UWM is one of the nation’s top 146 research universities as recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
That coveted R1 status reflects the depth and breadth of our work across dozens of doctoral programs and research centers. Our discoveries transform lives and fuel the region’s economy.
Research Around the University
Our Students Learn with the Best
Our professors are committed to quality graduate and undergraduate education in an array of research-intensive, career-building programs. Students learn from the top scholars in their field – and even contribute to their research – through the UWM Office of Undergraduate Research, McNair Scholars Program and 105 graduate programs.
Community Engagement Enriches Research
UWM professors find inspiration working with more than nearly 3,000 schools, businesses, community groups and other organizations. Their research is revitalizing Milwaukee, and their students are empowered to learn in local archives, clinics, parks, schools, studios and more. The results get noticed: The White House and Carnegie Foundation both named UWM a top university for community engagement.
Research Innovation Builds Business
Our thriving entrepreneurial climate brings breakthrough ideas to market. Students benefit from an interdisciplinary, university-wide approach to idea generation, collaboration and commercialization. Our success can be seen in the start-ups launched by professors, staff and students, and in dozens of patents and licensing agreements with Wisconsin businesses.
UWM students act on entrepreneurial ideas
Where do you start to bring a promising product or business idea from concept to reality? Turns out, you don’t even have to leave campus.
The goal of the UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center is to make entrepreneurship an integral part of the UWM experience. The Ideas Challenge is the name of the center’s programming, which is designed to involve students in all disciplines and at many levels.
Twenty-seven teams are participating in the Student Startup Challenge, which has evolved from a product-idea competition to a yearlong mentoring process. During the first phase, teams learn the “lean launch” approach to entrepreneurship by participating in the Student I-Corps program. If they continue with the program, teams will be ready to compete in the New Ventures Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Lubar School of Business and supported by La Macchia Enterprises.