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 2020 Calendar


A copy of the seminar calendar can be downloaded from this link.

A copy of the seminar schedule can be downloaded from this link.

All sessions are online unless otherwise noted. Send an email to for the meeting code.

September 2: Introduction
Jordan Conwell, UW-Madison Sociology

September 9: In-Person Meeting*

September 16: PAA Abstract Workshop
Jordan Conwell, UW-Madison Sociology
Michal Engelman, UW-Madison Sociology

September 23: Online ‘Marketing’: Personal Websites
Caitlin Tefft UW-Madison SSCC

September 30: From Dissertation to Publication
Jordan Conwell, UW-Madison Sociology

October 7: Postdocs and Grants
Jayanti Owens, Brown University Sociology

October 14: Non-Academic Jobs
Catherine Doren, U.S. Census Bureau
Esteban Quinones, Mathematica

October 21: From ABD to Postdoc
Jess Meyer, University of North Carolina Population Center

October 28: Practice Job Talks
Masoud Movahed, UW-Madison Sociology
Joanna Venator, UW-Madison Economics

November 4: COVID-19 and Survey Research
Kathryn Edwards, RAND

November 11: Optional Drop-in Office Hours with Professor Conwell
Jordan Conwell, UW-Madison Sociology

November 18: Ethics Session: Restricted-Use Data Agreements and Sponsored Research
Matt Barron, UW Research and Sponsored Projects
Laura Conger, UW Institutional Review Board

November 25: No Seminar (Thanksgiving Break)

December 2: Research Self-Efficacy

December 9: Semester Wrap-up
Jordan Conwell, UW-Madison Sociology