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Solving the mystery of cosmic rays

Since cosmic rays were discovered in 1912, scientists have sought the origins of these mysterious particles. A flash of blue light in the ice deep beneath the South Pole set researchers on a path to resolving this century-old riddle.

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"We believe the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found."

— 1894 Wisconsin Magna Carta

Top10 in national research spending every year since 1972


Top10 in producing Fortune 500 CEOs

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936 acres, 365 days.
Limitless possibilities.

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The Wisconsin Idea The Wisconsin Idea

The Wisconsin Idea is our pledge to the state, the nation, and the world that our endeavors will benefit all citizens.

17,000 lifelong learners benefit from UW education programs yearly

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19 Nobel Prize awards to UW faculty and alumni

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50 years dedicated to studying poverty and social inequality


37,000 service hours logged by Badger Volunteers for 2015–16

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