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SUMMER PROGRAM FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (SPUR)

The (SPUR) Application -  APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED

The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) has been offered at the Medical College of Wisconsin for over 30 years. During that time, SPUR has hosted hundreds of students who have since made significant contributions to science and humanity through their current positions as teachers, instructors, professors, researchers, industry professionals, government leaders and clinicians.

SPUR hosts roughly 25-30 participants each summer from across the country who gain valuable research experience, refine critical thinking skills, build upon academic and professional networks and are introduced to various disciplines of science.

Participation in SPUR is intended for students who are currently enrolled at an accredited college or university who intend to pursue scientific-based graduate studies.

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Participant Testimonials

“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

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the webpages of the MCW departments, institutes and centers listed below to further review the areas of research that previous SPUR participants have been exposed to.

  • Review abstracts (PDF) of the research from our 2017 SPUR participants.
  • Access to the online application - APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED

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  Eligibility & Application

All students enrolled in a U.S.-based, regionally accredited college/university are encouraged to apply. Preference is typically given to current sophomores and juniors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher that have an interest in research-based graduate studies. Those chosen to participate in SPUR must be 18 years or older by the program start date.

 

Applications must be submitted and complete prior to the application deadline. A complete application includes a submitted online application, two letters of recommendation and official transcript(s). The letters of recommendation must be written by current and/or former professors/instructors or advisors, and should convey the applicant's interest in the sciences and research. Transcripts must be received from any current or previously attended college/university.

 

The online application requires applicants to preference their three top areas of research interest. The areas available to choose from are representative of the areas that have traditionally hosted SPUR participants. Faculty will review applications primarily based around the research areas that applicants preference. It is the faculty who choose who they want to host as part of the program.

 

Previous laboratory experience is preferred but not required. Participants will need to adjust accordingly to working in various laboratory settings.

  Timeline

All application documentation (online form, letters of recommendation and transcript) must be submitted and/or postmarked by the application deadline. The application deadline for SPUR ‘18 is Thursday, February 1, 2018. Transcripts can be sent electronically via email to spur@mcw.edu or sent to the following address:

 

MCW Graduate School (SPUR)
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

 

Letters of recommendation can also be sent to this address, or sent electronically as an email attachment directly from the recommender to spur@mcw.edu. It is highly preferred that letters be written on official college/university letterhead.

 

Applicants are typically notified around mid-April regarding their status. Applicants chosen to participate are sent an offer letter via email. Upon accepting the offer, the applicant's participation in SPUR is contingent upon completing and successfully passing a background check.

 

SPUR ’18 is scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 30, 2018 and conclude Friday, August 3, 2018. Participants must be able to provide a full-time effort (40 hours/week) and be present for the full duration of the program.

  Compensation

Applicants selected to participate in SPUR receive a stipend and are provided housing on an as-needed basis. The stipend for 2017 was $3,500.00, and was provided to participants in two equal payments. The first payment is issued near the halfway through the program, while the second payment is issued at the end of the program. Participants living outside of the greater Milwaukee area are provided with housing at no additional cost and is in addition to the stipend they receive.

 

Participants are not provided with reimbursement for travel nor do they typically receive a meal plan.

  Supplemental Information

All participants are required to provide...

 

  • Proof of health insurance
  • Payroll Verification
  • Emergency Contact Information

 

...following acceptance and successful completion of a background check. Additional documentation may be required as well.

  International Students

International students studying at US domestic institutions on a F-1 visa are eligible to apply and participate in the program. The F-1 status is required for participation. All international students accepted into the program must work with their on-campus international student advisor. You will need to start the application process for OPT/CPT. If you receive an offer contact the international student advisor on your campus ASAP. Additional information is required from international students from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Please contact spur@mcw.edu for additional information.

CONTACT US

 

MCW Graduate School (SPUR)
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

spur@mcw.edu
(414) 955-4402