Our philosophy is clear and time-tested: The creation of new knowledge through research depends on educational excellence and graduate education is perfected through research. Our graduate students, and the work they do, illustrate this synergistic relationship. This Wisconsin tradition is built on a foundation of world-class faculty, diverse students determined to succeed, research innovation and facilities and programs second to none. This page is dedicated to telling the stories of our many successful graduate students.


Weaving Women’s Voices Across Generations


Weaving Women’s Voices Across Generations, is a UW-Madison project which brought together female Hmong-American students and older Hmong women. More »


The Intersection of the awe-inspiring and the subtle


Painter Melanie Treuhaft works with projected light and painted materials to add dimension to her art. More »

UW-Madison sculptor receives recognition


UW-Madison alumnus Gabe Strader-Brown has been awarded the International Sculpture Center’s prestigious Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2015.

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Bringing Artists and Engineers Together


Donald Stone, chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UW–Madison wanted to know what happens when engineering and arts students combine their skills and expertise, working together on a highly-involved design project, such as building a fountain.

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Kill the Idiot, Save the Fan


Working with glass and neon, Rory Erler Wakemup draws on his Native American culture, his own experience in the Lakota Sun Dance ceremony, pop culture, and humor to make and perform art with a strong message.He is the winner of the 2015 Chazen Museum Prize to an outstanding MFA student. His reception will be May 14, 5:30–7 p.m., at Paige Court. Photo courtesy of the artist

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Communicating Science

The Communicating Science initiative aims to train the next generation of scientists how to talk and write about their research. More »

Startup helps public libraries share creative work

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Kelly Hiser, who completed a doctorate in historical musicology spring 2015, is helping libraries to efficiently collect, license and share music with communities.

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From Family Tragedy to Occupational Therapy


After suffering a traumatic brain injury, Tabea Elias was put into a coma. Her husband Ted became her primary caregiver and ignited a passion for helping others. Now Ted works towards a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

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Fossils lead to dramatic discovery


A team of international scientists, including UW-Madison paleoanthropologist John Hawks, discover a new species, Homo Naledi. Photo: John Hawks. More »

UW researchers bring geothermal energy to rural Wisconsin


Graduate student of geological engineering at UW–Madison help to install geothermal system in rural Wisconsin to heat and cool Wisconsin homes. Photo courtesy: Eleanor Bloom (left) James Tinjum (right) More »

UW–Madison grad student wins HHMI international fellowship


Graduate Student Yei Hwan Jung has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellow. Photo: 2014 Qualcomm Innovation Prize winners. Credit – Brett Stepanik More »


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To reduce Madison’s carbon emissions, UW–Madison students proposed transit-oriented city development around a bus rapid transit system. Combining public transportation with a bike-share system for the “last mile connection” between the home, bus stop and office may make commuting by bus more appealing. Photos:Jeff Miller (left) Phil Roeder (right).

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UW–Madison students estimate the cost of Wisconsin’s clean drinking water


UW-Madison graduate students recently helped the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin estimate the amount of “embodied energy” (left, photo courtesy of Google Maps) (center, photo by Jeff Miller, UW-Madison) and Milwaukee (right, photo courtsey of Wikipedia).

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Aircraft instrument maker is flying high

On April 20, 2015, a worker solders a circuit board in a research and development facility at Astronautics Corporation of American, an aviation instrument manufacturer in Milwaukee, Wis. The family company was founded in 1959 by Nate Zelazo -- who holds a 1957 master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison -- and continues to employee a number of UW-Madison graduates. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

UW-Madison graduate alumnus succeeds in the high-tech business of selling electronic instruments to aircraft makers.

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GERS students bring science and engineering to underrepresented grad students


GERS students make an impact on the science education of underrepresented students in graduate education. Photo courtesy College of Engineering External Relations. More »

Ph.D. fueled by desire to improve education for indigenous students


Nicky Bowman’s passion and determination to improve education for indigenous students drove her to earn a Ph.D. at UW-Madison.

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Three Perspectives on Mentoring


From Assistant Professor Jennifer Schomaker, to Graduate Student Ryan Van Hoveln, to undergraduate Gabriel Le Gros, the legacy of learning, teaching and mentoring doesn’t stop with them. See how they have been able to exceed expectations in the research lab.

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A team of UW-Madison researchers has induced human embryonic stem cells (hESC) to differentiate toward mature heart muscle cells, or cardiomyocytes, by seeding them onto micro-patterned growth templates or “features”. Working in laboratories in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the researchers focused on finding the pattern, including the right size scale, that suits the human stem cells. “Our hypothesis was that if we could control the cell shape and how they bind to their surroundings using this micropatterning, we could coax them into forming more aligned, structurally sound fibrous structures that are more relevant in the heart,” says Max Salick, a PhD student in materials science at UW-Madison and first author of the paper published in Biomaterials journal.

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