Ann Burgess on An Undergraduate Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison
  Ann Burgess     Biography    
Recorded: 29 Apr 2005

I always liked science, and when I got to the University of Wisconsin I knew I was going to major in some kind of science and I really liked chemistry and I took the course that chemistry majors take and it was taught by the most wonderful faculty member. His name was Harvey Sorum, just a wonderful teacher. I got very excited about it. He had a very big influence on my career, I’m sure. He continued to be a friend.

I remember when I graduated he invited me and my parents to his house for lunch after graduation. When we ended up back in Madison, we continued to be friends. He was emeritus by then, but he had an office in the chemistry building which was right across the street from Noland [Hall] where I was working so we would see each other occasionally.

Ann Burgess is the Director Emeritus of the Biology Core Curriculum. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from UW-Madison and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University. She was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 2002.

Biology Core Curriculum is four semester intercollege honors program that provides a broad and integrated background for students interested in any field of biological science. She is interested in undergraduate science education with a particular accent on laboratory and filed experiences that absorb students in process of science.

Ann Burgess is running in several UW-Madison and national efforts to advance science education, including the BioQUEST Consortium and the National Institute of Science Education's College Level One team.