Re-inventing Discovery

The world’s greatest scientific challenges can’t be met by individual scientists, laboratories, or departments. The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is an experiment in interdisciplinarity, combining the best minds in new teams with powerful tools that transcend the boundaries of departments and fields. Learn more about WID >

Expertise at WID

WID researchers make fundamental discoveries at the intersections of disciplines to solve problems that require an interdisciplinary approach.

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Resilience, Robustness, Adaptability – WID Seminar Series

Every month, WID presents a seminar in which two faculty or their delegates will present their research and how it connects with the WID theme of Resilience, Robustness, and Adaptability. Colleagues will pair up to develop a seminar that presents parallels, collaborative projects, or just two different views of this theme. Each 25-minute talk will take place in the Orchard View Room with light refreshments. There is also a virtual viewing option.

 

Stories of Discovery

Research, outreach, and initiatives at WID embody the Wisconsin Idea — reaching beyond the walls of the institute and the UW campus and into the lives of citizens across the state, country, and world.


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Federal Earmark Expands Student-led Search for New Antibiotics

Scientists worldwide are using authentic research experiences to engage college students in discovering new antibiotics. The Tiny Earth initiative, based at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, has already trained thousands of students in 30 countries. Congressionally Directed Community Project Funds will now provide $1 million to expand the program and reach even more students. This was part of the $1.7 trillion federal spending package that was signed into law by President Biden in December 2022.
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Karan Srivastava earns 22-23 Teaching Assistant Award

"I aim to create an environment where students can ask questions, make mistakes, and learn to move past them."
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Discovery Hubs

WID’s hubs act as integrators for the campus community, generating new ideas that nucleate new collaborative research projects. The hubs make use of WID expertise to provide services that assist other researchers in applying specialized tools to a range of problems extending far beyond the scope of WID’s programs. Explore WID’s Hubs: