2022 Recipients of Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Support announced

Two dedicated UW–Madison staff members have been awarded the Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Support. The award is a collaboration between the Graduate School and the Office of Undergraduate Advising. The awardees were recognized at a ceremony May 16.

2022 awardees:

Caitlin Collies

Caitlin ColliesCaitlin grew up in Madison and was then an undergraduate student here at UW majoring in Zoology and psychology. She then went to work for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a Fisheries Technician. After many years of working in trout streams, she decided to return to UW–Madison as an admissions counselor. It was a short stay in admissions before finding Agronomy. She now works with graduate students in Agronomy, Agroecology and Plant Breeding Plant Genetics. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, fishing, camping, and hiking.

From the nominators: “Caitlin’s combination of work ethic, enthusiasm, creative energy, and warm personality is a very rare find. We would classify her as one of the best and brightest that UW-Madison has to offer across all staff positions.”

Terra Theim

Terra TheimTerra Theim is the Graduate Program Manager for the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program (MDTP). After completing her PhD in UW–Madison’s Botany Department in 2006, Terra taught at Edgewood College until 2019 when she took her current position in MDTP. Terra loves working with the brilliant graduate students and is grateful to the supportive faculty and wonderful working environment in the program.

From the nominators: “Terra is the complete package and our program would not be where it is if it were not for her efforts. She is the glue that keeps us together and the guiding light that keeps us on track.”