Undergrad Research Scholars Program seeks research mentors for the fall

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program (URS) is currently accepting project listings from faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and research scientists who would like to involve a first-year student or sophomore as a research assistant during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Undergraduate Research Scholars, the majority of whom are members of historically under-represented groups (students of color, women in science, first-generation college students), earn course credit for participating in a year-long course of study that includes a seminar on issues in research and hands-on experience with a mentor’s research project in any area of scholarship and the arts represented at UW-Madison.

The Benefits. For researchers, the benefits of working with a URS Scholar include sharing the excitement of research with a bright and eager future scholar, 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 mentors throughout their undergraduate careers and they are establishing an impressive record of conference presentations and academic publications with their mentors.

How to Become a URS Research Mentor. The process is simple. Complete the on-line form at, and your project will be listed in our 2007-08 offerings. Interested students will contact you early in the fall semester. After you interview prospective research assistants, you may elect to have one or more work with you for the academic year. At the end of each semester, we’ll ask you to grade the student’s work on your project; then we will assign the student a final grade reflecting your grade and his or her work in the URS research seminar. Please post your research opportunity as soon as possible before August 1, 2007.

More Information. If you have questions about becoming a URS research mentor, please contact URS Director Svetlana T. Karpe at 262-2583 or at