Graduate Student News

Emily Parrott

Emily Parrott: Grad student Spotlight

SoHE HDFS graduate student Emily Parrott has been awarded UW-Madison’s prestigious Institute for Research on Poverty Dissertation Fellowship. Through the award, Emily is provided with a year of funding to work on her Ph.D. dissertation, which she is using to broaden the understanding of first-generation college students and their social capital investments post-graduation. As a […]

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Student Blog: Slow Food Turtle Island

This summer, Civil Society and Community Research graduate student Becca Dower is helping the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) develop a tribally-supported agriculture program—or TSA—to distributes Native American produced goods to Native American communities. During this time, she will be conducting preliminary research with funding from SoHE’s Summer Time Academic Research (STAR) Award, supported by the Catherine K. […]

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Student Blog: Trenton, North Dakota

This summer, Civil Society and Community Research graduate student Becca Dower is helping the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) develop a tribally-supported agriculture program—or TSA—to distributes Native American produced goods to Native American communities. During this time, she will be conducting preliminary research with funding from SoHE’s Summer Time Academic Research (STAR) Award, supported by the Catherine K. […]

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Student Blog: Fort Peck, Montana

This summer, Civil Society and Community Studies graduate student Becca Dower is helping the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) develop a tribally-supported agriculture program—or TSA—to distributes Native American produced goods to Native American communities. During this time, she will be conducting preliminary research with funding from SoHE’s Summer Time Academic Research (STAR) Award, supported by the Catherine K. […]

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Student Blog: Denver, Colorado

Image by Johnny at Bad Winds Studios This summer, Civil Society and Community Studies graduate student Becca Dower is helping the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) develop a tribally-supported agriculture program—or TSA—to distributes Native American produced goods to Native American communities. During this time, she will be conducting preliminary research with funding from SoHE’s Summer Time […]

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SoHE News & Stories: June 8 – June 15

Check out what’s happening at SoHE – just an average week in Nancy Nicholas Hall! Assistant Professor Litzelman Receives Baldwin Mini-Grant Assistant Professor Kristin Litzelman was selected to receive one of ten mini-grants from the Baldwin endowment. This competitive grant program aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in small-scale projects. Litzelman was awarded the grant […]

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Student Blog: My first stop working with Native communities

This summer, Civil Society and Community Studies graduate student Becca Dower is helping the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) develop a tribally-supported agriculture program—or TSA—to distributes Native American produced goods to Native American communities. During this time, she will be conducting preliminary research with funding from SoHE’s Summer Time Academic Research (STAR) Award, supported by the […]

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SoHE’s Design Thinking Initiative Drives UW’s First Leadership Circle for Innovation

For the past several years, the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology (SoHE) has been campus’ active driver of design thinking, a problem-solving and idea generating process used by organizations and corporations worldwide to solve complex problems. SoHE’s Design Thinking Initiative has delivered the process to UW-Madison through coursework, collaborations, and, now, the university’s first group […]

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SoHE News & Stories: May 7 – May 12

Take a look at what’s happening at SoHE this week! Fashion Show Award Winners The annual Threads: Fashion Show, themed Ensemble this year, took place on April 30th. The award winners for this year were: Neil Sekhorn and Jingjing Li with Honorable Mention ($50), Maheen Quarishi with the Fashion Show Leadership Award ($250), Ike Cech […]

Grad Student Schlicting: Innovating Mass Transportation

Michael Schlicting, MS/PhD Candidate Transportation Administration & Community Development Transportation is nothing new to MS/PhD candidate Michael Schlicting. Growing up with a mother who worked for United Airlines, teenage Michael would spend his free time taking standby flights to and from various airports just for the sake of flying. After a brief period of interest in piloting, […]

Albert Burgess-Hull to Join Bouchet Society

Albert Burgess-Hull will be inducted into the prestigious Bouchet Society on March 14. Burgess-Hull is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison. Burgess-Hull’s research examines how the social network influences a person’s ability to quit smoking, gaining national attention. Duke University awarded him […]

Hand in Hand – Student Starts Fundraiser for ACLU

SoHE graduate student and MFA candidate Hannah Bennett is a paper maker, textile artist, and philanthropist. Troubled by climate change and the situation surrounding the acceptance of refugees, Bennett started a GoFundMe page for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Wanting to help in some way, she decided to sell some of her art in the […]

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Grad Student Huntington: Design and the American Dream

Joy Huntington, PhD Student Design Studies Researching the Rise of Single Women Homeowners When Joy Huntington designed homes for her clients in Pittsburgh she was often intrigued by how differently men and women would react to certain design ideas. “Our firm did everything – from picking out towels and flatware to designing the home. I […]

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Grad Student Hu: Combining Research with Action

Ming Hu, PhD Student Civil Society and Community Studies International Exploration and Experience Combining research with action for a better society, SoHE doctoral student Ming Hu is examining the role of nonprofit organizations in civil society. But Ming’s interest in nonprofit work started long before he began his doctoral studies in SoHE’s Civil Society and Community […]

MFA Student Hannah Bennett

Grad Student Bennett: Back to Her Roots

Hannah O’Hare Bennett, MFA Candidate Design Studies Hannah O’Hare Bennett remembers the day Textiles & Fabric Design Professor and Coordinator Jenny Angus sent her the news she’d been awarded a fellowship to attend SoHE’s MFA program in Design Studies. “I was just so happy,” Bennett says. “It’s so flattering and such a surprise. And it […]

Human and Development and Family Studies PhD Graduate Abra Vigna

Grad Student Vigna: The Power of Self-Compassion

Abra Vigna, PhD Human Development & Family Studies As a researcher of LGBTQ+ youth with both her Master’s and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the School of Human Ecology, Abra Vigna has a firm understanding of the ways in which our identities comprise the very core of our own human ecological systems. […]

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Grad Student Yoon: Passion Found

Sunyee Yoon, PhD Consumer Sciences Having completed her PhD in May 2016, Sunyee Yoon is now an assistant professor of marketing at SUNY Buffalo. It’s a field that’s fascinated her since her undergraduate studies in business and mass communication at Sogang University in South Korea, but her personal journey within marketing has taken a 180-degree […]

Grad Student Dave Smallen

Grad Student Smallen: Well Connected

Dave Smallen, Doctoral Candidate Human Development & Family Studies In 2006, at the age of 21, singer/songwriter Dave Smallen was signed to Capitol Records and touring the U.S. with his band, Street to Nowhere. To the casual observer, he was living the dream, but like so much in pop culture, it was partly just an […]

Grad Student L’Esperance: Exploring Financial Decision-Making

Household Finance and Well-being In our modern world, life can be a series of big and small financial decisions. So how do individuals make these day-to-day decisions that can impact the rest of their lives? SoHE graduate student Madelaine L’Esperance is digging deeper into this question through her research, paying special attention to how people, particularly low-income […]

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SoHE Centers of Excellence: Grand Challenges

It is a privilege and honor to support the work of our UW School of Human Ecology Centers of Excellence. I often say to colleagues at SoHE: “do you know how lucky we are to be able to to work on the real issues we work on around here?!” As SoHE’s strategic plan and our […]

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One Year Later with Elizabeth Doyle, SoHE’s Truman Scholarship Recipient

In addition to $30,000 toward graduate education, the coveted Truman award has given UW-Madison’s Elizabeth Doyle experiences that are positively impacting her life, education, and hometown of Verona, WI. In spring 2015, CNPL major Elizabeth Doyle received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for undergraduates planning careers in public service leadership. Just a month after the […]

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Graduate student Claire Berezowitz receives 2016 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Written By: Kelsey Anderson University Health Services– Health Communications Specialist   Claire Berezowitz, a joint doctoral student in the Civil Society and Community Research in the School of Human Ecology and Departments of Educational Psychology, is one of 10 recipients (in the nation) of the 2016 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award. The award recognizes graduate students […]

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SoHE’s Outstanding Seniors Awards

What makes you stand out as an individual? Here at the School of Human Ecology, we promote individuality, creativity, and other outstanding qualities that drive success. Michaela Brause is one of these students. Every year, the school selects an outstanding graduating senior from each department to be recognized for the Rosalie Amlie Morton award. As a […]

Texturia Wisconsin

Texturia Wisconsin

I had an epiphany when I moved to Madison and saw the Wisconsin prairie for the first time. A prairie was not a field of a few kinds of tall grass, which I had imagined it to be from the book and TV series Little House on the Prairie. The prairie, I discovered, was full […]