Presenters and attendants at the 2018 Poster Session


FreshWater@UW Summer Research Scholars

Based on the success of a pilot program on the UW-Madison campus during summer 2022, the UW Aquatic Sciences Center announces an expansion of FreshWater@UW summer scholar research program to all UW System campuses. These are unique opportunities for undergraduates to work closely with water-related faculty mentors and graduate students in their major discipline. Students accepted into research programs are matched with faculty whose expertise and interests match the student’s research interest. Students gain valuable skills for success in post-graduate studies and careers in their chosen field. During the summer, students will be offered opportunities for professional development and cross-campus programming. Upon completing their summer research, scholars have the opportunity to present results of their individual projects in a group setting.

The FreshWater@UW program plans to offer up to 25 funded positions for water research projects throughout the UW System during summer 2023. UW System faculty and staff with Principal Investigator status are encouraged to develop opportunities for summer research on their campus. We will encourage student applicants to select projects that are not on their home campus in an effort to increase collaboration among System campuses. A goal of the program is also to create a diverse academic environment by increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students in Wisconsin graduate programs and ultimately a well-prepared water workforce. Funding for student scholar positions is provided by the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin*, UW Sea Grant, and the UW Water Resources Institute. The program runs from Tuesday, May 31 through Saturday, August 5, 2023, and all funding is provided through the program (i.e., it’s free for principal investigators). We expect that student summer stipends will be similar to 2022, which were $6000 plus a $600 meal allowance. Housing costs are provided by the FreshWater@UW program.

Faculty in the UW System who are interested in hosting a research scholar in summer 2023 should request a student on or before November 1, 2022. Please follow instructions here.

Information requested on the Google form will be:
Email address
Project Title
Location of Research Opportunity
Project Description (~150-200 words)
Qualifications Desired
Summer Housing Options on Your Campus (UW-Madison undecided on location)

Thank you for your interest in the program. Please feel free to contact Jim Hurley ( with any questions.


Recruiting undergraduate students for the program commences on November 1, 2022, and concludes on February 1, 2023, after which applications will be reviewed and students matched with host projects according to student qualifications and project requirements. As a result, not all host projects will be matched with a student. We will post descriptions of each potential project on the FreshWater@UW project page link, which will link to the application page. Return to UW-Madison SROP Page

* The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin is a partnership of Wisconsin’s 13 public universities, connecting with industry partners, local communities, policymakers and advocacy groups.​ Its mission is to establish Wisconsin as a world leader in freshwater science, technology, entrepreneurship and economic growth. The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin is training the next generation of scientists to solve global water resource problems through academic programs, collaborative research and career development across the UW System. Learn more at

Program Contact:

Dr. James Hurley

1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1103