Undergraduate Research Program

Information for applicants


Information Sessions

Information for 2022 SIAH Program will be held Spring, 2022

Student life

The Summer Institute affords ample opportunity for interaction among students and faculty. Participants enjoy community-building activities throughout the summer term and participate in a final formal symposium to showcase and celebrate their accomplishments during the Summer Institute.

Diversity Statement

We believe that diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences enhance scholarly inquiry. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse student populations, including but not limited to community college transfer students; first generation college students; international students; undocumented students; trans*, non-binary, gender non-conforming students, and students of different sexual orientations; students with disabilities; students from low-income backgrounds, and groups who are underrepresented in higher education (e.g. African American/Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Latinx/Chicanx, Southeast Asian, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, immigrant, refugee).

Teaching Modality

Given existing public health conditions, we anticipate a remote-learning model for the 2021 SIAH. However, should conditions allow for some socially-distant and safe outdoor activities, we may adapt to a hybrid of in-person and remote collaboration. In that event, activities will be designed so that students living outside the Seattle area remain fully included. We do not expect all students to be in residence in order to be eligible to apply for SIAH, nor do we expect them to be in residence during SIAH.


All Summer Institute participants will be named Mary Gates Scholars and will receive a $6,000 Mary Gates Research Scholarship award in two installments, one at the beginning of the Summer Institute and again at the beginning of B-term.

Please note: Housing and tuition fees are the responsibility of the student participant and are not funded by the Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities.


Summer Institute participants are expected to devote themselves to this intensive experience. The Summer Institute is a full-time commitment. Therefore, if selected you will not be able to take additional course work during summer quarter.

All Summer Institute participants will register for 12 summer quarter credits in HUM 498. A-term will be taken as credit/no-credit (6 credits); B-term (6 credits) will receive a formal grade. A formal institute schedule will be determined by the faculty and announced the first day of the Summer Institute.


  • Must be current University of Washington (Seattle, Bothell, Tacoma) undergraduate student.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Have interest in an intensive experience in scholarly research in the arts and humanities.
  • Application is open to all UW students, regardless of citizenship status.

Application Materials

Applicants are asked to submit the following in the online application:

  • Application questions
  • Responses to three essays: one 500 word essay prompt, one 250 word essay prompt, and one optional 100 word essay prompt.
  • Up to two professional references, one of which must be a faculty member. The second optional reference should be someone who knows you in the context of higher education (e.g., a community college instructor, a graduate student research mentor, etc.)
  • Resume

And either:

  • A writing sample from one of your courses or personal work (8-10 double-spaced pages preferred, not including works cited/references).


  • A creative work sample such as a portfolio of digital images and/or video/sound clips, etc. Creative work samples should be included within one pdf document containing the following:
    • Portfolio statement (3 double-spaced pages)
    • Images  (if applicable)
    • URL to the sound/video (if applicable)