Summer Research Opportunities Program

Applications are now being accepted for consideration for the Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Center’s Summer Research Program! This application is open November 1, 2018 – February 15, 2019.

The Summer Research Opportunities Program of the Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Program has been training undergraduates from underrepresented minority groups since 1995. First funded by a T35 grant from NIEHS and then independently, the program is currently supported by an NIEHS R25 mechanism (R25 ES020720).

Students enrolled in the program come from underrepresented populations. With the current grant, this includes: Underrepresented minorities; students who are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds; and students who are disabled.

The program is 10 weeks long, typically running from the last week in May through the first week in August. A faculty mentor guides each undergraduate through the student research project. These projects are designed such that a student will not only learn research techniques, but be able to obtain usable data within the 10 week program span. Topic areas can include cancer, genetics, aging, prion (mad cow) disease, neuroprotection, oxidative stress, and human development. All stress the importance of environmental health.

In addition to research, the program includes a weekly toxicology group tutorial which is held to provide an introduction to Molecular and Environmental Toxicology. Each week you will have the opportunity to have small group learning/discussion with a different professional in the field of toxicology. Furthermore, students will receive professional training. This tutorial meets in conjunction with one of our graduate program core curriculum classes. This allows participants to receive guidance on toxicology careers, other research opportunities and graduate programs, the graduate school application process, laboratory safety and ethics, and scientific writing. At the end of the program, students present an oral report on their research during a research symposium.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent U.S. residents and underrepresented minority, which includes: African American, American Indian/Alaskan/Hawaiian, Cambodian, Hispanic/Latino, Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese OR from an economically disadvantaged background OR a student with a disability. Candidates must be undergraduates and although all undergrads meeting above guidelines are eligible, we prefer sophomores and juniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Stipend and Expenses

Our program will cover most expenses related to travel, housing, and we have an allowance for food. We offer a competitive stipend of $5,570 for the summer. Students selected to participate will have access to all UW-Madison libraries and recreational facilities. All fees and tuition costs are paid by the program.

The application page is available November through February and is accessible at those times via the link at the top.

For more information about the SROP program, please click here or  contact Mark Marohl, the METC Program Coordinator.



The Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Center’s Summer Research Opportunities Program is funded by NIEHS Grant R25 ES020720, “Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Summer Research Opportunities Program (MET-SROP).”