Visiting Graduate Student Travel Award

We are seeking applications from senior PhD students who are interested in attending the 17th annual Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium on Wednesday April 19, 2023, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Selected scholars will attend the conference and spend an additional day meeting with UW faculty to learn about postdoctoral opportunities in stem cell biology. Scholars will learn about a wide range of topics in stem cell and regenerative biology, including cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neural regeneration, blood stem cell research, and stem cell bioengineering.

Travel Award Details:
We are establishing this Travel Award to celebrate and support the accomplishments and training of senior graduate students. Scholars will be nominated by their Mentors and chosen by a selection committee to travel to Madison, present their work to the stem cell community , meet with faculty members, and tour campus. All travel expenses to and from the meeting will be provided, as well as the hotel and registration for the Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium.


Senior graduate students defending their thesis between summer 2023 and summer 2024 are eligible to participate. Scholars cannot be committed to a postdoctoral position before the symposium is held.


Please send a summary of your thesis research project (up to one page single spaced), recommendation letter from current mentor (sent from mentor directly), and a current CV to by February 7, 2023.

Diversity Statement: 
We are committed to building a diverse scientific workforce and is aligned with the broader institutional goals of the University of Wisconsin-Madison to foster diversity as a source of strength, creativity, and innovation. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. The University of Wisconsin–Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background—people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

Our History: 
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a long history of pioneering breakthroughs in stem cell research, starting with the isolation of the first human embryonic stem cell lines by James Thomson. Work in stem cells continues with the exciting development of induced pluripotent stem cells for disease modeling, regenerative medicine and cell-based therapies.