Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

The application process for 2015 is closed. Faculty are currently reviewing files for admission.

The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) provides the opportunity for students to learn first-hand the potential of the biomedical sciences as an interesting and fulfilling career. The SPUR program provides laboratory experience in science, in which the undergraduate works with graduate faculty, students, and staff on significant ongoing basic science research issues. This program is primarily intended for students interested in a PhD degree in biomedical sciences. We also encourage applicants interested in obtaining a dual degree (MD and PhD) to apply.

“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


Current sophomores and juniors with a background in science and an interest in graduate school are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed based on academic records, academic interests, personal statements, two letters of recommendation and official school transcripts. A GPA of 3.2 or higher will be given first preference. Previous laboratory experience is not required, although letters of recommendation from instructors and advisors that establish a high level of interest in the sciences will be used to evaluate candidates. Applicants will choose three areas of interest in order of preference. Individual faculty will review the preferences of the applicant, the applicant's credentials and then select an applicant best suited for their laboratory.

 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 for additional information.


SPUR applications are submitted online and the application process for SPUR 2015 will open in October. Completed applications, 2 letters of recommendations and official transcripts must be received or postmarked no later than February 1, 2015. Transcripts must note they are intended to reach the SPUR program. Failure to note SPUR on the transcript will result in delay or failure to process. You are notified via e-mail when applications are complete. If you are selected to participate you will be required to complete a background check prior to an official offer of acceptance. Applicants selected to participate in the program will be notified via US Post. The program continues to place students for the 2014 program. If you have questions you may e-mail Thank you for your patience.


Selected applicants will receive a stipend for a full-time commitment of 10 weeks. The stipend for 2014 is $3,500. The stipend is provided in two payments. The first payment is typically 4 weeks after the start of the program. The final payment is presented at the end of the program. Housing will be provided at no additional costs for students living outside the greater Milwaukee area. The housing is provided in addition to the stipend. Housing is located just minutes away from MCW campus. Housing move-in date is typically the last week of May. There is no meal plan on campus.

 Health Insurance

All selected applicants are required to show proof of health insurance prior to beginning their summer research.

*After official offers for the program are extended a link will be provided to those students where more information on documentation, orientation and the summer agenda will be provided.


Summer Program for Undergraduate Research
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

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