Τhe Discovery Building is home to two research institutes and a robust offering of programs for the public to experience the vibrancy of science. We’re grateful for those who help fund science and creativity at the Discovery Building. To learn more about gift and sponsorship options related to Discovery Outreach, please contact Jo Withers at 608.316.4651.

Support research at the Morgridge Institute for Research

The Morgridge Institute works to improve human health through innovative, interdisciplinary biomedical research, in partnership with a great public research university. Your support will help sustain fundamental, curiosity-driven research that will drive the next big advances in human health.

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Support research at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

WID explores transdisciplinary solutions to 21st-century problems — across disciplines at the interfaces of research, education and business. Your gift can help expand the Institute’s role in forging creative collaborations, support undergraduate and graduate fellowships, and enable the work of ground-breaking researchers.

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Support outreach at the Discovery Building

The Town Center, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, serves as UW–Madison’s welcoming front door to science. Your support allows people to explore, engage and discover the university's research and innovation through events, activities, demonstrations, lectures, field trips and more.

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Interested in volunteering at Discovery?

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Anyone can volunteer

The Discovery Volunteer program welcomes people from all backgrounds to share their love of curiosity, creativity and service with others. We engage high school and college students, adults and many community or corporate groups in volunteer work. 
As a volunteer, you’ll help facilitate hands-on learning activities and provide information in a dynamic environment for kids and adults. To get started, all you need to do is create your online volunteer profile and attend a one-time volunteer training session.

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General volunteer questions and group volunteer inquiries can be directed to Kennedy Kruse at 608-316-4662.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday Science

You’ll welcome visitors, run programs and experiments, and keep everything going smoothly. These shifts are available on the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Afterschool and Summer Expeditions

You'll engage kids in science, engineering, art and more! Shifts run Mondays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. during the academic year, and Wednesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. during the summer.

Wisconsin Science Festival

You’ll help by greeting guests, running activities and answering questions. Shifts available October 9-14.

Education Assistants

You'll work with K-12 students visiting for field trips and summer camps in the teaching labs at Discovery. This position is perfect if you have an interest in science and passion for learning and usually involves daytime weekday shifts.