Undergraduate Research Program
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Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the online application form below. 
You will need your NetID and password to access the application. It will take no more than 30 minutes to complete. 

Before starting your application, please be sure to log out of any open Google apps, such as your gmail account(s)If you have trouble accessing the application form, try using different internet browsers. If you continue to experience technical difficulties, please email rap@uww.edu for assistance. 

The deadline to submit an application for the 2018-2019 school year is Friday, February 15th. The application tool will reopen for the 2019-2020 school year in early August.

If you apply to RAP before the February 15th deadline and are accepted, the deadline to complete orientation is Friday, March 1stMore information regarding orientation will be sent to you via email once your application is received.

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RAP Application

*Applicants will be contacted once a mentor has been found. Please email rap@uww.edu if you do not hear a response within three weeks.

Program Overview

The Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) provides eligible students with a paid research opportunity to assist faculty/staff mentors with their research agenda for one academic year.  This opportunity is open for first-and second-year students at UWW, transfer students with a maximum of 72 transferred credits, or returning non-traditional students. International exchange students are also eligible to participate in RAP.  Preference is given to students who are enrolled full time on campus and first degree seekers.

As a student researcher, you have the opportunity to advance your research skills outside the classroom while working closely with a mentor on a research project. As a research assistant, you will be exposed to the types of data, tools, and discipline-specific methods used to perform research by experts who are acknowledged leaders in their disciplines. You will apply your knowledge to real-world situations, learn collaboration and teamwork, and, in general learn problem-solving and communication skills that employers highly value for workplace success.

Researchers or project leaders interested in having a RAP student assist them in a project can express their interest to rap@uww.edu.  The email should include (1) a brief explanation of the project the RAP student will be working on, and, (2) the type of work a student would be asked to complete. A maximum of three RAP students can be assigned to each mentor.

RAP mentors can claim up to $300 per RAP student towards eligible research-related expenses and supplies (THIS IS NOT A STIPEND). Please contact the URP office about what expenses can be reimbursed with these funds. Eligible expenses that can be reimbursed with the RAP expense budget include:

  • Books (no more than $100.00 per grant; special justification such as specific titles not available from the library or Interlibrary Loan system needed for larger requests),
  • Software, small equipment, and other similar materials.  Those purchases made with RAP funds belong to the University.
  • Funds must be expended following regular University guidelines and within the University's fiscal year.
  • RAP expense funds may be used for dissemination of project results including conference presentation and publication with RAP students as co-authors/co-presenters. Under special circumstances, RAP funds can be used to support mentors' presentation of RAP students' work.  Please consult the Director of the Undergraduate Research Program for consultation PRIOR to committing these funds towards conference expenses.

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URP information
  • McCutchen Hall, Lower Level
  • Common Office Hours:
  • M-F, 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.
  • Campus E-mail:  urp@uww.edu
  • Campus Phone:  (262) 472-1296
RAP information
  • McCutchen Hall, Lower Level
  • Campus E-mail:  rap@uww.edu
  • Campus Phone:  (262) 472-1484

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