Funding and Tuition
IGPNS PhD and MS students are provided with a competitive stipend in addition to tuition remission. The University of Wisconsin provides healthcare plans in which the student may choose their preferred plan.
Students are required to pay segregated fees each semester1. Students may view a breakdown of the segregated fee expenses here.
The due date for segregated and other fee payments is the first Friday after the third assistant paycheck of the term (or the day of the third paycheck if it falls on a Friday).
1Certain funding opportunities will cover the cost of segregated fees.
Advising and Mentoring
IGPNS emphasizes the importance of the advising and mentorship relationship throughout graduate school. IGPNS requires faculty trainers to engage in mentorship training every 5 years. In addition, IGPNS requires rotations for first semester PhD students and annual committee meetings.
During the first semester, PhD students accepted into the IGPNS spend time with faculty on a rotational basis. This provides students the opportunity to learn about the research being done by a particular faculty and, in the process, discover more about their own research interests. Upon completion of the rotation period, PhD students join a faculty member’s lab for completion of their degree. In addition to serving as a research mentor, the faculty member also serves as the student’s academic advisor. Students work with their faculty mentor to discuss course selection/completion and frequently review overall progress.
Faculty mentors also act as the chair for the student’s thesis/dissertation committee. Students and their mentors choose committee members based on such things as mutual research interests and professional experiences that may be beneficial to the student’s research and future career. This committee meets at least annually to provide feedback and assistance.
For more information on degree requirements, timelines, dissertation/thesis requirements and preliminary and final examinations please refer to the IGPNS Handbook.