A young woman studies on a sunny lawn.

Badger Precollege

Who We Are

Badger Precollege provides academic precollege programs for elementary, middle and high school students to explore the UW–Madison campus while pursuing their interests in the fields of music, art, STEM, recreation and more. We introduce students to the college environment and promote lifelong learning by offering programming to students throughout their K-12 experience. In addition to being immersed in the college experience, our students benefit from interacting with UW–Madison’s outstanding facilities, resources and faculty. As an integral part of our mission, we strive to bring underrepresented students to campus through scholarship opportunities, partner organizations and culturally aware curricula.


Christopher Pevey Harry, Assistant Dean, Badger Precollege

What We Do

  • Facilitate immersion into the Badger experience
  • Run residential and commuter academic precollege programs
  • Prepare students for the college admissions process
  • Provide scholarship opportunities for students with financial need
  • Community engagement
  • Precollege outreach fairs
  • Design precollege programs and opportunities

Our team

Carrie Backman

Position title: Assistant Director of Badger Precollege Arts Programs/Program Director of Summer Music Clinic

Sara Bembenek-Saborio

Position title: International Education Coordinator

Katie Effertz

Position title: Associate Director of Operations and Residential Programs

Payton Jones

Position title: Summer Special Project Coordinator

Aphra Mednick

Position title: Associate Dean

Lauren Oldenburg

Position title: Precollege Commuter Program Specialist

Christopher Pevey Harry

Position title: Assistant Dean

Danny Puser

Position title: Badger Precollege Project Coordinator

Kate Ryan

Position title: Badger Precollege Program Coordinator

Olha Skyba

Position title: Associate Director of Academics and Development

Sarah Sobek Ozburn

Position title: Project & Data Manager

Tracy Spraetz

Position title: Summer Program Coordinator

Jamison Wendlandt

Position title: Badger Precollege Program Coordinator

Jing Xu

Position title: Assistant Director, International Students