2018 Spring Scholarship Award Ceremony launches students abroad

The campus community gathered at Gordon Dining Commons on April 10 to celebrate the latest group of Badgers planning to studyintern, and research abroad. The 2018 Spring Scholarship Award Ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate not only students adding an international dimension to their UW experience, but also the generosity of the donors who make the awards possible.

Scholarship Award Ceremony recipients

Guido Podestá, vice provost and dean of the International Division at UW-Madison, expressed appreciation for parents, donors, and supporters. He also offered words of encouragement to scholarship recipients.

“Making new friends, experiencing new cultures, gaining academic perspectives from a different country, and even learning to navigate life in a new place—all of these and more are challenges and triumphs that await,” Podestá said. “We look forward to hearing your stories when you return.” Continue reading

“Hidden Gems”: Nelson Professor Seeks International Recognition for Local Wetlands

Wetlands hold a special place in Joy Zedler’s heart, especially the Waubesa Wetlands, where she has lived alongside of for the past 14 years. She’s been studying wetlands like those since returning to Wisconsin in 1998 and recently compiled her own experience into a book highlighting the major significance of the Waubesa Wetlands and why they need international recognition.

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How talking more can make you better at listening — to foreign languages

The typical foreign language class spends much of its time listening to fluent speakers — a teacher or a recording — and doing other comprehension-focused exercises, like matching printed words and phrases to pictures, but new research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison shows that the students should spend more time talking.

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