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McNair Graduate Student Panel

Moderator:

Audra Hernández, Director, McNair Program

Panelists:

Nicole Contreras

Nicole Contreras I am Nicole Contreras and I am currently a rising second-year PhD student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. I transferred from Rio Hondo community college to UCLA, where I was a McNair scholar and received my bachelor’s degree in sociology.

 

 

Megan Dowdle

Megan Dowdle

I am a seventh-year graduate student in the Integrated Program in Biochemistry about to defend this August. I received my BS in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri in 2013. My day job as a graduate student is to study how an RNA-binding protein impacts vertebrate development while my night job is hanging out with my cat.

 

 

Ama Idun

Ama Idun

Idun is a recent graduate of the Speech Pathology master’s program at UW–Madison. Her professional interests are working with adolescents with social communication challenges. Ama plans to work in a local public school in the fall.

 

 

 

Khadejah Ray

Khadejah Ray

Hello! My name is Ray and I am a rising fourth year in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. I am a proud McNair alum from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where I received my bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

Preparing A Strong PhD Application

Moderator:

Christopher Yue, Interim Assistant Dean, Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding

Panelists:

Emily Fletcher

Emily Fletcher

Emily Fletcher is an Associate Professor and the Mellon Chair in Ancient Greek Philosophy at University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research interests lie primarily in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, especially ethics and moral psychology. She has written a number of articles about pleasure, human nature, and the good life in two of Plato’s late dialogues, the Philebus and the Timaeus. She is currently working on a book about the defense of justice in the Republic. Her teaching interests extend beyond the history of philosophy into contemporary ethics and feminist philosophy

Sara Hladilek

Sara Hladilek

Sara Hladilek is a Senior Student Services Coordinator working for the College of Engineering Graduate Student Services team. Sara has been working with graduate students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Engineering Physics for the last four years.

 

 

Kim Grocholski  

Kim GrocholskiI am the graduate advisor in the Department of Economics and I primarily work with doctoral students. I have been with the Economics Department for almost nine years and worked at the university for 14 years in various roles.
 

 

 

Sharon Kahn

Sharon KahnI’m the graduate coordinator in the Neuroscience Training Program. We are the home for the PhD-Neuroscience and several of our students are funded by an NIH training grant. I’ve been on campus for nearly 22 years and am currently in my sixth position, each role slightly different and providing unique preparation for the next. I’ve coordinated and managed graduate admissions for 10 years (first, in the Department of Geography, and now, at NTP) and have worked with scores of prospective graduate students from a wide variety of backgrounds as they prepare their applications and, ultimately, sort through the decision-making related to attending graduate school.

Preparing a Strong Master's/Professional Degree Application

Moderator:

Christopher Yue, Interim Assistant Dean, Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding

Panelists:

Latoya Kirton, Graduate Program Coordinator, Social Work

Hello. My name is Latoya, I have been an Academic Advisor in the School of Social for almost two years now. Before this position, I worked as an Advanced Practice Social Worker in Milwaukee for about three years with children, youth and families.

 

 

 

 

Matthew Malloy

Matthew MalloyMatthew Malloy is a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and the director of graduate studies for the Machine Learning and Signal Processing (MLSP) master’s program. His responsibilities include teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and directing the accelerated master’s program. Matt received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and has worked for eight years in industry as a design engineer and a principle data scientist.

 

Anna Palmer

Anna PalmerAnna Palmer has been part of the admissions team at the UW–Madison Information School for the past seven years. The Information School receives hundreds of applications for its on-campus and online master’s degree programs every year. The applicant pool typically has a wide variety of academic backgrounds and life experiences.

 

Evaluating Graduate School Offers

Moderator:

Christopher Yue, Interim Assistant Dean, Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding

Panelists:

Theodore Agbi

Theodore AgbiHi, my name is Theodore Agbi; a third-year PhD in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department at UW–Madison. My research aims to discover and develop novel catalysts for sustainable alternatives to major industrial processes. I’m a queer black man from NYC which means I’m every bit as creative and community-focused as the city made me.

 

 

Yanie Fécu

Yanie FécuYanie Fécu received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and held a fellowship in Music and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. An assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she teaches about race, technology, and the Caribbean. Her research has received generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Harry Ransom Center, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

 

Samm Newton

Samm NewtonI am a second-year PhD student in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology and my current work aims to pair marine humanities scholarship with creative practice. The intention behind both endeavors is to inspire others to see the oceans with a reinvigorated intensity, and deeper sense of history and place. I recently earned an MA from Oregon State University (OSU) through the Environmental Arts and Humanities initiative and, as an NSF fellow, I minored in Risk and Uncertainty Quantification and Communication in Marine Systems. I plan to continue looking at the intersection between marine systems, environmental science, and coastal communities while at UW–Madison by exploring the historical political ecology of marine geophysics in places like the Gulf of Mexico and coastal Brazil.

Understanding Graduate Career Pathways

Jesus Cortez

Jesus CortezThere’s so much that goes into making the decision about where and what to study. As a University of Wisconsin–Madison engineering alum, I’m drawn to helping others find the right program that fits their goals. My favorite part of my job is talking with prospective students about their interests and how they’d like to advance their career.