Preparing for Graduate School
We offer programs
for undergraduate students considering Master's and Ph.D. degrees. These programs
serve as a path to undergraduate research
while providing specific knowledge and skills about the graduate school
application and academic process. Students who participate gain experience,
skills and a network of graduate school connections.
Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
UW-Madison has an outstanding McNair Scholars Program to assist undergraduates in obtaining the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in graduate school. This national program provides research opportunities, research stipends and extensive preparation to create a bridge between undergraduate and graduate education. Each year, approximately 25 highly qualified students interested in post-graduate study participate in the McNair Scholars program. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to create a diverse academic environment by increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students in UW-Madison graduate programs and ultimately the professorate.This federally-funded program accepts 1) applicants from low-income backgrounds who are first-generation college students; 2) targeted minority* applicants. For complete eligibility criteria, program benefits and application information, visit the McNair website.
Summer Research Opportunities Programs (SROP)
The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers summer research opportunities to undergraduate students. It is a unique chance for undergraduates who are underrepresented in graduate education to work closely with faculty mentors in their major discipline. Students accepted into research programs are matched with faculty whose expertise and interests match the student's research interest. Students gain valuable skills for success in post-graduate studies and careers in their chosen field. Upon completing their summer research, students have the opportunity to present and receive reviews of their individual work. The SROP goal is to create a diverse academic environment by increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students in UW-Madison graduate programs and ultimately the professorlate. For a list of programs available and application information, see: SROP home.
If you have already participated in one of these undergraduate programs and/or are thinking about graduate school, see these steps to apply.
*Under federal guidelines for the McNair program, "targeted minority" includes African-American/Black; American Indian and/or Hispanic/Latino(a).