Undergraduate Research Program

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Undergraduate research opportunities can take a number of different forms, including:

Research opportunities 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 Research at UW page contains a database of just some of these opportunities. 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.

Research opportunities beyond UW

The URP often receives information about research opportunities outside of UW. A listing of these opportunities can be found at the Research beyond UW page.

Summer research programs at UW

A number of summer research programs are hosted at the University of Washington each summer. These programs differ from other on-campus research opportunities in that they usually require a formal application process (often during Winter Quarter); may be open to non-UW students; have a fixed term during the summer (often 9-10 weeks); and are full-time or close-to-full-time commitments (30-40 hours/week). Read more at our Finding summer research page.

Summer research programs beyond UW

There are hundreds of summer programs hosted at other universities that may be of interest to UW students. We maintain a partial list of these programs and links to other searchable summer research program databases. Read more at our Finding summer research page.