About PREP

Program Highlights

Travel, food, and logding expenses are covered by the program, and participants receive a stipend.

Mentored laboratory research, paired with scientific instruction in six broad disciplinary categories:

Biology of Brain and Behavior

Cognitive & Cognitive Neuroscience
Social and Personality

Weekly professional development seminars on such topics as:

  • ics In psychological research
  • Peparing graduate school applications
  • Searching and applying for grants and fellowships

Tours of psychology laboratory facilities, including:

  • Neuroimaging (MRI, PET, EEG)
  • Biology of brain and behavior
  • Cognition and cognitive neuroscience
  • Social Cognition
  • Cognitive Development
  • Psychophysiology

End-of-summer PREP Symposium, in which participants present an oral presentation of their research results and conclusions to other PREP students, psychology department faculty and students, and deans and staff from the Graduate School at UW-Madison

Production of a research paper that will be published in an online PREP journal

Graduate School Fair with activities to include:

  • Presentations on applying to graduate school
  • Representatives present from more than 30 graduate programs to answer your questions
  • Social activities with students from other REU programs, such as:
    • Welcome picnic
    • Evening events at the student union
    • Weekly film series focused on ethical issues in science and culture
    • A summer spent in gorgeous Madison, Wisconsin

      Financial support is provided to all individuals selected. This includes a $3,000 stipend for the ten-week period, housing, a $500 food allowance, health insurance (if needed) and full travel expenses to and from Madison, WI. Students will be housed with those participating in other summer research programs at the Regent or Lucky, private apartments located within a 5-minute walk from the Department of Psychology building. Students receive bus passes and have access to all campus libraries and recreational facilities.

      The Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the top research psychology departments in the country, with internationally recognized scholars in each of five broad disciplinary categories: biological; clinical; cognition and cognitive neuroscience; developmental; and social. There is also strong representation of several domains of behavior that cut across these categories, including emotion, language, memory, developmental disorders, and intergroup dynamics.

      Since 1995 the Department of Psychology at UW Madison has ranked #1 among all U.S. psychology departments in attracting federal research money. Within Clinical Psychology, the UW ranks #1 in citation ranking and #9 in number of publications, for a composite ranking of #3. In recent years our faculty has edited many of the major research journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychonomic Society, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. With its high quality faculty and outstanding success in extramural funding, the department has state of the art research facilities, and extraordinary intellectual and physical resources.

      The Department has an unusually strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate education. With regard graduate education, for example, in 2004 the department received the Award for Innovation in Graduate Education in Psychology sponsored by the APA’s Board of Educational Affairs in cooperation with the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology. With regard to undergraduate education, seven members of the faculty have received Distinguished Teaching Awards from the University. The Department has also received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in recognition of its efforts in undergraduate education.

      Many of our faculty have joint appointments with several other Departments including Medicine, Physiology, Psychiatry, Women’s Studies and Zoology and are involved in a wide variety of other research centers on campus: the Waisman Center for the Study of Developmental Disabilities, the Wisconsin Primate Research Center, the Mind-Body Institute, the Center for Neuroscience and the Neuroscience Training Program, the Institute on Aging, the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, the Wisconsin Center for Research on Education.

      Thus, the UW campus offers opportunities for interdisciplinary work between its superb undergraduate and graduate programs. There are more than 100 Masters and Ph.D. programs with 57 degree granting departments in the College of Letters and Science and 13 Major Colleges and Schools (such as medicine, veterinary medicine, education, engineering and law). The excellent reputation and intellectual and physical resources of the Psychology Department and the University of Wisconsin-Madison make this an outstanding environment for research training for our PREP students.

      The UW is located in the capitol city of Wisconsin with a greater metropolitan population of more than 450,000 people. Madison is known as a cultural, creative, diverse, and vibrant city. In summer there are weekly farmers markets, weekly outdoor classical music concerts and weekly outdoor jazz concerts. The University is built along the south shore of Lake Mendota, one of several lakes in the area. Here, students can enjoy nearly nightly outdoor concerts at the Student Union, rent sailboats, swim, or bike or jog along the lakeshore path. The city is 1½ hours northwest of Chicago and 1 hour west of Milwaukee.

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