Ph.D Grads at work in Wisconsin

Ph.D. recipients from UW–Madison go on to pursue a variety of career opportunities across education, government, nonprofits and the private sector.

Meet a few who continue to make an impact in Wisconsin.

Data Science
Philip Wells

Philip Wells’ PhD allows him to have the best of both worlds. He gets to work in his favorite city — Madison, Wisconsin — for one of the most successful companies in the world — Google.

Health Care
Maichou Lor

Maichou Lor wanted to bring her fellow Hmong community members out of the shadows and into the doctor’s office. Along the way, she became the first Hmong-American nurse to earn a Ph.D. in the United States.

Licensing Technology
Mark Staudt

Holding a position that requires a multitude of talents, UW–Madison alumnus, Mark Staudt, takes advantage of his diverse background in science and engineering to make a big impact on the local and global communities.

Public Policy
Hilary Shager

Hilary Shager’s career path has always put her at the bridge between academia and public policy — and that’s right where she feels at home.


Ph.D Candidate
Sergio González

Sergio González is a history Ph.D. candidate who researches and writes about families like his own, immigrants from Mexico who have helped shape Wisconsin’s story since the early 20th century. Learn how he is sharing his story and so many others on his path to his Ph.D.