A student of the world

By the time Jenny Ostrowski set foot on campus, she’d learned German at her Superior, Wisconsin, high school and studied abroad near Frankfurt. In a gap year, she picked up Spanish while working as a teaching assistant in rural Ecuador. Not surprisingly, her time at UW has been a whirlwind of travel and languages — an ideal mix for this senior majoring in International Studies and African Languages and Literature.

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NEH grant to create program linking business, humanities

A joint project at the University of Wisconsin–Madison aimed at promoting connections between the humanities and students in other academic fields has been awarded a $100,000 grant as part of a new National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) program.

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Warrior Book Club, led by UW-Madison student, strengthens connections between veterans and civilians

UW-Madison graduate student Molly Harris has not served in the military, nor have her brother or parents. She finds the situation fairly common among her peers. The civilian-military divide led her to partner with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum on the Warrior Book Club.

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A literary storm is brewing across Wisconsin

The Great World Texts program has nearly 2,000 high school students across the state reading Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and will bring many of them together for a celebration of literature on April 3.

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Professor Ibarra's community-based research explores needs of Wisconsin Latin@s

Professor Armando Ibarra is a tireless advocate for Wisconsin’s Latin@ community, dedicating his teaching and research to ensuring the needs of the state’s Latin@ population are being met. “The best way to do this,” Ibarra says, “Is by having those conversations.” And those conversations always start with a simple question: “What do you want?”

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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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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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UW helps schools update approach to science education

On a cold January morning, a few students cheer as three recent alumni of the Biology Core Curriculum honors program at UW–Madison enter a 4th grade classroom in Mazomanie, Wisconsin. These “Biocore Outreach Ambassadors” bear gifts: plastic containers, soil, fertilizer and seed from the university’s “Wisconsin Fast Plants” program.

These minimal props, combined with a basic light box — two milk crates lined with aluminum foil — are the raw materials for plant-growth experiments that Bree Wilhelmson’s students will pursue for almost two months.

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High school and middle school students crystallize science

Organized by the Molecular Structure Laboratory at the UW-Madison Department of Chemistry, the Wisconsin Crystal Growing Competition is accepting registrations for its annual statewide contest among middle school, high school, and home schooled students.

From March 1 to April 30, participating students will work to grow crystals from safe, common materials. In early May, professional crystallographers will judge the submissions and award prizes.

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