Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

      Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

      Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

      NEWS Flash:  RAP wins the 2015 UW Systems Board of Regents Diversity Award

      Photos from the Award Ceremony on February 6, 2015

      News article about RAP

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

      As a student researcher, you have the opportunity to advance your research skills outside the classroom by working closely with a professor 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 professors, 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.

      We have started accepting RAP applications for 2015-16 academic year. If we can identify an interested mentor, you might be able to get started on your research project even during Spring Semester 2016.

      If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the on-line application form below.  You will need your NetID and password for accessing the application form.

      Note: Due to the end of the Spring Semester coming up, we may not be able to find a mentor for you right away.  We will try our best to match you with a mentor as soon as possible, but that may not happen during this semester.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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      ProgramApplication FormDeadline
      Description Application Open deadline

      Researchers or project leaders interested in having a RAP student assist in a project can express interest to  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 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.


      Undergraduate Research Program
      University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
      800 W. Main Street
      2115 Andersen Library
      Whitewater, WI 53190
      (262) 472-1296


      Professor Catherine Chan
      Director of Undergraduate Research
      (262) 472-1296

      UWW URP Student Org