SPUUR FAQs

  1. How do I apply?  Follow instructions for applying to the SPUUR Program on the UW-Madison Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) website HERE. Note that when you select the UW-Madison SPUUR Program, you will be directed to complete 2 additional (supplemental) questionnaires online.
  2. How do I include a letter of recommendation with my application? Follow all instructions and upload per instructions on the SROP website. A minimum of 1 and maximum of 2 letters are required.
  3. What other documents are required to go with my completed application? On the SROP website, you will upload a transcript and complete an Essay Form consisting of 4 sections, each with a limit of 500 words
    • Background
    • Future Goals & Career Plans
    • Research Area(s)
    • Research Experience
  4. When is the application deadline?  February 15, 2024
  5. When will I find out if I’m accepted?  March 18, 2024
  6. What are the program dates for 2024?  May 28 through August 2
  7. Can I enroll in summer courses during the program?  No, this is a full-time commitment.
  8. What is meant by “full-time commitment?”  You are expected to contribute at least 40 hours per work week.
  9. What is the stipend?  You will receive a stipend and housing on the UW-Madison campus; details forthcoming.
  10. Where can I find out more about the UW-Madison campus? Call the UW-Madison Campus and Visitor Relations office at (608) 263-2400.
  11. How do I get to and from campus? Most off-campus students walk, bike, or bus to campus. The UW-Madison Campus and Visitor Relations office [(608) 263-2400] can provide details about bike and bus routes.
  12. Can I receive research credit for the program?  No credit will be granted for your summer scholarship.
  13. I am planning a summer vacation – Can I miss a week?  No, students are expected to participate each week of the summer research experience.
  14. I am a full-time student at a US university or college but not a US citizen or permanent resident – Can I still apply to the program?  Yes, you may still apply.
  15. How many applicants will be accepted?  Up to 10 students.
  16. How is this program funded, and who is its sponsor?  The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Department of Urology of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
  17. How have prior UW-Madison SPUUR scholars benefited from their participation?  Most have gone on to apply to or initiate medical training (e.g., as physicians, veterinarians, pharmacists, etc.). Others have matriculated to graduate school or are working in occupations related to urology, public health, and other areas of science. See “Career Trajectory” graph at right.