Student Information

Undergraduate Student Opportunities

FRI Undergraduate Research Program in Food Safety

Each summer, FRI supports talented UW–Madison undergraduate students seeking a B.S. degree as FRI Research Scholars. The students work full-time on a project related to food safety in the research laboratory of an FRI mentor, learn about current food safety issues through weekly seminars, and take field trips to food production facilities and laboratories.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020 summer research program. To apply, email the following by Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 to Adam Borger:
  1. A letter stating your interest and experience in food microbiology, and how the program will help you achieve your career goals.
  2. A resume.
  3. The name of your proposed mentor who agrees to support your project in his or her lab — Check our website for possible mentors and their research programs.
  4. An unofficial transcript.
  5. An “Instructor Evaluation Form,” to be filled out by a professor or laboratory instructor able to evaluate your strengths and capabilities. Please have the evaluator send this form directly to Adam Borger.

Past Trainees and Projects

For more information about the FRI Undergraduate Research Program, contact Adam Borger at or 608-263-7062.

Graduate Student Opportunities

The Food Research Institute does not directly grant degrees, but graduate students can study to earn the M.S. or Ph.D. degree under FRI faculty from these departments and programs:

Graduate admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

ARYZTACampbell Soup CompanyCoca-ColaFonterraGeneral MillsGreat Lakes CheeseHormel Foods (Jennie-O Turkey Store)Kerry Ingredients and FlavoursKraft Foods (Oscar Mayer Foods)Leprino FoodsOSIPepsiCoPlumrose USASchreiber FoodsSugar CreekWayne Farms