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Expenses for both lodging and travel to and from Madison, WI are covered by the program. Additionally, participants receive a living stipend as well as a food stipend. Mentored laboratory research, paired with scientific instruction are provided within the six broad disciplinary categories that constitute our psychology department’s focus:
Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience
Data science workshops, on topics such as:
· R programming
· Python programming
· Matlab programming
· High-throughput computing
· Large-scale data collection with M-turk
Tours of psychology laboratory facilities, including:
· Neuroimaging (MRI, PET, EEG)
· Behavioral neuroendocrinology
· Visual psychophysics
· Social Cognition
· Cognitive Development
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 dinner at the outset of the summer
· Evening events at the student union with panels that focus on multi-cultural issues followed by student mixers
· A summer spent in gorgeous Madison, Wisconsin!
Additionally, each accepted student will present their summer research project at the PREP Symposium which will also provide opportunities to network with current UW-Madison faculty and invited PREP alumni.
Financial support is provided to all individuals selected. This includes a $6,000 stipend for the ten-week period, housing, a $700 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 will also be given bus passes that allow for exploration all over Madison and have access to all campus libraries and recreational facilities.
PREP is funded by the National Science Foundation, NSF award #2050782 and sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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 (Integrative Biology) 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.
UW-Madison & Community
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, as well as free outdoor music festivals and concerts featuring music across the sonic spectrum.
The University is built along the south shore of Lake Mendota, one of several lakes in the area. Sitting lakeside at the student union, visitors can enjoy nearly nightly outdoor film showings or concerts. The union also also provides access to rent sailboats, swim, or bike or jog along the Lakeshore Nature Preserve path.
The city is 1½ hours northwest of Chicago and 1 hour west of Milwaukee with regular bus service connecting you to both.