University of Wisconsin–Madison

Reimagining computer science education

When Adalbert Gerald Soosai Raj came to UW–Madison for a master’s degree in Computer Sciences, he was surprised by the number of questions in the classroom. Why, he wondered, was it so different than his native India, where conversations were one-way and students rarely asked questions? The possibilities Soosai Raj is exploring to that end promise new directions for computer science education.

Translating raw data into insight

Niko Escanilla was drawn from his background in mathematics to graduate study in artificial intelligence and machine learning because he was looking for a discipline that could be applied in real world and clinical settings. As a graduate student in Computer Sciences, Escanilla had the chance to put those techniques to work as a research assistant on a UW2020-funded project, assessing variables that can predict the risk of breast cancer.

Hmong PhD alum reflects on research, family pride

Pao Vue’s interest in animals and nature began at a young age, eventually leading him to UW–Madison.

As his career goals evolved – taking shape in environmental science and conservation – they set Vue on a journey that has made him one of the first Hmong Americans to receive a PhD in his field.

Fellowship connects STEM graduate students to public service with $500k NSF grant

A new initiative at UW–Madison will take an innovative approach to scientific training for graduate students by providing opportunities to incorporate long-term community engagement projects into their scientific areas of interest. The Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE), part of the Collaborative for Advancing Learning and Teaching, has been awarded nearly $500,000 by the National Science Foundation’s Innovations in Graduate Education program.

Florence Hsia joins the Graduate School as associate dean

A new face and a familiar one have joined the leadership team in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. Cynthia Czajkowski, professor of neuroscience in the School of Medicine and Public Health, has moved from interim to permanent status as the associate vice chancellor for research in the biological sciences. Florence Hsia, professor of history of science, has been appointed the associate vice chancellor for research in the arts and humanities.

$1 million in support for research, conference presentation travel available to graduate students this year

The 2018-19 Student Research Grants Competition (SRGC) is open now for UW–Madison graduate students seeking financial support to present at a conference or to travel and conduct research. For the upcoming academic year, the Graduate School received a generous allocation from the Vilas Trust, one of the primary supporters of the SRGC competition, providing over $1 million in travel funding for graduate students. It’s the largest allocation the Vilas Trust has ever provided the Graduate School for travel awards.

New position to support graduate students on campus

The Graduate School and Dean of Students Office are excited to announce a new shared position to support graduate students. Elaine Goetz-Berman is now serving as the Graduate Student Assistance Specialist, located in the Dean of Students Office. Her work will include providing graduate student support and assistance, acting as an advocate on behalf of graduate students, and providing outreach and assistance to the faculty and staff who support UW graduate students.