Conference brings conversation on graduate careers to Madison

UW–Madison will continue to lead the national conversation on graduate careers this month when it hosts the Graduate Career Consortium’s annual conference.

The conference, held June 26-29, brings together more than 200 deans, directors, program managers, and career advisors from the U.S. and Canada to share best practices for graduate student and postdoctoral scholar professional development.

Training to Lead: New program supports graduate students to be leaders in combatting inequality

A new training program at UW–Madison is bringing graduate students from three departments together in a cohort to become leaders, teachers, and researchers on race, ethnicity, and inequality in education. 

The program, which launches in fall supported by a Collaborative Training Grant from the UW–Madison Graduate School, focuses on intensive mentoring and cohort-based training.

Vacant, but not empty – graduate student explores the use of abandoned properties

Vacant properties are often seen as remnants of the housing crisis or vestiges of industries that are no longer as present as they once were in U.S. cities. But graduate student Elsa Noterman sees more in these vacant properties, including current uses and important histories.

A PhD student in the UW-Madison Geography Department, Noterman was recently awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Society (ACLS) for 2018-19 for her dissertation exploring the conflict that arises over use and ownership of spaces in the urban commons.

Graduate student profile: Graduating PhD student reflects on research, outreach, and looks to future plans

When PhD candidate Michelle Pizzo joined the Pharmaceutical Sciences program, she didn’t know what, exactly, she would be researching. Since then, she has made advancements in the field of pharmaceutical science and discovered a new direction she is excited to pursue.

Joining the Thorne lab in 2012, Pizzo came on board at a time when a new project was developing. Researchers already believed that the perivascular spaces – the tubular spaces around blood vessels – in the brain could take on waste clearance role, but the Thorne lab wanted to see if those routes could also be used to deliver drugs to the brain, Pizzo said.

Graduate student profile: Morales facilitates exchange among Indigenous peoples

The way Reynaldo A. Morales tells it, his research is the story of knowledge, and the peoples who have preserved complex ways of knowing how to communicate with Earth.

A joint PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Morales explores Indigenous knowledge systems, and how their exchange is essential to sustainability around the world.

How human interactions with autonomous vehicles affect safety

The idea of riding an autonomous shuttle around campus on the regular seems closer to reality after the Wisconsin Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds shuttle demonstrations last week. But before autonomous vehicles can become mainstream, the people who will commute in them have to be comfortable with the technology.

For graduate student Hannah Silber, that entails closing the gap between an autonomous vehicle’s “brain” and the human one.

Astronomy master’s student launches career in science writing with prestigious communication programs

Erika K. Carlson thrives on the sense of wonder that comes along with learning about the universe.

The self-described science nerd is fascinated with the wild and weird phenomena scientists are exploring in physics and astronomy, and she wants to share them with the world.

“I’ve loved the fact that as a science student and as a graduate student researcher, my job has basically been to learn about cool science things full-time,” Carlson said. “I want as many people as possible to get to experience this, at least a little bit.”

Graduate students honored with Peer Mentor Awards

Five UW–Madison graduate students were recognized for stellar mentorship qualities, receiving a Peer Mentor Award at the Bucky Awards Sunday.

Graduate Peer Mentor Awards, sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding, recognize mentorship both on and off campus. This year’s award recognizes mentorship for students underrepresented populations.

Graduate students create connections through Badgerloop

Badgerloop is the UW–Madison team competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competitions. The team is currently gearing up for the third iteration of the competition, which tests the speed teams can achieve with their hyperloop pods, and will reveal its latest pod design on Thursday, April 19 in Union South. Here are how two current graduate students have been involved in Badgerloop.