Claudia Solís-Lemus is a PhD student in Statistics working with professor Cécile Ané in the inference of phylogenetic networks to represent the tree of life expanded by extra hybridization edges. Understanding the evolutionary history of species is essential to conservation efforts and to discover the tree of life. She obtained her Master's degree in Mathematics at UW-Madison with emphasis on probability theory. Originally from Mexico City, she earned her undergraduate degrees in Actuarial Sciences and Applied Mathematics at ITAM .
Why did you choose UW-Madison? UW-Madison has a worldwide reputation. Some of my professors back home did their PhD education here, and they strongly encouraged me to apply. I am very happy they did! I found not only endless opportunities to learn on campus, but also a great city to live in.
Where is your favorite place to study? The terrace, except in winter. In winter I stay inside Memorial Union to still be able to watch the lake.
Advice for future graduate students? Buy warm clothes, but don't be afraid of the cold! Madison is such a warm city that you will feel fine. Make the most out of your classes, but pay attention to the many extracurricular activities like workshops, seminars and talks that happen around campus. You can learn a lot inside and outside the classroom.
Jeremy Lange is a graduate student in John Pool's Population Genetics Lab. He is interested in applications of math and statistics to biology, and population genetics in particular. He has evaluated a new haplotype statistic for detecting local adaptation, and he's currently examining the effects of natural selection on demographic inference.
Why did you choose UW-Madison? I got my undergraduate degree here at UW-Madison and decided to stay for graduate school. The collaborative environment, sequencing resources, and Center for High Throughput Computing were major draws to stay beyond my undergrad. Plus, the city is beautiful and southern Wisconsin is home to some wonderful state parks that I enjoy hiking in.
Where is your favorite place to study? I enjoy studying at the Library and Information Studies library (yes, it’s a library for studying libraries). It’s a little known library on the fourth floor of Helen C. White. It is cozy, relaxing, and has beautiful views overlooking Lake Mendota.
Advice for future graduate students? For those interested in the quantitative side of biology, learn how to program! It may seem overwhelming at first, but it’s worth it. There’s plenty of Youtube tutorials and teaching books to help beginners, but, in my opinion, the best way to learn is to just jump right in.