UW–Madison student-advisor pair named to 2023 cohort of Gilliam fellows

PhD student Ryan Martinez and Assistant Professor Jake Brunkard have received the prestigious Gilliam Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Brunkard’s Genetics lab investigates how plant cells monitor their nutrient availability. Within that area, Martinez studies a family of plants native to Australia that grows particularly well in areas with fewer available nutrients.

Graduate Student Welcome Week 2023

Each fall, the Graduate School offers a lineup of events during the week or so before classes begin to welcome and help acclimate new graduate students to campus and to welcome back current graduate students.

Four UW–Madison initiatives funded through Partnership Program in Graduate Excellence

The UW–Madison Graduate School has selected four project teams to receive funding through the Partnership Program in Graduate Excellence to bolster partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The program, now in its second year, seeks to create long-term and mutually beneficial relationships between UW–Madison and MSIs in areas such as research collaboration, faculty professional development, and student and faculty exchange programs.

Wright wins Smithsonian fellowship for study of clothing made for disability in the post-war United States

British Vogue’s May 2023 issue prominently features stars with disabilities, centering its focus on accessibility in fashion and media. In publishing the issue, its editors asked, “We all engage with fashion, but does fashion engage with all of us?”

While that introduction frames the conversation around fashion and access as a new – and overdue – one for the magazine, Natalie Wright will tell you there is a much longer history of fashion designed by and for people with disabilities.

Twice a Badger, always a Badger: Spring grad Aly Pfaff reflects on her time at UW–Madison

Growing up in southwestern Wisconsin, Aly Pfaff always knew she wanted to attend UW–Madison for its strong academics and research opportunities. Now nearing commencement, when Pfaff will graduate with a master’s degree in Epidemiology, she has achieved that goal and gone above and beyond.

“I really wanted research opportunities and a great academic opportunity as well,” Pfaff said, “and I’ve really enjoyed my time here.”