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.￬
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).
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.
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
Kelly Hiser, who completed a doctorate in historical musicology spring 2015, is helping libraries to efficiently collect, license and share music with communities.
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.
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.
Nicky Bowman’s passion and determination to improve education for indigenous students drove her to earn a Ph.D. at UW-Madison.
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.
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.