About Us

Who We Are

Software Training for Students is a free student-to-student technology training program for all undergraduate and graduate students at UW-Madison. We are a part of DoIT Academic Technology.

We’re here to help you get comfortable with the technology tools that will enable you to succeed during your time at UW-Madison student and beyond.

All of our services are free for all students at UW-Madison!

The two full-time staff members of Software Training for Students surrounded by a friendly-looking group of the student trainers. These definitely look like people you'd want to hang out with and/or learn technology skills from.
The Software Training for Students team, at their mid-semester staff meeting. March, 2023.

What We Do

Technology Workshops

Our student-led training sessions provide hands-on experience with popular software tools like Photoshop, Excel, Python, GitHub, and R, as well as big-picture topics in the tech space like Algorithms and Bias, Data Privacy, and Intro to Programming. Sign up now.

1-on-1 Support

Get personalized support for class assignments, personal projects, or anything technology-related that you’ve got questions about from our student staff from our Ask A Trainer service.

Custom Workshops

If you’re a faculty/staff member, part of a registered student organization, or just someone interested in scheduling training for a group of friends, you can request a custom workshop on the topic of your choice – wherever and whenever works for you.


We offer workshop manuals, technology guides, and other learning resources to help students get the most out of their tech.

We also help fund the campus license for LinkedIn Learning, the leading platform for self-paced online learning.

1990s-era college students working in a computer lab that probably smelled like shrink-wrap plastic and polyester carpet
What the earliest STS students looked like, probably (via Wikimedia Commons)

Our History

The earliest incarnation of Software Training for Students came to campus in 1993 as part of a general effort to help Badgers develop computer and internet skills.

In 1996, this effort was formally introduced as the Student Peer Trainers program, and was funded via the Student Information Technology Initiative (SITI)

Trainers and learners have brought skills gained through STS to positions at Microsoft, Amazon, Google, CitiBank, Qualcomm, and beyond.

The software and tech landscape has grown and evolved over our three-decade lifespan, but our mission has stayed the same: help students at UW-Madison become proficient in the tech tools that will help them succeed!