NextGenPop is a new NICHD-funded undergraduate program (R25 HD105602) in population research that aims to increase the diversity of the population field and nurture the next generation of population scientists. The program offers undergraduates an on-campus research training experience over the summer, virtual research and professional development workshops throughout the academic year, and opportunities for mentoring and networking with population scholars from across the U.S.
The summer 2022 program was hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison. From May 31-June 14, 18 undergraduate students lived and studied at UW for 2 weeks. Participants received an introduction to population research through classroom instruction and hands-on applications that address contemporary social issues, including race and income inequalities, health disparities, immigration, and family change.
Following the summer program and throughout the academic year, NGP students will participate in monthly virtual workshops on research and professional development. In the spring of 2023, fellows will be able to present research, meet with population scholars, and reconnect with their NGP cohort at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America
Since its founding in 1848, the UW campus has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and prolific research institution, our students, staff, and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems.
There's not much better than Madison in the summer: cannonballs into Lake Mendota, hikes around Devil’s Lake, leisurely afternoons at the Terrace. Fairs and festivals abound, as long sunny days turn to nights before you realize it, complete with photo-worthy sunsets.
The Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) will be the intellectual home for 2022 NextGenPop Fellows. CDE is a hub for population research at UW, bringing together faculty and graduate students from departments across campus, including sociology, public affairs, economics, and population health sciences.
Meet the Summer 2022 Cohort
The inaugural session of the NextGenPop program for undergraduates was hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison May 31-June 14, 2022.
Visit the NextGenPop website to see the biographies of the students in this summer’s session!
Stayed tuned for more information for next summer’s program hosted by Cornell University. Applications will open in fall 2022.
Research Focus at UW–Madison
UW–Madison is a major hub for research on reproductive health, with scholars from across campus working to address important demographic changes and pressing social issues, including the alarming race gap in maternal morbidity and mortality in the U.S., reductions in Title X funding and the accessibility of reproductive health care, and declining access to abortion services, among many others.
While at UW, NGP Fellows worked closely with faculty members closely affiliated with the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE), a multi-disciplinary cooperative for demographic research and graduate training in the social sciences on campus. Reproductive health is a major research area at CDE, and NextGenPop faculty members at UW lead research and community outreach initiatives that explore topics in reproductive health as well as their broader implications for individuals, communities, and populations.