Entering Research Summer Program Scholarship

Interested in research?
Apply for the WISCIENCE Entering Research Summer Program Scholarship!
June 11, 2018-August 1, 2018 

Work with some of the world’s leading researchers to push the frontiers of knowledge this summer! If you’re an undergraduate at UW–Madison, you can apply for the WISCIENCE Entering Research Summer Program Scholarship. If accepted, you’ll receive $1500 towards summer term tuition and take part in an immersive research experience. No prior research experience is required.

Program eligibility

To be eligible for the WISCIENCE Entering Research Summer Program Scholarship, you must:

  • Be interested in researching science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM)
  • Have little to no research experience
  • Have a confirmed research mentor for Summer Term
  • Complete an application

If accepted into the program, you must:

  • Enroll in Integrated Science 299: Independent Study (3 credits) and Integrated Science 260: Entering Research (1 credit) this summer
  • Participate in the UW–Madison Summer Research Poster Session on August 1
Preparing your application

The WISCIENCE Entering Research Summer Program Scholarship has rolling admission, which means that we respond to applications as they come in rather than waiting for a deadline. The 2018 application period opens on February 15, and application review begins on March 15. To apply go to scholarships.wisc.edu.

When completing your application, you need to:
  • List the faculty mentor you will work with in summer 2018 as a recommender. They will need to complete a series of questions as part of your application.
  • Answer the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in engaging in undergraduate research and what do you hope to learn from the research experience?
    • An important component of this research program is the cohort (or group) experience in the Entering Research class. What do you anticipate you will gain from and contribute to the group?
    • Describe a time when you experienced an academic challenge. How did you navigate that situation and what did you learn that can be applied to a future challenge?
Need help finding a research mentor?

Drop by our Peer Leader Office Hours! The peer leaders will provide an overview of the process of finding a research mentor and helpful tips every 20 minutes.

Peer Leader Office Hours:

Mondays & Thursdays, 6-8pm, Room 108 Steenbock Library (in BioCommons)


Amber R. Smith

Director of Research Mentor and Mentee Training
Contact Info

(608) 265-0850


Room 103B

445 Henry Mall

Madison, WI 53706

I earned my PhD in Plant Breeding Plant Genetics from UW-Madison and continued my education with a postdoctoral experience centered on developing first-year transition programs for biology students. After working at the University of Michigan in the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, I joined the WISCIENCE staff as the Director of Mentor and Mentee Training.

I coordinate the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program, coordinate and instruct the Entering Mentoring and Entering Research courses, and oversee the research peer leadership students.

Outside of work, I love hanging out with family, cooking, and spending time outside.