Undergraduate Research Program

Research Opportunities Database

Research opportunities are available year round at the UW and surrounding research locations (e.g., Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, etc.).

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) database includes several hundred (just some) of these undergraduate research opportunities.

Know that this is not a comprehensive list of all the research opportunities available to you!

Be sure to check the database periodically, as new opportunities are continually added. Many opportunities exist that are not listed in this database. Exploring departmental faculty lists and past symposia presenters are other good ways to identify potential opportunities.

Talk to a URP adviser for help identifying the best opportunity fit for you. URP staff are available to assist you with applying to postings and can also help you to identify research opportunities that are not listed in the database.

How to use the URP Database:

1. Do!   Identify what kind of research you would like to do.

The URP staff can help you identify your interests and match them to a research opportunity.

2. Do!   Attend a URP Info Session before  applying for positions.

Register for an upcoming information session or request a recording on our Info Sessions & Advising page. After viewing the session, feel free to schedule an appointment with a URP advisor for support with any additional questions. In addition to helping you identify your interests, we can help you write a resume and cover letter (if necessary) and advise you on other elements of undergraduate research at UW.

3. Do!   Look broadly and realize that although the URP database is an extensive list, it is not comprehensive.

The list is only a partial list of potential undergraduate research opportunities. It is only made up of opportunities submitted to us by research mentors. Some research mentors prefer that undergraduates meet with them to develop an opportunity together, rather than posting a specific listing on our web site or elsewhere. Also, some departments may have lists of opportunities which are not posted on this web site. Talk to a URP adviser so that they can help you find research opportunities that are not listed here.

4. Don’t!   Send a email to every faculty member in your major / area of interest.

You want to find the opportunity that is right for you, not just any opportunity. Take some time to select which opportunities to apply for. In your initial contact email, be sure to communicate your interest in conducting undergraduate research and your desire to work with that faculty member. The more specific and tailored your email is, the more success you will have connecting with potential faculty mentors. Also keep in mind that much of the research on campus is interdisciplinary (i.e. it crosses degree and subject areas), so interesting opportunities may exist outside of your major.

5. Don’t!   Get frustrated.

Many students are not successful in their first attempts to find a research position. Talk to URP advisors for help in improving your application. They can help you approach faculty effectively, revise your resume, and refine your search strategies.


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