Pandemic can’t keep student from bringing MFA show to public

UW–Madison graduate student Guzzo Pinc’s MFA show this spring was to represent the culmination of three years of work in the graduate painting program. But, just two weeks before his show was scheduled, UW–Madison announced alternate delivery modes for classes and canceled in-person events due to growing public health concerns about COVID-19.

Despite the initial shock and a feeling of “despair,” Pinc became determined to find a way to bring his exhibition — “EGGS: A Grand Scale Painting Comedy” — into public view.

UW–Madison graduate programs receive high rankings

UW–Madison graduate programs are once again ranked among the nation’s best in the 2021 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools. “Our graduate programs feature top-tier faculty, encourage a spirit of scholarly collaboration, and prepare students to be leaders in their fields,” says Graduate School Dean William J. Karpus.

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.