Undergraduate Research Program

Information for applicants

The Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities will not be offered in 2020. The next Summer Institute will take place in summer 2021.

Information Sessions

Check in during Winter Quarter 2021 for 2021 Summer Institute on Arts & Humanities Info Sessions

Student life

The Summer Institute affords ample opportunity for interaction among students and faculty. Participants enjoy an opening luncheon at the beginning of the Summer Institute and a final formal symposium to showcase and celebrate their accomplishments during the Summer Institute. The Summer Institute uses instructional and studio space on the UW Seattle campus, as well as meeting space in the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities.

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, and gender non-conforming students; 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 Islanders, immigrant, refugee).


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.
  • A letter of recommendation from a University of Washington faculty member familiar with your coursework and/or prior research experience.
  • 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)