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Office of Undergraduate Research

At the UW, undergraduates are an integral part of our research community. The Office of Undergraduate Research provides resources and opportunities to support students, mentors, and staff across all disciplines to support the creation of transformative research experiences. Through diverse forms of inquiry, creative work and practice, undergraduates interrogate existing ideas and ask critical questions to create new knowledge.

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Undergraduates immersed in summer STEM research

Students presenting STEM research posters in the Mary Gates Hall CommonsSeptember 30, 2023 — The University of Washington’s Office of Undergraduate Research hosts a variety of programming and partner programs every summer to give students the chance to immerse themselves in STEM research opportunities. From SCAN Design Innovations in Pain Research to the Institute for Protein Design to the Molecular Engineering Materials Center, undergrads from the UW and beyond come together to explore a range of exciting STEM fields.

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Janice DeCosmo to retire from Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Janice DeCosmo, recent retiree of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, smiles at the camera wearing a black blazer and magenta blouseSeptember 30, 2023 — Janice DeCosmo, associate vice provost for undergraduate research and associate dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, will retire in October, capping off over 20 years of impact and leadership within Undergraduate Academic Affairs and 30 years at the University of Washington.

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

Students present their research posters to visitors at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Mary Gates Hall CommonsSeptember 30, 2023 — 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.

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