Graduate Opportunities

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research has enhanced the professional development and quality of life for thousands of graduate students over the decades. Currently, WCER employs about 500 people, including 100 UW–Madison students. Many of these students also participate in its training programs.

Working at WCER

The center’s grant-funded projects create an ongoing variety of shorter-term positions that often attract students. These jobs, usually part-time, offer a convenient way for students to earn income on campus while gaining hands-on research skills, expanding their professional networks and working as part of a close-knit and supportive team.

Many student employees at WCER go on to very successful careers in academia and related fields. Some become so interested in their work projects, they refocus their studies to pursue a specific area of inquiry related to their work at WCER.

Education Research Events for Students

WCER encourages students from across campus to attend its growing and diverse series of academic lectures and events, including an annual education research poster fair (link to WCER events and poster fair).

Graduate Student Training

In addition, WCER presents three training program targeted at graduate students. The graduate training initiatives at WCER enrich the intellectual environment for graduate students by providing experiences that complement activities provided in students’ home departments.

  • WCER’s Interdisciplinary Training Program, founded in 2005, prepares doctoral scholars for careers in education science. The program provides specialized academic, professional and financial supports and field research opportunities for up to 25 graduate fellows every year.
  • WCER also supports the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s School of Education’s Doctoral Research Program, a cross-disciplinary professional development opportunity for students who intend to pursue careers as researchers in education or an education-related field.
  • The Wisconsin Collaborative Education Network, which is sponsored by WCER, the UW–Madison School of Education and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, offers graduate students fellowships to conduct authentic research in the wider community, and attend Practical Wisdom lectures and other events to enhance their education and professional contacts.