By Meghan Chua
Amidst a changing environment in graduate education, UW–Madison has prioritized collecting outcomes data from its master’s and doctoral graduates and sharing those stories with the campus community.
While traditionally, graduate education has prepared students for careers in the academy, today’s graduate students seek to enhance their skills for a variety of career fields both inside and outside of institutions of higher education.
The Graduate School’s newly redesigned alumni career paths webpage showcases alumni across different careers in academia, business and industry, government, nonprofits, and more.
In sharing alumni stories, the Graduate School seeks to inspire students with what is possible after earning a graduate degree from UW–Madison, and to give them advice from individuals who have been in their shoes on how to reach their career goals.
The collection showcases stories such as:
- Adam Schneider (Doctor of Nursing Practice), who used the knowledge he gained in graduate school to help UW Organ and Tissue Donation streamline the donation process
- Chantell Evans (PhD, neuroscience), who became one of the first Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Hanna Gray Fellows and is a postdoc at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
- Fernanda Lopes (PhD, dairy science), who took on the challenge of expanding an animal feed nutrition company’s ruminant business into a new area in South America.
The page also highlights information about doctoral alumni career outcomes UW–Madison has gathered through its partnership in the Council of Graduate Schools’ Understanding PhD Career Pathways project. Prospective and current students can use the alumni career profiles and the data from the pathways project to make informed decisions and better plan for their professional and career development.