In June, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) renewed CDE’s T32 training grant (T32 HD07014). Founded in 1962 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, CDE is home to one of the largest and longest-running demographic training programs in the country. The center has received NICHD T32 funding since 1975—a testament to CDE’s reputation as a leader in demographic research.
“We were thrilled to receive this NICHD funding, which provides vital resources to support our training program in demographic research. Our program continues to grow, both in terms of the number of students participating and the range of disciplines from which they come,” said CDE Director Marcy Carlson.
Forty UW–Madison graduate students, supported by the NICHD T32 as well as other internal and external sources, currently participate in CDE’s training program, directed by Jenna Nobles, associate professor of sociology, and John Mullahy, professor of population health sciences and economics. The program offers courses, research mentoring, professional development opportunities, and a weekly seminar featuring cutting-edge research presented by scholars from around the country and world.
The NICHD T32 will allow CDE to support five traineeships for predoctoral students each year from 2017 through 2022. Working with faculty members, students conduct research that addresses the health and well-being of children, adults, families, and communities.
Mentored by leading scholars across many disciplines, including economics, population health sciences, and sociology, students trained in population science are well-equipped to pursue careers across academic, government, and applied research settings. Since its founding, CDE has placed more than 300 PhDs and helped launch the careers of over 40 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in the field.