The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) will partner to develop an undergraduate research program to train the next generation of high-performing, diverse cancer researchers. The program will be rooted in high-quality science training to benefit students, mentors, and the institutions.
The program’s scope goes beyond typical summer research experiences to provide a continuous research experience throughout the student’s undergraduate education. The program will recruit talented undergraduate students into cancer research labs at MCW early during their undergraduate tenure such that long-lasting, productive scientific relationships will develop between MCW mentors and UWM mentees. We envision the program fostering a lifetime commitment to science among its participants and a long-term productive collaborative relationship between MCW and UWM.
Through the program, students will work one on one with a MCW mentor to develop technical skills and foundational research skills, including:
- How to identify a significant knowledge gap
- How to generate and test hypotheses
- How to rigorously evaluate data
- How to interpret data to formulate scientifically sound conclusions
- How to recognize limitations in approaches
Our comprehensive research program activities provide opportunities to develop key competencies including an ability to work independently and to solve problems creatively. Activities include:
- Research experiences throughout the year with funded part-time opportunities during semesters and full-time opportunities in summers
- Research proposal writing seminar course culminating in the submission of a proposal for the MCW Cancer Center and UWM Undergraduate Research Program Fellowship
- Program lab meeting weekly among the trainees during the summer program
- Program lab meeting at the close of each semester
- Opportunities to participate in MCW journal clubs and seminar series
- Written research progress reports
- Opportunities to attend regional and national scientific conferences
- Participation in an annual UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium and a MCW Cancer Center sponsored Capstone Symposium
- Open to all UWM undergraduate students in good academic standing
- Applicants must identify a MCW faculty mentor. The mentor is not required to be a member of the MCW Cancer Center. Resources will be provided to assist students in finding a mentor.
- The research project must be cancer relevant.
- Students must complete the proposal writing seminar course prior to submission of the MCW Cancer Center and UWM Undergraduate Research
- Program Fellowship Application.
- Participation in program fundraising is required.