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Applications open for undergraduate research fellowships

Steven M. Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, recently shared the following message about undergraduate research fellowships:

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 (Room 502C, 445 Henry Mall, 265-2428,

Sophomore Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs. At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2020, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. The application deadline is February 28, 2020. 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 Research Fellowships provide support for collaborative research between undergraduate students and faculty or research/instructional academic staff members. The student researcher receives $3,000, and the faculty/staff receives $1,000 to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Fellowships require an environmental focus. The application deadline is February 10, 2020. Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria, and FAQs can be found at the UAA website.

Wisconsin Idea 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 program implementation budget of up to $5,000 for individual projects and up to $7,000 for group projects.  If desired, students can designate a portion of their funds as a scholarship, to be administered through the Bursar’s Office. The application deadline for 2020-21 fellowships is February 7, 2020. (There is a priority deadline of January 24, 2020 for applicants seeking proposal feedback from the Wisconsin Idea Fellowship Advisor).The on-line application, instructions and FAQs can be found on the Morgridge Center for Public Service 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.