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, features lectures by top scholars in the field. 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 2018 Calendar

A downloadable electronic calendar file is available here.

Wednesday, September 5: Intro & Overview of the graduate training program, Marcy Carlson, Michal Engelman, Jason Fletcher, John Mullahy, Jenna Nobles, Jim Raymo

Wednesday, September 12: Workshop PAA Abstracts, Michal Engelman

Wednesday, September 19: No Seminar

Wednesday, September 26: Writing a Research Paper for Publication, Michal Engelman, Jason Fletcher, Jenna Nobles

Wednesday, October 3: Research-in-Progress, Qian He

Monday, October 8: Genetics and Social Sciences: An Overview, Philipp Koellinger, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Wednesday, October 17: Causal inference with Big Data, Hyunseung Kang

Wednesday, October 24: Careers outside Academia, Kiersten Strombotne (American Institutes for Research) and Jessa Lewis Valentine (DVP-Praxis LTD)

Wednesday, October 31, Epigenetics: A Social Scientist’s Perspective, Colter Mitchell (Michigan)

Wednesday, November 7: Agent-Based Modeling with NetLogo (I),Jennifer Stenglein (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

Wednesday, November 14: Agent-Based Modeling with NetLogo (II), Jennifer Stenglein (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

Wednesday, November 21: Thanksgiving break

Wednesday, November 28: Structuring Arguments, UW–Madison Writing Center

Wednesday, December 5: New Rules for Human Subjects Research? What Happened to the Old Ones?, Susan Lederer

Wednesday, December 12: Practice Job Talk: Anticipatory Migration and Local Labor Responses to Rural Climate Shocks, Esteban Quiñones