The Program | Important Dates | Eligibility | The EMBL and Heidelberg, Germany | What Students Will Gain
Program LimitEnvironment and Accommodation | Cost Estimate | Application | Selection Process | Contacts

Program dates: Application deadline and program dates TBA


If you have questions about the program, contact Dr. Timothy Grant <>

The Program

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biochemistry, in association with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, offers a program for up to three undergraduate students from UW-Madison to do research at EMBL in Germany over the summer.

The program provides a Summer Study-Abroad opportunity, without the need to postpone graduation due to the rigid course scheduling requirements of most biological sciences curricula.

Participating students will spend the summer in a top-notch laboratory at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, investigating fundamental problems in molecular, cell, developmental, and/or computational biology. Students will conduct full-time research under the direction of a faculty member and work as part of a laboratory research team.

To read a recent story about the program, click here

Photo of Timothy GrantProgram Director
Dr. Timothy Grant
3311 Morgridge Institute for Research
330 North Orchard Street
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin 53715
Phone: (608) 316-4569

2018 SCORE and SUPER G Group photo

Important Program Dates

For research program: NA
Email of Intent: NA
Application Deadline: NA


Undergraduate students majoring in the biological sciences (who would be in the program between their junior and senior years) and who are currently attending UW-Madison are eligible to apply. The applicant should have a strong interest in a career in research. Previous research experience is required. Applicants must have taken, or be taking, a junior-level or higher course in biochemistry, genetics or molecular biology.

Photo of EMBL Conference CenterThe EMBL and Heidelberg, Germany

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the world’s leading research institutions, and Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences. Many of the leaders in European molecular biology trained there. The institute is international, innovative and interdisciplinary. Researchers from over 60 nations represent scientific disciplines including molecular biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry and computer science. Research at EMBL emphasizes experimental analysis at multiple levels of biological organization, from the molecule to the organism, as well as computational biology, bioinformatics and systems biology.

Heidelberg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, and has been a leading international hub for intellectual pursuit for more than 600 years. The castle, Old Town and river are a striking historical mix, and overlooked from the EMBL laboratory in the hills above. The city is characterized by open-mindedness and internationality.

To learn more about research projects at Heidelberg, visit the EMBL website.

What Students Will GainPhoto of scientist hands

The summer research experience is an unusual opportunity for students committed to a professional career in research or medicine. The experience will provide:

  • Cutting-edge research experience in an outstanding and international environment to strengthen your undergraduate career and enhance your resume
  • Exposure to different modes of doing research and thinking about science
  • Life in a very international scientific community in the center of Europe
  • New networking opportunities
  • Personal growth from the invaluable experience of living abroad

These distinctive experiences will complement and strengthen any application for post-graduate studies.

Program Limit

Up to 3 undergraduates.

Environment and Accommodation

EMBL is a young and vigorous research institution, developed to promote, integrate and enhance research across all of Europe. Heidelberg itself is a beautiful University town, with a centuries-old core. Students will do research in modern, outstanding facilities in the hills overlooking the old town. Housing will be in EMBL-affiliated accommodations within bus or walking distance of the laboratory.

Cost Estimate

Cost estimate coming
Fellowships available


To read more about the SUPER-G Program, click here
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You can apply to just the SCORE or SUPER-G programs, or to both.

Deadline:         NA
                        Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
                        Two letters of recommendation will be required.

Email of intent: NA -  Simply indicate that you plan to apply (not binding). This is not required, but provides contact information and who to expect.
        Send email to Dr. Timothy Grant:

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

SUPER-G & SCORE Application

Selection Process

Students will be selected based on academic qualifications (academic record, course work, and research experience) and their written personal statements. Participants will be chosen after in-person interviews of selected candidates.


Program Director: Dr. Timothy Grant:
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EMBL and University of Heidelberg ScientistsPhotos of Some EMBL and University of Heidelberg Scientists