Opportunities

Joining the Lab: I am currently interested in expanding the lab group. Please get in touch if you have interest in joining the lab as an undergraduate researcher, graduate student, or postdoc. My email address is: daniel.preston@wisc.edu.

I am able to advise students through either the Freshwater and Marine Science graduate program or through Forest and Wildlife Ecology. Graduate students are typically funded through Research Assistantships and/or external fellowships. Students interested in applying for fellowships (e.g., the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship) are especially encouraged to get in touch.

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Undergraduates: There are many great undergraduate research programs at UW-Madison that provide a structured experience and often course credit or funding. Undergrads are encouraged to evaluate if any of these programs are a good fit before getting in touch. Below is a non-exhaustive list of programs. See the following link for general information on undergraduate research funding and scholarships at UW: <https://awards.advising.wisc.edu/>

CALS Undergraduate Research opportunities – Website with information on various opportunities in CALS and elsewhere. <https://cals.wisc.edu/academics/undergraduate-students/outside-the-classroom/mentored-research-independent-studies/>

Honors Research Program – This is a degree option that provides students a structured opportunity to complete an honors research project. Students can apply before coming to UW or in the early part of their academic program. The application is not competitive but does have some minimum standards. Students who do not meet the standards are sometimes admitted with a letter of support.  <https://cals.wisc.edu/academics/undergraduate-students/outside-the-classroom/honors-program/>

BI 152 Independent Research Projects – A course-based research experience through the BI 152 series. This involves a mentored research project for students enrolled in the class.<https://introbio.integrativebiology.wisc.edu/>

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program – Research program for first and second year undergraduates, lasting one academic year. Includes a poster presentation of a research project. Early spring semester deadline. < https://urs.ls.wisc.edu/>

WISCIENCE Programs – Includes the Entering Research course series (summer research credits and scholarship) and other opportunities, mostly for students with no prior research experience. November deadline for summer research program applications. <https://wiscience.wisc.edu/program/uw-madison-summer-research-scholarship-programs>

Sophomore Research Fellowships – Support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs. At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2019, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. The application deadline is typically March 1. <http://awards.advising.wisc.edu/sophomore-research-fellowship/>

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships and Holstrom Environmental Scholarships – Provide support for collaborative research between undergraduate students and faculty or research/instructional academic staff members. The student researcher receives $3,000, and the faculty/staff receives $1,000 to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Scholarships require an environmental focus. The application deadline is in mid-February.
http://awards.advising.wisc.edu/hilldale-undergraduatefaculty-research-fellowship/ >
http://awards.advising.wisc.edu/holstrom-environmental-scholarship/>

Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowships – Are awarded to undergraduate students to develop and implement community-based research or service-learning projects that will meet a community identified need (local, national or international) under the supervision of a UW-Madison faculty or instructional academic staff member. Fellowships provide three (3) academic credits, a program implementation budget of up to $5,000 to an individual student and up to $7,000 for a group of up to five students.  If desired, students can designate a portion of their funds as a scholarship, to be administered through the Bursar’s Office. Early February application deadline. <https://morgridge.wisc.edu/students/wisconsin-idea-fellowships/>

University Book Store Academic Excellence Awards – Provide $1,000 to undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves by completing outstanding projects, such as a senior thesis, at UW-Madison. Applications are due mid-March. <http://awards.advising.wisc.edu/university-book-store-award/>