Summer Research

Summer is a great time to get involved with undergraduate research!  Most research groups at UW-Madison are particularly productive over the summer months and commonly look forward to having undergraduate researchers help with their discoveries. To get involved on campus over the summer, please check out the following link.  Additionally, listed below are a few other summer research opportunities you might want to consider.

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Summer Research Opportunities at UW-Madison

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Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison offers a number of Summer Research Opportunities to undergraduate students. These are unique opportunities for undergraduates to work closely with faculty mentors and graduate students in their major discipline. Students accepted into research programs are matched with faculty whose expertise and interests match the student’s research interest. Students gain valuable skills for success in post-graduate studies and careers in their chosen field. Upon completing their summer research, students have the opportunity to present and receive reviews of their individual work. The SROP goal is to create a diverse academic environment by increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students in UW–Madison graduate programs and ultimately the professoriate.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the chemical sciences, majoring in chemistry-related disciplines, and intending to pursue chemistry-related careers. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000* per academic year. To date, over 3,500 students have received funding from the ACS Scholars Program.

Hilldale-Holstrom Research Fellowship

This award supports research training for undergraduate students in multiple degree programs. Each year, a number of chemistry students find funding for their projects through this program. More information is available here.

Sophomore Research Fellowship

Funded by grants from the Brittingham Wisconsin Trust and the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest, the Sophomore Research Fellowship provides research training and support to undergraduates. Students have the opportunity to undertake their own research project in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff.

Summer Research Opportunities at Other Campuses/National Labs

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Programs in the Medical Sciences

AMGEN Scholars Program

Summer research in science and biotechnology


DOE Interships

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provide many opportunities for students, recent graduates, and others looking for internships, fellowships, and similar programs with the federal government.

National Labs

Visit the National Labs’ jobs and internship/education pages to explore the outstanding opportunities available across one of the most productive and sophisticated research systems in the world.

Pathways to Science

Summer Research Opportunities at Big Ten institutions

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The Integrated Research Experience for Undergraduates  programs in Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy, Materials, and Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics provide students interested in chemical-related sciences and engineering the opportunity to pursue summer research in four, themed summer programs. Together, participants in all four programs form a larger community of researchers.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

Other On-Campus Resources to Look for Summer Research Opportunities

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L&S SuccessWorks

Department of Chemistry Career Services