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University of Wisconsin–Madison


The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education oversees more than $1 billion in annual research expenditures, a figure that puts the University of Wisconsin–Madison as the number sixth university in the nation for volume of research. The office also includes administration of 16 cross-campus research and service centers and maintains oversight of the Graduate School, which has an annual budget of $160 million and as well as responsibility for 9,400 graduate students in 150 master’s and 120 doctoral fields. The Vice Chancellor’s leadership team consists of faculty and staff members representing the various disciplines of research and graduate education, including administration, physical sciences, biological sciences, social studies and arts and humanities. In addition, an extensive network of operational support is in place to support the office’s mission.


(Vice Chancellor Mailick is on temporary leave from her Vice Chancellor duties. Norman Drinkwater is the Interim Vice Chancellor).

Marsha Mailick, vice chancellor for research and graduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. As the Vice Chancellor, I’m not only honored to lead such a central part of the research enterprise at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, but also thrilled to work with the dedicated team of faculty researchers, administrators and staff we have in place.

There’s never been a more critical time for research and graduate education at this university, and as the leader charged with steering a $1 billion research enterprise, I’m acutely aware of the challenges ahead. It’s also a time of enormous opportunity and excitement, with new discoveries, technologies and thought leadership transforming the landscape of research and graduate education. Here at Wisconsin, we believe this transformation will advance not only our university, but our state, our nation, and ultimately, our world.

I intend for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education to address the complex challenges of the university’s broad research enterprise and support the needs of graduate education across campus, in a thoughtful and collaborative manner, all while providing strong leadership and clear vision in the constant pursuit of research and graduate education excellence.


Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. The OVCRGE values the contributions of each person and respects the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in research, graduate education, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

I hope you will share my heartfelt enthusiasm for the work of this office and the efforts of our team.

Marsha Mailick, Vaughan Bascom and Elizabeth M. Boggs Professor and Vice Chancellor