Summer Education Research Program (SERP)

Program Goals

The SERP aims to encourage, promote, and prepare diverse undergraduate students to both pursue and thrive in their graduate studies. The program endeavors to increase opportunities for individuals from historically marginalized communities to engage in important research that has an impact across a range of areas within the education, health, and arts fields. Furthermore, the program encourages undergraduate students to investigate particular issues that impact various aspects of education found across nine departments housed within the SoE.

Specific areas of research could include experiences in the following areas (subject to availability of mentors and potential match with SERP Scholar):

Arts: 3D Art, 4D/Digital Art, Art Education, Dance, Drawing/Painting, Graphic Design, Printmaking & Book Arts, Photography, Theatre and drama

Education: Educational leadership, Policy development, Urban education, Curriculum Development, Teacher Education, Multicultural Education, English as a Second Language, Bilingual education, Math and Science Education, Human Development and Learning, Educational Psychology, Special Education, Testing and Evaluation

Health Sciences: Biomechanics, Counseling Psychology, Developmental Processes, Exercise Physiology or Psychology, Human Development, Motor Control and Behavior, Neurobiology, Physical Activity Epidemiology, Occupational science

Program Components

The SERP is a ten-week residential summer program that will take place on the UW-Madison campus in summer 2022. During the session, SERP Scholars receive guidance from a faculty/research associate mentor on their chosen research topic and prepare and present a culminating presentation about their research topics at the end of the program.

SERP Scholars will also interact with other students from UW-Madison Summer Research Opportunities Programs (SROP), participate in weekly seminars about topics in education, research team meetings, professional development opportunities and 1:1’s with SERP program staff. Information about applying to graduate school, financial aid/funding, library resources, and social activities will also be provided.

Important Dates

Application Opens November 1st
Application Closes February 15th
Decisions made (on rolling basis) March 15th

Got Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at Please type “SERP Questions” in the subject field and we will reply at our earliest convenience.

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