Without the Hilldale Undergraduate Research Grant at UW-Madison, I would not have had the freedom and resources to start myself on this trajectory when I did, and I may not have found my way to the creative and exciting field I work in today.
I was living and working off campus my sophomore year. I was paying for school on my own, and I had an intense and draining job. It was rough. Things turned around for me when I came back to campus as a House Fellow.
I enrolled at UW-Madison as a pre-med student in the fall of 1960, having received a full-tuition scholarship provided by the University. Good fortune smiled down on me when Dr. Irving Shain was assigned as my student advisor.
Three of the most enjoyable years of my life were 1969-72, when I was housed on the 11th floor of Van Hise. I had no idea that school could be so much fun.