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.
Lena Vincent started her career as a graduate student with big questions: How did life begin? Does life exist elsewhere in the universe?
“Realizing that you can turn these existential questions that everyone asks themselves into a scientific career was really exciting,” said Vincent, a PhD student in David Baum’s lab at UW–Madison.
Geoscience graduate student Yihang Fang will test whether protein control is the mechanism helping leaf-cutter ants form a layer of mineral “armor” as a fellow at the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History.
UW–Madison geography PhD candidate Allen Xiao has been awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Xiao’s dissertation explores how residents of Lagos, Nigeria, tell stories of and relate to their life experiences in the largest city in Africa.
Graduate student Katarina Braun and Gage Moreno’s work with sequencing the 2019 novel coronavirus has helped scientists better understand how the virus has traveled in Wisconsin and whether the protective equipment and safety protocols used in local hospitals are effective.