students standing in a prairie field

Biocore is UW Madison’s Honors biology program for undergraduate students who wish to discover and reach their academic potential within a small, supportive biology education program.  (click here to learn more)

News and Announcements

Biocore Fall 2021 Teaching Assistant Applications Now Available

  • To apply, download, and complete the Biocore Teaching Assistant Application
  • For consideration, return the completed application by email to Carol Borcherding at by April 5th, 2021

Biocore Fall/Winter 2020 Newsletter

Check out students’ at-home projects and in-person socially distanced research in the Biocore Prairie!

Biocore Applications for Fall 2021 now available!

CONGRATULATIONS to UW Madison/ Biocore Honors Certificate Graduates- Class of 2020! See new Wisconsin Honors Commencement for graduates’ photos and memories.

Congratulations Biocore Class of 2020! See graduation slideshow (5/1/20)

Biocore Newsletter Fall 2019! (12/11/19)

“The Observer” – Jaffna Mathiaparanam, Biocore’s new mural! (10/8/19)

Freshman Interest Group (FIGs) course “Becoming a Scientist: Doing Biology Research” taught by Biocore team this Fall 2019 (5/30/19)

Biocore 50th Anniversary– See prairie walk and open house slide shows. What a great celebration it was! (12/18/18)

See the Message Board! Biocore Alumni & Friends 50th Anniversary Greetings  – (5/15/18)

Biocore in the News!– Probing the ‘Why’ of Science (10/17/17)

What do students say?


Biocore Class of 2016
B.S. Biology with Neurobiology option, May 2017


Tong: “I really loved having the ability to do science and take ownership of projects.”

Sean: “For me, the big thing was getting to know the faculty really well and getting to know your fellow students.”

Biocore Class of 2014 (Sean) & 2015 (Tong)
Sean, B.S. Biochemistry, December 2014; Tong, B.S. Chemistry, May 2015