Graduate student organization promotes science policy advocacy

Student organizations are great for catering to student interests, culture and identity, but as fields become more diverse and interdisciplinary, students are developing niches that don’t necessarily fit into a “one size fits all” organization. Catalyst for Science Policy – founded by a few passionate Ph.D. students with some start-up support from the Graduate School – is one such organization.

UW–Madison awards a record number of PhDs in 2015 and excels in career outcomes of its graduates

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is now third in the nation for number of PhDs awarded, according to 2015 data from the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), a federally funded project that has collected this data for nearly 60 years.

When broken down by broad field, the 836 PhDs conferred last year place UW–Madison second in physical and earth sciences graduates, fourth in life sciences, and in the top 15 for all other fields. In total, American universities awarded 55,006 PhDs in 2015, a number that continues to rise, albeit more slowly in recent years.