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Undergraduate Research Resources and Opportunities

Undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have a rare opportunity to work directly with faculty and staff on the cutting edge of research in a variety of disciplines.  Conducting research can be one of the more valuable educational experiences that undergraduates can undertake during their time on campus. 

At this time, the Wisconsin Energy Institute does not coordinate energy-related research opportunities for undergraduates at UW-Madison. However, recognizing the valuable experience that research can provide to undergraduate students, we have provided a number of tips and resources for those who are interested in working with energy researchers as an undergraduate. 

See our resources and tips on the Undergraduate Research Resources & Opportunities Page »

Bold, Innovative Thinking

The Wisconsin Energy Institute is proud to support the Wisconsin Energy & Sustainability Challenge, a student competition aimed at advancing scientific discovery forward. This challenge combines the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize with the Dvorak Energy Innovation Prize to offer over $10,000 in total prizes for students with the best energy and sustainability solutions. 

All UW-Madison students are eligible. The competition will be held at the Earth Day Conference at the Monona Terrace on April 20, 2015. Entries are due March 23, 2015.

Learn more about the competition here.

Careers in Energy

Submit a New Job Posting

Connecting students to quality employers and job opportunities is a key priority of Wisconsin Energy Institute. Our job board lists up-to-date opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and other professionals.

Title Organization Location Type Postedsort ascending
Game Tester & Analyst Cool Choices Madison, WI Internship 04/22/15
Economist Office of the Minnesota Attorney General St. Paul, MN Full-Time 04/08/15
Director of Outreach and Student Programs Spark Clean Energy Chicago, IL Full-Time 03/27/15
Energy Data Scientist Navigant Boulder, CO; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Madison, WI; Vancouver, WA; Boston, MA; Burlington, VT; Austin, TX; Toronto, ON Full-Time 03/26/15
UW-Boxable Team Member UW-Boxable Madison, WI Part-Time 03/24/15
Heinrich Böll Foundation North America Internship Heinrich Boll Stiftung / Boll Foundation Washington, DC Internship 03/18/15
Internship (Year Round) - Integration of wind and solar power National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Golden, CO Internship 03/09/15
Engineering Analyst of Solar Policy and Technoeconomics National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Golden, CO Full-Time 03/09/15
General Counsel Undergraduate Intern Program Department of Energy Washington, DC Internship 02/25/15
Digital Organizer The Public Interest Network Denver, CO Full-Time 02/23/15


Student Funding Opportunities

Grant Title Sponsor Agency/Organization Program Description First Major Deadline

Post-graduate Opportunity - Policy Analysis in Oil, Natural Gas and Other Energy Resources

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

A complete application consists of:

February 26, 2016

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer.This program is designed to increase awa

January 02, 2016

Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The U.S.

May 26, 2015

MIT Climate CoLab Announces 22 Contests


In 22 contests, members of the Climate CoLab community create proposals. Proposals describe future actions to be taken, outline how those actions can be accomplished, and explain why the actions are desirable. 

May 15, 2015

Solar Postdoctoral Research Award Program


The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE's mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D.

May 07, 2015