Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Research

The ripple effect of undergraduate research is far-reaching. Undergraduates work alongside some of the university’s most accomplished faculty to help solve society’s most intractable problems. Together, their work spans all majors and is conducted in labs, libraries, communities, art studios and nature. This immersive education prepares students for careers in research, teaches invaluable skills like persistence, teamwork, critical thinking and creative problem-solving, and advances our basic understanding of how things work. Students love it, too. More than 80% of them participate in research over the course of their undergraduate education. 


What you’ll find here: Undergraduate research opportunities // Research led by UAA programs // Stories about undergraduate and UAA research


 

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Turning research into meaningful policy

Maha Alhomoud’s goal is to leverage her research into policy that shapes the development of sustainable, inclusive and progressive healthcare and employment policies in the Middle East

Alhomoud’s research

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Daniel Chen receives Goldwater Scholarship

Chen is an active undergraduate researcher, earning a Levinson Emerging Scholars and Mary Gates Research scholarship as well. Read about his research at the Institute for Systems Biology.

Chen’s research

Undergraduate research opportunities

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Mary Gates Endowment for Students

Scholarships for students to carry out a research project in any field under the guidance of a faculty mentor, with additional support from co-mentors such as graduate students or postdoctoral associates. Projects can include laboratory or other quantitative or qualitative research, community-based research, creative arts or other scholarly work. (Leadership and innovation scholarships are also available.)

Research Scholarships

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Undergraduate Research Program

The Undergraduate Research Program helps students engage in research with UW faculty mentors in all disciplines.The Undergraduate Research Program offers research scholarships, hosts summer research programs, provides courses and workshops, convenes the Undergraduate Research Symposium and summer symposia, and supports the Undergraduate Research Leaders program.

Undergraduate Research Program

Research led by UAA programs

Research is a vital part of Undergraduate Academic Affairs’ commitment to undergraduate success. Our researchers investigate the most effective learning and support strategies for a wide range of students, whether they are transfer, first-generation, traditional or non-traditional students. They guide colleagues across campus and the country in designing studies, developing assessment strategies and helping educators turn data into actionable steps.

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Community College Research Initiatives

Community College Research Initiatives (CCRI) conducts research on equitable college access, progression and transfer, degree completion and employment in living-wage careers for underserved and diverse students. CCRI researchers provide strategies and guidance to institutions across the country about using data to increase student success and access to higher education. 

CCRI

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Office of Educational Assessment

Provides a variety of evaluation and assessment services to the UW and outside organizations. Office of Educational Assessment researchers conduct assessment of student and program outcomes and evaluate grant-funded programs. The office also facilitates student course evaluations, classroom test scoring and proctored test administration.

Office of Educational Assessment

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Resilience Lab

The Resilience Lab is running a longitudinal study on student resilience and well-being. The study will follow four cohorts of first-year students through graduation to gain insights into what resources help them through stressful events and contribute to their mental health and academic success.

Resilience Lab Research

Stories about undergraduate and UAA research


  • 15-seconds at a time: Academic Support Programs [video]

    November 10, 2022

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    https://youtu.be/DC93uB_fABA   In this video, Academic Support Programs Director Ryan Burt takes on the challenge of explaining Academic Support Programs in less than 15 seconds at a time. “15 Seconds at a Time” is a series in which different Undergraduate Academic Affairs programs explain their work in bite-sized bursts. Academic Support Programs, located at the…

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  • Robinson Center hiring an executive director

    October 24, 2022

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    The executive director of the Robinson Center for Young Scholars reports to the vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. The executive director leads the Robinson Center’s leadership team and the development and pursuit of the Center’s strategic goals, and oversees operations, programming, budgets, resources, and staff for the Center as a whole. The…

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  • Robinson Center hiring a program assistant

    October 18, 2022

    dhollan

    The program assistant will execute a variety of complex clerical and student support assignments. Under general supervision, the candidate must independently provide program support, including student-facing interactions, and demonstrate excellent customer service to inquiries which require substantive knowledge of the Transition School program as well as general knowledge of the Center’s other programs, policies and…

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