Undergraduate Research Program


three URLs speak at a Dawg Daze panel event

URLs Sreetha, Amina, and Alan share their experiences at a Dawg Daze panel


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Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) serve a central role in connecting undergraduates to URP. The goal of the URL program is to increase awareness and participation of undergraduates in research from a range of disciplines (e.g., humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, etc). Anticipated URL time commitment is approximately ~10 hours/month and dependent on quarterly events and student availability.


Apply to become a URL in order to:

  • Make an impact on the educational experience of your peers and make a difference for future undergraduate researchers.
  • Gain outreach and leadership experience for personal growth and résumé/CV building.
  • Engage in professional development workshops hosted by URP staff.
  • Practice your public speaking by promoting undergraduate research.
  • Network with students, faculty, and staff on campus.
  • Be a part of a community of engaged undergraduate researchers.
  • Receive a nifty URL sweatshirt and name tag.


  • Must be a current UW undergraduate student.
  • Must have at least 3 quarters of experience in research, scholarship, or creative activities, OR an intensive full-time summer research experience by the start of Fall 2022.
  • Priority consideration to applicants who have presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Summer Research Symposium, or a similar academic event or conference.


  • Share your experience and enthusiasm for undergraduate research at the UW.
  • Assist URP with student-focused outreach and program events, such as tabling, information sessions, panels, FIG presentations, and the Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Present at the Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Partner with URP staff and other URLs to develop new ideas.
  • Attend an initial orientation and training session, as well as monthly meetings with URP staff.
    • URL Training and Orientation is Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • URL Monthly Meetings are on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on the following dates in 2022-23:
      • Autumn Quarter: October 18 and November 15
      • Winter Quarter: January 10, February 7, and February 28
      • Spring Quarter: April 4, May 2, and May 23


The Undergraduate Research Leader position provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with research on a deeper level by providing multiple opportunities throughout the year to discuss research with undergrads, at panel events, and ultimately at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. This position is perfect for anyone who is passionate about engaging the public in research, giving back to the research community, and encouraging more undergrads to
participate in research.
”             -Ellie Stillwell (URL alumna, 2013-14)