University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

Grainger Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships in Electric Power Engineering

Application deadline: Last class day



The Grainger Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships in Electric Power Engineering provide opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in research and collaborate with faculty or research/instructional academic staff in the field of Electric Power Engineering.  



The student researcher receives $4,000, and faculty/staff research advisor receives $1,000 to help defray the costs of the research (e.g., supplies, expenses, faculty or student travel involved in the project). Up to 8 Grainger Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships are made each year.


Conditions of the Award: Award recipients must:

  • Register for three credits of supervised research, senior thesis or directed study during the summer or academic year following the receipt of the award. This must be done prior to graduation.
  • Submit a research report of approximately 500 to 1,000 words and a supporting poster upon completion of research.


  • At least junior standing at time of application
  • Plan to be enrolled during the academic period of work
  • Plan collaborative research project with a faculty member in the area of Energy and Power Systems faculty or research/instructional academic staff
  • Research proposals must have a Power Engineering focus


Selection Criteria:
A selection committee will review all proposals.

  • Quality of research proposal
  • Originality and intellectual significance of research


Please note: Previous student recipients of a Grainger Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship may not apply for a second award of the same type. Faculty/staff members may sponsor no more than one student project/year. A research project is not eligible if supported by any other undergraduate grant.


Application Process:


  • Please submit four copies of project proposal of no more than three double-spaced pages with the qualification form as cover page. All proposals should contain:

    • —An abstract of the proposed research (200 words or less)
    • —Literature review, detailing the originality and significance of the proposed project
    • —Methods section, describing plans for data collection and analysis
    • —Timeline for completion of project
    • —References

  • Application materials should be submitted to 2559B, Engineering Hall by the last class day of the spring or fall semester preceding the proposed research work.