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More About UW Chemistry
decades, Chemistry at Wisconsin has attracted outstanding undergraduate
and graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral associates and visiting
scholars. Our doctoral program is consistently ranked in the top 10,
and the reputation for excellence in our department is recognized
locally and nationally by funding agencies and corporate research
sponsors. The department is one of the largest in the nation, with
nearly 60 faculty members and 300 graduate students.
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Supergroups at Wisconsin
Exemplary elements of our Ph.D. program are the several "supergroups"
and student-led seminar series that have existed for many years. These
informal gatherings give students the opportunity to present their
research to other faculty and students in the department.
What do we want to accomplish in the CID?
goal in the CID is to build upon the strong tradition of Wisconsin
chemistry by producing Ph.D. scientists that are capable of research
that advances our current understanding of the field. Accomplishing
this task demands a set of requirements that builds knowledge of the
literature, fosters communication skills, and encourages independent
and cross-disciplinary thinking. Additonally, we need a healthy and
vibrant intellectual community that both nurtures and challenges young
scientists. We hope that our involvement in the CID will lead us to
address these key issues on a department-wide scale, and will
strengthen the Ph.D. program for current and future students.
What are we doing?
the past two years, the CID committee has developed a plan to
re-structure the Ph.D. program in chemistry. The purpose of this
project is two-fold: (i) to provide an overall philosophy for our
program and its requirements, and (ii) to reduce divisional barriers,
thus encouraging interdisciplinary research. The details of our
proposal are provided below.
initiative has been a new course for in-coming graduate students, which
acquaints them with the Chemistry Department in particular and with the
broader scientific community in general. Details concerning this course
can be found by following the "Innovations Snapshot" link below.
In the near future, the CID committee at UW-Madison will focus on the following three areas:
1. Strengthening mentoring committees
2. Creating an active student council
3. Developing an exit interview for all students who leave the department
Additionally, the department will consider the following proposals:
1. Rotations for first year students
2. Funding of students' research proposals (i.e., encouraging student-intiated work)
3. Shortening the time required to obtain the Ph.D.