University of Wisconsin–Madison

Undergraduate Research at UW-Madison

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 their own projects. Check out the programs below to find information about undergraduate research opportunities.

Some programs offer funding. For more information on grants and awards, visit the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office.

Undergraduate Research 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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates

Explore a number of summer research opportunities for undergraduate students collected by the Graduate School.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Science

Explore a variety of undergraduate research opportunities in science provided by BioCommons.

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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.

Undergraduate Symposium

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