Finding Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Undergraduates can now search faculty-mentored research and creative practice opportunities at UW Bothell campus. First year and pre-major students are encouraged to get involved!
New Research Opportunities for Students
Mt. St. Helens Ecolocical Changes on Spirit Lake Algal Communities
Looking for 1-2 students to work on the algal communities in Spirit Lake, Mt. St. Helens including:
- field sampling – multiple 1-2 night trips to the research area, sampling by boat in Spirit Lake
- microscopic analysis – identification and enumeration of algal species in the lake and log mats
- research presentations - work with a group from UWB, UWT and UPS on understanding how the algal and insect communities changed post-eruption and associated change in sediment and nutrient flow in the lake.
If interested contact Avery Shinneman (email@example.com)
Other Research Resources
- Visit the Fall Research Fair - faculty and researchers display opportunities in October and recruit students for the upcoming school year.
- Search the UW Seattle Undergraduate Research Program (URP) Database which includes several hundred (these are just some of the projects actively seeking students- not all) undergraduate research opportunities.
- Talk to an adviser for help identifying the best opportunity fit for you. Advisers are available to assist you with applying to opportunities.
Summer Research Opportunities
With a variety of different opportunities for travel and learning, participating in summer research is a great way to build skills and experience, learn about the research process, and earn some money. Many summer research opportunities often provide stipends, living expenses, and sometimes pay for travel expenses.
Summer Research is a great way to spend your summer, so get started today!
- Start Early!
- Read Eligibility Requirements
- Spend Time on Application
- Apply to Multiple Opportunities
- Work one-on-one with faculty, graduate students, and post-docs -Network, recommendation letters, jobs, graduate school
- Sharpen your critical, problem-solving and analytical thinking skills;
- Complement and extend your classroom learning;
- Develop skills for jobs, graduate or profession school
- Gain confidence in your abilities
- Contribute to the creation of new knowledge
- Explore your interests in a discipline and clarify your career goals
Where to Look
- Start Looking (Fall): Deadlines for summer research opportunities start in January and February
- Apply (Winter): Check when applications are due and apply as early as possible. If you need help with the application, you can make an appointment with the UW Bothell Student Success Center (UW1-360).
- Announcements (Spring): Most programs will contact you in spring to line up your summer research. If you are not approved for the program you wanted, you still have time to find a local opportunity.
Summer Research at UW (highlights), deadlines Dec - Apr
Summer Research Throughout the U.S., deadlines Dec – Mar
International Research Opportunities, deadlines Nov - Jan
Other Summer Programs
Look for summer jobs and internships at Husky Jobs.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The NIST Summer programs offers positions for students to do hands on work in labs. From biochemistry to statistics, students will be doing a variety of hands on work with an instructor who will guide them. There are many programs within the NIST itself.
Click for additional NIST Research information.
The Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR - EIP)
This program encourages students from “traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to pursue research careers in the academic, public and private sectors.”
Click for additional SR - EIP information.
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF)
"The MLEF program provides opportunities to students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for minority and female students in these fields, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. There are many opportunities to work under the mentorship of program officials and researchers on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy."
Click for additional MLEF information.
Summer Research FUNdamentals
The Office of Research presents a summer workshop series every year designed to support students engaged in undergraduate research or creative practice at UW Bothell.
Terryl Ross, PhD, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
UW College of the Environment
Participants will learn what microaggressions are, how to interrupt them, and what steps to take to better their research group culture.
RESEARCH ABSTRACT WRITING
Eric Echols, BA, Assistant Director
UW Bothell Writing and Communications Center
Participants will learn techniques for writing quality abstracts and are encouraged to bring drafts of their abstracts for peer review.
Carolyn Brennan, MS, Asst. Vice Chancellor, Research
UW Bothell Office of Research
This interactive workshop will discuss responsible research conduct using scenarios that undergraduate and graduate students may encounter while performing research and creative practice.
RESEARCH POSTER DESIGN
Jennifer Harris, PhD, Director, Undergraduate Research Program
Learn design “rules” for research posters at this interactive workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring drafts of their posters for peer review.
UNDERSTANDING GRAD SCHOOL
Ronnie Thibault, IPhD Candidate
UW Graduate School, Geography, Disability, and Communication Studies
Tips for preparing for graduate school
Closed Research Opportunities
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program 2019 Summer Term
Applications were due January 10, 2019
SULI encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission