Student research at Capitol

UW-Madison Day at the Capitol

Save the date: This year’s UW-Madison Day at the Capitol will be held virtually on April 14, 2021. Watch this space or contact State Relations staff for more information. For updates on campus operations, please visit

The annual UW-Madison Day at the Capitol highlights the amazing faculty, students, alumni and athletics at UW-Madison. UW-Madison is a national leader in research, which contributes to the state’s priorities including retention, graduation rates, workforce, and economic development. Several events sponsored by the UW-Madison Department of State Relations are held on this day, including the Research and the Wisconsin Idea Showcase and Flash Talks with Faculty.

Research and the Wisconsin Idea Showcase

The Research and the Wisconsin Idea Showcase features outstanding graduate and postdoctoral researchers from UW-Madison. Legislators, legislative staff, alumni, students and the broader community are invited to learn about the exciting research taking place at UW-Madison and how it relates to the lives of Wisconsinites, people around the United States and the world.

How to Participate

The Research and the Wisconsin Idea Showcase is an excellent opportunity for emerging scientists to formally present their research materials to state legislators, legislative staff and the public. Participants should be available to present their posters for two hours.

Applications for this year’s Research and the Wisconsin Idea Showcase are now closed.

Prospective participants must be current UW-Madison graduate students or postdoctoral scholars at the time of application submission. Prospective participants must also be willing to attend a mandatory training session in late March. Participants from previous years are encouraged to apply.

Crystal Potts, Director of State Relations at UW-Madison,
Catherine Steffel, Medical Physics Graduate Student at UW-Madison,

Flash Talks with Faculty

More information on Flash Talks with Faculty coming soon.