University of Wisconsin–Madison

UW2020 Graduate Students

The UW2020 initiative encourages collaborative, innovative approaches to some of the biggest questions faced by researchers today. Graduate students play a key role in these grant projects, adding insight, creativity, and expertise to their research teams. These features explore how UW–Madison graduate students working on UW2020 projects are contributing to their fields, their communities, and the world.

The graduate Student Impact

Looking for links between language and action

Psychology graduate student Steve Schwering's knowledge of working memory informs this project exploring the parallels between speaking and movement.

Testing the action basis of language and language production

Applying machine learning models to improve dairy farm management

Anuja Golechha, a computer sciences graduate student with an interest in machine learning and artificial intelligence, can help dairy farmers predict when their cows might have a disease.

A virtual dairy farm 'brain'

Building a better water quality measurement platform

As a graduate student at the Center for Limnology, Paul Schramm helped improve a tool that can create maps of water quality across rivers and lakes.

A graduate student navigates Lake Mendota using the Fast Limnological Automated Measurement platform.

Helping the average person teach a robot new tricks

If robots will one day be staples in people's homes, everyone has to be able to teach them. Graduate student Guru Subramani is investigating how to model actions for robots.

Physically responsive collaborative robot manipulation

Exploring an antibody that helps, rather than hinders, influenza

An unexpected discovery leads to central questions of a research group's work. Graduate student Mitch Ledwith talks about finding host factors that help the flu virus.

Genomic approaches to identify host factors

What are UW2020 grants?

The goal of UW2020 is to stimulate and support highly innovative and groundbreaking research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This initiative seeks to support research projects that are high-risk, high-impact, and transformative as well as those that require the acquisition of shared instruments or equipment that will open new avenues for innovative and significant research.

UW2020 is underwritten by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) with combined funding from other sources.

For a full list of projects funded by UW2020 grants, see the UW2020 research website.

More UW2020 Grad Profiles

  • Archiving today’s culture for tomorrow’s researchers, through podcasts

    When Samuel Hansen started producing podcasts about mathematics and science, it was possible for a small, independent podcast like Hansen’s to rank in the country’s top 60 most popular shows. Now, the top charts are dominated by network-produced podcasts, a change that has taken place in the last 10 years alone – but not the last the world of podcasting will see. To preserve podcasts as they are now, and archive the changes within them, a project at UW–Madison is dedicated to making today’s podcasts available well into the future.

  • Taking a hands-on approach to catalyst research

    To Keishla Rivera-Dones, chemical engineering is about more than dealing with chemical reactions; it’s about understanding the building blocks of everything. A PhD student at UW–Madison in the Dumesic and Huber Research Groups, Rivera-Dones works with supported metal catalysts and applies them to promote and improve the efficiency of chemical reactions.

  • Looking for links between language and action

    Say you’re given a list of six random words. You hear them once, and after a short delay, you have to repeat as many as you can remember. Your recall ability is based on what’s known as your working memory span. But it’s limited by constraints that vary from person to person and may be based on an individual’s experience with language.

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