Our Unique Approach

Our philosophy is clear and time-tested: The creation of new knowledge through research depends on educational excellence and graduate education is perfected through research. Our graduate students, and the work they do, illustrate this synergistic relationship. This Wisconsin tradition is built on a foundation of world-class faculty, diverse students determined to succeed, research innovation and facilities and programs second to none. This page is dedicated to telling the stories of our many successful graduate students.


Learning and living to build a better community environment

Dantrell Cotton, a Wisconsin Badger, Posse graduate and 2016 Graduate Peer Mentor awardee, believes in the innate human desire to work cooperatively and live in community. Photo credit: Valeria Davis Read more »

NSF selects UW-Madison students for competitive graduate research award

Sixteen UW-Madison doctoral students have been awarded this year's nationally competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Read more »

UW-Madison Graduate School Inducts Bouchet Scholars

Congratulations to the 2016–2017 Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Scholars. Photo by Erika Herrera. Read more »

Grad student hopes research in Southeast Asia will improve conservation practices at home

Aaron Koning is a Ph.D. candidate in zoology at UW–Madison and is currently studying freshwater ecosystems in Southeast Asia with the goal of informing conservation planning. Read more »

UW-Madison study shows food-borne bacterium may increase risk of miscarriage

Graduate student Bryce Wolfe is the lead author on a new study that has shown that Listeria monocytogenes may increase the risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy. Image: CDC Read more »

Kala Cornelius

As a community health nurse, Kala Cornelius focuses on wellness and prevention. She is now pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice at UW-Madison. With the DNP, she hopes to help bridge the gap between western medicine and the traditional medicine of her clan. Read more »

Fearsome Critters and Mythical Monsters of the U.S.

The new Atlas of Design includes UW-Madison graduate student Chelsea Nestel's map, Monsters of the United States. Read more »

UW–Madison MFA student’s photography leads to passion for textile design

Dakota Mace completed her M.A. and MFA in art at UW–Madison, something that prompted the New Mexico native to focus on photographing Navajo textiles while working on her master’s, a practice that led her to learn to weave. Read more »

UW-Madison graduate student builds community with veterans through Warrior Book Club

UW-Madison graduate student Molly Harris leads The Warrior Book Club, a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Harris. Photo credit Bryce Richter/UW-Madison Read more »

Passion for evaluation leads graduate student to GEDI program

Tenah K. A. Hunt is a graduate student in social work and intern for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). During her masters program, Hunt designed and implemented programs to promote healthy behavior which exposed her to evaluation. Read more »

Student start-up seeks to provide renewable electricity to millions in Africa

Mehrdad Arjmand and Aaron Olson recently co-founded NovoMoto—a startup working to provide clean, renewable electricity to communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read more »

UW-Madison startup bringing high-speed gene sequencing to water purity tests

Pamela Camejo is a Ph.D. candidate in bacteriology and co-founder of Pathogenomica. Pathogenomica, a UW–Madison spinoff, uses advanced genetic sequencing techniques for estimating microorganisms in drinking water and other samples. (Photo credit: David Tenenbaum/University Communications) Read more »

Maichou Lor

Miachou Lor is the first person in her clan to finish a university degree of any sort and is excelling in the early entry Ph.D. program at the School of Nursing. She received her undergraduate degree from the UW–Madison in 2011 and her masters in 2013. Read more »

SoHe Grad Student Bennett: Back to her Roots

Hannah’s initial intent was to focus her MFA on the production and use of natural dyes, but her first year of coursework introduced her to new ways to work with plants through papermaking and weaving. (Hannah Bennett’s “Pollen: The Work of Summer” exhibition at Arts Loft, 2016.) Read more »

Graduate student study measures air pollution increase attributable to air conditioning

David Abel, a graduate student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, published a study on the link between the use of air conditioners and air pollution. (Photo credit: Tracey Holloway) Read more »

University of Wisconsin–Madison Doctoral Candidates Receive Dissertation Fellowships

Two doctoral candidates from the University of Wisconsin-Madison — Laura Hamman and Will Porter— have received $10,000 Dissertation Fellowships from the Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Read more »

Design and the American Dream

Feeding her passion for historic preservation and restoration, Huntington’s research will focus on Midwest women homeowners from the last century. Read more »

Graduate student project equips others to take charge of their health

Finding ways to improve infant and maternal nutrition through research and education within the Madison community and beyond. Read more »

Forward Motion – The Art of Science

Hilary Barker, a graduate student in zoology, is featured in this behind the scenes video of the 2016 cool science images competition at UW–Madison. Read more »

UW–Madison welcomes GEM fellows to campus

UW–Madison has rejoined the National GEM Consortium, a national network of universities and employers committed to achieving greater diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by advancing the careers of talented graduate students from underrepresented groups. Read more »

A stumble into engineering could lead to safer vehicles

Engineering wasn't Ph.D. student Morgan Price's first choice, but since stumbling into the field she is working hard to make motor vehicles safer. Photo: Katie Vitek Read more »

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