BADGRS (Brilliant And Diverse Graduate Research Scholars) is a trainee-run organization at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery that aims to:

  1. Provide a supportive community for WID trainees to explore, acknowledge, and address the environmental factors that impact their mental health from an intersectional perspective.
  2. Provide a channel for sustained and productive communication with faculty and administrators about grad student welfare and needs at WID.

At WID, BADGRS meets at 5pm on the 2nd Monday of every month. Our meetings are open to any trainees in WID and the Morgridge Institute for Research (MIR).

The general outline for our meetings is as follows:

  1. Group introductions and pizza
  2. Introduce the meeting theme
  3. Break into small groups to read and discuss a trainee-written case study
  4. Return to the full group to discuss questions relating to the theme as a whole
  5. Transition to general conversation about the meeting theme, or any other challenges trainees may have that they would like to discuss.

Past meeting themes have included but are not limited to:

  • Impostor Syndrome
  • Mentor/Mentee Relationships
  • Interpersonal Dynamics/Mediating Conflict in the Lab
  • Gender Bias
  • International Students and Culture
  • Microaggressions in the Lab

We would like to hear from you about topics you would be interested in seeing at a BADGRS Meeting, or anything you want to share:


For more information about mental health resources available on campus, visit

Want to start a BADGRS chapter at your department? Please email us at — we’d be happy to help!

Organizing Committee:

Alexis Lawton

Kaivalya Molugu

Katherine Mueller

Melissa Schoenlein

Keerthana Shankar