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UW-Madison undergraduate research awards

Board of Visitors Fund for Undergraduate Research: In 2013, the Physics Department's Board of Visitors has graciously established a new fund to support physics undergraduate research. Questions about the fund may be addressed to Professor Carlsmith.

Application forms are available at the websites listed below. Questions may be directed to Julie Stubbs, Director of the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office (1107 Nancy Nicholas Hall, 265-2428,

HILLDALE UNDERGRADUATE/FACULTY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AND HOLSTROM ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIPS provide support for collaborative research between undergraduate students and faculty or research/instructional academic staff members. Each provides a grant of $3,000 to the student and $500 to the faculty/staff mentor (up to $1,000 under exceptional circumstances) to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Scholarships require an environmental focus. We’re pleased to announce this year the McPherson Eye Research Institute will sponsor one additional Hilldale Fellowship for vision based research (including bioengineering, imaging, data visualization, ophthalmology and general biology of the eye). The application deadline is February 17, 2014. Directions for accessing the on-line application, instructions and FAQs can be found at the UAA website. <>

WISCONSIN IDEA UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS are awarded to undergraduate students to develop and implement community-based research or service-learning projects that will meet a community identified need (local, national or international) under the supervision of a UW-Madison faculty or instructional academic staff member. Fellowships provide three (3) academic credits, a stipend of up to $3000 to a student ($5000 for a group of up to five students) and up to $2000 to help offset project related costs. The application deadline for 2014-15 fellowships is February 14, 2014. The on-line application, instructions and FAQs can be found on the Morgridge Center for Public Service website. < >

UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS provide $1,000 to undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves by completing outstanding projects, such as a senior thesis, at UW-Madison. Students must be enrolled in a degree program during the 2013-14 academic year (December 2013 graduates may apply). Applications are due March 24, 2014. Directions for accessing the on-line application can be found at the UAA website. <>

WID Frontier Fellows program for undergraduates

Undergraduate Research Award--for general research projects. If Garage Physics members ever decide to take on a bigger project, this is a great place to get the funds for it. Deadline Nov 15 UW Undergraduate Research Program:

UW Letter and Science Honors Program:

UW Undergraduate Symposium:

Other undergraduate research awards

The "Future Faces of Physics" Award--Outreach to underrepresented students in physics. Can the physics club and garage physics partner up to do a project to reach out to students in rural WI and show them the awesomeness of physics? Or to minority students in Milwaukee? Or young women in the Madison area? You get the idea. Deadline Oct 15

Society of Physics Students Marsh White Awards--Outreach to the general public like the WI Science Festival would qualify for this award. Deadline Nov 15

Wisconsin Space Grant:

Student Awards Program in Fuel Cycle Research:

APS DNP Conference Experience for Undergraduates

DAAD RISE-Research Internships in Science and Engineering:

Optical Society of America student grants and fellowship

UW Grants

Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award

AAPT award for development of an advanced educational laboratory

AAPT $25k Venture Fund for development of a product related to education in physics

Funding for graduate student projects

WARF Discovery Challenge:

WID Emerging Interfaces Award:

National Academies

Semiconductor Research Corporation






DOE/INFN Summer Exchange Program:

UW REU Program:

Harvard WYSS. Wyss-funded summer research positions for undergraduates from any university to work at the Wyss will be advertised through the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science's REU program.

Biomedical Engineering Society:

Shine Medical Technologies (2013 Startup in Monona):

Atom Probe (Madison, microscopes) Thomas F. Kelly, Ph.D. Division Vice President of AMETEK, Inc., CAMECA Instruments, Inc. 5500 Nobel Drive, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53711-4951 Direct Phone: +1.608.229.1954 Main Phone: +1.608.274.6880 or toll free +1.877.464.6246 Fax: +1.608.442.0622 Mobile: +1.608.239.8470

Academic credit for internships, Internship in the Liberal Arts & Sciences,

Federal Pathways program internships

Bioprocess Engineering for Sustainability

Long list of national internships

International Internships

UW Programs list


APS Society of Physics Students list

APS list


Professional Organizations

American Physical Society

American Institute of Physics

Society of Physics Students

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance | NCIIA

Institute of Physics

Optical Society of American

SPIE Student Chapter UW-Madison

Faculty development

UW Baldwin Awards:

Crowd source sites


Eureka Fund



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Other sources

Do Something!

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

The Awesome Fuundation


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AAPT careers information

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