Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities A number of opportunities exist on- and off-campus for students to engage in cutting-edge energy research. Examples include working in a GLBRC genetics lab (left) and in the field (right).

Undergraduate students at the UW–Madison have the rare opportunity to work directly with faculty and staff who are on the cutting edge of clean energy research, and to learn by doing in laboratories all across campus.

Researchers on campus generally do not advertise openings for undergraduates (with the occasional exception of the UW Student Job Center) but the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has this useful set of tips for finding and contacting potential research mentors.

We also encourage students interested in energy research to find potential research mentors on our energy experts list, which includes over 100 faculty and scientists who conduct energy-related research at UW–Madison.

Additionally, the Office of the Provost lists a number of undergraduate research programs on campus. Of particular interest are the Undergraduate Research Scholars (Freshman and Sophomore level), Hilldale/Holstrom Scholarships (Junior and Senior Level), and Honors Programs.

Formal Research Opportunities

Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship

Undergraduate | Off Campus | Fall, Spring, Summer

The Department of Energy’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to partake in research experiences at one of 16 participating DOE laboratories. Students can apply for an internship in either the Spring, Summer or Fall Term. The DOE also lists several other internship opportunities on its Student Programs and Internships webpage.

Khorana Program

Graduate, Undergraduate | Off Campus | Summer

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), the Government of India (DBT), and Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) jointly created the prestigious Khorana Program for scholars. The mission of the program is to build a seamless community of scientists, industrialists, and social entrepreneurs in the US and India.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Bioenergy

Undergraduate | On Campus | Summer

Great Lakes Bioenergy (GLBRC), in conjunction with the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI), conducts a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Bioenergy through the Integrated Biological Science – Summer Research Program.  However, priority goes to students outside of UW-Madison.

S.N Bose Scholars Program

Graduate, Undergraduate | Off Campus | Summer

To nurture future innovators and thought leaders, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), the Government of India (DST), and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) are partnering to develop a dynamic and transformative student exchange program between premier scientific institutions in India and the United States.