Undergraduate Academic Affairs

September 30, 2023

The Undergraduate Research Program announces new name: Office of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

The name of the Undergraduate Research Program has recently changed to the Office of Undergraduate Research. The updated name more accurately reflects the diverse range of research programs, scholarships, events, awards and essential resources the unit offers to support the success of all undergraduates at the University of Washington. 

Created over 25 years ago, the office has been pivotal to the growth of undergraduate research at the UW. Recognized as one of the best undergraduate research programs in the nation, the Office of Undergraduate Research hosts the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Since it began, the Symposium has grown from 80 student presenters to more than 1,000 undergraduate presenters from all UW campuses, as well as local community and regional colleges.  

Photo of the Undergraduate Research Symposium poster presentations

The Undergraduate Research Symposium takes over every available space in Mary Gates Hall.

A celebration of scholarship and cutting-edge research of undergraduate researchers from all disciplines, the Symposium brings together students, faculty members and the greater community to engage with a diverse showcase of research and academic achievement at a signature event for the University. The presenters represent just a slice of the students who participate in research across the three campuses.

In 2021-22, more than 7,000 undergraduates spent 1,286,468 hours engaged in research advancing technology and discovery for the public good. 

The Office of Undergraduate Research name change will further encompass the mission and direct goal of supporting equity, access and inclusion in undergraduate research. Director Sophie Pierszalowski said, “The updated name leaves no question that we are here to support all UW undergraduate students across disciplines, class standing and level of research experience.”

Explore the Office of Undergraduate Research’s mission, vision and values.