Scholarships and Prizes

The AMEP Leadership Prize is awarded each year to one or more “Outstanding AMEP student(s) with demonstrated leadership and a solid academic record.” The award includes a prize of $1,000 and was endowed by Dan Koellen, an AMEP alumni.

AMEP students with distinguished academic records may compete for university-wide and national-level scholarships. AMEP students have recently won:

  • Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Scholarships (multiple years)
  • Astronaut Scholarship (2018)
  • Goldwater Scholarships (2016, 2018, 2019)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2019)

To learn more about such opportunities, you may explore the Scholarships Available to UW-Madison Students.

The Hertz foundation awards very competitive fellowships for students in the physical sciences


Windtunnel testing of Boeing Phantom Works prototype, NASA Langley. Source: NASA
Traveling wave solution in plane Couette flow. Waleffe, Stone, Graham.

Research and Internship Opportunities

As an undergraduate in AMEP you have the opportunity to participate in many undergraduate research activities available at UW-Madison and at other universities.

These undergraduate research opportunities are ongoing, both during the semester and the summer. Talk directly to the professors whom you think you would like to work with. They may have some ongoing activity that you can join, they may want to start a collaboration with you or they can point you toward other opportunities.

You may even receive funding for Undergraduate Research work either directly from the faculty whose research is supported by  an external grant from which they can fund you, or through university sponsored awards such as the Hilldale and Holstrom Fellowships.

AMEP lab:

The AMEP program sponsors a lab that has opportunities for undergraduate students, check out  https://www.math.wisc.edu/appliedmathlab/index.html


Employment opportunities for AMEP graduates are excellent in industrial research and development programs, especially in the advanced technology industries. Governmental laboratories also have many interesting and challenging opportunities for graduates of this program. The wide variety of fundamental problems encountered in these programs require versatile individuals with a broad background in math, physics, and other scientific disciplines, who have had some experience with engineering analysis and experimental methods. Individuals with this background are able to contribute significantly to programs requiring both scientists and engineers to work together cooperatively toward a common goal.

AMEP students are welcome to interview with industry and governmental agencies through the College of Engineering’s office of Engineering Career Services. Students must register with this office and provide them with the necessary information regarding their professional interests and qualifications. Then the student is allowed to sign up for interviews with any industry or agency that has expressed interest in AMEP students. Even if a particular company has not expressed interest in interviewing AMEP students, the student may make a special request for an interview with the company. In the experience of AMEP alumni, employers are eager to interview students with such excellent qualifications in math, engineering, and the sciences. However, the AMEP student must recognize that this degree is not as well known by interviewers and thus may have to be more proactive in seeking interviews.

Examples of companies and government employers who have pursued AMEP graduates are:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Boeing
  • Ball Aerospace
  • General Electric Aviation
  • US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Cisco Systems
  • Pratt & Whitney / United Technologies Corp.

Graduate School

Graduate programs that have recently admitted AMEP students include:

  • Department of Computer Sciences — UW-Madison
  • Department of Aeronautics — Caltech
  • Department of Mathematics — MIT
  • Department of Mathematics — Courant Institute, NYU
  • Department of Applied Mathematics — University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Department of Medical Physics — University of Chicago
  • Department of Medical Physics — UW-Madison
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering — Northwestern University
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering — UW-Madison

Your advisors are your best resources for questions about graduate school