Undergraduate Research Program

Summer research

Summer research programs give students the opportunity to have an immersive research experience during the summer period that might not be possible during the school year. Summer programs are a great chance for students to try something new or take their experience to the next level. If you missed the deadlines for these formal summer programs, there are other ways to get started in research over the summer. See a URP adviser  or attend an upcoming Summer Research Programs Information Session for help in locating and applying for these opportunities.

URP summer research opportunities

Innovations in Pain Research Summer Program – New!

Millions of people in the U.S. alone suffer from debilitating chronic pain. The newly developed Innovations in Pain Research Summer Program will expose 7 University of Washington undergraduate students to interdisciplinary research in pain to stimulate interest in future careers in pain research. This program will immerse undergraduate students in research to better understand pain and treatment mechanisms, develop new therapies, and improve access to evidence-based pain care.

Funding for this program provided by Scan Design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun in partnership with UW Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities

The Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities provides a unique opportunity for selected undergraduates to earn full-time, academic credit through immersion in scholarly research with accomplished scholars and peers. Bringing together four faculty and twenty students in plenary, seminar and tutorial-style sessions, the Institute encourages mutual learning as well as independent thought.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP)

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) provides talented undergraduates with outstanding summer research experiences that encourage them to pursue careers in academic science. The students are selected to apply by HHMI professors and invited directors of HHMI-funded undergraduate programs at colleges and universities. EXROP students also attend meetings at HHMI headquarters where they present their research in a poster session, network with their peers and HHMI scientists, and hear from scientific researchers from various backgrounds and stages in their careers.

Hooked on Photonics

Hooked on Photonics (HOP) provides opportunities for photonics-based research in the fields of organic chemistry, materials science and engineering, physics, and electrical engineering. Specific examples include organic light emitting diodes (OLED) and organic solar cells.

UW Summer STEM Collaboration

Current collaborative events include the UW Summer Research Poster Session and the STEM Graduate School Showcase.

Other summer research programs

Summer research programs at UW

Check out other exciting summer research program offerings at the University of Washington.

Summer research programs beyond UW

Consider a summer research experience elsewhere.