Summer Scholars at the Waisman Center

Waisman Summer Research Opportunity Program (WSROP)

Summer Scholars at the Waisman Center
Summer research scholars at the Waisman Center

The Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has a Waisman Summer Research Opportunity Program (WSROP) for underrepresented undergraduate students and/or undergraduate students with lived experience of intellectual and developmental disabilities to work closely with faculty mentors and graduate students from a broad range of disciplines focused on human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases. Scholars can gain valuable research skills in a biological or behavioral lab that may enhance or shape vocational opportunities. The program offers a competitive $6,000 stipend for participants as well as other amenities including travel expenses to Madison and a housing allowance.

Participants will spend 10 weeks with a faculty mentor at the Waisman Center to explore and build on their research interests in human development, intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

WSROP aims to encourage, promote, and prepare diverse undergraduate students to both pursue and thrive in an academic research environment. Undergraduate students from any postsecondary school including universities, colleges, or vocational schools are encouraged to apply.

Applications for Summer 2024 have closed. Applications for Summer 2025 will open Fall 2024.

For further information, contact: Katherine Mowery at