Commencement flag bearer Julia Martien finds the fun path forward

Julia Martien found it overwhelming when she began to receive awards recognizing the contributions she’s made to UW–Madison. She recently received the Jennifer L. Reed Bioenergy Science Award, which recognizes an early-career woman who has made significant contributions to the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center’s research portfolio.

And this month, she’ll be the flag bearer for the Graduate School at the Winter 2021 Commencement ceremony, where she will graduate with her PhD in microbiology.

Campus initiatives connect underserved students to UW–Madison for graduate study

Recent efforts by the UW–Madison Graduate School’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding have bolstered outreach and connections to prospective students who have been historically underserved in graduate education, highlighting UW–Madison as a path they can take to further their education and careers.

UW–Madison to increase minimum graduate assistant stipends for 2022-23

Minimum stipend amounts for graduate assistants at UW–Madison will increase by three to four percent for the next academic year.

Changes to the minimum stipend rates for 2022-23 reflect a 4% increase for research assistants (RAs) and a 3% increase for teaching assistants (TAs), project assistants (PAs), and lecturer student assistants.

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.