UW–Madison graduate programs receive high rankings

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.

BADGRS fosters supportive community through student-led discussions

Brilliant and Diverse Graduate Research Scholars (BADGRS) is a discussion space for grad students, postdocs, and other trainees. The graduate students at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery who founded the group want to destigmatize conversations about mental health. BADGRS@WID meets monthly to discuss well-being topics such as work/life balance, mentor and mentee relationships, interpersonal dynamics, and social isolation.

Graduate student studies how snake fungal disease could spread

While scientists have studied the symptoms and behavior of snakes infected with snake fungal disease, few studies looked at whether the fungal pathogen responsible could spread to other species. That was the central question for Savannah Gentry, a botany PhD student in Anne Pringle’s lab, who wanted to find out whether snake fungal disease could affect other reptiles.

Employment policy for research assistants available

Employment policy for research assistants (RAs) has been added to Graduate Assistantship Policies and Procedures (GAPP). Published in May 2019 with initial focus on teaching assistantships (TA) and project assistantships (PA), GAPP outlines policies for appointment letters, orientation and training, leave benefits, grievance procedure, and more.

Q&A with Sally Rohrer, District 8 Alder

Sally Rohrer is a graduate student at the La Follette School of Public Affairs studying tax and economic policy. In early November, Rohrer was appointed to an open seat on Madison’s City Council as alder for District 8, which includes much of the UW–Madison campus. Rohrer will serve until the April election.

Dairy science research aims to mitigate low calcium levels in cows

Dairy cows usually experience their lowest calcium levels in the first day or two after giving birth. As cows rapidly produce milk to feed the calf, low calcium levels in their bloodstreams can lead to a disease known as milk fever. Researchers at the UW–Madison Department of Dairy Science are exploring methods for regulating cows’ calcium levels in the days after calving, aimed at improving cow health.

Student’s MBA education helps MIA project see patterns among the missing

When service members have gone missing around the globe, and when pieces of information about their life or disappearance are scattered, where do you start to bring someone home?

U.S. Army Captain Christopher Zaczyk, a second-year MBA student at the Wisconsin School of Business, starts with making sense of the information they have, and bringing it to a level where people can interact with it.

The UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project (UW MIA RIP) partners with the federal government to investigate cases of those who have gone missing during service and advance their recovery efforts.