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About the URP

Our Mission

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP), which is housed at the University of Washington in the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity , Mary Gates Hall 171 , under the auspices of Undergraduate Academic Affairs , facilitates research experiences for undergraduates with UW faculty members across the disciplines. URP maintains a listing of current UW research opportunities and national programs.

The URP assists UW undergraduates in:

  • Planning for an undergraduate research experience;
  • Identifying faculty mentors and projects;
  • Defining research goals;
  • Presenting and publishing research findings; and,
  • Seeking funding for their research.

The URP helps UW faculty by:

  • Inviting them to post their undergraduate research opportunities on this web site;
  • Encouraging them to visit our "Engaging Undergraduates" page for information on incorporating undergraduates in their research and scholarship and to keep undergraduates aware of local and national funding sources;
  • Offering assistance in preparing grant proposals for funding department-based undergraduate research opportunities;
  • Providing support for the inclusion of research projects in undergraduate courses through the emerging Research Learning initiative.

The URP also maintains a list of undergraduate research opportunities during the summer and beyond UW, in addition to a list of local and national conferences. If you would like to list an opportunity beyond UW on our web site, please e-mail us .

Through events such as The Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium, opportunities including The Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities, and courses such as Research Exposed!, and related workshops and resources, the URP promotes and facilitates ways for undergraduates to participate in research with faculty. The URP works to ensure that all UW students have access to undergraduate research opportunities by:

  • Creating initiatives that expand research opportunities;
  • Providing a public forum for students to present their work; and,
  • Assisting faculty to integrate undergraduates into the knowledge-making process.

To specifically address the interests and needs of individual students and faculty, URP staff are available for consultation during quarterly drop-in hours or by appointment .