Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) is a 10-week hands-on laboratory experience for approximately 35-50 undergraduate students during the summer at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Each student is paired with an established faculty member who has secured competitive federal research support. The student and faculty member select a research project and complete it over the 10-week period.


  • To increase the number of PhD graduates in biomedical sciences and bioengineering available to meet the research and development needs of industry, government and academia.
  • To offer talented undergraduate science majors an opportunity to experience the excitement of biomedical research.
  • To encourage participating students to consider the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences when applying to PhD programs in science.

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