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 Research

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. Additionally, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education lists a number of undergraduate research programs on campus.

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, and contacting potential mentors directly as recommended in this set of tips.

More on- and off-campus research opportunities are listed toward the bottom of this page.

Graduate Research

Prospective and current graduate students should contact their intended graduate program(s) with any inquiries about funding. For more information about financing your graduate education, visit the Graduate School.

If you looking for a potential research mentor, you can visit our energy experts list, which includes over 100 faculty and scientists who conduct energy-related research at UW–Madison.


Additional undergraduate and graduate research opportunities are listed below.

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) - Michigan State

Undergraduate | Off Campus | Summer

Great Lakes Bioenergy (GLBRC) offers a summer undergraduate research program at Michigan State University for students to work in labs or field research sites alongside their mentors, participate in group meetings and activities, and attend seminars.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Bioenergy

Undergraduate | On Campus | Summer

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in research labs at UW–Madison. Program participants live close to campus and perform full-time research for 10 weeks within a discipline-based research group led by a faculty member. A seminar series taken alongside allows participants to learn from each other's experiences and contextualize their research projects within the overarching theme of biological information flow, storage, and exchange. Additional events and activities build community, support career and graduate school exploration, and help students build useful skills, such as science writing. Students present their projects at a final symposium and write research reports to summarize their findings.

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.