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The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is an engine of scientific discovery, with researchers working across the spectrum of agricultural and life sciences. Academically, the college offers research-based, hands-on teaching of undergraduates; world-class graduate programs rich in research and project assistantships; and short courses, workshops and other programs. Our outreach activities bring the work of the college to Wisconsin businesses, organizations and communities throughout the state. Learn more about CALS.

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"Success doesn’t happen overnight but in small steps that, at the time, are manageable. I believe it is important for young women (and also young men — actually everyone) to set goals and seriously chip away at working to fulfill them."

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Lynne Maquat

Lynne Maquat PhD’79 was a first-generation college student entering a male-dominated field while overcoming her shy nature. But she found a successful formula. Today, as a professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, she is a force in the field of RNA research and a trailblazer for women in science. As a doctoral student at CALS, Maquat worked with pro­fessor emeritus Bill Reznikoff. She has filled the years between graduation and now with a long list of accolades for her research. Recently, she received the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences and the Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science. She was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences in 2012 and the National Academy of Medicine in 2018 in recognition of her pioneering work on the com­plexity of RNA.
Read more in this Q&A with Maquat.

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