The Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Program is currently seeking mentors for the 2019-2020 academic year. The program is accepting project listings from faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, academic staff, and dissertators who would like to involve a first-year student or sophomore as a research or creative work assistant.
The majority of Undergraduate Research Scholars are members of historically underrepresented groups: students of color, women in science and engineering, and/or first-generation college students. URS Scholars earn course credit for participating in a year-long course (two semesters) of study that includes a seminar on issues in research and creative practice, and hands-on experience with a mentor’s research project or creative endeavor. The URS program promotes undergraduate research and intellectually creative engagement in all academic disciplines.
How to Become a URS Mentor
Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the online registration form at https://urs.ls.wisc.edu/mentor-project-form/, and your project will be listed in our 2019-2020 offerings. Interested students will then contact you via email early in the fall semester 2019 (starting in early September). After you interview prospective students, you may elect to have one or more work with you for the academic year.
URS Scholars register for Inter-LS 250 and earn 2-3 credits per semester. At the end of each semester, we will ask you to grade the student’s work on their project; then we will assign the student a final grade reflecting your grade and the student’s work in the URS seminar.
Please submit your project listing as soon as possible (and especially before Sept. 1, 2019). URS students will start looking for research or creative work placement when they arrive on campus in the fall.
For Mentors, the benefits of working with a URS Scholar include the satisfaction of fostering the development of independent inquiry skills with a bright and eager student, acquiring valuable research assistance, supporting an undergraduate’s exploration of academic and career interests, and connecting directly with the experiences of undergraduates on campus. Many URS students stay with their original URS Mentors throughout their undergraduate careers. Our students have established an impressive record of conference presentations and academic publications that support their post-graduation endeavors.