Do you have a passion for discovering new things?

Do you wonder how organ systems function?

Do you seek to improve human health?

Do you have the patience and endurance to complete a long-term project?

Are you committed to lifelong learning?


If you answered yes to these questions, a biomedical research career may for you

Gaining biomedical research experience is one way to prepare you for such a career

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Program for Undergraduate Urology Research (SPUUR) is a 12 week paid summer research internship for undergraduates from anywhere in the United States. Through our program, students will gain essential skills to position them for success in post-graduate studies. Apply by February 28, 2023; go to the “Applying to SPUUR” page on this website for details.

Our exciting 12 week summer research program, May 21 – August 12, 2023, will immerse students in laboratory research experiences and in weekly lectures and other activities related to non-malignant basic urologic science and clinical urology. Students will network with other students and faculty throughout the summer, including with those from other summer programs at other institutions. At the end of the program, students will present and receive reviews of their individual work.

WHY UROLOGY?  There is an urgent need to improve urinary health in humans and animals. The underlying causes of many urinary problems is not known, and urinary dysfunction can be debilitating, demoralizing, and costly to treat. Discovering the root causes of urologic problems requires a multidisciplinary approach. Through a carefully constructed curriculum of didactic and hands-on activities, summer interns will gain experience in many fields, including:

  • Basic, Clinical, and Translational Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Genetics
  • Imaging (MRI, ultrasound, PET, MicroCT)
  • Pathology/Histology
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Physiology