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About the Program

Do you have a passion for discovering new things?

Do you wonder how organ systems function?

Do you seek to improve human health?

Are you committed to lifelong learning?

Do you have the patience and endurance to complete a long-term project?

Do you want to enhance your Wisconsin Experience?

If you answered yes to these questions, a biomedical research career may be right for you. Gaining biomedical research experience is one way to prepare you for such a career.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison George M. O’Brien Center in Benign Urology offers a 12-week paid summer research internship for UW-Madison undergraduates. Learn more about the program here.


Why Urology?

Our research is driven by the need to improve urinary health in humans and animals. The underlying cause of many urinary problems is not known and urinary dysfunction can be debilitating, demoralizing, and costly to treat. Discovering the root of urologic problems requires a multidisciplinary approach and summer interns will gain experience in many fields, including:

  • Basic, Clinical, and Translational Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Genetics
  • Imaging (MRI, ultrasound, PET, MicroCT)
  • Pathology/Histology
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Physiology


What to Expect

  • Interns will be assigned individual research projects and will be expected to present their work at the end of the 12-week experience
  • Interns will spend most of their time conducting hands-on biomedical research with a research team consisting of a faculty mentor and graduate and post-graduate trainees.
  • A weekly seminar series will provide:
  • Interactions with other Interns
  • Medical lectures by clinicians
  • Workshops in science reading, writing and presentation
  • A “preparing for graduate school’ information fair

Participating Faculty

William Ricke, PhD, Associate Professor of Urology
Paul Marker, PhD, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dale Bjorling, DVM, Professor of Surgical Sciences
Chad Vezina, PhD, Associate Professor of Comparative Biosciences


Qualifications: A U.S. citizen or permanent resident and full-time UW-Madison student in Spring 2017 semester. Preference will be given to Junior- and Senior-standing students with prior research experience, a GPA of at least 3.0, and a serious interest in pursuing a PhD, DVM, MD, or PharmD.

Dates: May 23-August 12, 2017

Stipend: Students will be given a $5,844 stipend paid over three installments. Room and board is not provided. There are no additional fees or tuition costs.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Notification Date: March 16, 2017

For more information, contact:

Chad Vezina, PhD
SPUUR Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Comparative Biosciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
1656 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 890-3235
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