There are many different paths that undergraduate students can take to get started in research. Below, we outline a few of the most common resources that UW undergraduates use to take their first steps into a life changing research experience.
The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts a database of research opportunities posted by research mentors looking to recruit motivated UW undergraduate students to their research projects. Mentors may post a research opportunity to the database at any time throughout the year. Undergraduate students are encouraged to read through these postings and contact mentors whose projects they are interested in. To receive support in contacting a potential research, see our advising options.
While most structured research programs take place over the summer, there are a few opportunities available for students to take advantage of throughout the academic year. These programs are designed to support students while they balance their regular course schedule and may provide tuition assistance, funding for research supplies, and/or other materials students may require.
Summer research programs provide opportunities for students to engage in immersive research experiences, to try something new or to take their experience to the next level, and to present their work. The Office of Undergraduate Research helps students plan for summer research, find programs, and apply to programs at UW and beyond. Browse our list of summer research programs to learn more about how to get involved.