Research stipends for biology students make intense and productive summers in the lab or field with their faculty mentors possible.

For a small group of biology students, summer is an intense time for experiencing research. Your gift to the Department of Biology will provide student research stipends that enable more students to spend 4-8 weeks of their summer break in the lab or field, immersed in an intense scholarly experience with their faculty mentor(s).

With your gift, Madison students can make progress on research that has real-world implications for society. Summer researchers are probing questions that affect birth defects, managing invasive species, harmful algal blooms, autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, sources of local watershed contamination, and more. The Department prides itself on providing authentic research experiences for its students, either in a lab, in the field, or as a course-based research experience (CURE). Many of our students go on to coauthor presentations at national meetings or publications based on their research.

Unfortunately, many students must work in the summer and cannot participate in these valuable summer research opportunities without receiving a stipend. As part of our development of Inclusive Excellence in the department, our goal is to make more financial support available to all students for summer research.

Together, by combining our vision and talents in the Department of Biology, we can ensure that Madison students get the intense research experiences that qualify them ahead of the curve to enter graduate and professional school, research labs, the teaching profession, the workforce or anywhere else they seek to solve the real-world problems that face society.

That’s how the national model of the Engaged University operates. Your gift makes it possible.

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