Faculty and Research Opportunities

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities

The Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (DGSF) (UWM Graduate School)

This award provides support for new and continuing UWM graduate students. The GSF is a one-year, non-renewable fellowship that provides recipients with a monthly stipend for the academic year, coverage of in-state tuition and remission of out-of-state tuition (for students who are not residents of the State of Wisconsin). Recipients will also be eligible to enroll in state-sponsored health insurance.

The Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship (GSDF)

This award is for current UWM Ph.D. students who have either achieved dissertator status or will achieve dissertator status by September 1 of the award year. The GSDF is a one-year, non-renewable fellowship. Recipients receive a monthly stipend for the academic year, coverage of in-state tuition and remission of out-of-state tuition (for students who are not residents of the State of Wisconsin). Recipients will also be eligible to enroll in state-sponsored health insurance.

The Advanced Opportunity (AOP) Fellowship (UWM Graduate School)

This fellowship program provides support for new and continuing qualified UWM graduate students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate study or who are otherwise disadvantaged. Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The AOP is renewable. These fellowships provide recipients with a monthly stipend for the academic year, coverage of in-state tuition and remission of out-of-state tuition (for students who are not residents of the State of Wisconsin). Recipients will also be eligible to enroll in state-sponsored health insurance.

Graduate Student Travel Award

The Graduate School Travel Award program offers funding to UWM master's and doctoral students for presenting scholarly and creative works at national and international conferences, performances, or exhibitions. Such activities are an important part of the professional development of graduate students, offering opportunities to establish professional networks, contacts for collaborative research, and sources of potential future funding or employment.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE): African-American Graduate Fellowships

NOBCChE annually recognizes outstanding minority graduate students by awarding deserving candidates who have made significant contributions to science and/or engineering research.

UNCF-Merck Science Initiative

The Financial Support, Experience & Mentoring You Need for a Research Career in the Sciences. The UNCF/Merck Science Initiative (UMSI) provides undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral support to outstanding African-American students who are pursuing studies and research careers in biological, chemical and engineering sciences.

ΣΔE Graduate Women in Science—National Fellowships Program

The SDE/GWIS National Fellowships Program is proud to offer fellowships in 2012 to help increase knowledge in the fundamental sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. Endowment funds, mostly generated from bequests, provide the annual income that supports scientific research done by SDE/GWIS award winners. For the 2011-2012 academic year, we distributed just under $60,000 in fellowship funds to ten deserving women scientists.

Sigma-Xi: Grants in Aid of Research Program

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

The purpose of this individual predoctoral research training fellowship is to improve the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented. Such candidates include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows

The purpose of this individual predoctoral research training fellowship is to provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) during the tenure of the award.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows

The purpose of this individual postdoctoral research training fellowship is to provide support to promising Fellowship Applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)

The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology. The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site. For FY 2012, these BIO programs are (1) Broadening Participation in Biology; (2) Intersections of Biology and Mathematical and Physical Sciences; and (3) National Plant Genome Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. These areas change periodically as new scientific and infrastructure opportunities present themselves; and this solicitation will be changed as necessary to reflect the areas being funded. The fellowships are also designed to provide active mentoring of the Fellows by the sponsoring scientists who will benefit from having these talented young scientists in their research groups.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The ranks of NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research, many who have become leaders in their chosen careers, and some who have been honored as Nobel laureates.

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows

Through SEES Fellows, NSF seeks to enable the discoveries needed to inform actions that lead to environmental, energy and societal sustainability while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. The program's emphasis is to facilitate investigations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and societal needs. The Fellow's proposed investigation should be interdisciplinary and allow him/her to obtain research experience beyond his/her current core disciplinary expertise. Additionally, Fellows are required to develop a research partnership that would broaden the impact and/or scope of the proposed research activities. Such activities might include, but are not limited to, a connection with a NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN), center or facility; industry; a national laboratory; or a state, regional, or local resource management agency. Fellows are required to have two mentors, one for the proposed research at the host institution (the institution that will administer the award) and the other for the research partnership. The mentors can be from the same institution, but should not be from the same discipline.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) connects students who are seeking research experiences--even as early as their freshman year--with a faculty-led research project. Students earn credit for their participation, and freshmen and sophomores take part in a weekly seminar about the culture of university research.

OUR Stipends for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) invites applications for semester, academic year, and summer Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF). Faculty and academic staff can apply for the awards to provide an hourly wage for undergraduate students working as research assistants. Students will be paid as hourly employees.

Scientific Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The Scientific Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) focuses on supporting students that are underrepresented (see below) in the sciences and engineering. In this program, qualifying students* will receive up to $4,000 to conduct research with a faculty mentor in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

UWM Undergraduate Research Travel Grants

Undergraduate Research Travel Awards are available for students to help offset the costs of traveling to present their research activity at local, national or international conferences. The maximum award for domestic travel is $400, which may go toward airfare, hotel accommodations, meals (within state allowances), and/or conference registration fees. These funds are intended for students who have already been substantially engaged in faculty-directed undergraduate research.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Support

This program, administered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is supported by the Office for Undergraduate Research. This competitive program provides support to allow approximately 8 to 10 undergraduates to have an intensive, summer-long research experience. At the end of the 10-week experience, students present their findings at a poster session attended by the Department.

Opportunities for High School Students and Teachers

Students Modeling a Research Topic (SMART) Teams

In this multi-faceted program, students develop teamwork as they delve into the molecular world, explore science as a process and not just a collection of facts, and work closely with a researcher to understand and model the structure-function relationship of a protein the researcher studies. After designing and building a model of the protein using Rapid Prototyping technology, SMART teams create an oral presentation explaining their work to a lay audience and a poster which is presented to a scientific audience.

Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS)

UWM Upward Bound Math and Science is an academic support pre-college program funded through the U.S. Department of Education, and sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The program works with students in grades 9-12 to help them realize their potential to excel in math and science, and encourage them to pursue a postsecondary degree in these fields.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

RET at UWM is supported by the National Science Foundation and is administered through the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Geosciences, and the Manfred Olsen Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. The general objectives the RET program are: to improve the quality of local science teaching and thus stimulate the interest and imaginations of students who might not otherwise pursue science studies at college; to further develop and nurture the links between UWM and the local and extended educational community; to further the professional development of high school instructional staff; and to allow educators to develop specific teaching projects which they will take back to and use in their classrooms; to develop online courses to support the continuing education of high school science teachers in Wisconsin. A major goal of the program is to seek ways of improving the quality of teacher training and providing enrichment and support for in-service teachers.