The Survery of the Health of Wisconsin strongly encourage students to use our data. In the past, students have used SHOW data for master of public health capstone projects, theses, dissertations and to explore interesting topics that might lead to publication.

Information about Survey of the Health of Wisconsin questionnaires, biological specimen program and SHOW documentation is available to any researcher, student or otherwise, interested in using Survey of the Health of Wisconsin data. The codebooks available include basic frequency output for all variables collected by SHOW.


The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin benefits from having motivated students work with us on a number of projects from quality control to publication support. If you are interested in working for SHOW, please email Tammy LeCaire,, to find out about research and work opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Ready to start a project with SHOW?

Students seeking to work with SHOW should consult the following steps:

  1. Find a SHOW mentor. Students working with SHOW data must have a SHOW mentor. This mentor will provide guidance on Survey of the Health of Wisconsin protocols and analytic methodology required when using SHOW data. If students need assistance matching their interests with a SHOW mentor, they should contact the SHOW Data Coordinating Center at for suggestions.
  2. Fill out a letter of intent indicating the following items:
    • name, educational program and department (i.e., MPH, PhD, etc.)
    • program advisor
    • working title/topic
    • background research and brief literature review
    • research aims and timeline
    • letter of intent template
      The purpose of the letter of intent is to facilitate multiple students who may want to work on similar topics, and to ensure that you have sufficiently thought about your research idea. Once filled out, email the letter to
  3. Make a data request. Once your letter of intent is approved, a data request form  must be completed. Your SHOW mentor will need to sign off on this data request.
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Meet our current students

Prav Bajwa

Pravleen Bajwa, PhD candidate, epidemiology

Prav received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from UW-Madison and her Master of Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked in a public health setting dealing with health disparities and community-based participatory research.

Prav is interested in the Epidemiology of chronic diseases, spatial Epidemiology, and health disparities. Her current research focuses on hypertension risk prediction in Latin American countries.

Show project: Codebook production, PMRC (Population-based Microbiome Research Core), EPHT (Environmental Public Health Tracking)


Ellie Holzhausen

Ellie Holzhausen, PhD candidate, epidemiology

Ellie received her bachelor of science in Mathematics, with a certificate in Computer Science from UW-Madison in 2012. Prior to beginning graduate school, she worked in technical support for EHR software. Ellie is interested in microbiome diversity and composition and the various health factors and outcomes associated with the human gut microbiome.

SHOW project: Ellie is a project assistant and currently works on the Wisconsin Microbiome Follow-up Project.

Lu Liu

Lu Liu, master's student, biomedical data science

Before pursuing this program, Lu had three years’ of work experience as a statistician in a business consulting company in Beijing. She also has SAS Base and Advance certifications. Her interests are statistics and programming. She would like to do statistical analysis of health data as well as study algorithm and programming application in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

SHOW project: codebook production, data request, SHOW dissemination, medicine project

Maddie Olson

Maddie Olson, PhD candidate, audiology

Maddie is an AuD student in the College of Letters and Science, who received her bachelor of science in speech-pathology and audiology from Marquette University in 2017. She is interested in the factors that contribute to a child’s school readiness, especially how auditory input influences a child’s cognition, learning, and vocabulary.

SHOW project: Maddie currently works as a project assistant for the CREATE Project (Cumulative Risks, Early Development, & Emerging Academic Trajectories), with a focus on how environmental noise and auditory input affect a child’s stress levels and school readiness. She also focuses on the recruitment of participants and actively works in the field.

Allison Rodriguez

Allison Rodriguez, graduate student, master of public health

Allison is an MPH student who received a bachelor of science in Biology and a certificate in Global Health from UW-Madison. Before becoming an MPH student, she spent several years working in community health with the Early Childhood Initiative on the south side of Madison, and in the Peace Corps as a Health Education Volunteer in Nicaragua.

SHOW project: implementation of SHOW core in of a Latino Community pilot study, communications, community engagement, data requests


Alexandra Spicer

Alexandra Spicer, graduate student, biostatistics and medical informatics

Alex received her bachelor’s degree in statistics and a certificate in integrated studies in science, society, and engineering from UW-Madison in 2018. She is starting her master’s degree at UW-Madison this fall.

Alex enjoys applying statistics and data science to health data. Her current interests include model building, regression trees, data visualization, and quality control.

SHOW project: codebook production, quality control, statistical summaries and analyses, and data requests.