Mengyao Niu, a PhD graduate in Microbiology from UW–Madison, is among this year’s cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows. The prestigious program seeks to develop the next generation of scientific leaders addressing the world’s most pressing problems.
Sociology PhD student Benny Witkovsky has been selected as a Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Distinguished Thesis Award winner for 2021 in the Social and Behavioral Sciences category for his thesis, “The Local Periphery: Small Cities and The Politics of Exclusion.”
All gardeners know what it’s like to try and weed a garden. Even when you keep up with it, sometimes you miss a root or a seed, and the weeds grow back.
As it turns out, this experience applies not only to human gardeners but also to a type of ant that farms its own garden of fungus.
PhD candidate Kirsten Gotting studies evolutionary biology and fungus-growing ants as a member of the Currie Lab in the Department of Bacteriology and the Genetics Training Program. The Currie Lab’s collection of leaf-cutter ants, one of many types of fungus-growing ant, offers a window into the relationships between the ants, the fungus, and other pathogens and bacteria.
PhD candidate Isabel Anadon has received a prestigious fellowship from the American Bar Foundation to support her research on immigration policy and criminal law. Anadon is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and a fellow with the UW Justice Lab.
Ten scholars have been inducted into the UW–Madison chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The Bouchet Honor Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence at doctoral education and the professoriate.
Outstanding graduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have been selected as recipients of the 2020 Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant Awards for excellence in teaching and instructional continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dozens of UW–Madison students are among this year’s recipients of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. UW–Madison graduate students received more GRFP awards in total than all but 20 institutions nationwide and all but seven public institutions.
Two recent PhD alumni have received fellowships from the Graduate School to further the research topics they focused on in their dissertations. This coming year, the Markham fellowship will support recent UW–Madison PhD graduates Sara Farsiu and Kathryn Mara.
A series of online graduate student groups focusing on topics like prelim preparation, the job market, and work-life balance is giving graduate students a chance to connect with others outside of their program and feel a sense of shared experience during a year that many find isolating.
Due to budget challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s minimum stipend rates for graduate assistants and fellows will remain unchanged for the 2021-22 academic year.