Undergraduate Research Program

Summer Programs

Summer research programs are full-time immersive research experiences where selected students are matched with a mentor to join their research team and work on a project for a fixed term (often 9-10 weeks).

These programs usually require a formal application process and may be open to students outside of the institution offering the program. Oftentimes, programs require their students to present their work at the end of the summer at a symposium.


Summer Research at UW

Hundreds of students engage in research programs at UW every summer.

Below, we highlight programs that the URP hosts alongside various partner organizations. Students in URP co-hosted programs participate in a weekly seminar organized by URP staff and are required to present at our UW Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The University of Washington and its affiliated organizations also host several summer research programs for students to participate in!

URP Co-Hosted Summer Research Programs

URPĀ partners with local and national organizations to provide transformative research experiences for undergraduates. URP helps to manage operations such as logistics, comprehensive student advising and support, to ensure students have a successful summer research experience at the UW.

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Summer Research Programs at UW

Browse through a list of summer research programs at UW to find programs organized by field. Each has its own unique structure and application process. Students should reach out to the contacts listed on individual program website for more information.

Find UW Summer Research


Summer Research Programs Beyond UW

There are hundreds of summer research programs hosted at other universities that may be of interest to UW students. We maintain a partial list of these programs and links to other searchable summer research program databases.

Find Summer Research Outside of UW