Find research at UW
There are research opportunities available year round at the UW and surrounding research locations (e.g., Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, etc.). The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) database includes several hundred (just some) of these undergraduate research opportunities. Be sure to check the database periodically, as new opportunities are continually added.
Talk to a URP adviser for help identifying the best opportunity fit for you. URP staff are available to assist you with applying to opportunity postings and can also help you to identify research opportunities that are not listed in the database.
How to use the URP Database:
1. Do! Identify what kind of research you would like to do.
The URP staff can help you identify your interests and match them to a research opportunity.
2. Do! Attend a URP Info Session or talk to a URP adviser before applying for positions.
Register for an upcoming information session, follow-up with us during our drop-in advising hours, or send an email to email@example.com to schedule an appointment. In addition to helping you identify your interests, we can help you write a resume and cover letter (if necessary) and advise you on other elements of undergraduate research at UW (e.g., scheduling time to conduct research, getting credit, and obtaining funding).
3. Do! Look broadly and realize that although the URP database is an extensive list, it is not comprehensive.
The list is only a partial list of potential undergraduate research opportunities. It is only made up of opportunities submitted to us by research mentors. Some research mentors prefer that undergraduates meet with them to develop an opportunity together, rather than posting a specific listing on our web site or elsewhere. Also, some departments may have lists of opportunities which are not posted on this web site. Talk to a URP adviser so that they can help you find research opportunities that are not listed here.
4. Don’t! Send a form email to every faculty member in your major / area of interest.
You want to find the opportunity that is right for you, not just any opportunity. Take some time to select which opportunities to apply for. In your initial contact email, be sure to communicate your interest in conducting undergraduate research and your desire to work with that faculty member. The more specific and tailored your email is, the more success you will have connecting with potential faculty mentors. Also keep in mind that much of the research on campus is interdisciplinary (i.e. it crosses degree and subject areas), so interesting opportunities may exist outside of your major.
5. Don’t! Get frustrated.
Many students are not successful in their first attempts to find a research position. Talk to URP advisors for help in improving your application. They can help you approach faculty effectively, revise your resume, and refine your search strategies.