University of Wisconsin–Madison

Graduate student profile: Morales facilitates exchange among Indigenous peoples

The way Reynaldo A. Morales tells it, his research is the story of knowledge, and the peoples who have preserved complex ways of knowing how to communicate with Earth.

A joint PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Morales explores Indigenous knowledge systems, and how their exchange is essential to sustainability around the world.

How human interactions with autonomous vehicles affect safety

The idea of riding an autonomous shuttle around campus on the regular seems closer to reality after the Wisconsin Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds shuttle demonstrations last week. But before autonomous vehicles can become mainstream, the people who will commute in them have to be comfortable with the technology.

For graduate student Hannah Silber, that entails closing the gap between an autonomous vehicle’s “brain” and the human one.

Astronomy master’s student launches career in science writing with prestigious communication programs

Erika K. Carlson thrives on the sense of wonder that comes along with learning about the universe.

The self-described science nerd is fascinated with the wild and weird phenomena scientists are exploring in physics and astronomy, and she wants to share them with the world.

“I’ve loved the fact that as a science student and as a graduate student researcher, my job has basically been to learn about cool science things full-time,” Carlson said. “I want as many people as possible to get to experience this, at least a little bit.”

Graduate students honored with Peer Mentor Awards

By Meghan Chua Five UW–Madison graduate students were recognized for stellar mentorship qualities, receiving a Peer Mentor Award at the Bucky Awards Sunday. Graduate Peer Mentor Awards, sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Diversity, …

Graduate students create connections through Badgerloop

Badgerloop is the UW–Madison team competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competitions. The team is currently gearing up for the third iteration of the competition, which tests the speed teams can achieve with their hyperloop pods, and will reveal its latest pod design on Thursday, April 19 in Union South. Here are how two current graduate students have been involved in Badgerloop.

McNair Program jumpstarts undergraduate student’s research

When Liliana Lule started college, she didn’t know she wanted to conduct her own research. Now, the UW–Madison senior is preparing to present on her latest project during Research in the Rotunda at the Wisconsin State Capitol before continuing her research as a graduate student.

Lule, who is a scholar in the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, will be among the UW System students presenting on Wednesday, April 11 at Research in the Rotunda, the annual showcase of outstanding undergraduate researchers.

UW–Madison students awarded prestigious NSF fellowships

Twenty-six students from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, including 18 graduate students, have been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

The NSF fellowship program selects high-potential scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers, providing awardees with support for graduate research training in STEM fields.

PhD student’s research investigates native bee habitats in urban areas

While pollination ecologists around the world study how declines in habitat and emerging diseases affect bees, researcher Vera Pfeiffer is looking for attributes of systems that can sustain these and other native pollinators in places with a large human footprint.

“There’s evidence that cities can support very diverse pollinators,” said Pfeiffer, a PhD student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies’ Landscape Conservation Lab at UW–Madison.