Undergraduate Research Opportunities

One of the most exciting things in life is to discover something new. Undergraduate students at UW–Madison are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with some of the world's leading researchers to push the frontiers of knowledge. The options range from assisting with on-going research to designing and directing your own project. Check out the programs below to find information about undergraduate research opportunities. Some programs offer funding. For more information on grants and awards, see Undergraduate Academic Grants, Fellowships and Awards Opportunities.

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships
Undergraduates who have at least junior standing at the time of application may apply for funding to do research in collaboration with a UW–Madison faculty member or research/instructional academic staff member.

Holstrom Environmental Scholarships
Undergraduates who have at least junior standing at the time of application may apply for funding to do research in collaboration with a UW–Madison faculty member or research/instructional academic staff member that focuses on environmental issues.

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
The goal of this program is to increase the number of students in doctoral degree programs who are low-income and first generation undergraduates or students who come from groups underrepresented in graduate education.

Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates
A compendium of opportunities collected by the Graduate School.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Biology
A compendium of helpful information produced by the Center for Biology Education.

Undergraduate Research Scholars
The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS) is dedicated to helping first- and second-year undergraduates get hands-on experience in research or other creative endeavors by working with UW faculty and research staff.

Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowships
Undergraduates with at least sophomore standing propose a project that focuses on addressing a need identified by the community. Project areas include (but are not limited to) community development, health related issues, economic development, the arts, education, environmental issues, criminal justice, hunger and poverty alleviation, etc.

School and College Honors Programs
Many of the college-based honors programs have research components, such as the Letters and Science Summer Sophomore Apprenticeship Research Grant.

And…

If you are involved in research, or just interested, don’t forget to participate in the annual Undergraduate Symposium.

If you are in the sciences, you might also consider participating in the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. This annual meeting for undergraduate researchers offers the opportunity for you to present your work, learn about other students' research, and attend workshops to help you with your professional development as a scientist. For more information, see the conference website.