Opportunities for undergraduates in collaborative research

Steven M. Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, recently shared the following message about Undergraduate Research Scholarships:

One of the things we value most about UW-Madison is our success in supporting and involving undergraduates in collaborative research.  This is an important high-impact educational practice that can enrich the Wisconsin Experience for undergraduates.  The Provost’s Office is especially pleased to announce that scholarships and fellowships are available to encourage and support that work.  Note that in some cases the faculty/staff mentor may also receive funds to support the collaborative research effort.  Please bring the following scholarships to the attention of qualified undergraduate students.

Applications are available via the websites listed below.  Questions may be directed to Julie Stubbs, Director of the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office (6 Ingraham Hall, 265-2428,

SOPHOMORE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff. Approximately 15 awards are available, funded by grants from the Brittingham Fund and the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs (e.g., supplies, faculty or student travel related to the project). At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2017, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. The application deadline is February 27, 2017. Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria can be found at the UAA website.

HILLDALE UNDERGRADUATE/FACULTY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AND HOLSTROM ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIPS provide support for collaborative research between undergraduate students and faculty or research/instructional academic staff members.  Each provides a grant of $3,000 to the student and $1,000 to the faculty/staff mentor to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Scholarships require an environmental focus. The McPherson Eye Research Institute will continue to sponsor one additional Hilldale Fellowship for vision based research (including bioengineering, imaging, data visualization, ophthalmology and general biology of the eye). The application deadline is February 13, 2017. Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria, and FAQs can be found at the UAA website.

WISCONSIN IDEA UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS are awarded to undergraduate students to develop and implement community-based research or service-learning projects that will meet a community identified need (local, national or international) under the supervision of a UW-Madison faculty or instructional academic staff member. Fellowships provide three (3) academic credits, a stipend of up to $3,000 to a student ($5,000 for a group of up to five students) and up to $2,000 to help offset project related costs. The application deadline for 2017-18 fellowships is February 10, 2017. The on-line application, instructions and FAQs can be found on the Morgridge Center for Public Service website.

UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS provide $1,000 to undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves by completing outstanding projects, such as a senior thesis, at UW-Madison.  Students must be enrolled in a degree program during the 2016-17 academic year (December 2016 graduates may apply).  Applications are due March 8, 2017.  Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria can be found at the UAA website.

Your role as faculty or staff mentors is vital.  Thank you for your continuing support of the undergraduates who work with you in your research.

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