The death of George Floyd has deeply affected all members of our community, especially our Black and Brown students and colleagues. I would like to echo Chancellor Blank’s message, express how moved I was by Deputy Vice Chancellor Sim’s message, and reiterate our institutional commitment to combat racism, hate, and violence.
Art history PhD candidate Fernanda Villarroel has received two national fellowships that support her scholarship exploring the concept of the feminine through historical and contemporary art in Africa.
In her dissertation, anthropology PhD student Sarah Bruno uses bomba as a site and a method for exploring the emotions of Afro-Puerto Rican women on the island of Puerto Rico and throughout its diaspora. She has received a 2020 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for this work.
Mathematicians use algorithms to identify cases of gerrymandering, but even computer-generated results can be biased. PhD student Lorenzo Najt’s work aims to identify the signatures of deliberate algorithm manipulation to prevent the extreme excesses of gerrymandering.
Three graduate students have been honored with Peer Mentor Awards. The awards, sponsored by Graduate School Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding, recognize stellar mentorship qualities on- and off-campus.
Dozens of University of Wisconsin–Madison students have been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in this year’s competition. The 31 awardees from UW–Madison include undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent alums who have continued working on campus before starting graduate school.
UW–Madison graduate student Guzzo Pinc’s MFA show this spring was to represent the culmination of three years of work in the graduate painting program. But, just two weeks before his show was scheduled, UW–Madison announced alternate delivery modes for classes and canceled in-person events due to growing public health concerns about COVID-19.
Despite the initial shock and a feeling of “despair,” Pinc became determined to find a way to bring his exhibition — “EGGS: A Grand Scale Painting Comedy” — into public view.
UW–Madison graduate programs are once again ranked among the nation’s best in the 2021 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools. “Our graduate programs feature top-tier faculty, encourage a spirit of scholarly collaboration, and prepare students to be leaders in their fields,” says Graduate School Dean William J. Karpus.
The Graduate School has selected four doctoral candidates and one postdoctoral researcher for the 2020 cohort of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society’s UW–Madison Chapter.
A climate survey in the Department of Chemistry at UW–Madison is improving support for graduate students and postdocs in the department, due to leadership from graduate students with the backing of faculty, staff, and campus mental health professionals.