Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships and Holstrom Environmental Research Fellowships

The Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships and Holstrom Environmental Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff.

Eligibility Criteria
A campus-wide scholarship to support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW-Madison faculty or staff. Applicants must have at least a junior standing at time of application and be planning to graduate after May of the application year. Apply spring semester to fund work on the project during the summer or following academic year. Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to apply.

How to Apply
Applicants must submit a 5-page project proposal, letter of recommendation and transcript.

Selection Criteria
Selection criteria: Evidence of the student’s intellectual contribution to the research (may include, but is not limited to, student’s contribution of preliminary data to the proposed project); significance of the research (originality, impact on the field); degree of meaningful collaboration with a faculty research mentor; extent to which research objective is achievable within the proposed timeline (may also include evaluation of the student’s academic record).

Award Information
The student researcher receives a stipend, and faculty/staff research advisor receives a stipend for costs associated with the research (e.g., supplies, faculty or student travel related to the project). If projects have more than one student or one faculty member together, the stipend levels will vary. Approximately 100 Hilldale Fellowships are awarded each year.

Conditions of Award
Award recipients must register for three credits of supervised research, senior thesis or directed study during the summer or academic year following the receipt of the award in May. (This is to provide structure for the research training and collaboration; the course is not a required part of the student’s degree program.) The recipients must also have proposals approved by the Human Subjects and/or Animal Care and Use Committee(s) if they propose to use human or animal subjects. The recipients must also present findings at the Undergraduate Symposium and submit a research report of approximately 500 to 1,000 words upon completion of research.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. Eligibility Questions:

    Please note: Students may not apply for a Hilldale/Hostrom Fellowship and a Sophomore Research Fellowship in the same year. Previous recipients of a Hilldale Fellowship or a Holstrom Fellowship may not apply for a second award of the same type.

    • a. Please indicate which award you are applying for. (If you apply for but do not receive a Holstrom Fellowship, you will automatically be considered for a Hilldale Fellowship.)
    • b. Have you applied for a Sophomore Research Fellowship this year?
    • c. Have you ever received a Hilldale Undergradauate/Faculty Research Fellowship?
    • d. Have you ever received a Holstrom Environmental Scholarship?
    • e. The McPherson Eye Research Institute will sponsor one additional Hilldale Fellowship for vision based research (including bioengineering, imaging, data visualization, cognitive psychology, ophthalmology and general biology of the eye). Does this describe your project?
    • f. The UW-Arboretum will sponsor one additional Hilldale Fellowship for research that is relevant to the Arboretum mission (including ecology, biology, botany, forestry, wildlife, soil science, horticulture, environmental engineering, invasive species, and storm water), with a significant portion of the work being conducted on Arboretum property. Does this describe your project?
  2. Academic field of proposed research:
  3. Title of proposed research project:
  4. Support requested to begin:
  5. Are you applying for, or have you received, other undergraduate scholarships/fellowships to complete the research proposed in this application?(If you are awarded and accept a Hilldale or Holstrom you may not accept funding from other sources for the same research project during the same time period. For example, if you plan to apply for summer funding from another source you may want to apply for the Hilldale or Holstrom for the academic year.)
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