The University of Wisconsin, Madison

In achievement and prestige, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has long been recognized as one of America’s great universities. A public, land-grant institution, UW-Madison offers a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs and student activities. Many of its programs are hailed as world leaders in instruction, research and public service.

For more than 150 years, UW-Madison researchers have followed a commitment to the expansion of knowledge and the greater public good. They have built one of the most productive and vibrant enterprises in all of higher education.

UW-Madison has a proud tradition of putting research to work. It is home to the oldest patenting agency associated with a university campus, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. In 1999, WARF ranked third among all campus-based patent agencies with a total of 278 inventions disclosed. The university also has an active research park that, as of 2002, is home to 107 businesses and 4,000 employees. Since 1990, more than 100 new Wisconsin companies have originated from UW-Madison innovations.

One of the hallmarks of UW-Madison’s diverse research enterprise is its array of interdisciplinary research centers. The centers bring teams of researchers to bear on challenges from cancer prevention to the development of computer microchips. Prominent research centers include the Biotechnology Center, the Center for Dairy Research, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Space Science and Engineering Center, the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, and the Wisconsin Primate Research Center.