(Institution/Agency) and UW-La Crosse


Memorandum of Understanding






(Cooperating institution/agency mission statement here.)


The mission of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) includes, “Participation in inter-institutional relationships in order to maximize educational opportunity for the people of the state effectively and efficiently through the sharing of resources.”  In addition, UW-L shall offer undergraduate programs and degrees in the arts, letters, and sciences … and  … graduate programs and degrees related to areas of emphasis and strength within the institution Accordingly, UW-L has undergraduate and graduate programs in biomolecular science area within the Departments of Biology, Microbiology, and Chemistry,


In (date) the (institution/agency) and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse entered into a Cooperative Education Agreement (CEA).  A brief description of the guiding principles, related agencies, and types of interactions associated with this CEA are presented below. 



Guiding Principles


Provide UW-L students having biomolecular science career interests with internship opportunities at (institution/agency) (paid and volunteer) that facilitate the mission of both (institution/agency) and UW-L.  The "real world" experience gained by students will enhance their professional growth and their post-graduate competitiveness in the workplace.


Provide graduate and undergraduate students with research opportunities (related to the mission of institution/agency) under the supervision of co-advisors from (institution/agency) and UW-L.  Results of the research will further the understanding of within the biomolecular field and will stimulate the professional productivity of the students, (institution/agency) scientists, and UW-L faculty.


Encourage professional collaboration between (institution/agency) scientists and UW-L faculty.  This collaboration should (1) increase the research expertise of (institution/agency) through participation by UW-L faculty and (2) enhance curricular and research opportunities for UW-L's undergraduate and graduate programs.



Relevant Agencies/Institutions


(Institution/agency name):


UW-L:                     Department of Biology  (B.S. and M.S. Programs)

                                Department of Microbiology (B.S. and M.S. Programs)

                                                Department of Chemistry  (B.S. Program)


Relevant Trends


In the past decade, UW-L has attained an increasingly higher profile as a university for the study of science.  That reputation has been enhanced through hiring many faculty members with diverse backgrounds in molecular bioscience—a rapidly expanding and highly technical discipline in the biological life sciences.  In short, UW-L has attained a critical mass of faculty devoted to the study of life at a molecular level, which is reflected in substantial changes to both the curriculum and research focuses within the College of Science and Allied Health, specifically in the Departments of Biology, Microbiology, and Chemistry.


Currently, the educational trend involves the integration of numerous scientific disciplines to answer complex biomolecular questions.  It is clear that partnerships need to be established and enhanced with educational institutions to successfully integrate the crosscutting platform within the biomolecular sciences. Partnerships are critical in this day and age where the sharing of resources will facilitate the educational quality for the student, so that the next generation of scientists are trained to evaluate scientific problems in an inter-disciplinary fashion.



Past and Present Cooperative Efforts Between (institution/agency name) and UW-L




Other Interactions


Possible Future Cooperation


Research Fellowships and Assistantships--Increase the number of M.S. fellowships and assistantships funded by (institution/agency).  This financial support is a cost-effective way for (institution/agency) to accomplish research, resource management, and monitoring objectives.  Another benefit is the generation of high-quality scientific products, including presentations at scientific conferences and publication of papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


UW-L Faculty and (institution/agency) Scientist Interactions--Increase collaboration between UW-L faculty and (institution/agency) scientists, e.g., adjunct faculty status for (institution/agency) scientists, cooperative research between (institution/agency name) scientists and UW-L faculty, guest lectures by (institution/agency) scientists in Biology, Microbiology and Chemistry courses, workshops/short courses offered by UW-L faculty to (institution/agency) personnel, joint seminar series, etc. 


Undergraduate Interns--Explore mechanisms that expand the number and variety of undergraduate internships available at the (institution/agency).


Academic Staff Positions--Consider additional UW-L academic staff appointments at the (institution/agency).  New positions would be addressed on a case-by-case basis and should substantially address one or more of the “guiding principles” stated above.




This Memorandum of Understanding summarizes past, present, and possible future collaborations and represents the philosophy of the Partnership in Biomolecular Science between the (institution/agency) and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.



____________________________________________                        _______________________________________________

Dr. Doug Hastad, Chancellor        Date                                                  (Institution/Agency), Director                     Date    

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse                                                       Institution/Agency


                        POSSIBLE (InsTitution/Agency) SUPPORT OF GRADUATE




Option 1:  Research Fellowships


Biology M.S. student investigates a pre-defined problem for which (institute/agency) has obtained research funding.


Although significant guidance would be provided by the co-major advisors ((institute/agency) project director and UW-L faculty), the problem solving, data collection, etc., would be performed by the student.


Option 2:  Research Assistantships


Research assistant provides 15-20 hours/week of technical support for (institute/agency) -funded research project(s), which may or may not be related to the M.S. student's thesis research.  Ideally, however, the student's thesis research would be related, thereby complementing (institute/agency) overall research goals and facilitating the student's timely completion of the thesis.  Responsibilities of the research assistant would be defined and overseen by the (institute/agency) project director. 


Recruitment and Screening of Candidates


Candidates would apply for admission into the M.S. Program in Biology or Microbiology at UW-L.  In collaboration with (institute/agency), the Biology Graduate Committee would nationally advertise the position at selected universities and in bulletins of professional societies such as the (your society here).  The candidates would be collaboratively screened by the Biology Graduate Committee and personnel from (institute/agency).  A lead time of 2 to 5 months is usually necessary to satisfy all recruitment requirements.


Cost per Fellowship/Assistantship


An annual stipend of $10,000 - $13,000 for two years (plus fringe benefits and indirect costs).  This level of stipend is necessary to compete nationally for highly qualified students.


Resulting Products


M.S. Thesis                                            Completed by student


(Institute/agency) Completion Report   Authored by (institute/agency) project director (could be the thesis modified to (institute/agency) format)


Paper/Poster Presentations                     Co-authored by the student, co-major advisor(s), and other scientist(s) when appropriate


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles               Co-authored by the student, co-major advisor(s), and other scientist(s) when appropriate


Additional Comments


Role of Co-major Advisors--In cooperation with other thesis committee members, co-major advisors strongly encourage and facilitate the timely completion of the project, including problem delineation, experimental design, statistical analysis, thesis completion, and preparation of manuscript(s) for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.


Possible Role of Undergraduate Students--Experience demonstrates the benefits of identifying undergraduate students to assist M.S. students working on research fellowships and assistantships.  This working relationship gives the graduate student an opportunity to be a mentor to the undergraduate student, facilitates the timely completion of the thesis research, and providing undergraduate students with valuable research experience.  The undergraduate students could participate on a paid or volunteer basis-- (institute/agency) and the Department of Biology and Microbiology have a sound history of cooperative volunteer work agreements/internships.