Paid Research Opportunities in Toxicology – Summer 2018

Considering graduate study in the toxicological sciences?

On Thursday, April 27, the UW Pharmacology/Toxicology BS Program will host Professor Craig Marcus from Oregon State University.  At 4pm in Room 7103 (7th floor conference room) of Rennebohm Hall (the School of Pharmacy building), Dr. Marcus will speak about paid research opportunities in toxicology for summer 2018 on the OSU campus in Corvalis, Oregon.

Information about the OSU program may be found at .  That site and its links will provide some background.  All who are interested in hearing more are invited for this informal discussion.  Rennebohm Hall is on the 80 bus route—exit near the intersection of Observatory Drive and Highland Avenue, opposite the UW Hospital & Clinics complex.

Kenneth D. Niemeyer
Advisor to the Pharmacology-Toxicology BS Program
Graduate Programs Coordinator
School of Pharmacy

Undergraduate Research Scholars

The Undergraduate Research Scholars program is accepting applications for rising sophomores!

URS is a two-semester course in which students do hands-on research or creative work under the guidance of a UW faculty or staff mentor. Each student works on the current project of a mentor who is advancing the frontiers of knowledge or creative practice. Students also participate in a weekly seminar to explore influences of research and creative work in society.

URS offers research and creative opportunities throughout campus with mentors in all Schools & Colleges. It is a high-impact practice helping students advance academically, clarify their educational and career goals, and gain significant job-related experience.

  • *not just in a lab!!! – from cultural studies to engineering, stem cells, honey bees, psychology, politics, medicine, economics, education, history, glass blowing, and way beyond!!!
  • *job skills – expand resume, get a faculty letter of rec
  • *explore a potential major or area of interest
  • *hands-on learning – learn outside the classroom with a faculty mentor!
  • *making a real contribution to new discoveries, addressing societal problems
  • *significant experience for grad school or professional school
Course Schedule/Meeting Times

Students work an average of 6 hours/week on research or creative work (exact hours and days/times are determined by the student and mentor together, accounting for the student’s class schedule). The weekly seminar is Wednesdays 5-6pm both semesters – students must have this time free in their course schedule.

Application process

URS is open to all first and second year undergraduates, and transfer students in their first year. No prior experience is necessary, and no requirements are needed to apply. URS is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive scholarly community that includes students from historically underrepresented groups.

Students must apply online at Students will receive an email 1-2 weeks after applying. Admission is rolling and the deadline is end of summer 2017.


Please email

Summer Research Opportunity

The Karasov Lab is looking for undergraduates to help with feeding trials this summer with house sparrow nestlings. They will be studying physiological and time course responses to dietary changes. The main responsibilities will be feeding nestlings, taking mass and temperature measurements, recording data, and possibly performing wild nest checks. All of the work will take place on the UW-Madison campus, and work will begin mid-May. No experience is required. If you are interested in earning research experience in a lab on campus this summer, please email Emily Rogahn at

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity

Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dairy Science

Anticipated Starting Dates: Between May 15 and June 1, 2017
Duration: Minimum 16 weeks

Compensation: Paid Position/Credits/Combinations

Project title: Impact of dietary manipulation on feeding behavior, productive performances, N-excretion through manure, and enteric methane emission of Holstein and Jersey cows

Research Project description:
Dairy sector is contributing a lot to global food security through producing best quality food (e.g. milk and meat), providing livelihoods, supporting economy and creating employment opportunities, however this sector is also considered as one of the significant contributors to global Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and NH 3 emission. Dietary manipulation particularly through feeding good quality forages and increasing nutrient utilization efficiency have shown positive impact on reducing GHG emission and nitrogen excretion in manure. The objective of this study is to determine the effect of the varying level of forages either primarily from alfalfa silage (AS) or corn silage (CS) on productive performances, feeding behavior, manure N-excretion and enteric methane emission of Holstein and Jersey cows. In this trial, 24 (12 Holstein and 12 Jersey) primiparous lactating cows will be assigned to four dietary treatments. The experiment will be conducted for 16 weeks.

Expectations and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the research team, the selected candidate
• will be trained, as needed, in sample collection, processing, and analyses of feed and biological samples (such as milk, blood, feces, urine) as typically conducted in nutritional studies with dairy cows.
• should have strong motivation to work with dairy cows, and interest to work in nutritional study related techniques.
• should have willingness to work 20-40 hours/week depending on the type of recruitment
Md Elias Uddin (PhD student) will provide day-to-day supervision to selected candidate under the general supervision of the project PIs (Dr. Michel Wattiaux and Dr. Kent Weigel).

Applicant should be in Dairy science, Animal sciences or a closely related major. The application material of the successful applicant will demonstrate:

• Self-motivation and ability to work both independently and as a team member
• Strong work ethic and goal-oriented (willingness to complete tasks)
• Strong motivation and minimum experience to work with dairy cows
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

To apply and for more information:
Send a cover letter, a resumé and the contact information of two academic references as a single pdf document to Michel Wattiaux:

Undergraduate Symposium Application

The Undergraduate Symposium is accepting applications from all undergrads in any area of study until March 1, 2017.  The Undergraduate Symposium provides an opportunity to expand skills in presenting research and creative endeavors, as well as an experience to add to a resume.

Presentation formats include work in performance, video/film, art talks, poster presentations, and oral presentations.  A goal of the Undergraduate Symposium is to showcase the breadth of intellectual talent of undergraduate students.

See Application

Need Help Finding a Research Mentor?

Would you like to engage in independent research? Check out these resources to get you started finding a mentor.

  • Research Peer Mentor Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays 6-8p, Thursdays 1:15-3:15pm Rm 108 BioCommons (lower level of Steenbock Library)
  • Come talk to experienced undergrad researchers about how to get into a lab and what to expect when you start research. 
  • Find a Research Mentor Workshop: March 16th, 6:30-8:00pm, BioCommons
  • Check out the Research tab on the BioCommons website for more resources.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship- UW Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center

The Wisconsin Stem Cell Roundtable (WiSCR), a group of UW-Madison junior stem cell researchers, is pleased to continue their highly successful Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program aimed at introducing talented undergraduate students to stem cell research with the help of a grad student or postdoc mentor. Since the inception of the SURF Program in 2013, SURF undergraduate Fellows have gone on to successful pursuits in scientific research, including being awarded additional fellowships (e.g., Hilldale Awards, Oxford-Cambridge Scholarships) and acceptance into top-ranked graduate programs.
The deadline to apply is March 3rd, 2017Additional information about the SURF program, eligibility requirements, past participants, and how to apply can be found at
Contact with any questions.

Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program – University of Minnesota

Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (LSSURP) at the University of Minnesota Sponsored by the Medical School Supporting undergraduate research excellence since 1989

Dates: June 1 – August 12, 2017

Application Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2017

Seven programs to choose from:
• Cancer Research, Education and Training Experience (CREATE) – This NCI ‐ funded program places students in laboratories of members of our NIH ‐ designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
• Heart, Lung & Blood Program ‐ This NHLBI ‐ funded program places students in laboratories from a wide variety of disciplines including: Biochemistry, Cardiovascular Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Pharmacology and Stem Cell Biology, among others.
• Innovative Hands ‐ on Undergraduate Entrepreneurs in Urban Agriculture (IHUEUA) program – A USDA summer program in urban agriculture for talented, motivated undergraduate students interested in research and start ‐ up business entrepreneurship.
• Neuroscience Program – NIDA & NINDS ‐ funded programs places students in labs of faculty from our Graduate Program in Neuroscience.
• Neural Systems Engineering Program – NSF ‐ funded program places students in labs of faculty from Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience who are studying methods of neuromodulation.
• Pre ‐ MSTP Program – This is a program for rising seniors committed to pursuing the MD/PhD . Those admitted will do research in labs with physician ‐ scientists & will do clinical shadowing with their mentor.
• PharmacoNeuroImmunology (PNI) program – Students will be mentored by training program faculty on projects focused on drug abuse research.

Admitted students receive a stipend ($4000), room and board and travel support (up to $500). All students participate in:
• Orientation Weekend at the Itasca Biological Station
• Weekly research project seminars with cohort members
• Career development activities include: GRE test preparation, writing personal statements and mock interviews.
• All ‐ campus poster symposium presentations Visit our website: http:// z Email:

Washington University Summer or Post-Bac Research

Are you looking for summer research or post-baccalaureate research opportunities? We have several programs at Washington University that may interest you!
Are you considering a PhD?  The McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington
University in St. Louis is now accepting applications for our Opportunities in Genomics Research (OGR) program ( The OGR programs are directed to increasing the number of underrepresented students who pursue PhD’s in genomics and related fields. We have two OGR mentored research programs: Undergraduate Scholars, a 10 – week summer program and Extensive Study, a one-year post-baccalaureate program that includes research and enrichment activities such as GRE and graduate school preparation.
Are you considering a MD?  The SPORE in Leukemia program offers a one-year post-baccalaureate program for students interested in medical research.
The goal of this program is to provide post-baccalaureate trainees  from
underrepresented backgrounds with an intensive 1-year exposure to
leukemia-related research.  The trainees will have the opportunity to work
with and be mentored by a top leukemia researcher.
Program features: Both programs include mentored research with premier investigators in genomics, genetics, cancer biology and other disciplines.
Program benefits: competitive stipend/salary, travel to St. Louis and Housing (summer program only).
Please see MGI flyer 2017 and Spore Flyer 2017 for more information about the programs and how to apply.
Deadlines and Program Dates:
OGR Undergraduate Scholars (Summer program):
Deadline – February 10, 2017
Program Dates -­ May 31, 2017 ­ August 2, 2017
OGR Extensive Study (Post-baccalaureate program):
Deadline – May 12, 2017
Program Dates -­ August 8, 2017 ­ June 30, 2018
Program Contact for OGR:
Cherilynn R. Shadding, Ph.D.
SPORE in Leukemia Program:
Deadline – February 1, 2017
Program Dates – July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Program Contact for SPORE grant:
Amy Abrams

Summer REU Program in Marine Science 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer REU Program in Marine Science at the University of Delaware, an NSF-Funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. 

Interns will work with faculty in a research-intensive setting on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology or marine geology. In addition to hands-on research experience, student support includes a $5,600 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance. 

Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU program supports ten undergraduate students to conduct research in marine science.  The program will take place at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp campus in the resort community of Lewes, located on the shores of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean near Cape Henlopen State Park.

More information and the application can be found on our website. You may also be interested to hear directly from former interns, or see one of our field trips from last summer.
For more information, please contact:
Joanna York
Director, UD REU program in Marine Science