UW-Madison Summer Research Scholarship Programs

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WISCIENCE Entering Research Program: Spring-Summer 2019

Program description

The Entering Research Program begins in spring 2019. This program is for students who are new to research and looking to find a mentor, build research skills, and begin a research project. Students enroll in Integrated Science 150: Exploring Research (1 credit). In this course, students build skills to prepare them for research in a STEM field, and they identify a research mentor and project.

In summer 2019, the students work on their research project with their mentor. They enroll in 3 or 4 credits of Integrated Science 299: Independent Research with their mentor and continue cohort-based research skills-building in Integrated Science 260: Entering Research (1 credit). Students who enroll in the summer component of the course will receive a $2,500 award.

Application and eligibility

To apply for the Entering Research Program, complete the application by November 9, 2018.  Current undergraduate students at UW–Madison with little to no prior research experience are eligible to apply. Click here to apply.


Application Questions: 

  • Why are you interested in engaging in undergraduate research and what do you hope to learn from your research experience? (Maximum 1,250 characters including spaces, approximately 200 words)
  • Briefly describe 1 science topic or idea you would like to learn more about. What are one or two questions that you have about this topic or idea? (Maximum 1,000 characters including spaces, approximately 150 words)
  • 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? (Maximum 1,250 characters including spaces, approximately 200 words)


Program participants are required to enroll in all the courses associated with the program:

Spring 2019

  • Integrated Science 150: Exploring Research (1 credit)

Summer 2019

  • Integrated Science 299: Independent Research (3-4 credits)
  • Integrated Science 260: Entering Research I (1 credit)

Students who are accepted and enroll in the summer components of the program will receive a $2,500 award.





Amber R. Smith

Associate Director of WISCIENCE & Director of Research Mentor and Mentee Training
Contact Info

(608) 265-0850


Room 118C

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.