The view of the Carillon Tower framed by the golden autumn leaves.



Graduate work at CDHA provides training in the demographic and biological models of health and aging. Through course work, research, and mentorships, the program enables students to build expertise in demographic concepts and methods while cultivating their professional skills.

Graduate students attend two weekly seminars. The first, Demography Seminar (DemSem)—co-sponsored by the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE)—features lectures by top scholars in the field. A list of DemSem presentations related to CDHA Research Themes can be found here. The second, Demography Training Seminar, aims to enhance the craft of research, foster individual mentoring relationships, and address methodological standards and ethical concerns in the field. Under faculty supervision, students develop the expertise needed to undertake independent research and present at professional conferences.

Postdoctoral fellowships at the Center are designed individually to meet the needs and interests of each scholar. CDHA typically receives NIA funding for one postdoctoral position.

Support for CDHA’s training program comes from a training grant (T32 AG000129-30) from the National Institute of Aging. CDE receives training support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (T32 HD007014-42).

Demography Training Seminar

Together with the CDE, CDHA hosts a weekly training seminar that provides training and professional development to graduate students studying population sciences. This seminar is led by Max Bebris, is open to all and meets on Wednesday from 2:00-3:15 p.m. in room 8417 of the Sewell Social Sciences Building. An archive of past seminars is available here.

Fall 2023

Sept 6

Casey Pellien, UW IRB: What Demographers Need to Know About the IRB

Sept 13

No class

Sept 20

Katherine Curtis, UW C&E Sociology: PAA Abstracts Workshop

Sept 27

No class—Institute on Aging Colloquium

Oct 4

Caitlin Lowery, IRP Fellow: Quasi-Experimental Methods

Oct 11

Alex Mikulas, UW Sociology: Practice Job Talk

Oct 18

Felix Elwert, UW Sociology: TBD

Oct 25

Alejandra Ros Pilarz, UW Social Work: Writing and Research Productivity

Nov 1

Yang Wang, UW Public Affairs and Robert Thomas, WiscRDC: What’s Available at the Wisc Federal Statistics Research Data Center?

Nov 8

Sharada Dharmasankar, UW Econ: Practice Job Talk

Nov 15

Michal Engelman, UW Sociology: Preparing Dissertation Proposals

Nov 22

No class, Thanksgiving

Nov 29

Lindsay Jacobs, UW Public Affairs: Measuring Income and Wealth Across the Lifecourse

Dec 6


Dec 13

Jenna Nobles, UW Sociology and Tiffany Green, UW Pop Health: Data Quality Checks for Survey Data and Programming