WiscAMP Scholars Program

Chuck Benton

CALL: (608) 246-6843

WiscAMP Scholars Program

The WiscAMP Scholars Program began in 2012 and supports underrepresented minority students who plan to transfer from Madison College to four year colleges or universities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to complete baccalaureate degrees. The program is for full-time students (12 credit minimum) and includes mentoring support, internship opportunities, and an annual stipend. 

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  • Application

    If you are interested in the program, please fill out the following application:

    MATC Student
     High School Student

    If you prefer to fill out a physical copy, please complete the below application and submit it to Dr. Chuck Benton at


  • Majors

    These are the currently accepted STEM classifications for the WiscAMP Scholars Program.

    Agricultural Sciences
    01.09 Animal Sciences
    01.10 Food Science and Technology
    01.12 Soil Sciences
    01.99 Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences, Other
    03.0101 Natural Resources/Conservation, General
    03.02 Natural Resources Management and Policy
    03.03 Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
    03.05 Forestry
    03.06 Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
    03.99 Natural Resources and Conservation, Other

    40.05 Chemistry
    40.0507 Polymer Chemistry
    40.0509 Environmental Chemistry
    40.051 Forensic Chemistry
    40.0511 Theoretical Chemistry
    40.1002 Materials Chemistry
    40.1099 Materials Sciences, Other

    Computer Science
    11.01 Computer and Information Sciences, General
    11.0104 Informatics (STEM Only)
    11.04 Information Science/Studies
    11.07 Computer Science
    52.1201 Management Information Systems, General
    52.1301 Management Science

    14.02 Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
    14.03 Agricultural Engineering
    14.05 Biomedical/Medical Engineering
    03.0509 Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology
    14.07 Chemical Engineering
    14.0702 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    14.0799 Chemical Engineering, Other
    14.1003 Laser and Optical Engineering
    14.1004 Telecommunications Engineering
    14.1099 Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Other
    14.32 Polymer/Plastics Engineering
    14.4 Paper Science and Engineering
    14.41 Electromechanical Engineering
    14.42 Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
    14.43 Biochemical Engineering
    14.44 Engineering Chemistry
    14.45 Biological/Biosystems Engineering
    15.0306 Integrated Circuit Design
    15.1502 Engineering Design
    15.16 Nanotechnology
    04.02 Architecture
    14.04 Architectural Engineering
    14.08 Civil Engineering
    14.0803 Structural Engineering
    14.0805 Water Resources Engineering
    14.14 Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
    14.09 Computer Engineering, General
    14.10 Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineerin
    14.12 Engineering Physics
    14.13 Engineering Science
    14.27 Systems Engineering
    30.06 Systems Science and Theory
    14.11 Engineering Mechanics
    14.19 Mechanical Engineering
    14.06 Ceramic Sciences and Engineering
    40.18 Materials Engineering
    14.20 Metallurgical Engineering
    14.28 Textile Sciences and Engineering
    40.10 Materials Science
    14.21 Mining and Mineral Engineering
    14.23 Nuclear Engineering
    14.25 Petroleum Engineering
    14.01 Engineering, General
    14.22 Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
    14.24 Ocean Engineering
    14.99 Engineering, Other

    Environmental Science
    03.0103 Environmental Studies
    03.0104 Environmental Science

    40.06 Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences
    40.0601 Geology/Earth Science, General

    Life/Biological Sciences
    26.0403 Anatomy
    26.0202 Biochemistry
    26.01 Biology, General
    26.1101 Biometry/ Biometrics
    26.1102 Biostatistics
    26.1309 Epidemiology
    26.0203 Biophysics
    26.03 Botany/Plant Biology
    26.0305 Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
    26.0307 Plant Physiology
    26.04 Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences
    26.0401 Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
    26.0204 Molecular Biology
    26.1301 Ecology
    26.0505 Parasitology
    26.0702 Entomology
    26.0801 Genetics, General
    26.0804 Animal Genetics
    26.0805 Plant Genetics
    26.1303 Evolutionary Biology
    26.0806 Human/Medical Genetics
    26.0508 Microbiology and Immunology
    26.0807 Genome Sciences/Genomics
    26.05 Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
    26.0507 Immunology
    26.0504 Virology
    26.0503 Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
    26.1501 Neuroscience
    19.05 Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services
    30.1901 Nutritional Sciences
    26.0910 Pathology/Experimental Pathology
    26.1001 Pharmacology
    26.1004 Toxicology
    26.1104 Computational Biology
    26.131 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    26.0707 Animal Physiology
    26.0901 Physiology, General
    26.09 Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences
    26.07 Zoology/Animal Biology
    26.1201 Biotechnology
    26.1302 Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
    26.99 Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
    30.01 Biological and Physical Sciences
    30.10 Biopsychology
    30.27 Human Biology
    30.3 Computational Science
    30.32 Marine Sciences

    27.01 Mathematics
    27.03 Applied Mathematics
    27.0304 Computational and Applied Mathematics
    27.0306 Mathematical Biology
    27.0503 Mathematics and Statistics
    14.3701 Operations Research
    27.99 Mathematics and Statistics, Other
    30.08 Mathematics and Computer Science
    27.05 Statistics
    52.1304 Actuarial Science

    40.02 Astronomy and Astrophysics
    40.0809 Acoustics
    40.08 Physics
    40.0607 Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
    40.0807 Optics/Optical Sciences
    40.9999 Physical Sciences, Other

  • Eligibility
    1. Plan to transfer to a 4-year college and into one of the STEM disciplines listed above.
    2. Have 6 transfer credits completed with a grade of B or better in science, technology, engineering or college-level mathematics (college algebra or higher) by the end of the current semester. Compass into Trigonometry or higher in math and 1 science, technology or engineering course with a grade of B or better is also acceptable.
    3. Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.
    4. Belong to one of the following minority groups:

      American Indian or Alaska Native
      Black or African American
      Hispanic or Latino
      Native of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Island
    5. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.


  • Meetings

    Spring 2017 Semester Meetings

    • Presentations on Internships and Hands-On Experiences by Scholar Researchers
      Room B2202, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 31
    • Awards Ceremony, Room 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 28

  • Scholars

    2016-2017 Scholars

    Ismael Jaral-Vera Wiscamp

    Ismael Jaral-Vera

    I am interested in pursuing a major in some area of science but I have not decided which major exactly. I like helping people and the planet. I currently help two neighbors, one who is a paraplegic and another who unfortunately has a genetic disorder that targets her muscles. I also enjoy learning about the planet and have realized that I want to help people live better lives.

    Jose Martinez Wiscamp

    Jose Martinez

    I am in school pursuing a kinesiology major. I am fascinated with the human and how it works and I would like to achieve a greater understanding of all of the science behind our incredible bodies. I plan to transfer to UW-Madison. It is my goal to eventually become a physical therapist where I can help others understand their body, movement, and pain a little easier as well. I also volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital.

    Lauren Shuster Wiscamp

    Lauren Shuster

    I intend to transfer to UW-Madison to pursue a Microbiology degree.  In the future I want to go to grad school for epidemiology and infectious diseases. I have a passion for this field because I am from Paraguay, and in countries in South America diseases transmitted by mosquitoes have been a problem since I can remember. I want to go back and help find a solution to these issues, and new ones that might come in the future. 

    Uzziel Torres Wiscamp

    Uzziel Torres

    I plan to transfer in to UW-Madison in hope to obtain a degree in Mechanical Engineering this upcoming year. I am very motivated about pursuing this career as I have gotten this addiction for learning new things and would like to study this field deeply. As of right now I currently have no experience working in labs or alongside engineers, but I am open to get hands- on experience if the opportunity shows up. 


    2015-2016 Scholars

    Janice Cain Wiscamp

    Janice Cain

    I enjoy studying the sciences because I enjoying problem-solving. I feel I can't go wrong by learning the natural laws of the world in which we live.  I believe that having this knowledge will help me in my professional and personal life. 

    Emilio Gutierrez Wiscamp

    Emilio Gutierrez

    I plan to go into nuclear engineering because I think it represents the pinnacle of human knowledge and represents a launching point to understand the universe.  Through my pursuits in this field, I wish to improve the world in which I live.

    Edward Robinson Wiscamp

    Edward Robinson

    My science classes have always been my strongest suit because of my passion for lab work and the thrill I get from understanding the many different laws that govern our world.  Because of my passion for research and medicine, I plan to become a physician researcher.

    Riley Whitehead Wiscamp

    Riley Whitehead

    Chemical engineering caught my eye almost immediately.  Chemistry, physics, and math are all things I love.  Those subjects were what brought me to first consider a career in chemical engineering. I plan to eventually go to graduate school for pharmaceutical engineering.   


    2014-2015 Scholars

    Jonathan Lord Santana

    I am in school to become a Zoologist and Environmentalist. My dream is to protect this planet and all of its inhabitants for generations to come. As of now only about 13% of the Earth’s land is protected, and even more freighting only 2% of the Earth’s oceans are protected. My dream is to help get both of those numbers to at least 25% in my lifetime. I have recently become a federally certified endangered Eastern Blue Bird monitor. I hope to continue on this path and help my fellow man realize how important this plant is, from the Pacific Ocean to Madison’s Warner Park where I monitor the Blue Birds.

    Sokhna Gaye

    I am in the UW-Madison Connections Program. I am planning to transfer to UW-Madison in the fall of 2015. My intended major is biology and plan to specifically pursue the neurobiology track. Aside from WISCAMP, I am also a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa. In my spare time I volunteer as a teacher’s assistant at my younger sister’s elementary school. I’ve also worked with the United Way Youth Volunteer Corps and organized community activities such as Global Youth Service Day.

    Cedric Price

    I intend to transfer to the UW Civil engineering program with the construction management option. I work for Ramaker & Associates as an engineering intern producing construction documents for a telecom project. I'm an Army veteran and have an education in architecture; I would like to run my own design-build company one day. In my free time I enjoy drawing, reading, hiking, and going out to eat or cooking with friends.


    2013-2014 Scholars


    Jasper Harwell

    My intended major is Computer Science and I plan on transferring to UW-Madison. I currently have a intern in the Technology Service department here at Madison College. I am currently shadowing all the different aspects the IT field have to offer and will occasionally help with things when I can.


    Luis Velazquez

    I am planning to transfer to U.W. Madison and pursue a degree in both Chemistry and Microbiology. I am currently working for Solrayo LLC as a lab assistant at the U.W. Water Science and Engineering Laboratory. My responsibilities there include constructing and researching Lithium-ion batteries. I have been a member of both the Chemistry Club and the Math Club at Madison College since 2012.


    Keshena Koran

    I am currently seeking a degree in the Environmental Engineering field and plan on transferring to the University of Wisconsin–Madison this fall.  I helped start a consulting firm with my father,Clean Water Consulting, which focuses on helping businesses meet the environmental regulations of the State of Wisconsin in regards to both soil health and runoff that affects water quality.  I have also been a restoration volunteer for the Pheasant Branch Creek Conservancy and local prairies.


    Jorge Santiago

    My name is Jorge Lara, I intend to transfer to the University of Wisconsin Madison and I want to major in Biomedical engineering. I am currently working in a lab at the Biomedical Engineering department of UW Madison. My work there is to assist researchers with tasks when ever need be. I am a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors society.


    Joseph Ramsey

    My name is Joe Ramsey, I am a student in the WiscAMP program. I am currently in the engineering transfer program at Madison Area Technical College, with hopes of transferring to UW Madison to further my education and obtain my degree in mechanical engineering. I also currently have an internship at ACS where I am learning and helping out with the mechanical design group and working side by side with designers and engineers. On my free time I enjoy riding and working on my motorcycle.


    2012-2013 Scholars

    WiscAMP students

    Back row: Gael Walada, Salvador Carranza, J. Miguel Hernandez Ochoa 
    Front row: Jessica Demers and Evenyon Ogoufoumi

    Throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, the student scholars were involved in internships in the fields of genetics, mathematics, engineering and bioscience. They maintained high academic standards with a full course load. The scholars also participated in monthly meetings that included such things as a tour of a small biotech firm, guidance in applying for future scholarships, and presenting their internship work to the other scholars.

    Through their diligence and efforts, 2 of our students have been awarded additional scholarships for Fall 2013. In addition, four out of our 5 scholars were accepted to UW-Madison for the Fall semester in the fields of Engineering, Mathematics and Genetics.