The Chinese New Year zodiac is made up of 12 animals, each used to represent years. Zodiac signs play an integral part in Chinese culture and can be used to determine your fortune for the year, marriage compatibility, career fit, best times to have a baby and so much more!
Each animal has different characteristics associated with it, and it is believed that people born in a specific year possess some of the characteristics of the animal for that year.
In order, the 12 animals of the zodiac are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat (sometimes interchangeable with sheep), monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
Take a look at the chart above to find your zodiac animal! Courtesy of Professor Hongming Zhang.
A Happy New Year message courtesy of Professor Jaerin Ahn's Sixth Semester Korean class!
ALC Student Highlights
ALC congratulates two of our undergraduate students who have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa.
Allison Hesselberg, Chinese and Theater & Drama major with East Asian Studies certificate
Erin Nauman, Chinese and Legal Studies major
Phi Beta Kappa is one of the highest honors bestowed upon exceptional undergraduate Letters & Science scholars. Upon faculty review of these students' academic record Erin and Allison were elected for membership by the UW-Madison chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and recognized as outstanding students in the Chinese program. Congratulations!
The meals will be frozen so that students can heat and eat when they are ready.
The meals will be distributed at Memorial Union on 2/23, 2/24 & 2/25. Students are asked to select their meal option as well as the date and time to pick up.
1 meal per student and they must show their Badger Badge.
Meals will go fast but they will do this again in March and April.
These meals are provided by generous donors to the Wisconsin Union’s Annual Fund.
ALC Language Tables
Chinese tables are virtual this semester. What is Chinese Table? Glad you asked -- Chinese Table is a platform for Chinese enthusiasts, students, and native speakers to converse in mandarin and learn from each other! "Rooms" will be split into beginner, intermediate, and advanced proficiency so all are welcome. Plus, if you're in a Chinese language class, you will earn extra credit! Chinese tables will be held from 4:30-5:30 pm Central Time every Friday.
Already an expert or a native Chinese speaker? Come and help -- we're always looking for volunteers!
Tuesdays, Feb 23rd, March 23rd, April 20th at 11 am CST
Have you been feeling lately like it's hard to get involved? Hard to connect with your peers? Hard to find leadership opportunities in your major? Asian Languages and Council undergraduate council is an inclusive and welcoming space where you can get involved with our departments team! We value your ideas, perspectives, and feedback! We encourage you to engage with us and help us make this the best ALC department we can possibly be! Join us for an informal chat with students across programs and language interests.
2021 Asian Studies Student Symposium Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5-6:30 pm
We welcome advanced undergraduate students in the Asian Languages & Cultures, Chinese or Japanese major; Chinese or Japanese Professional Communication certificate programs; and dedicated students in our Asian language courses to share their experiences in our virtual showcase! Talk to your faculty, instructor, or advisors in ALC about what YOU could do to exhibit and show off your skills and knowledge in our ALC annual spring event!
Panel Discussion to hear from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who also served as AmeriCorps Volunteers
Friday, February 19
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern)
Join us at this panel discussion to hear from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who also served as AmeriCorps Volunteers. Discover the benefits of service from returned Volunteers. Learn about the challenging, rewarding and inspirational moments from service. Ask questions about service and gain tips to guide you through the application process. Follow the link to REGISTER!
The 4W Initiative is hiring an undergraduate student to be our 4W Event Planning & Development Intern! The role is ideal for someone interested in event planning, development and fundraising, and nonprofit management. This position will be remote for Spring 2021 with potential for in-person work in the summer and 2021-22 academic year. Applications are due by Sunday, February 21st.
A detailed position description is attached and linked here. Information can also be found on the Home & Internships page of our 4W website (www.4w.wisc.edu).
Have you been thinking about completing the UW-Madison Leadership Certificate? The Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) would like to invite all UW-Madison students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) who are interested in learning more about the Leadership Certificate to attend one of three upcoming virtual Informational Sessions.
The Orientation format will be a general overview geared toward students who are just beginning the Leadership Certificate application process. Through interactive group work we will discuss questions you may have about your specific leadership experiences.
Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) is now accepting applications for 14 leadership positions to lead the student programming board on campus.
With 11 committees and the Wisconsin Hoofers, we provide our fellow Badgers with numerous opportunities to plan and promote a diverse array of events and experiences for the campus and Madison community.
• 11 Director positions—Applications due Friday, Feb. 26th
Compensation is provided for WUD leaders and the amount varies based on position.
Sophomore Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff during summer 2021 or the 2021-22 academic year. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs. At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2021, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.
Public Humanities Exchange for Undergraduates (HEX-U) is a public humanities grant that provides training, mentoring, and funding for UW-Madison undergraduates as they plan and implement creative, humanities-inspired projects in the local community. The program creates a bridge for the students to collaborate with a community partner (public library, museums, schools, non-governmental organizations, community centers, etc.) to execute projects that identify and respond to community needs. Each student or team of students receive a $600 stipend award, up to $2000 in project funds, and mentorship from staff. The spring application deadlines are February 4 and March 25.
The L&S SOAR team seeks applications and nominations for SOAR 2021 peer advisors
We welcome applications from all students with an intended or declared L&S major. We seek to build a peer advising team that is diverse, inclusive, and representative of our undergraduate students in L&S and who can work with students from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Applications are due by 11:59 PM Central Time on March 1, 2021.
At this virtual panel event, you’ll learn from professionals who work in different areas of diplomacy, both in the United States and abroad. Get insights on what these jobs look like, application strategies, and networking tips to get into this field. Participating professionals will be from the Diplomatic Security Service and Foreign Service under the U.S. Department of State and USAID.
Federal Reserve Board, Career & Internship Webinar – All Majors -- University of Wisconsin Madison
The Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, provides the nation with a safe, flexible and stable monetary and financial system. We represent the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, an independent federal agency, based in Washington, DC. Join us at one of four webinars to learn about careers at the Board!
The area and international studies centers of the Institute for Regional and International Studies are each awarding up to $1,000 (actual award amounts vary) to the best paper/s and projects written by an undergraduate and focused on their respective world regions.
To be eligible you must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at the UW-Madison.
The paper must be/have been submitted to fulfill a UW-Madison course or thesis requirement during the 2020-2021 academic year (Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 terms).
Submissions must substantially address issues related to the world region of the center you are submitting to; papers submitted to the Institute for Regional and International Studies should have a trans-regional focus.
The Society for Asian Music is pleased to announce this year’s small grant program to support research in Asian music. There will be up to two small grants dedicated to full-time graduate students and, on a trial basis, one additional small grant available for independent scholars and/or contingent faculty who are otherwise ineligible for institutional research funding.
Grants will range from $2000-$4000 and are available for the period from May 2021 - May 2022. For more information, click here.
Proposal deadline: March 1, 2021.
Job Positions for Graduate Students remote work at SOAR
The Office of Undergraduate Advising is hiring five UW-Madison graduate students to work as remote Graduate Advisors during Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) during Summer 2020. SOAR Graduate Advisors will be trained to work with one or several offices that advise incoming undergraduate first-year and transfer students at SOAR. Applicants of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, cities/states/countries of origin, and academic interests are invited and encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is February 27, 2021.
Graduate students can learn more and apply through the Student Job Center using job #497141 or using this link.
Please direct any questions about this position to Jen Walsh, Assistant Director for Summer Advising Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of these $3,000 awards is to support graduate students at the UW-Madison planning to conduct 6 or more weeks of summer fieldwork outside of the United States.
Any continuing graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may apply for these awards.
The deadline to submit completed applications is Monday, March 1, 2021 by 10 am.
Questions about the IRIS Summer Fieldwork Award should be directed to Mark Lilleleht by email at email@example.com or phone at 608.265.6070. Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship Announcement
The Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) Fellowship is now accepting applications from graduate students for Summer 2021 awards.
Two different types of awards are given annually:
- International Internship Fellowships to support graduate students interested in undertaking practitioner internships abroad
- Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students planning to conduct preliminary dissertation field research
The program is open to graduate students of any nationality enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, planning to spend 8-10 weeks in the field, and whose work includes a social justice component (see webpage for additional information). Award amounts vary year-to-year and depending on time spent abroad and destination. The average award has been $4,500 over the last three years.
Students enrolled in terminal master's degree programs are not eligible for either SKJ award.
The deadline to submit completed applications is Monday, March 1, 2021 by 10 am.
Complete details on the application requirements are available online at:
The Fulbright-Hays DDRA funds doctoral candidates (US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents) to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. The grant does not fund research whose focus is on Western European countries (though it does allow & fund research visits to western European countries that are part of a larger project focused elsewhere).
For 2021 there are two areas identified as competitive preference priorities: projects that use the Less Commonly Taught Languages (defined as "any modern foreign language except French, German, or Spanish"); and projects conducted in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computer science, education (comparative or international), international development, political science, public health, or economics.
Applications outside those competitive priorities are welcome and encouraged.
We will offer an information session (and technical review) on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 pm via Teams. Interested students must register for the session by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply to Graduate
The “apply for graduation” action notifies your school/college that you plan to complete your degree requirements in a specific term. This allows the staff of your school/college to begin evaluating your degree accomplishments in preparation for graduation.
You will be able to apply for graduation in a term any time before the degree conferral date, at which point a term will be removed from the options. Contact your academic dean's office if you have missed the deadline.
If you want your name in the commencement program, you need to apply for graduation before the deadline announced by the Chancellor’s Office.
Graduate students who apply will still need to contact their major program to request a degree warrant from the Graduate School on their behalf.
Graduate students may review all degree dates and deadlines here.
You may change your graduation term/commencement date after initially applying, but keep note of the deadlines mentioned above. Click here for more information.
More information about what is visible on your diploma can be reviewed here.
To send items for the next ALC e-news please email: Rachel Weiss
Undergraduate Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
(608) 890-0138 E-mail: email@example.com