Wisconsin Energy Institute

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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 »

Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge

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 Energy Hub Conference at the Gordon Dining and Event Center on November 13, 2015. Entries are due October 23, 2015.

Learn more about the competition here.

Careers in Energy

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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.

Student Funding Opportunities

Grant Title Sponsor Agency/Organization Program Description First Major Deadline

Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity (ASTRO)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)


  • Applications are accepted on a year-around basis
  • Appointments are for a minimum of one month or as long as twelve months

June 10, 2016

National Energy Technology Laboratory Postgraduate Research Program


Description:   Opportunities to participate in advanced basic and applied energy research

Discipline(s):   mathematics; computer science; physical sciences; earth, environmental, and marine sciences; engineering; chemistry, statistics, geology, physics

May 31, 2016

Tricia LeVangie Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship



March 31, 2016

Hydro Research Award Program


The Hydro Research Foundation is pleased to solicit applications for the Hydro Research Foundation’s Research Awards Program. The program is funded by a grant from the Department of Energy’s, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.

March 14, 2016

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

Yanmar/SAE Scholarship


Student Eligibility Requirements:

February 15, 2016

NETL Methane Hydrates Program

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

The NRC, in association with the U.S.

February 15, 2016

Other Resources

In addition to utilizing campus Career Services, the following websites are useful resources for students with an interest in clean energy careers.

Engineering Professional Development—Energy

Making the most efficient use of our resources and finding new ones: that’s the challenge facing today’s energy innovators. Given this challenge, learn how you can maximize the output of your organization or community’s energy systems and keep up with the industry’s fast-changing codes and ethical standards with an energy course from UW-Madison.

Visit the Engineering Professional Development webpage for more information.

Career Resources

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