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Kelly Burton
Graduate Student Service Coordinator
2209 Mechanical Engineering
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Phone: 608/263-4583


Douglass Henderson
GERS Faculty Director
411 Engineering Research Building
1500 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Phone: 608/263-0808

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Group photo taken in the atrium of the Engineering Centers Building.

The College of Engineering's Graduate Engineering Research Scholars (GERS) is a unique fellowship program designed to offer students a support network of peers. Through GERS, students become members of a supportive community of UW-Madison engineering graduate students, faculty and staff.

Prof. Douglass Henderson shaking hands with President Barack Obama in the White House.

Douglass Henderson, GERS faculty director, receives the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring for his significant contributions to mentoring pre-college, undergraduate and graduate students and young faculty in engineering and the sciences. 


The Graduate Engineering Research Scholars (GERS) program was created in 1999 to increase the number of underrepresented minority students receiving graduate degrees, specifically PhDs, in engineering and entering the professoriate.


While completing their degrees, students in GERS create a community of scholars who meet twice a month for personal and professional development opportunities.


Since its inception, the program has graduated 56 PhDs and 61 MS. Already 14 of the 56 are in faculty positions; an additional 5 are in post-doctoral positions. Of the 56 PhDs, 33 (59%) were awarded to women.