Possible Funding Sources for Undergraduate Research/Projects
Department Undergraduate Research Grants
Awards from a variety of funds are available
for $750-$1,500, with the number of awards depending on
the available funds each year. Funds can be used for expenditures,
such as equipment and travel expenses, and for stipends
to support the undergraduate student during the research
Students must be enrolled for at least 2 credits
in Zoo 681, 682, 691, 692, or 699, or in another course
for independent undergraduate research (not necessarily
The deadline for application is March 20th. Applications should be submitted to the Awards Secretary
in the Department of Zoology office, 145 Noland Hall. Details of the application process can be accessed
John T. Curtis Ecology Scholarship for Zoology & Botany majors
John T. Curtis was a renowned ecologist and former UW Professor of Botany. The John T. Curtis Prairie in the UW Arboretum, the world’s first restored prairie, was named in tribute to this inspiring ecologist. The Vegetation of Wisconsin, Curtis’ classic work, was a major contribution to the development of plant ecology. The John T. Curtis Ecology Scholarship was established in 2014 by his sons, Tom and Steve, to honor their father. This annual $1,000 undergraduate scholarship provides tuition assistance to students with a declared major in either Botany or Zoology. The student chosen to receive the scholarship will have an interest in the natural environment. Details of the application process can be accessed here.
Undergraduates who have at least junior standing at the time of
application may apply for funding to do research in collaboration
with a UW–Madison faculty member or research/instructional
academic staff member that focuses on environmental issues. FAQ
University Bookstore Academic Excellence Awards
Awards for independent work in the biological sciences, the humanities (arts, creative writing and general humanities), the physical sciences, and social studies.
Community Scholars Program
Community Scholars is a one-year academic program for undergraduates that combines opportunities for community service, experiential learning, and service.
Undergraduate Research Scholars
Available to first-year undergraduates
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.
Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
The goal of this program is to increase the number of students in doctoral degree programs who are low-income and first generation undergraduates or students who come from groups underrepresented in graduate education.
Research Programs for Undergraduates
A compendium of opportunities collected by the Graduate School.
L&S Honors Program
Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate
Administered through the Morgridge Center for Public Service
Undergraduates with at least sophomore standing propose a project that focuses
on addressing a need identified by the community. Project areas include (but
are not limited to) community development, health related issues, economic development,
the arts, education, environmental issues, criminal justice, hunger and poverty
The Ruth Bleier
Scholarships are awarded to women to encourage them to pursue careers in
the natural sciences, medicine or engineering. Women undergraduates at the UW-Madison
in their first or second year are encouraged to apply for a one year award which
includes a stipend for a mentored research project . For more information contact
the Women's Studies Program, 110 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr. 263-4703.
The Center for
Limnology offers student stipends and/or hourly pay for research
in lake ecology during the summer the UW-Madison campus on at Trout Lake in
northern Wisconsin (housing included). Some previous research experience may
be preferred. Contact Alyssa Luckey Winters, 262-2009,
Chase Noland Scholarship in Limnology: Provides cash awards or supporting fellowship/research
assistantship to an undergraduate or a graduate student.