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.
John Van Arsdale, a 3rd Year MFA Design Tech Grad Student at UW–Madison, has won the USITT KM Fabric Technical Productions award. The award celebrates his work as a Technical Director in the University Theater’s 2014 production, The Yellow Boat; American Players Theater production of The Doctor’s Dilemma in Spring Green; and the Four Seasons Theatre Company’s Kiss Me, Kate, which opened the newly renovated Wisconsin Union Theater last summer.
During these productions he focused on his rigging design, how elements were to be built, and producing drawings for the carpenters.
Commissioned by a consortium of bass trombones, the Kleinhammer Sonato by John Stevens is a significant entry into the bass trombone repertore. Mr. Stevens has been a prolific composer for brass, with over fifty original compositions to his credit.
This new work, organized by bass trombonist Alan Carr, is dedicated to the late Edward Kleinhammer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Emily Adams has been honored by the 2015 David and Edith Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts. The award provides support for women graduate students to facilitate the chance to present their work in a public forum. Photo credit – Emily Adams More »
Amanda Ochsner is a Ph.D. candidate at UW–Madison writing a dissertation about women and digital game design, and the reasons why so few women are game designers. In addition, she works with adolescent girls to get them interested in coding and game design early on. More »
Graduate Students in biomedical engineering (BME) at UW–Madison believe that community outreach is an important part of their academic experience. BME students like Kirby Campbell spend personal time outside of class or lab participating in events like Saturday Science at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), the biannual Wisconsin Engineering Expo and the Wisconsin Science Festival every fall. Student organizations like the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society for optics and photonics (SPIE) provide professional development for engineering and science students. Members of the UW–Madison chapters of these organizations are expected to engage in K-12 and community outreach. “Our students have far exceeded the expectations in carrying out these important service activities”, notes Paul Campagnola, faculty advisor for OSA and SPIE. More »
UW–Madison doctoral student, Sagan Friant, studies primates in Nigeria to better understand how different life stages and vulnerable groups respond to new health threats. Photo courtesy of CERCOPAN More »
Applying a similar approach to the 3-D printer, a group of University of Wisconsin–Madison students are commercializing a device that adds color to a printer that now dominates the market. Credit: David Tenenbaum, University Communications. Posted on 10/31/14 More »
Seven UW–Madison doctoral students earn the opportunity to conduct research abroad with grant money from the Fulbright awards. More »
The UW-Madison food science grad students spent the month of June zipping around the globe as part of the cast of the 25th edition of “The Amazing Race.” Photo courtesy of CBS More »
A new electric motor that uses a new principle for transforming electricity into rotary force is under development at C-Motive Technologies, a start-up business that is commercializing technology from the College of Engineering at UW-Madison. More »
In an essay published August 17 in The New York Times, Nelson Institute doctoral student Trish O’Kane shares how the avian life of New Orleans, and then Madison, taught her and her students a lesson in resilience. More »
MIGHTY MEALworm, led by UW-Madison students Rachel Bergmans and Valerie Stull, is a startup focused on producing edible mealworm protein powder to improve food security in parts of sub-Saharan Africa most affected by drought and climate change. Listen to their story:
A young business a University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student started, which links drivers with empty seats to people needing a ride between cities, is ready to launch a mobile app.
“Coride’s” roots trace back to an observation Fei Ma made after returning from a visit to Germany in 2012. More »
In performance, Yeaji Kim’s fingers send music smoothly from the keyboard to listeners’ ears. In practice, though, being visually-impaired made it difficult to discuss printed scores with her sighted teachers. Exploring possible solutions, she turned her personal project into a doctoral thesis that could help musicians around the world. Kim graduates with a DMA in piano performance in May 2014.
(Video produced by University Communications)
Emily Adams and Mali Mrozinski are graduate students studying design in the School of Human Ecology. They have backgrounds in fine art printmaking and painting, respectively, and are studying different aspects of textile design. Both were commissioned by the Chancellor’s office to redesign the commencement flags for each of the twelve schools and colleges.
Doing a postdoc abroad is a big decision. After completing her Ph.D. studies in 2011 at Météo-France, the French national meteorological service, Anne-Sophie Daloz accepted a postdoc position at UW-Madison’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) where she has continued her research on tropical cyclones and climate change.
A team of UW-Madison researchers has induced human embryonic stem cells (hESC) to differentiate towards mature heart muscle cells, by seeding them onto micro-patterned growth templates(images above courtesy of Max Salick). Listen to the interview with Max Salick, PhD student & first author of the paper:
Backed by UW Sea Grant, Evan Murdock, a graduate student at UW-Madison,will use a concept called storm transposition to show Wisconsin communities why they may want to invest in climate change resilience. More »
Zana Sijan, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in environmental chemistry, conducts reactor experiments on Wisconsin groundwater samples to determine the factors that lead to toxic Chromium VI formation. She alongside Patrick Gorski, head of inorganic chemistry at the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene, could be writing the measurement guide to track the metal in other states. More »
Ambalika (Rika) Khadria, a doctoral candidate in biochemistry, found the right moves to demonstrate her methods for exploring the proteins key to cell division in bacteria, choreographing a winning entry in the 2013 Dance Your Ph.D. contest sponsored by Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. More »
La Follette School faculty, alumni, students, and staff extend the practice of the Wisconsin Idea across the state and around the world through research and outreach. More »
Aaron Olson, Ph.D. candidate, is the 2013-2014 Dr. Laurel Salton Clark Memorial Graduate Fellow, as named by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, and a graduate student in Fusion Technology Institute of the UW-Madison Engineering Physics department. He is researching the acquisition of lunar resources for power generation and life support purposes. More »
When MFA student Paul Lorenz first encountered a 3D printing machine, he wasn’t especially impressed. Yet he watched his architectural school classmates print objects that would otherwise be impossible or impractical to construct, and Lorenz became preoccupied with the idea of physical creations informed — but not limited — by numerical data. More »
When “Snow Fall” went live on The New York Times’ website on Dec. 20, 2012, the online world went wild. Meet Jeremy White, (MS’09, Cartography and Geographic Information Systems), a Ph.D. student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Geography, who was behind the breathtaking 3-D flyover maps in the piece. More »
Jesse J. Gant is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with research interests in nineteenth-century United States history. More »