Summer Research Opportunities

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.

You can join or continue in a research group on campus over the summer, so long as you fill out a Research Authorization form before you start.

You can also find opportunities to get paid to conduct research at other universities through programs such as:

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE)
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

Find your next summer research opportunity with the resources below!

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.