Study of high-energy particles leads PhD student Alex Wang to Department of Energy national lab

PhD student Alex Wang was named an outstanding graduate student in the Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program. Through the program he will have a chance to aid in the search for evidence of an extremely rare case where two Higgs boson particles appear at the same time, called di-Higgs production.

PhD student-advisor pairs awarded HHMI Gilliam Fellowships for research, inclusion initiatives

Two student-advisor pairs at UW–Madison have received Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). HHMI Gilliam Fellowships have a twofold mission: to support underrepresented PhD students to pursue scientific research and to foster more inclusive academic environments at institutions that are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

Using ‘living fossils’, graduate student investigates evolution and antibiotic resistance

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.