Undergraduate Research Program

Information for applicants


We encourage all currently enrolled UW undergraduates working with a UW faculty mentor who have a scholarly paper, poster, or creative scholarly work that has been accepted for a professional conference to apply for an award.

Award Information

The travel award is for partial support to present your research at a professional conference*. The amount of the award is based on expenses incurred. Airfare and conference registration fees may be covered in their entirety; other expenses may be partially covered. Each award amount will be determined based on the expense summary you submit with your application.

* Due to limits in funding, we do not typically fund travel outside North America. Contact urp@uw.edu before applying if you have questions about your conference.

Please note: this award will only cover expenses not covered by another award.


Applicants must be currently enrolled UW undergraduates working with a UW faculty mentor. Students must be accepted to present a paper, poster, or creative scholarly work at a professional conference, event, or meeting.

Application Process

Applications are taken on a continuing basis and must be submitted, including a letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor familiar with your research discipline, at least four weeks prior to departure date. Applications are reviewed monthly.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for these awards include: overall quality of the application and the importance of participation in the conference/venue to the applicant’s long-term goals as articulated in the applicant’s statement. Note: Priority for funding will be given to first-time applicants.


Awardees are expected to submit a brief summary statement about their conference experience and to present their research at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.

If you have any questions, contact urp@uw.edu.