The University of Wisconsin-Madison is trying to help freshmen studying the biological sciences make it through their year of rigorous course work.
Institute for Biology Education interim director Janet Branchaw said the students are faced with difficult foundation courses, including math and chemistry and may not get to take a biology class until the second semester or even second year.
That's why the university has opened BioHouse, a residential learning `community' that provides support to the new students. BioHouse has biology-themed social activities and seminars on cutting-edge bioscience research and career opportunities.
Branchaw said BioHouse can help students keep their enthusiasm for science. BioHouse is the university's 10th residential learning community.