I’m delighted to introduce you to the 2018 Forward under 40 Award honorees. We selected these eight alumni, all under the age of 40, because they are outstanding examples of living the Wisconsin Idea — the idea that this public university exists to serve the public good.
This year’s honorees are notable for helping to improve lives — the lives of people with disabilities, the lives of students from underrepresented backgrounds, and the lives of patients facing a terminal disease. They are bringing us award-winning news, helping to preserve endangered species in Chile, improving health outcomes for Hmong Americans, and advocating for women in technology.
It’s always hard to narrow down the honorees for this award because UW–Madison excels at producing alumni who are doing good for the global community. The only thing that makes it easier is knowing that we’ll have a chance to do it again next year. If you’d like to nominate a young Badger grad for next year’s award, visit uwalumni.com/forwardunder40, where you can also learn more about this year’s honorees.
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Wisconsin Alumni Association
Washington Life Magazine named him to its annual list of DC’s young “power players.” India Abroad newspaper called him “King of the Hill.”Read More >
In 2015, Sarah Coglianese asked a big question: what would you give?Read More >
Zainab Ghadiyali’s first foray into engineering was a winner.Read More >
Rupa Valdez is a researcher and educator who designs technologies and programs that make it easier for people to take care of their health.Read More >
Through close-knit communities and global adventures, Raul Leon makes college a place where everyone feels at home.Read More >
Paulina Stowhas has always admired diversity — in nature, in culture, and in people.Read More >
Roberto Rivera has helped troubled youth to realize in as little as 10 weeks what it took him years to understand for himself.Read More >
Wisconsin has been home to one of the nation’s largest Hmong communities for more than 40 years.Read More >