Undergraduate Research Program

Pre-college students

For pre-college students who are interested in research and/or other campus opportunities, the UW Outreach K-12 Resource Guide is an excellent resource.

Under University and Washington State law a minor student is not permitted to work with hazardous substances. This includes:

Minors ages 14-17 in the laboratory for purposes of education, as volunteer workers, or as employees may not be exposed to agents that pose higher health risks.  These risks include such materials as human body fluids, radioactive and hazardous substances, or jobs requiring personal protective equipment other than gloves, boots, eye protection or hard hats. For more information, refer to UW Worksafe.

Human Resources’ Employment of Minors website outlines the requirements for hiring minors.

UW’s administrative policy (10.9) details visitors and children in UW labs and shops.

Note: Students who are under the age of 18 must fill out the Parental Consent Form to be employed by the University of Washington as a researcher. This applies to all research opportunities.