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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.

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2024 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Join us for the 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 17, 2024. Learn more about the event and check out opportunities to further support this momentous occasion.

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Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Research Spotlight and News

UW senior Abby Burtner selected to be 1 of 16 Churchill Scholars

January 23, 2024 — Abby Burtner, ‘24, has been awarded the prestigious Churchill Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the field of biochemistry. As a Churchill Scholar, Burtner’s next step is to complete a fully-funded master’s degree in pathology at Cambridge University

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Black Studies through time, art and being

SIAH student Jai Lasker sits on a bench outside holding a guitarDecember 4, 2023 — The Office of Undergraduate Research’s Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities (SIAH) offered the 2023 undergraduate cohort an immersion into interdisciplinary research with A Black Sense: Time, Art and Being.

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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

Deleted: 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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