BADGRS fosters supportive community through student-led discussions

Brilliant and Diverse Graduate Research Scholars (BADGRS) is a discussion space for grad students, postdocs, and other trainees. The graduate students at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery who founded the group want to destigmatize conversations about mental health. BADGRS@WID meets monthly to discuss well-being topics such as work/life balance, mentor and mentee relationships, interpersonal dynamics, and social isolation.

Graduate student studies how snake fungal disease could spread

While scientists have studied the symptoms and behavior of snakes infected with snake fungal disease, few studies looked at whether the fungal pathogen responsible could spread to other species. That was the central question for Savannah Gentry, a botany PhD student in Anne Pringle’s lab, who wanted to find out whether snake fungal disease could affect other reptiles.

Employment policy for research assistants available

Employment policy for research assistants (RAs) has been added to Graduate Assistantship Policies and Procedures (GAPP). Published in May 2019 with initial focus on teaching assistantships (TA) and project assistantships (PA), GAPP outlines policies for appointment letters, orientation and training, leave benefits, grievance procedure, and more.

Q&A with Sally Rohrer, District 8 Alder

Sally Rohrer is a graduate student at the La Follette School of Public Affairs studying tax and economic policy. In early November, Rohrer was appointed to an open seat on Madison’s City Council as alder for District 8, which includes much of the UW–Madison campus. Rohrer will serve until the April election.

Dairy science research aims to mitigate low calcium levels in cows

Dairy cows usually experience their lowest calcium levels in the first day or two after giving birth. As cows rapidly produce milk to feed the calf, low calcium levels in their bloodstreams can lead to a disease known as milk fever. Researchers at the UW–Madison Department of Dairy Science are exploring methods for regulating cows’ calcium levels in the days after calving, aimed at improving cow health.

Student’s MBA education helps MIA project see patterns among the missing

When service members have gone missing around the globe, and when pieces of information about their life or disappearance are scattered, where do you start to bring someone home?

U.S. Army Captain Christopher Zaczyk, a second-year MBA student at the Wisconsin School of Business, starts with making sense of the information they have, and bringing it to a level where people can interact with it.

The UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project (UW MIA RIP) partners with the federal government to investigate cases of those who have gone missing during service and advance their recovery efforts.

How grad students developed a toxicology class taught thousands of miles away

There are plenty of teaching opportunities on a large campus like UW–Madison, but one group of grad students has expanded their reach across continents with a newly developed course. Graduate students in the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Program developed a core curriculum in toxicology, designed for students with varying levels of chemistry knowledge, that recently completed its first run at the University of Sierra Leone.

Symposium to celebrate 10 years of the Bouchet Society at UW–Madison

The UW–Madison chapter of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society is turning 10 this year, marking the first decade of the scholarly network’s presence on campus. To celebrate, the chapter will host a symposium Nov. 15 featuring a keynote speaker, poster sessions, and a reception. Events are free and open to members of the campus community and the public.