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.

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

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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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ART


UW-Madison sculptor receives recognition

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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

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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

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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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SOCIAL SCIENCE


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

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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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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


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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Wisconsin’s Pine Barrens Disappear

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UW–Madison botany graduate student, Daijiang Li, coauthored a study with Professor Donald Waller outlining the factors driving a deep shift in the increasingly rare plant communities that once inhabited the Central Wisconsin pine barrens. Among these factors is a lack of fires.


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A Modern Approach to Tracking Rehabilitation Efforts

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Jackie Edmunds is a UW–Madison graduate student, using GPS to track the success of rehabilitated birds after they are released. She works at the Dane County Humane Society’s Four Lakes Wildlife Center while pursuing a master’s degree in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development.


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EDUCATION


Designing a virtual learning environment

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Golnaz Arastoopour loves to study games, but in her work for the Epistemic Games Group, she’s all business.


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

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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

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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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BIOTECHNOLOGY


David Duncan Finds Quirk & Charisma in Microbes

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As a doctoral student in agronomy at UW–Madison, David studies microbes in soil, which have the ability to filter the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, into nitrogen. Duncan believes his research can help scientists predict the environmental effects of different biofuel cropping systems in changing climates across the world.


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HOW TO GROW MATURE HEART CELLS

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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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