm, for adjunct undergraduate advising for LEED Scholars, engineering outreach and diversity/inclusion related student organizations (SHPE, NSBE, SWE, AISES and QTE). To access DAO services, call 608-890-1403 or email dao@engr.wisc.edu. For additional campus services related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, please refer to the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement at diversity.wisc.edu.

Engineering Student Development

Undergraduate Advising

  • Contact: coeadvising@engr.wisc.edu | 608-262-2473
  • All advising appointments will be provided remotely, including drop-in advising. Students can always contact their advisors through email. Watch for an email from your academic advisor with more information about virtual drop-in advising or scheduling a remote appointment. Students are also welcome to contact coeadvising@engr.wisc.edu with any questions or concerns.

Undergraduate Learning Center

  • Contact: ulc@engr.wisc.edu
  • All regular tutoring services including Drop-In tutoring, Tutoring by Request and PrEPS (InterEGR 150) will be offered as synchronous remote services. Additional workshops and tutorials such as MATLAB training, R training and vector reviews will be offered in synchronous and asynchronous formats. There are several new services planned for fall to help support students in this remote learning environment including math reviews, virtual study rooms and course review info sheets; details will be posted on our website as they become available. For more information see ulc.engr.wisc.edu, stop in at the ULC Concerns or Questions on Blackboard Collaborate, Mondays and Tuesdays, 4-6 PM (access through our website) or contact ulc@engr.wisc.edu.

If you are experiencing technology challenges, including hardware, software and network issues, we understand. First check https://outages.doit.wisc.edu/ if something is slow or not working properly.

If you continue to experience challenges, email helpdesk@cae.wisc.edu and we will follow up as soon as we can.

Student Services

How do I meet with my academic advisor?

All College of Engineering academic advising services are provided remotely. Advisors are available for remote appointments and by email. Use the Starfish app in your MyUW portal to make an appointment.  If you have a need that can be addressed over email, please email your academic advisor (preferred) or coeadvising@engr.wisc.edu. If you don’t know who your academic advisor is, you can find your academic advisor in your Student Center via the MyUW portal.

I’d like to add an additional major or a certificate:

Different majors and certificates have different requirements and declaration processes. Check Guide for admissions and declaration information.

  • Send your completed/approved major or certificate declaration form to engrugdeanadmin@engr.wisc.edu. You can submit a PDF, scanned form, or legible photo of the form
  • Additional majors and certificates are declared for students who have progressed in their major and are in good standing.
  • Questions? Email engrugdeanadmin@engr.wisc.edu

I’d like to add an option to my major (Aerospace Engineering, Construction Management, Environmental Engineering):

  • Send your completed/approved option declaration form to engrugdeanadmin@engr.wisc.edu
    • You can submit a PDF, scanned form, or legible photo of the form
  • Alternatively, you can work with your advisor and/or faculty advisor to generate an email chain that demonstrates your interest in declaring and faculty/advisor approval to add the option. This email chain should then be forwarded to engrugdeanadmin@engr.wisc.edu.
  • Major options are declared for students who have progressed in their major and are in good standing.
  • Questions? Email engrugdeanadmin@engr.wisc.edu

I want to use the tuition waiver for UW-Independent Learning coursework:

I’d like to make an enrollment change to a course I’m already enrolled in (e.g. add/remove honors, change variable credits):

I’d like to drop one of my courses:

I am taking fewer than 12 credits this semester or will be dropping below 12 credits, how do I request part-time permission?

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss academic implications of part-time permission
  • Review the part-time permission regulations (#9).
  • Students may face additional constraints with other offices on campus (International Student Services, Athletics, Financial Aid, etc.) please check with those offices as needed
  • Complete this web form to submit your request.
  • Questions? Email engrugdeanadmin@engr.wisc.edu

I’m considering withdrawing from the semester:

I missed the drop/withdrawal deadline. Is there anything that I can do?

Possibly, if the semester has not ended and you have not received any grades yet. As we all are navigating an uncertain and trying time we understand that there may be more extreme extenuating circumstances that students need to navigate. We have implemented a form for these late academic requests during the semester that serves as a way to collect information from students, then setting up a meeting with an Assistant Dean after students have completed the form. We will reach out to students to schedule the appointment after the completion of the form within 48-72 hours. Submitting a late request *is not* a guarantee that a student’s request will be granted. Click here to access the online late drop/withdrawal form.

I need to add a course late. I missed the deadline to add it on my own.

  • Use the course change request form through MyUW (especially for a course in the current term) and instructions to do this are well documented here: https://kb.wisc.edu/registrar/7700 (scroll down to Add a Class).
  • Email the resulting PDF to the course instructor that you are trying to add to get their permission and then forward that form (with electronic signature or email with instructor’s permission) to engrugdeanadmin@engr.wisc.edu.
  • Questions? Email engrugdeanadmin@engr.wisc.edu

Are ULC tutoring services available?

Yes, all ULC services are available; they are being offered in remote formats available through our website at ulc.engr.wisc.edu.

How will I access drop-in tutoring?

Drop-in Tutoring and (virtual) Study Space is accessible through a Canvas page linked to the ULC website (ulc.engr.wisc.edu).  The schedule for specific courses can also be found on the ULC website.

Can I come to Wendt for tutoring?

No. In accordance with COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines, tutoring and other academic supports will be offered in distance learning formats for Spring 2021.

I use the TBR (Tutoring by Request) program. How will I meet with my tutor?

You can schedule sessions through the same system as in the past (tbr.engr.wisc.edu).  You will receive an email when you schedule a session that will explain how to connect with your tutor.

I miss studying with my friends in Wendt.

Come to Drop-in Tutoring and Study Space on-line to meet with classmates and friends!  The schedule for specific courses and the access link can be found at ulc.engr.wisc.edu.

I have questions about other ULC programs or services.

Please talk with ULC staff at ULC Questions and Concerns held every Monday and Tuesday (connect through ulc.engr.wisc.edu) from 4-6 pm, or contact us at ulc@engr.wisc.edu and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Can I receive assistance with my job search – resume review, effective searching techniques, and interview preparation?

Yes. You may schedule an online or phone appointment with an ECS staff member using Starfish.  If you would just like a resume review, you may email it to ecs@engr.wisc.edu and it will be returned within 24 hours with feedback on how to make it more effective.

What will spring 2021 recruiting look like for full-time, co-op, and summer 2021 internships?

All career fairs for spring 2021 will be virtual through your Handshake app.  Students will need to register through the app to attend each of the events.  It is very important that your Handshake profile be updated with your graduation date since invitations will be based on major and graduation date.

How do I get in contact with Jeff Scholl?

Students should use Starfish to schedule meetings with LEED Scholars’ advisor Jeff Scholl. If you have a time-sensitive emergency, contact Jeff at jvscholl@wisc.edu or 608-263-5367.

Can I use the back room of the DAO?

Students who are part of DAO-affiliated organizations (LEED Scholars, SHPE, NSBE, SWE, QTE and AISES) will have access to Room 110, the back-room area of the DAO with a maximum of 2 people allowed in that space at a time.

Can I use the cubicle?

No, the cubicle in the back room is closed for student use at this time.

I used to be able to print in DAO, can I still do that?

The printer is in the back room of the DAO, and is available for use as supplies last. Please follow posted directions to connect to the printer and clean it before & after use.

Health and well-being: supporting yourself

At this time, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. Visit our Wellness and Well-being page for resources to support your mental, physical, and social wellness.