David Abbott with two students in lecture hall hero


Resources for K-12 teachers and the public

Please visit our WNPRC outreach page.

UW–Madison student admissions and the Primate Center

The Wisconsin Primate Research Center is not a degree-granting department at UW-Madison. Rather, we collaborate with other departments to provide undergraduate research experiences and graduate student training. We are one of 19 research centers that are part of the Office of Research and Graduate Education. We are funded by a base operating grant from the National Institutes of Health. (See About Us.)

Primatology covers many scientific disciplines. A degree in “primatology” is not available at the UW. If you are interested in becoming a primatologist, you must first determine which majors or disciplines best match your particular scholarly interests. These fields of study can include biology, cellular and molecular biology, immunology, pathology, psychology, zoology, anthropology, physiology, genetics, veterinary medicine, cell and regenerative biology, microbiology, biochemistry, bioengineering, kinesiology and other fields.

Once you have determined your preferred field, you must apply for entrance to the UW-Madison as an undergraduate or graduate student.

The research program at the WNPRC has opportunities for UW graduate students in several areas, especially reproductive and developmental biology, immunogenetics and vaccine development, aging, neurobiology, stem cells and regenerative medicine, and biogerontology. Students may conduct research at the Primate Center by enrolling in an appropriate academic department at the UW-Madison and choosing a faculty advisor with Primate Center affiliation. Current faculty have appointments in the School of Medicine and Public Health, College of Letters and Science, School of Veterinary Medicine, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as in such interdisciplinary programs as the Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology ProgramInterdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional SciencesBiology of Aging and Age-Related Diseases Training ProgramStem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center and Neuroscience Training Program.