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.
For 34 years, the Knauss Fellowship has provided hundreds of the nation’s graduate students the opportunity to explore ocean, coastal and Great Lakes national policy decisions affecting freshwater and marine resources.
Sarah Wilkins is the 23rd fellow from Wisconsin to go to Washington, D.C., for a year, expense paid and a stipend provided. She takes the Knauss baton from her fellow UW-Madison student Jenn Phillips who will be concluding her stint in the office of the secretary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in January.
A team of UW-Madison researchers has induced human embryonic stem cells (hESC) to differentiate towards mature heart muscle cells, or cardiomyocytes, by seeding them onto micro-patterned growth templates or “features” (images above courtesy of Max Salick). 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. 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 the formation of toxic Chromium VI. Along with Patrick Gorski, the head of inorganic chemistry at the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene, she could be writing the measurement guide other scientists will use to track the metal in their own 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 best topics that include the design and management of social welfare programs, international currency and trade, analysis of the effects of welfare reform, determinants of health and health care reform, environmental regulation, public management and finance, Social Security, and science and technology. More »
Scientists in WID’s BIONATES research area work on creating scaffolds that stem cells can grow on to form body tissues and organs. Though the group has successfully used water-based gels as a foundation for tissue scaffolds, researchers have learned that stem cells need a vascular system that mimics what’s found in the human body in order to form tissues of a significant size. For humans, the vascular system includes your veins, arteries and capillaries — the conduits that carry oxygen and other nutrients to cells, as well as remove cell waste. In petri dishes without a vascular system, cells deep within these hydrogel scaffolds die rather than develop. This is where 3D printing has helped Jason McNulty, a graduate student who works in the lab of BIONATES researcher Randy Ashton. McNulty has used the Fab Lab 3D printers to create a mold (pictured above) that looks roughly like a grooved thimble and could be pressed into a hydrogel to imprint a grid-like vascular system pattern. When researchers pull out the mold and a tiny basket-like tool that guides the mold into the gel, a “well” is left behind, which could help to spatially organize the cells. More »
Alex Rivera: Artist in Residence at UW-Madison More »
When MFA student Paul Lorenz first encountered a 3D printing machine, he wasn’t especially impressed. Lorenz describes himself at the time as a “Luddite” who strongly preferred drawing and modeling by hand. Yet over time 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. A native of Janesville, Wisconsin, he has written for the History News Network, the Indiana Magazine of History, and the Wisconsin Magazine of History. Jesse is a committed cyclist who divides his time between Madison and Saint Louis. More »