Bright Startups

Meet five College of Letters & Science alumni who have found entrepreneurial success post‑graduation.

Putting Down Roots

Thousands of plants live in the Botany Garden and Greenhouse. Here’s what it takes to maintain the collection and why it is such an asset for teaching, research and the community.

Toward a Just City

Researchers in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture see well-planned city infrastructure as a form of social justice.

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Spring 2024 issue

What AI Doesn’t Know

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on AI, Sharon Li researches how these systems respond in the face of blind spots. Her findings could be a matter of life or death.

On the Rocks

Luke Zoet teaches one of the toughest geoscience classes on campus, yet he manages to make it a student favorite year after year.

Speaking Volumes

This innovative approach to learning languages opens up a world of opportunities.

A Catalyst for Change

Deanna Frater’s internship with Roc Nation helped her gain on-the-job experience and drive social change thanks to support from SuccessWorks.

Helping With Healing

Kate Walsh is building innovative support systems to make help more accessible for sexual assault survivors.

More Than Skin Deep

Alumna Shannon Hay Seeberan has revolutionized the medical aesthetics field with her company CloudMedSpas.

A Long Line of Badgers

For the Hollands, going to UW–Madison has become a beloved family tradition. And they believe the Wisconsin Experience is meant to be shared, which is why they support scholarships for students in the College of Letters & Science.

How do humans and nature interact at a border?

Graduate student Emily Mather is part of a team looking to maximize agricultural land by making space for solar panels.

The Power of Persistence

What 40 years researching the critically endangered northern muriqui monkey taught Karen B. Strier about persistence.

Lakeshore Nature Preserve, home of Picnic Point
Lakeshore Nature Preserve — home to the beloved Picnic Point — is about to get a new, world-class visitor and education center. Department of Economics alumnus Jerry Frautschi (’56) made a $14.3 million gift to support the new building, which is planned for the area outside the stone wall at the Picnic Point entrance. The Lakeshore Nature Preserve Frautschi Center will showcase UW–Madison’s commitment to sustainability and support hands-on experiential learning and research for more than 25 academic programs. The plan is to have it certified as the state’s first Living Building, meaning it will produce more energy than it consumes. Photo: Jeff Miller
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