Undergraduate Research Program

Apply to Become a URL

The 2022-23 URL application has closed. Next year’s application will open in Spring 2023!

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Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) support the mission of the URP by speaking about their research experiences during outreach events, building community with peers through Research Cafe, and more.


  • 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 2023.
  • Priority consideration will be given to applicants who have presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Summer STEM Poster Session, SIAH Symposium, or a similar academic event or conference.


Anticipated URL time commitment is approximately ~10 hours/quarter.

  • Attend an initial orientation and training session prior to the start of Fall quarter
  • Attend quarterly professional development workshops with URP staff
  • Share your experiences with and enthusiasm for undergraduate research at the UW.
  • Assist URP with student-focused outreach and events, such as tabling, information sessions, panels, FIG presentations, and the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Present at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Partner with URP staff and other URLs to develop new ideas.

In exchange for your commitment as a URL, URP Staff will:

  • Offer URLs training on effective outreach by helping URLs gain skills in public speaking and confidence when presenting.
  • Provide DEI training for URLs that reflect the URP’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.
  • Offer quarterly opportunities for professional development.
  • Be available for one-on-one advising and open to receiving feedback and new ideas.
  • Foster community building within the URL cohort.

“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)