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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are plenty of teaching opportunities on a large campus like UW–Madison, but one group of grad students has expanded their reach across continents with a newly developed course. Graduate students in the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Program developed a core curriculum in toxicology, designed for students with varying levels of chemistry knowledge, that recently completed its first run at the University of Sierra Leone.
Graduate students don’t always start their studies with the goal of becoming an inventor. But the numbers show a different outcome: over half of UW–Madison invention disclosures to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation include at least one graduate student who has conducted research on the project.
Now in its third year, nonprofit Wisconsin Hero Outdoors has partnered with Lakewood WWV Camp in Lake Geneva to create a cultural retreat that gives the veteran and first responder community a space of their own. Graduate student Nick Harnish, a Public Humanities Scholar with the UW–Madison Center for the Humanities, is leading a project to renovate a lighthouse at the camp, turning it into a cultural center.
Friendship is the first word that comes to Wayne Minogiizhig Valliere’s mind when asked about a partnership between UW–Madison and the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
“It’s a really good collaboration between the university and our students,” said Valliere, an Ojibwe language and culture instructor, and former artist-in-residence at UW–Madison.
The partnership he’s talking about includes a series of projects with the Lac du Flambeau public schools: bringing back the traditional Ojibwe Winter Games, building birchbark canoes, and inspiring similar projects across the state.
The Graduate School and Dean of Students Office are excited to announce a new shared position to support graduate students. Elaine Goetz-Berman is now serving as the Graduate Student Assistance Specialist, located in the Dean of Students Office. Her work will include providing graduate student support and assistance, acting as an advocate on behalf of graduate students, and providing outreach and assistance to the faculty and staff who support UW graduate students.