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Exceptional students, effective mentors

Photo: student at 2011 Undergraduate Symposium

The 15th Annual Undergraduate Symposium, which recognizes what students have accomplished with the personal involvement of their faculty and staff mentors, will be held Thursday, April 18, at Union South. It is one of the highlights of the spring Ideas to Excellence series of campus events. Above, Melanie August (center) talks about her research project at the symposium in 2011.

Top Stories

Students choose Anders Holm to speak at graduation

Photo: Anders Holm

Comic actor and writer Anders Holm, a 2003 UW-Madison alumnus, will be the speaker for spring commencement ceremonies on May 17, 18 and 19. As a relatively recent graduate, the star of the Comedy Central show "Workaholics" thinks he can deliver a relevant message to the new grads.

#UWRightNow returns, showcasing people, faces

Last year, students, faculty and staff shared more than a thousand images, stories, and tweets that captured UW-Madison during 24 hours. This year, the project is focused on sharing the faces and stories of UW's people. Related: How to participate.

Undergraduate Symposium

Join us Thursday, April 18 at Union South for this annual event showcasing both academic and creative undergraduate research. Displays at noon, reception at 5 p.m., and student performances 6-8 p.m.

Around Campus

Wisconsin Science Festival 2013 announces dates

Photo: adult and child at Science Festival

After more than tripling attendance last year, the Wisconsin Science Festival is coming back for year three with plans for more activities at more sites that reach more people. The 2013 festival will be held Sept. 26-29 and presenters, communities, organizations and sponsors are invited to get involved.

New bird flu strain seen adapting to humans

Photo: Yoshihiro Kawaoka

An analysis of the avian flu virus responsible for at least nine human deaths in China raises concerns about its potential to spark a new global flu pandemic. Signs that the virus is adapting to mammalian and, in particular, human hosts are unmistakable, says UW influenza researcher Yoshihiro Kawaoka.

‘Z’ is not the end for DARE

Photo: definition of zydeco

The Dictionary of American Regional English has reached the end of the alphabet, but ‘Z’ is not the end of the road for the definitive source on American speech. Chief Editor Joan Hall says the dictionary known as DARE still has more to accomplish.

Campus Initiatives

Six receive sabbatical extensions to pursue innovation

Logo for Educational Innovation

Six faculty members have been awarded Educational Innovation funds to extend their sabbaticals to further an EI project. The money is used to supplement the sabbatical program in order to facilitate EI engagement at a grassroots level.


Video: Student drives suicide prevention effort

UW senior Claire Kaufman started a group with a powerful goal: to fight the stigma of talking about mental illness and increase student awareness of suicide prevention. Her efforts include being part of a team that's organizing the April 21 UW Suicide Prevention Walk. The event is open to the entire UW community.


Books collide with food at Edible Book Fest

A Hunger Games pie? Fifty Shades of Gravy?  The 2013 Edible Book Festival takes place from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 and promises to combine literary and culinary talents.

In the Media

Journal Sentinel: Gilly’s flips for UW students’ burger

A group of 17 UW students in food science and meat science participated in a project this semester to develop a great-tasting hamburger for Gilly's Frozen Custard. There's more to a good burger than grinding up beef, forming a patty and slapping it on a grill, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Spring game benefits pharmacy school

Photo: spring football game

The spring football game April 20 will benefit the School of Pharmacy, with all profits from ticket sales going to the school's Great People Scholarship Fund. In 2012, more than $450,000 was awarded to 150 students. The average debt of pharmacy graduates is $85,000. Related: Coach Andersen seeks junior assistant coaches.

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