Explore Our Research Groups and Labs
Efferent Systems Laboratory
Dr. Boothalingam's research is geared towards understanding the functional relevance of the auditory brain’s feedback systems, called efferents. He uses non-invasive tools such as OAEs and EEG to measure efferent activity in the auditory system.
Child Hearing Laboratory
Dr. Easwar’s research focuses on typical auditory development, the impact of hearing loss, and the effect of using prostheses like hearing aids on auditory development using EEG techniques.
Fowler Research Group
Dr. Fowler’s research addresses the causes and mechanisms of hearing loss in aging and age-related diseases, including dementia and diabetes.
Binaural Hearing and Speech Laboratory
Dr. Litovsky’s research studies binaural hearing in persons who have normal hearing and in persons who are deaf and use cochlear implants (CIs). Her team is interested in whether CI users can benefit from having two (bilateral) CIs.
Language Processes Laboratory
Dr. Ellis Weismer’s research investigates the developmental course and nature of language processing in atypical language learners compared to those with typical language development.
Little Listeners Laboratory
The goal of the Little Listeners Project is to better understand why some children with ASD have such a difficult time learning language, and what we might be able to do to help.
Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Laboratory
Dr. Kaushanskaya’s research aims to improve diagnostic practices for children who speak English as a second language, and who therefore cannot be tested using tools developed for monolingual English-speaking children.
Cognitive-Communication in Aging and Neurogenic Disorders Laboratory
Dr. Mueller’s research focuses on neural mechanisms of speech/language in individuals with normal aging, preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and other forms of dementia.
Research in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Laboratory
Dr. Sterling’s research focuses on the development of language and cognitive skills in children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. She works with families who have children with fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and DS.
Wisconsin Intelligibility, Speech, and Communication Laboratory
Dr. Hustad’s research studies the changes in speech language, cognition, and functional communication abilities among children with cerebral palsy (CP).
Speech Motor Action + Control Laboratory
Dr. Parrell’s research focuses on how the brain controls and produces the articulatory movements that create speech. This research incorporates speech behavior, neuroscience, and computational modelling to understand how speech motor control works.
Brain, Language, and Acoustic Behavior Laboratory
Dr. Niziolek is interested in how the brain coordinates auditory and motor signals to achieve communicative goals. Her research typically combines brain imaging during spoken language with the acoustic analysis of speech behavior.
Swallowing and Voice
Dr. Ciucci’s research focuses on the neurobiological and behavioral underpinnings of motor control for voice and swallowing. Using clinical and basic science models, she explores how degenerative neurologic diseases affect these functions.
Dr. Connor’s research focuses on the role of aging and treatments in reversing or preventing age-related changes in cranial muscles. Real-world benefit comes from knowledge of how current treatments may affect swallowing and voice disorder outcomes.
Swallowing and Salivary Bioscience Laboratory
Dr. Rogus-Pulia’s research works to systematically identify and characterize factors underlying dysphagia in patients with AD and to translate these findings into treatments for maintaining quality of life and prevention of pneumonia onset.
Thibeault Research Group
Dr. Thibeault’s translational research investigates molecular and genetic factors that are the basis of normal vocal fold tissue and its vibration. Dr. Thibeault studies vocal fold injury and wound healing as a disordered model.
Visit Day Schedule
|8:00 am – 8:30 am||Check-In and Continental Breakfast||Union South
|8:25 am – 8:30 am||Department Overview
Welcome from our department chair, Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau.
|8:30 am – 12:00 pm||Faculty Research Presentations
Research presentations from faculty in computer architecture, databases, graphics, human computer interaction, artificial intelligence, networks, numerical analysis, optimization, programming languages and software engineering, robotics, security, systems, and theory.
|12:00 pm – 1:00 pm||Lunch – prospective students and faculty||Union South
|1:30 pm – 4:00 pm||Meetings with Professors
Student meeting schedules will be available Friday. Each student’s schedule will be determined by faculty availability. Meetings run concurrently with other afternoon activities.
|1:30 pm – 4:00 pm||TGIF
Enjoy some afternoon snacks and mingle with current grad students in between meetings with professors and area open houses.
|1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Meet the Research Groups/Lab Tours
Research group open houses. Locations and specific times to be determined.
|4:00 pm – 4:30 pm||Graduate Assistantship Info Session
Info on TA placement process and graduate assistantship opportunities.
|5:30 pm – 6:30 pm||Happy Hour with Faculty
Conversation, hors d’oeuvres and beverages
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|6:30 pm – 8:00 pm||Dinner with Faculty
Department Chair Remarks – Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau
Guest Speaker – Michael Marty
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Additional Resources & Information
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Campus Life/Life in Madison
Madison Visitors Guide
Where to stay? What to eat? We’ve got your back. Destination Madison publishes an official Visitors Guide filled with ideas of things to do, upcoming events, restaurants and more.
Living in Madison
Madison, with a population of over 250,000, offers the amenities of a big city with the benefits and warmth of a strikingly beautiful college town. The Wisconsin Union Theater, the Overture Center for the Arts, the Kohl Center, and other facilities provide endless opportunities for students to enjoy national and local cultural events.
Campus Area Housing
Campus Area Housing, a service of the Campus and Visitor Relations office, is UW-Madison’s official resource for individuals searching for privately-owned housing rentals in the campus area, downtown, and greater Madison area. The listing service provides a searchable database where individuals may use a filtered search for rental housing specified to their individual needs.
With more than 45,000 students representing 50 states and 134 countries, our community is diverse, energetic, and constantly in motion. Jump around with 80,000 Badgers fans at Camp Randall Stadium and witness athletic feats from our 23 Big Ten varsity teams. Join one of the nearly 900 student organizations—or start a new one. Stroll down Madison’s vibrant State Street and experience the largest farmers’ market of its kind as you walk around Capitol Square. Relax over live music and a stunning sunset at the Memorial Union Terrace. Build a lifelong community of kinship and support.
Memorial Union Terrace
Grab a chair and soak up the sun on the historic Memorial Union Terrace. The years have passed, the space has grown and even the chairs have changed. But through it all, the Terrace has remained a favorite spot for UW students, faculty, staff, Union members and anyone else looking to enjoy sunny day or beautiful evening in the summer, spring or fall.
Madison: Home of the Badgers Video
International Student Services
International Student Services (ISS) serves UW-Madison students on F and J visas by providing holistic support through advising on immigration, personal, and cultural matters, and by organizing events and activities to support students’ engagement and development within the campus community.
Multicultural Student Center
The primary mission of the Multicultural Student Center is to collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus where all students, particularly students of color and other historically underserved students, can realize an authentic Wisconsin Experience.
Black Cultural Center
Black Cultural Center (BCC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison serves Black students (including African-American, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, and African Diaspora) by facilitating opportunities for academic and social support, co-curricular programming, and community building.
The BCC welcomes all students and centers the voices, experiences, and dynamic lives of Black undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The Black Cultural Center exists to acknowledge the specific and particular realities of Black communities at UW-Madison, while also connecting communities to the larger Wisconsin Experience and fostering a sense of belonging.
Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding is your resource for social networking, learning, and professional development. Housed within the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, we focus on the needs of underserved graduate student populations such as graduate students of color and first-generation graduate students.
Bouchet Graduate Honor Society
The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society commemorates the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from an American university (Physics, Yale University, 1876). The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy—exemplifying the spirit and example of Dr. Bouchet.
Gender and Sexuality Campus Center
The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center provides education, outreach, advocacy, and resources for UW-Madison student communities and their allies to improve campus climate and their daily intersectional experiences.
Veteran Services & Military Assistance Center
The Veteran Services & Military Assistance Center supports the Wisconsin Experience of military-connected students by fostering personal transitions and pursuit of academic success.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive campus experience for all members of the campus community. The University has a rich history in providing access to individuals with disabilities and strives to continue this strong tradition through an established network of programs and resources that highlight disability, accessibility, and accommodations for students, employees, visitors, and guests.
McBurney Disability Resource Center
We view disability as an important aspect of the diversity of UW-Madison and are committed to creating an accessible and inclusive educational experience for students. We do this by partnering with students, faculty, and staff to design accessible environments and to provide academic accommodations so that students can engage, explore and participate in the Wisconsin Idea. Whether you are a student or instructor, are new to campus or are already quite familiar, have a long history of accommodations or are just exploring disability-related accommodations for the first time, we invite you to learn more about the Center and to contact us with any questions you may have.
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