Group of CFL Grad students standing in front of Lake Mendota with bright sun shine and blue sky in background.Graduate students at the CFL are typically affiliated with the Department of Integrative Biology (formerly Zoology) or the Freshwater and Marine Sciences Program. All graduate student applications and deadlines are administered through these programs and departments.

If you are interested in working with faculty at the CFL, we suggest you email prospective advisors. When contacting CFL faculty, please attach a CV and provide a brief statement of your research interests and why you think the research program of the prospective advisor might be a good match.

Many resources are available for funding your graduate school education beyond teaching and research assistantships. UW-Madison provides guidelines and pathways for funding at If you qualify for any external or internal UW fellowships, we suggest you note this in your correspondence with potential advisors.

Code of Conduct

The CFL strives to support a diverse community of graduate students, and fully supports UW-Madison’s mission to increase diversity.

Limnology and Fisheries Society (LAFS)

LAFS is the student organization for those interested in limnology and marine science.  Undergraduate, graduate students and post docs are welcome. See CFL Committees for current Chair information.

“Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect 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 teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background—people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.”

Institutional Statement on Diversity, 2016