The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is a leader in innovative and diverse research related to language, hearing, speech, and swallowing. The work of our faculty covers the spectrum of basic science, translational research, clinical research, and intervention studies. Undergraduates have a unique opportunity to get involved and assist in the innovation and discovery happening at UW-Madison.
Learn more about our research faculty and their labs.
Undergraduate research assistants play an important role in the Department’s research mission. If you are interested in joining a lab as an undergraduate research assistant, please visit our research overview page to find labs suited to your research interests. When you have found a lab that interests you, contact the lab’s principal investigator (PI) or lab manager to find out if they are taking on new research assistants and, if so, how their application process works. Note that undergraduate research assistants can volunteer with a lab, earn course credit, or be employed with a lab as a student hourly.
Undergraduate research assistants may sometimes pursue their own research, under the supervision of their PI or a graduate student. In such situations, students may be eligible to apply for undergraduate research funding, such as the Hilldale Scholarship. To explore such opportunities, visit https://research.wisc.edu/information-for-undergraduate-students/ and speak to your PI.
Summer Research Opportunities
The University of Wisconsin–Madison offers a number of summer research opportunities to undergraduate students. These are unique opportunities for undergraduates to work closely with faculty mentors and graduate students in their major discipline. Students accepted into research programs are matched with faculty whose expertise and interests match the student’s research interest. Many are geared to those under-represented in research (i.e., minority students; students who are first-generation college and low-income may also be eligible), but some are less restricted.