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URS Fellows

URS provides an opportunity for upper-class undergraduates to develop strong leadership and teaching skills by serving as Undergraduate Research Fellows. Each Fellow pair is assigned approximately 15-20 URS Scholars with whom they meet regularly in small groups and individually. In addition to small group sessions, Fellows are required to attend a weekly staff meeting. The URS program provides substantial training and support during a week-long training module in the summer as well as regular staff meetings.

This position provides a $1,100 honorarium per semester in recognition of sustained effort and commitment.

PLEASE NOTE: All Fellows are required to register for a 2-credit seminar - Inter-LS 315: Paradigms and Process in Academic Inquiry during the Fall semester.

Read about our current URS Fellows.

Responsibilities of a Research Fellow

  • Attend regular staff meetings from 4:00-4:45 pm on Wednesday afternoons before small group meetings
  • Partner with another Research Fellow to lead a small group of up to twenty URS students who will gather from 5:00-6:00 pm, Wednesday to discuss issues related to research and share strategies on successfully managing early college years
  • Plan seminar objectives with co-fellow and develop a syllabus for these activities during the training module
  • Provide guidance to URS Scholars
  • Keep regular contact with URS Scholars
  • Serve as the link between the URS staff and the Scholars
  • Represent URS at various campus functions
  • Participate as needed in the general operation of the URS Program

Eligibility Requirements

  • Four or more semesters of college by the beginning of appointment
  • Good academic standing. (Please note that your transcript will be reviewed by the selection committee.)
  • Available on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the fall and spring semesters
  • Must be able to enroll in Inter-LS 315 for the Fall semester
  • Experience in research

Preferred Experience/Skills

  • Must be able to work in a flexible environment
  • Should have experience in research or an independent creative endeavor and have experience in leadership roles
  • Should be resourceful and able to take initiative
  • Should have a good sense of the enrichment opportunities available on the UW-Madison campus or know how to find such information
  • Should have strong skills in interpersonal communication.
  • Some preference will be given to applicants with an interest in attending Graduate School (including Business, Law, and/or Medical School )
  • Should be comfortable leading small groups of students
  • Must be able to meet deadlines associated with URS administration and seminars