HDFS Student Life

SoHE Labs and the Research Center

HDFS CDL Observation

SoHE offers HDFS students many unique learning and research opportunities beyond the classroom, including the in-house Child Development Lab, a home for real-world teaching, problem solving, and research with children and their families.

SoHE’s modern facilities also hold the Frances and Elliot Lehman Family Research Lab, and the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, a hub for students to collaborate with community-based organizations and world-class researchers. And, SoHE students are also able to access the many top-tier resources of the entire UW-Madison campus.

Student Organizations

CDL Student

Engage outside the classroom with like-minded peers by being part of one of our outstanding student organizations.

Students for Families and Children (SFC) provides students with volunteer opportunities that focus on area families. SFC connects students to other undergraduate students, professors, graduate students, alumni, and other individuals in related fields.

Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U) recognizes and encourages academic excellence, promotes the development of leadership and scholarship, and provides opportunities for service to the community. Human Ecology students who meet membership requirements are invited to apply.

Travel Opportunities

Learn how to apply and plan for study abroad and international internship programs available at UW-Madison.


Internships are an important part of the HDFS student experience. Learn more and connect with a career advisor to get the latest information on current opportunities.