Honors Student-Faculty Connection

We are excited for this year’s incoming L&S Honors students to connect with each other and some of the most distinguished faculty from across campus through this series of discussions. During a Connection event, you’ll be able to learn about the faculty member’s research, teaching, and professional trajectory as well as get answers to questions that are on your and your peers’ minds as you begin your college adventure.

You may be particularly interested in certain topics on the list, but we encourage you to consider signing up for a Connection with a professor whose specialty is in an area that you know nothing about – you may find it fascinating and it may open new perspectives for you. You can find out more about each faculty member by checking out their university websites, lab websites, or homepages. Also remember that faculty hold office hours – virtual or in-person office hours are a great way either to follow up on a chat or to start a conversation with a faculty member whose Connection you weren’t able to attend.

Are you a first-year student in the L&S Honors Program? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Use this page to view the available Honors Student-Faculty Connection events. Learn about the faculty guests and determine which options work with your schedule. Connections are scheduled between September and December. Click “Next Events” to see those offered later in the semester.
  2. Students should sign up for one Honors Student-Faculty Connection using SignUpGenius by September 6th. After that date, students will be able to return to the SignUpGenius link and sign up for a second event. As of October 7, students may sign up for any remaining open seats. When signing up, please be sure to press “Submit and Sign Up” and then confirm your sign-up on the next screen.
  3. Check your e-mail closer to your chosen Connection for information on how to join the virtual discussion.
  4. We will begin each connection with a brief introduction from each participant. Additionally, come ready to ask questions and listen to others!
  5. If you need to change your sign up, please cancel and choose for another option with available spots using the SignUpGenius link.
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October 2020

Connection with Professor Vanderwal Taylor

October 26 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Professor Vanderwal Taylor

Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor has been extensively involved in international and transcultural studies at the UW-Madison. A Professor of Dutch, she has worked on history, ethics, and the environment and has supported the Study Abroad plans…

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Connection with Professor Nett

October 29 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Professor Nett

Topic: Becoming a Physician-Scientist. Jeniel Nett, a Professor in the Medical School, works on common infections, their diagnosis and treatment. Ask her about recent projects undertaken in her lab. This event is part of the…

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November 2020

Connection with Professor Gooding

November 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Professor Gooding

Topic: Learning to love the questions themselves: Research involvement. Diane Gooding, Professor of Psychology, has mentored many Honors students. These mentor experiences have included in-depth, exciting opportunities for Honors students in research. Professor Gooding's research…

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Connection with Professor Grunewald

November 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Professor Grunewald

Topic: Guilt, Innocence, and Justice in Law and Literature. Ralph Grunewald, Professor of Comparative Literature and Legal Studies, works at the intersection of law and literature, with a focus on justice and the stories in…

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Connection with Professor Gilroy

November 9 @ 4:00 pm
Professor Gilroy

Topic: Plants, Rockets, and the Moon. Will we be growing radishes on the moon in a couple of years? Professor of Botany Simon Gilroy may be the best person to answer this question: his lab…

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Connection with Professor Nadler

November 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Professor Nadler

Steve Nadler, a faculty member in Philosophy, is also the Director of the Institute for Research in the Humanities. An Honors Distinguished Faculty nominee, he is a Pulitzer-nominated author of important books on philosophy and…

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December 2020

Connection with Professor Nelsestuen

December 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Professor Nelsestuen

Topic: Experimenting with education at the University of Wisconsin in 1927 – a historical look and personal perspective. Grant Nelsestuen is a Professor of Classics as well as the Chair of the UW-Madison’s Integrated Liberal…

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Connection with Professor Austerweil

December 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Professor Austerweil

Topic: Humanizing Machine Learning - a Personal Journey. Professor of Psychology Joe Austerweil uses computer science and statistics to investigate human perception and cognition in his research group. This event is part of the Honors…

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