Research Opportunities

Monica Gressett, displaying an interaction diagram she designed, in the historic Plummer Library at the Mayo Clinic.

Monica Gressett, displaying an interaction diagram she designed, in the historic Plummer Library at the Mayo Clinic.

Getting involved in research is a great way to develop skills and experiences that health profession programs value. It also provides opportunities to cultivate relationships with faculty who can serve as letter writers when you apply. Most research opportunities are set up independently by students.  Below are some resources for getting started. Once you are ready to contact a researcher, use our e-mail template to initiate the conversation.

 

Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement

WISCIENCE has written a short guide on undergraduate research, including how to get started in paid, volunteer, and course-related research.

 

Wisconsin Discovery Portal

The Discovery Portal is a database of campus researchers and their research projects.  Search by your area of interest.

 

UW Student Jobcenter

The Student Jobcenter often contains postings for paid positions working in an on-campus laboratory.

 

Undergraduate Research Scholars

URS is a program that connects any freshman or sophomore with the opportunity to do research for academic credit with faculty on campus in a variety of disciplines. Application required.

 

Office of the Provost

The Provost’s office has compiled a list of university fellowship programs that support undergraduate research.

 

College and Departmental Resources

Both the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences and the College of Letters & Sciences offer resources for undergraduates interested in research. CALS and L&S also provide opportunities for research in their honors programs. In addition, many departments offer research opportunities that can be found on their individual websites.