Summer STEM Catalyst Program

Summer STEM Catalyst Research Program is a 4-week paid immersive summer research program for incoming CeO first-years. Scholars will have the opportunity to connect with STEM faculty, meet other STEM-focused students, and conduct world-class research on the UW-Madison campus.

Application Deadline: April 30

APPLY HERE

Summer STEM Catalyst Program


4-week paid summer research program for incoming CeO first-years. Scholars will have the opportunity to connect with STEM faculty, meet other STEM-focused students, and conduct world-class research on the UW-Madison Campus.

 

 

What to Expect


  • Spend 25 – 30 hrs/week for 4-weeks conducting world-class research with a UW-Madison STEM faculty mentor
  • Receive a $3,000 stipend to participate in the program
  • Housed in campus residential halls with other STEM-focused scholars
  • Provided on-campus meals throughout the duration of the program
  • Connect daily with research faculty, staff and students in STEM fields
  • Engage in a weekly seminar designed to give incoming students a jump-start on their first-year as a STEM scholar
  • Opportunity to present your research discoveries at the end of the program
  • Participate in social events designed to build your network during the evenings and weekends

 

Example Daily Schedule


  • 7:30-8:30 am   Breakfast
  • 9:00-11:00 am  Seminar
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm   Lunch
  • 12:30-4:30 pm  Research
  • 4:30-5:30 pm  Free time
  • 5:30-6:30 pm  Dinner
  • 6:30-8:00 pm  Group study time
  • 8:00-10:00 pm   Social activities and residential hall time
  • 10:30 pm – 7:00 am  Quite hours

Application Dates:


  • Application opens: Feb. 15
  • Application deadline: April 30
  • Notifications: May 5
  • Matched with a UW-Madison Researcher: June 1

Program Dates (June 22-July 19):


  • June 22: move-in & welcome event
  • Weekdays: seminar 3 times/week, conduct research
  • Weekends: group social events
  • July 4th: holiday
  • July: SOAR
  • July 19: check-out & research celebration

Opportunity to get a jump start on your STEM career


  • Connect with other STEM-focused incoming first-years through research-oriented programming and social activities
  • Interact with nationally and internationally recognized research faculty and staff in the disciplines you plan to major
  • Live in a campus residential hall where you become comfortable with student life on the UW-Madison campus
  • Get first-hand insights into what researchers do and what a career in research looks like
  • Opportunity to contribute to world-class research at UW-Madison in the fields of medicine, health, energy, environment…just to name a few!
  • Exciting hands-on experience that will start to build your profile as a scientist

Cost


On-campus housing and meals are provided during the 4-week program. Additionally, each scholar will receive a $3,000 stipend to conduct research, attend research-oriented programming and participate in community building activities.

Eligibility


  • Program is intended for incoming UW-Madison first-years
  • Committed to attending UW-Madison in the Fall
  • Fall will be your first semester at UW-Madison
  • Intending to major in a STEM field
  • Accepted into the CeO program

 

APPLY HERE

Deadline: April 30


Application Dates:

  • Application Opens: Feb. 15
  • Application Deadline: April 30
  • Notifications: May 5
  • Matched with a UW-Madison Researcher: June 1
  • Program starts: June 22-July 19

Contact


  • Dr. Cheri Barta
  • Director of Experiential Learning
  • cbarta@wisc.edu

"This experience has become an opportunity for not only personal growth but to have the mentorship of remarkable graduate students and professor whose dedication has become a source of motivation for me. I advocate that everyone should at least once explore research, as it has the potential to shape our career paths"

-Undergraduate Researcher @ UW-Madison