S.N.Bose Scholar Exchange

Satyendra Nath Bose ( 1894-1974) was an Indian physicist whose seminal theories in quantum mechanics prompted a collaboration with Einstein, and led to the development of the Bose Einstein statistics and to the creation of the field of quantum statistics. The theoretical physicist Paul Dirac named the class of particles that obey the Bose Einstein statistics, bosons, in honor of the Indian scientist. The S.N. Bose Scholars exchange is a scientific research reciprocation program between U.S. and Indian academic labs, primarily for sciences other than biology, such as the physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, quantitative social sciences, oceanic, atmospheric and astronomical sciences. Research is conducted in the collaborating country's academic labs, for a period of 8-10 weeks in the summer, from May to July. Approximately two candidates are chosen to represent each field of research, and a total of about 60 applicants will be selected to study abroad in a lab which is recognized in its field of study. American undergraduates and Indian students enrolled in a Bachelors or Masters program are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is already closed for the summer 2015 program, and applications will be accepted again starting fall 2015 for the summer 2016 program.

Technolgy Transfer

The Khorana tech transfer class of 2013

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is among America’s leading research universities in science and technology. In order for this science and technology to benefit the general population on a local, national, and even global scale, productive results from research should be made available to the public sector and productive collaborations between academia and the private sector should be encouraged. In a recent partnership with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, the Khorana program initiated the development of a Tech Transfer Course for top policy makers from government agencies, academia, and industry. The aim of this 2 week program is to expose policy makers, academics, and industrialists to the various aspects of establishing technology transfer infrastructure which will allow innovative science based ideas generated in university labs to become successfully marketable. Successful collaborations with groups like agriculture equipment giant Mahindra and Mahindra encourage the Khorana Program to initiate further public and private partnerships between scientific communities in the United States and India - both academic and industrial. Past participants in this program have been forunate to work with the technology transfer cell at The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). This foundation empowers University of Wisconsin researchers to commercialize innovative ideas originating in academic spheres into high return marketable products. As a result of WARF's reinvestment into UW Madison research, WARF has returned more than $1.25 billion to the university and has built an endowment that is now worth about $2 billion. Click here for a list of WARF's success stories.

KTT class listens to to presenters from the UW Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic

Howard Bremer ,cofounded the Bayh-Dohl act, speaks to the KTT class

Russ Coff of the UW Business school engages the KTT class in team building exercises



The Khorana program was created to foster a scientific two-way exchange between India and the United States, enabling Indian and US university students to work and study in the partner country's research laboratories, thereby cultivating the upcoming scientific generation's sense of science on a more global scale.

Founded in 2007, the Khorana Program honors Har Gobind Khorana, the Indian-born scientist whose research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison led to the first synthesis of a gene and ushered in the era of Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology. This ground breaking research won him and fellow researchers Marshall Nirenberg and Robert Holley a Nobel prize in 1968. Not only did Khorana contribute scientifically, but he also exemplifies the value of global scientific partnerships.

The Khorana Program for Scholars receives generous support from the Government of India's Department of Biotechnology, the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, and WINStep Forward. American and Indian undergraduates in the fields of biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology are encouraged to apply.


  • Provide an opportunity to Indian students to experience world-class research facilities in leading U.S. institutions
  • Introduce talented American students to the long-standing tradition of scientific inquiry and innovation in India
  • Encourage students to take up research as a career
  • Foster interactions between the next generation of pioneers in science and technology
  • Build long-term R&D linkages and collaborations across disciplines, cultures and geographical boundaries
  • Transform research into societal benefits
  • Build a seamless scientific community between India and the United States

Welcome to WINStep Forward

Young Investigators Meeting, October 21-23, 2016, Chicago

Join the scientific milieu of U.S. and Indian graduate students, post-docs, researchers, policy makers, and academics and participate in discussions regarding the most effective ways to establish science based partnerships and associations between India and the United States. For more information and registration, click here .

About Winstep Forward

WINStep Forward aims to inspire upcoming generations of researchers to tackle societal problems by reinforcing their scientific skill set to function on a more globally informed scale. This can only be achieved by equipping the next generation of researchers with a breadth of scientific knowledge derived from a more global scientific mindset that maintains an urgent focus on the betterment of humanity.

WINStep Forward has partnered with the Government of India scientific agencies and with top tier schools across India and the U.S. to achieve the following aims:

  1. Educate American and Indian students with scientific research experience in upper tier Indian and U.S. Institutions and inspire students to endeavor in careers of science and technology research driven fields
  2. Engage in rural development and food security programs via scientific and technological developments in the agricultural sciences.
  3. Facilitate mutually beneficial scientific research and scientific education based public private partnerships between the U.S. and India.

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2015 Newsletter

Find out about the Khorana / S.N. Bose Programs May 2015 Orientation

The Khorana program connects students in the biological sciences with renowned academic labs across the U.S. and India. Students learn science in a new environment, create long-lasting friendships, and pave the way for future scientific collaborations.

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The Indian physicist Satyendra Nath Bose helped to describe the boson, an elementary particle descibed as the glue that holds matter intact. The Bose scholars program was named in his honor, and accepts applicants from a variety of scientific fields, from earth and chemical sciences to engineering and information technology.

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The technology transfer course is a short two week course designed to teach participants the intricacies of developing a science based marketable product from a scientific idea.

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