Undergraduate Programs


If you are an undergraduate student with a passion for science and research, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is here to provide you with a rich and diverse experience that includes the opportunity to learn not only about the field of biomedical sciences, but the exciting and fulfilling careers it includes.

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

06252013mcw-593MCW’s Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) has been offered at MCW for more than 30 years, and has hosted hundreds of students like you, who have gone on to make significant contributions to science and humanity. Our unique and supportive program hosts several undergraduate students annually, allowing you to engage with current graduate faculty, students and staff, and gain valuable experience while helping to contribute to ongoing basic and translational scientific research.

If science is your passion as an undergraduate student, you possess a 3.2 GPA or higher in your current coursework, and you are interested in pursuing a PhD in either basic or translational science, or our Medical Scientist Training program, we encourage you to look into our unique and supportive learning experience.

If you would like more information on MCW’s SPUR program, have questions regarding your eligibility, or if you wish to submit an application for consideration, please contact us.


Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)

Our Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) provides undergraduate students like you, the ability to participate in basic and translational scientific research, while interacting meaningfully with MCW’s graduate faculty and students, to gain valuable insight and experience while you are completing your undergraduate studies.

If you are looking forward to making a difference as a health scientist or health sciences leader, are enrolled as a sophomore or junior in your undergraduate studies, possess a 3.2 GPA or higher, and our program dates are parallel to your College or University semester/term, we invite you to take the first step toward an undergraduate experience that will connect you with some of the best and brightest minds in research science.

For more information on MCW’s PURE program, including a listing of participating departments and faculty, if you have any questions, or if you wish to submit an application for review, please contact us.





“I will cherish the experience that I gained from this program, and I am thankful that MCW does this for undergraduate students. I will recommend this program to anyone who’s teetering with the decision of what they want to do after they finish their undergraduate degree in science.”

‐ Kathryn Wagner, Viterbo University

“These ten weeks have been one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career. I am elated to have had the opportunity to work with fantastic faculty members and peers every day.”

‐ Kriti Acharya, Loras College

“I gained very valuable experience and relationships through the SPUR program this year. I am really grateful for the opportunity I have had to be a part of this lab and this program.”

‐ Matthew Weyer, Macalester College