Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS)


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The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS) is dedicated to helping first- and second-year undergraduates get hands-on experience in research or other creative endeavors by working with UW faculty and research staff. Discovery-whether in the sciences, engineering, the arts, or the social sciences-is the cornerstone of our greatness as a university. The experience of working with a faculty or staff member who is pushing back the frontiers of knowledge will transform what students learn in the classroom into reality and relevance.

The URS Program is open to all first- and second-year undergraduates and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive scholarly community that includes students from historically under-represented groups.

Visit here for applications.

For scholars, the benefits include the opportunity to work closely with a faculty or staff researcher in an area of interest, to gain "hands-on" experience that embodies the concepts taught in classrooms, and to contribute to the production of knowledge. For research mentors, the benefits include the receipt of valuable research assistance and the opportunity to share excitement about their work with an enthusiastic young scholar. For research fellows, the benefits include the development of leadership and teaching skills, the satisfaction of supporting younger students, and building closer ties with researchers on campus.

At the end of spring semester, all scholars participate in the campus-wide Undergraduate Symposium, where you formally present your work. The Undergraduate Symposium is held in April. Each scholar is required to submit a research abstract that must be approved by his or her research mentor in order to be accepted at the symposium.

More information about the Undergraduate Symposium can be found here: https://ugradsymposium.wisc.edu/