Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
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SPUR Application Information
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.
As of November 1, 2021, all MCW program participants must provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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 ‘23 is Tuesday, February 1, 2023. Transcripts can be sent electronically via email to email@example.com or sent to the following address:
MCW Graduate School (SPUR)
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 ’23 is scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 31, 2023 and conclude Friday, August 4, 2023. Participants must be able to provide a full-time effort (40 hours/week) and be present for the full duration of the program.
Applicants selected to participate in SPUR receive a stipend and are provided housing on an as-needed basis. The stipend for 2023 will be $4,500.00, and will be provided to participants in two equal payments. The first payment is issued nearly 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.
All participants are required to provide...
- Proof of health insurance
- Payroll Verification
- Emergency Contact Information
- COVID-19 vaccination status
...following acceptance and successful completion of a background check. Additional documentation may be required as well.
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 email@example.com for additional information.
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.
“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 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
“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
Review abstracts (PDF) of the research from our 2022 SPUR participants.
SPUR Contact Information
MCW Graduate School
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-6555 (fax)