The Zhao Lab accepts applications from undergraduate students at the beginning of each semester. Eligible candidates are motivated freshman or sophomore students who are interested in a research career, maintain a science GPA of at least 3.3, and are available to work 25hours/week in the summer. Undergraduates typically begin by performing laboratory chores for at least 4 months prior to being matched with a graduate student or post-doctoral mentor to aid in their research projects. These students frequently become co-authors on scientific papers in the future. If interested, please send your resume to Ryan Risgaard (rrisgaard(AT)wisc(DOT)edu.
Highlights of Our Undergraduate Training:
- Undergraduate research training is an integral part of our lab. Upon acceptance into our lab, undergraduate students become our lab mates.
- Undergraduate students can earn research credits (Neurodept 699, between 1 and 4 credits per semester; 3-5 hour/week for each credit).
- Students who have passed initial training (at least 4 months) may join one research team (working under one postdoctoral fellow or graduate student project leader) in the lab.
- Our undergraduate students are encouraged to present in UW annual Undergraduate Symposium.
- Students who carry out our lab research in the summer present in our lab annual Undergraduate Data Blitz (July or Aug every summer)
- Our undergraduate students have been awarded competitive Hilldale fellowship and Waisman Center Distinguished Undergraduate Research award.
- Most of our lab publications have undergraduate co-authors.
- Many of our past undergraduate students are now in graduate (PhD, MD, dental school, PT/PhD, Genetics Counseling etc) programs.