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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Wisconsin National Primate Research Center
A legacy of life-saving research and humane animal care


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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.

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 cellular and molecular biology, immunology, pathology, psychology, zoology, anthropology, obstetrics and gynecology, physiology, genetics, veterinary medicine, cell and regenerative biology and other fields.

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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, aswell as in such interdisciplinary programs as the Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology Program, Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences, Biology of Aging and Age-Related Diseases Training Program, Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center and Neuroscience Training Program.