Participants in the Undergraduate Research Symposium discuss their work. Photo by Jeff Miller, University Communications
There are many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work in laboratories and research groups.
For undergraduates, working in a lab is a chance to gain valuable hands-on skills and connect with a mentor. These skills can help students before their first job or when applying for graduate school. For graduate students, working in a laboratory is the cornerstone of their study.
Ways to get involved with research
- Join a Lab
- Become an Undergraduate Research Scholar
- Join the L&S Honors Program
- Get involved in Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Biology
- Participate in the annual Undergraduate Symposium
Many students work in laboratories and with research groups.
How to join a lab:
- For undeclared majors, make an appointment to see an advisor in the L&S Advising Center
- For declared majors, talk to your major advisor about opportunities
- Ask a professor or instructor
- Connect with the Institute for Biology Education
- Search the UW Student Jobcenter
First and second year students can participate in hands-on learning by joining laboratories and working with UW faculty and research staff. While in the program, students conduct research in all disciplines and even apply for Global Scholars Award to conduct research abroad.
Juniors and seniors can become Research Fellows and help mentor groups of 15 URS scholars throughout the academic year.
Learn how to get involved with research at UW-Madison and apply for research-related grants and scholarships.
This program is produce by the Center for Biology Education.
The annual Undergraduate Symposium showcases undergraduate creativity, achievement, research, service-learning and community-based research from all areas of study at UW–Madison including the humanities, fine arts, biological sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences.