Share your CALS experience by becoming a CALS Ambassador

With over 3,200 undergraduate students in 24 majors, top-notch researchers, an engaged student body, and so much more, it’s no doubt that the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences is a special place for current students and alumni alike.

As a CALS Ambassador, you can help take the CALS brand to the corners of our state and beyond. With financial support from WALSAA, the college’s alumni association, CALS Ambassadors volunteer to assist with a variety of outreach functions including meeting with prospective students and families, representing CALS at college fairs and industry events, and interacting with alumni. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to make connections that will last beyond your time at UW.

Requirements of Ambassadors

  • Attend Ambassador training and orientation activities | typically the week before classes start
  • Volunteer at WALSAA Fire-Up Event | September football game
  • Lead tours at CALS Visit Days | Attend 1 of 2 per semester
  • Attend monthly meeting | Typically the 4th Wednesday of the month, final date will be set at orientation meeting
  • Attend calling nights | 1-2 per semester
  • Host CALS booth at various events, as available | World Dairy Expo in Madison, others TBD
  • Serve on a standing committee
  • Participate in outreach efforts to high school students
  • Be available to give campus tours
  • Assist with CALS college events as available
  • Represent CALS in a professional manner at all functions

Opportunities for Ambassadors

  • Develop valuable connections in industry through alumni interaction
  • Help students and families explore UW-Madison
  • Interact with other student leaders in CALS
  • Improve communication and public speaking skills


  • Be a full-time UW-Madison student enrolled in CALS
  • Have and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Agree to the Ambassador attendance policy outlined below:
    • Ambassadors must attend all meetings as well as events and tours for which they have volunteered
    • If an Ambassador must miss a meeting, the secretary must be notified 24 hours in advance
    • If an Ambassador can no longer attend a tour or other event, the secretary, advisor, and event organizer must be contacted as soon as possible, minimally 24 hours in advance
    • Failure to meet these requirements or fulfill other Ambassador obligations will results in review by the officer board with possible removal from the Ambassador team

Selection Process

The selection committee will consider each applicant on an individual basis. Record of past leadership, public speaking ability, diversity of experiences, and more will be considered.   University email will be the official mode of communication utilized throughout the selection process.

Application  Procedure

  • Complete the online application found at:
  • The application asks for written responses (of no more than 200 words) to the four questions shared below and requests that you attach a current resume.
  • Online applications must be completed by March 29, 2016.
  • Please direct application questions to Cindy Fendrick, or 608-262-3003
  • Selected applicants will be asked to attend a brief on-campus interview with the selection committee in April 2016.

Online application question prompts are:

  1. Tell us about yourself. How did you choose your major and why did you pursue it in CALS?
  1. Why are you interested in representing CALS?
  1. If you were speaking with a prospective student, what three things would you highlight about CALS and/or your major?
  1. Please rank order your leadership involvement and research commitments for 2015-16 with 1 being the most time consuming and so on.  Provide an approximate number of weekly hours you intend to invest in each commitment.