Chemistry as a catalyst for examining art

Victoria Cooley came to UW-Madison with an interest in chemistry. She’ll leave this spring with a unique set of skills, knowledge and experiences that she will use to pursue a future as an art conservation scientist.

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UW students lead comprehensive study on poverty in southern Wisconsin

Over the last 18 months, Swetha Saseedhar has been part of a team of UW-Madison students assembling a Community Needs Assessment for the Community Action Coalition (CAC) of Southern Wisconsin — a community action agency serving Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha counties. The team met with over 275 people in communities across the three counties to better understand economic struggles and what policy solutions might help.

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International Learning Community fosters global connections among residents

Heather Brevard had no idea where she would live when she was accepted into the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2014. By May 1, she still needed an answer. “I was tooling around on the University Housing website, and I noticed ‘Spanish Language House’,” Brevard says. “I thought about how I had quite a few years of learning Spanish in grade school, and I always wanted to learn Spanish to proficiency. That’s as good of a place as any.”

Three years later, Brevard is a junior, studying economics and computer science, as well as acting as a House Fellow for Adams Residence Hall, where she actively participates in the International Learning Community and the immersion language houses it provides.

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UW-Madison ranked first in number of Peace Corps volunteers

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked first among large schools on the Peace Corps 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 87 Badgers currently volunteering worldwide. This is the third year that UW–Madison has ranked among the top five large universities and colleges. In 2016, UW–Madison ranked No. 2.

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From Chancellor Blank: Career center prepares students for jobs

UW-Madison is serious about its mission of preparing students for the workforce. In January, a new Career Exploration Center opened that will help students make decisions about their majors and career paths.

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Using communication to prompt change

As a double-major in journalism and communication arts, Malik Anderson is discovering the power of creating and working to bring more diverse voices into media. From his three-year stint as an intern at Wisconsin Public Radio, to his work as co-founder of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s first chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Emma Bowen Scholar is inspired to produce work that effects social change.

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L&S teaching assistants shine in campus awards

In order to recognize excellence on the part of TAs across campus, each year the College of Letters & Science, with support from the Graduate School, administers awards for exceptional teaching by graduate students. 

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UW-Madison team wins Innovation Award in Hyperloop competition

A team of University of Wisconsin–Madison students won an innovation award in a worldwide SpaceX Hyperloop pod competition.

The UW–Madison Badgerloop team competed against 30 teams from colleges and universities from around the world in the second phase of SpaceX’s Hyperloop pod competition, which was held Jan. 27-29, 2017, outside SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

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Becoming a thinker: Undergraduates discover excitement of research

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program connects first- and second-year students with research opportunities and thought-provoking discussions that put their research into a broader context. The program, which started in the late 1990s, allows students earn credit while gaining research experience and interacting with faculty, and it connects them with fellow participants and peer mentors in weekly group meetings.

Right now, URS students are working on the Ice Cube project, analyzing literature from a 20th-century African American playwright and researching bilingual Spanish students, among other fascinating pursuits.

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