The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Ambassador Program enhances the vital connection between research on campus and technology transfer. Engaging students and post-docs to serve as WARF Ambassadors augments WARF’s visibility and presence among researchers on campus.
WARF is seeking graduate students and postdocs for the 2014-15 academic year to:
- Increase understanding and awareness of WARF’s role across campus by creating opportunities for WARF staff to connect with researchers, including graduate students and postdocs
- Help set up sessions across campus to discuss WARFs technology commercialization process
- Encourage students, staff and faculty to contact WARF with new inventions, questions and technology commercialization ideas
- Present information about WARF’s technology commercialization process at campus poster sessions
- Participate in developing and planning the annual WARF Discovery Challenge Research Symposium
Qualified applicants will:
- Be graduate students or postdocs in scientific or technical disciplines
- Have substantially completed their coursework, ideally having achieved dissertator status or equivalent
- Obtain approval from their supervisor or major professor to participate in the program
- Be able to commit 5-10 hours/month to the program
Particularly strong applicants are energetic, effective at networking with students, faculty and staff on campus and have an interest in the process of moving discoveries from early concept to the marketplace.
WARF Ambassadors will receive a monthly stipend for each month of active service as well as semester-end bonuses in the form of travel allowances related to their graduate studies/postdoctoral work.
Apply online at the WARF Career Portal
Once an online profile has been created, you will receive a survey application. This survey application must be completed no later than August 18, 2014 (5 pm). Interviews will be conducted August 25 – September 5, 2014. Ambassadors are expected to participate in the training program Monday, September 8 – Friday, September 12, 2014 (8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Discovery Building).