Contact UW-Madison advisers
261 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1121 (office)
Contact the Wisconsin regional recruiter
Jason Lemberg, RPCV Kyrgyzstan 2006-2008
Peace Corps Regional Recruiter (Wisconsin)
Phone: (312) 619-8372
UW-Madison Peace Corps Staff
Abigail Cook, Peace Corps adviser
Abigail is a master's candidate in the Water Resources Management Program located within the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Her current research focuses on the effects of urbanization on the water quality of kettle ponds in the City of Middleton.
Abigail served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Senegal from 2010-2014. She first served as an Agriculture Extension Agent, where she worked to improve food security with local farmers, women’s groups, and community gardens using improved agricultural methods. She also collaborated on multiple health-focused projects, girls’ empowerment events, and communication projects. Abigail was promoted to Peace Corps Volunteer Leader for her second two years of service where she assisted in the training of new Peace Corps Senegal Agriculture Volunteers. She facilitated sessions on a variety of topics, including cross-cultural collaboration, agriculture technical training, Senegalese agricultural production, and safety and security in country. Her work in the Peace Corps, coupled with undergraduate study at Ithaca College in International Politics and Environmental Science, laid the foundation for Abigail’s focus and study at UW-Madison. Her aim is to work both domestically and abroad in water sanitation and public health.
Maj Fischer, interim director for external relations, UW-Madison International Division
Maj Fischer, currently interim director for external relations in UW-Madison’s International Division, was a Peace Corps Volunteer (Education) in Poland. She later worked for the agency as associate director for the Peace Corps in Fiji from 2003-2005, re-opening the program after its five-year hiatus.
After Fiji, she moved half way around the world to Copenhagen, Denmark, to work for The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) before returning to UW-Madison in 2010 where she started UW-Madison’s International Internship Program as well as coordinating the campus Peace Corps recruiting office. From 1996-2003, Maj served as Associate Director for UW-Madison’s International Academic Programs. She was also a Fulbright participant in Korea, a summer intern in Brussels, and spent a year in both Finland and Sweden as an exchange student. While she has lived around the world, Maj is a proud native of Wisconsin with an undergraduate degree (AB) from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Public Policy (MPP) focusing on International Development and Education Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.