Medical College of Wisconsin

Basic information

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. This program is primarily intended for students interested in a PhD degree in biomedical sciences. They also encourage applicants interested in obtaining a dual degree (MD and PhD) to apply.


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 four 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. There is no meal plan on campus.


This year's application deadline has passed.

Applications are due by Sunday February 1, 2015.

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 studying at U.S. 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.

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