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, co-sponsored with CDE (DemSem), features lectures by top scholars in the field. A list of DemSem presentations related to CDHA Research Themes can be found here. The second 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 are designed individually to meet the needs and interests of each scholar. CDHA typically receives NIA funding for one postdoctoral position.

Demography Training Seminar

Together with the Center for Demography and Ecology, CDHA hosts a weekly training seminar that provides training and professional development to graduate students studying population sciences. This seminar is open to all and usually meets on Wednesday at 2-3:15 PM in room 8417 of the Sewell Social Sciences building. An archive of past seminars is available here.

Fall 2019 Calendar


A downloadable electronic calendar file is available here.

Wednesday, September 4: Reproducible Research
Lars Vilhuber, Cornell Economics

Wednesday, September 11: Writing a Strong PAA Abstract
Michal Engelman, UW-Madison Sociology

Wednesday, September 18: PAA Abstract Workshop
Michal Engelman, UW-Madison Sociology

Wednesday, September 25: Practice Job Talk: Parent-child Relationships and Young Adult Well-Being in the Transition to Adulthood
Sherry Zhang, Health Disparities Research Scholars Program

Wednesday, October 2: Practice Job Talk: The Population Effects of U.S. Deindustrialization: Implications for Social Stratification Processes
Nathan Seltzer, UW-Madison Sociology

Wednesday, October 9: No Seminar (Yom Kippur)

Wednesday, October 16: Practice Job Talk: College as a Great Equalizer: Marriage and Assortative Mating among First- and Continuing-Generation College Students
Mike King, UW-Madison Sociology

Wednesday, October 23: Framing Your Research Story
Jordan Conwell, UW-Madison Sociology & Educational Policy Studies

Wednesday, October 30: Writing Dissertation Proposals
Michal Engelman, UW-Madison Sociology

Wednesday, November 6: The R&R Process: Responding to Reviews & Being a Reviewer
Monica Grant, Jenna Nobles, & Eric Grodsky, UW-Madison Sociology

Wednesday, November 13: Navigating Academia as an Interdisciplinary Scholar
Lauren Gaydosh, Vanderbilt Sociology

Wednesday, November 20: The Advisor-Advisee Relationship
Amber Smith & Liza Chang, WISCIENCE Research Mentor and Mentee Training Program

Wednesday, November 27: No Seminar (Thanksgiving Break)

Wednesday, December 4: Model Choice & Model Selection in the Population Sciences
David Kaplan UW-Madison, Educational Psychology
John Mullahy UW-Madison, Population Health
Christine Schwartz, UW-Madison Sociology

Wednesday, December 11: Ethical Considerations in Population Research: It’s in the Data
Michal Engelman, UW-Madison Sociology