Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The availability of research opportunities in laboratories at the cutting edge of biology is an important feature of undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The early research experience is crucial to the development of undergraduates who wish to pursue further graduate or professional training in science or medicine. The Department of Oncology does not offer an undergraduate degree program. However, McArdle faculty provide research training to undergraduates who enter the laboratory as students in the Independent Study course or in order to complete a Senior Thesis. Every year, 15-20 undergraduates carry out independent study/senior theses under the direction of McArdle faculty. Each year several of those students and their faculty mentors are awarded Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships to support their work. Students should contact faculty members directly to arrange an independent study project. With the consent of a faculty member, students may register for Oncology 699 for 1-3 credits each semester.

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Summer Research Programs

McArdle faculty have been active participants in the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program for undergraduates. The Center for Biology Education coordinates the various campus programs for summer research experiences. For additional information, contact the Center for Biology Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 445 Henry Mall, Madison, WI 53706; Telephone: (608) 262-5267.

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Awards for Undergraduate Research

The University offers three programs designed to encourage and recognize excellence in undergraduate research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships provide support for collaborative research projects. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Academic Excellence Awards (University Book Store Awards) recognize outstanding work already completed by undergraduates in independent study or research. These awards are given to undergraduate students who best exemplify the principle that excellence can be achieved through independent study. The Holstrom Environmental Scholarships are awarded for collaborative research on environmental issues. Applications for these programs are due each year in February or March. For additional information contact the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 271 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706; Telephone: (608) 265-2428.

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Jobs at McArdle for Undergraduates

A large number of undergraduates gain research experience by working part-time in the laboratory. On average 60 undergraduates are regularly employed as student help in the research laboratories at McArdle. Responsibilities and duties vary depending on the experience of the student. Jobs are posted on the UW Student Job Center (http://jobcenter.wisc.edu).

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Courses of Interest to Undergraduates

Several undergraduates enroll in Oncology courses each semester. The majority of students enrolled in Oncology 401, Introduction to Experimental Oncology (i.e., ~15 undergraduates each semester), and Oncology/Bacteriology 545, Topics in Biotechnology (i.e., ~20-25 undergraduates each semester), are undergraduate students. Smaller numbers of undergraduates (about 20% of the total class) enroll in Bacteriology/Oncology/Plant Pathology 640, General Virology (i.e., ~10 undergraduates each semester). For a description of undergraduate biology courses offered at Madison see www.wisc.edu/cbe/bci/