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Resources for Graduate Students


The Guide to Graduate Student Life

Written by students for students.

Chronicle of Higher Education Grad Student Newsletter

A newsletter focused specifically on gradaute student life and issues.  The newsletter is designed to inform and engage students, faculty, and administrators, providing news, tips, and advice about how to survive graduate school.  Sign up using your UWNetID.

Resources for International Travel

Insurance, policies, etc.



AAE Student Handbook (aka The Bluebook)



Course Change Form

Ordering Official Transcripts

Reduced Course Load for F-1 and J-1 Students

AAE Department letterhead is located on the common network drive at:  U:\Forms-Templates\AAE Letterhead

Business cards can be ordered at Bob's Copy Shop.

Academic Policies and Procedures

Graduate School academic and administrative policies and procedures.

Academic misconduct rules

Defines and explains the sanctions for cheating, plagiarism, etc. Plagiarism by graduate students can result in suspension from the university; know the rules!

Registration and credit requirements

Degree completion guidelines


Commencement information


Academic calendars

Professional Development

Graduate School Office of Professional Development

Offers many workshops and classes to build your skills and prepare for your career


Graduate Funding

A listing compiled by the Graduate School Fellowships Office.

CALS Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Development maintains a website with information on sources of funding and professional development opportunties.

How To Request Funds for Conference Travel

Badger Bridge This professional network is an exclusive place where UW-Madison alumni and students can come together to offer support in achieving career goals and exploring professional opportunities.

Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning
The Delta Program is a research, teaching and learning community for faculty, academic staff, post-docs, and graduate students that will help current and future faculty succeed in the changing landscape of science, engineering, and math higher education. The program offers workshops useful to grad students.

Writing Center

The Writing Center's programs are staffed by six professional writing instructors, 47 doctoral teaching assistants in composition and rhetoric and from literary studies, and 55 undergraduate Writing Fellows. All tutors in Writing Center programs are highly trained, expert readers and are qualified to offer help with writing in all disciplines and at all levels.

A Guide to Writing in Economics by Paul Dudenhefer, Duke University

Read this when you are writing your first major paper!

Support for Dissertators

Proposal Writing

UW Libraries list of proposal writing guides and resources.


The Art of Writing Proposals.  Basic principles of how to write a compelling research proposal, published by the Social Science Research Council.  Required reading for students at any phase of study.

The Elements of a Proposal.  More advice on how to structure a proposal and avoid common writing errors, by Frank Pajares.

Academic Job Market Information

Log into My AAE and click on "Information," then "Grad Student Job Market." 

Versatile Ph.D.

The Versatile Ph.D. is a web-based resource for graduate students, Ph.D.’s, alumni, and postdoctoral fellows interested in exploring non-academic careers. The site can be accessed from any computer and is confidential.

How to Print Business Cards

              UW Communications, requires a university funding source.

              Campus area copy shops, such as Bob’s.

Making Research Posters for Conferences (thanks to advice from Marin Bozic) 

  • Use the Steenbock Library poster printing service.

  • Do a free test run, i.e. just a stripe of your poster, so you can see font size and colors.

  • Check with your conference on the maximum size of the poster.

  • Triple check for typos in the text.

  • Download stock photos from a source like canstockphoto.com.
  • You can make the poster in PowerPoint, which restricts the dimensions of the slide to half the maximum length and width DMC can print. That is no problem, as you can enlarge it once the file is converted to pdf.

  • Find a way to share your posters with communities of interest even after the conference. You can upload them to ageconsearch (http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/handle/91378).  You can make a personal website.  You can print "miniature" posters on 11” x 17” paper to use as hand-outs.

Travel Insurance for University Employees (for travel outside the U.S.): https://delta.bussvc.wisc.edu/MedEX/medex_id_card.pdf



Last updated on Wed, October 19, 2016 7:49 AM