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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

This program provides indirect funding for undergraduate students to participate in research.

The National Science Foundation website ( provides links to REU programs in various discplines (e.g. Ocean Sciences) that could be the right fit for you!



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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Summer Institute

Undergraduate students:

You are invited to apply for this excellent summer research opportunity in Natural Hazards Engineering. [Note: When you see the acronym “REU” (Research Experience for Undergraduates), you should know that this is a high-caliber opportunity, part of a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded program.]

Apply to be part of the NSF-funded REU program for summer 2018. Students will spend 8-weeks at an NSF-funded laboratory that supports Natural Hazard Engineering (earthquake shake table, tsunami wave tank, wind tunnel, etc.). Visit the website below form more information. UW students as well as those in community colleges are welcomed to apply. We are trying to distribute to as broad an audience as possible.

We encourage you to apply!


Laura N Lowes

Chair and William M. and Marilyn M. Conner Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195-2700

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Environmental Studies Capstone Symposium

Advisers and students are invited to attend the Autumn 2017 Program on the Environment Capstone Symposium. The event is on Wednesday, November 29, from 4:30PM – 8:00PM. The symposium is a great chance to get to know the range of topics students delve into for the Environmental Studies major. There will be both oral and poster presentations.

The symposium will be held in the FSH Auditorium & Lobby, 1122 NE Boat St ( An overview of the sessions is below. Please see the schedule (and read the abstracts) at:

We hope to see you there!

4:30 PM – 5:20 PM Session A – Poster I, Sustainability and conservation (FSH Lobby)
5:20 PM – 6:15 PM Session B – Sustainability in practice (FSH 102 Auditorium)
6:15 PM – 6:25 PM break
6:25 PM – 7:20 PM Session C – Capstone, home and abroad (FSH 102 Auditorium)
7:20 PM – 8:00 PM Session D – Poster II, Food systems, outreach and communication (FSH Lobby) – Refreshments served

Monali Patel

Communications Specialist

Program on the Environment |

Wallace Hall | Rm 15E

University of Washington​

mbpatel | 206.616.1208

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Capstone Project: Effect of non-native plant pollen on native bee development Deadline Oct. 27, 2017

Requirements: A background in an environmental or forestry related discipline is desirable. Preference will be given to students with previous protein-analysis or lab-related
analysis experience. A background in DNA analysis experience would also be preferred.

Credit Offered: Capstone credit available (5 credits/quarter), could be used for a Winter Quarter capstone project(data collection and analysis begins immediately upon hire).

How to Apply: Send an email of interest and resume to: Lila Westreich,, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Deadline:Friday, October 27th, 2017

Tasks include analyzing protein samples, running samples, pipetting, and using the Bradford bio-assay method for analysis. The option to go further and complete DNA analysis
would be presented. Training will be provided but preference will be given to students with previous experience and expertise in protein or DNA analysis. The student could also have the opportunity to co-author a scientific paper on this project if desired.


Effect of non-native plant pollen on native bee



Undergraduate Adviser (BSE/ESRM)

School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Anderson 116 | Box 352100 | Seattle, WA 98195-2100

p: 206-543-3077 | e:

advising appointments:

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Capstone or other research opportunities in the Terrestrial Restoration Ecology Lab


Looking for a capstone or other research project? We have posted three research opportunities on the UW Undergraduate Research Program website (and plan to post a few more):

How do fires affect seed germination?

Tree growth patterns in the San Juan Islands

How do fertilization and herbivory affect the seed bank of a western Washington grassland?

Please contact me if interested in learning more about these opportunities.


Dr. Jon Bakker
David R. M. Scott Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington Box 354115, Seattle, WA 98195-4115
P: 206-221-3864; E:

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Spring Wildlife Science Seminar MONDAY – Natasha Gowarnis: “Bachelor Birds: Female Biased Mortality Contributes to Magellanic Penquin Population Decline”


Natasha Gowarnis will be our speaker this coming Monday 3:30 pm in Kane 120: “Bachelor Birds: Female Biased Mortality Contributes to Magellanic Penquin Population Decline”. I have attached a copy of the seminar schedule. Please distribute to those who may be interested. Should be a great seminar – come early for a good seat. NOTE: The seminar series meets in Kane 120 NOT 130 as indicated on the poster.

See you Monday!

wildlife science email poster.pdf

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Innovations in Pain Research Summer Program- Applications due Feb. 15th

Scan Design Innovations in Pain Research Summer Program – Deadline February 15, 2017

Millions of people in the U.S. alone suffer from debilitating chronic pain. The Innovations in Pain Research Summer Program will expose 5-7 University of Washington undergraduate students to interdisciplinary research in pain to stimulate interest in future careers in pain research. This program will immerse undergraduate students in research to better understand pain and treatment mechanisms, develop new therapies, and improve access to evidence-based pain care.

Undergraduates in biological sciences, psychology, nursing, social work, and/or engineering-related fields who are interested in exploring either basic science or clinical research in pain treatment are encouraged to apply. Application and Program Information:

For questions, please contact or 206.543.4282.

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ESRM Capstone project starting Winter 2017/ Stipend available $1000-2000 per quarter

Project Summary: research historical forest landscape patterns to inform landscape level restoration treatments. The student will work to investigate, scan, organize, and interpret historical photos (1930-1950’s) from priority watersheds on the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and other areas of western Washington.

Project Requirements

We seeks a Capstone Project student to assist in establishing reference conditions through acquisition, interpretation, and analysis of historical photos. As time allows the student will engage in the larger

Skills necessary:

· Basic forest ecology knowledge of forests west of the Cascades.

· GIS coursework and some experience using ArcMAP.

· Excellent organizational skills

· Interest in restoration and public lands management

Stipend. $1000-2000 per quarter, depending on time committed by student. Travel costs will be reimbursed separately.


Derek Churchill: derekch

See Attachment for more details.


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ESRM Senior capstone Opportunity: Fire and Seeds

Please see attached description for full details:

Project Title: How Do Fires Affect Seed Germination?

Project Description

Fires dramatically change ecosystems, removing biomass, exposing mineral soil, and causing other changes. How plant communities respond to fire depends in large part on how individual species respond to fire. Fires can have both negative and positive effects on seeds. Too much heat for too long of a time can kill seeds or hinder germination, but pulses of heat can also stimulate germination. Furthermore, fires can have other effects, such as the stimulation of germination by some chemicals in smoke.


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Winter/Spring 2017 Capstone/ Research Opportunity

Through a partnership with the University of Washington and King County, students are needed to develop a Forest Stewardship Plan for the 600-acre Soaring Eagle Regional Park in Sammamish, WA just east of Seattle. Students develop and deliver a professional-quality plan which King County will use for forest management decisions.

The Forest Stewardship Plan will require a range of tasks with room for students to focus on a particular interest area. Students will be required to also assist in field work, analysis, and writing to complete the plan in coordination with other students, instructors, and King County foresters.

· Forest inventory and data collection

· Forest growth modeling in FVS

· Develop logging systems plans

· Develop public outreach strategies

· GIS analysis and map making

· Carbon storage

· Other resource areas related to forest management

Please see attached flyer for more details.


Derek Churchill will advise students with assistance from Paul Fischer on this Capstone/Research, in conjunction with King County foresters.

Contact Paul at pfisch5 for more info.

King County Forest Management Capstone 2016-2017 Flyer.pdf

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Capstone Opportunities in the Doty Lab

Capstone Opportunities in the Doty Lab

*A strong background in biology is required for all of these projects*

Expectations: Participation in lab meetings, presentation of your project at the end of each quarter; written research proposal based on discussions with Prof. Doty and readings; written paper (publication style) at the end of the project; data kept in a notebook; presentation in spring at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium. Prof. Doty will meet with you regularly to guide you and train you as will other members of her lab. You will be included as an author on publications resulting from your research. Since publication is the goal, it is essential that data collection is carefully performed and recorded.

Project Subject: Nitrogen Fixation by Microbial Endophytes in Crop Plants

Type of Research: Primarily,the project involves quantification of plant growth but also involves some microbiology, plant-microbe interactions studies, and sterile plant culture. The student will inoculate and care for plants in order to assess the effect of endophytes on growth.

Purpose: Addition of nitrogen-fixing endophytes of poplar onto rice and tomato resulted in increased plant growth and health. This project will involve assessing the effect of adding N-fixation mutant endophytes to these plants in order to determine if the enhanced growth is due to N-fixation or from hormone production by the endophyte, as well as determining what bacterial genes are necessary for N-fixation by the endophytes in the plant.

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A Few More Spaces Left In the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (JSIS 549)

There are a few more spots still available in next week’s Capstone Simulation!

During Summer A session, the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) program puts on an International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (ISCNE) in collaboration with the U.S. Army War College. It is a fascinating experience and a great personal development and career development opportunity. A short video of last year’s event is available here.

Course Details:

International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (JSIS 549 Capstone Simulation)

Professor Robert Pekkanen

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30am – 12:20pm

Army War College Briefing: July 6th, 9 – 11am

Simulation: July 7th & 8th all day

Participation options:

  • Register for JSIS 549 – Capstone Simulation (3cr) through UW Professional & Continuing Education (MAAIS tuition rate)
  • Register for JSIS 497 – Internship (2cr) through the Jackson School (your current tuition rate)
  • Sign up as a participant and receive a certificate of completion from the Jackson School (free, attendance at all sessions required)

The course is listed in the Professional and Continuing Education Time Schedule maais for instructions on registration.

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Graduate Assistantship in soil microbiology/physics at University of Tennessee

Graduate Assistantship in Soil Physics and Soil Microbiology in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science at the University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee is seeking 1 MS or PhD student to work on a multidisciplinary project investigating the feedbacks between soil microbial activity, soil structure and hydrology. Research involves modeling the physical and biological controls on soil microbial activity and soil structure in agroecosystems in Tennessee, Iowa and Illinois. A degree (BS or MS) in Soil Science,
Hydrology, Environmental Engineering or a related field is required. A strong foundation in biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, soil physics or hydrology is preferred, and experience with quantitative modeling or isotope tracers is highly desired. This position requires working independently and constructively in teams through performing original research, meeting participation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Strong written and oral communication skills are essential. Projects will involve both laboratory and field work at the University of Tennessee in the Departments of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science (BESS) and Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), as well as the potential to collaborate with scientists at Oak Ridge National Lab.

Assistantships include tuition, 12 month stipend and health insurance. The start date is Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 depending upon student admittance into the Graduate Program.

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is the state’s flagship research institution, the campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. We are located in East Tennessee close to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science comprises an energetic group of tenure-track, research, teaching and extension faculty; and >100 graduate and undergraduate students.

To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter describing your experience and qualifications to:

Dr. Sean Schaeffer (

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Paid Research Opportunity for Underrepresented Students

Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH)

You read about environmental health problems every day:  diseases spread through unsafe drinking water, cancer-causing toxins, poor air quality leading to respiratory disease, deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.  Have you ever thought about being part of the solution to these problems?  In environmental health science, you can, by studying the link between the environment and human health.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the largest research agencies dedicated to improving human health, has a funded opportunity for underrepresented students at UW to conduct environmental health science-related research alongside faculty in the School of Public Health. This new program, Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH) is now accepting applications from underrepresented UW students.


Underrepresented students are those who come from a low income household, are first generation college students, or are a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander).

SURE-EH provides a meaningful opportunity to work with experienced faculty on a research project addressing the relationship between environmental exposures and human health. Work alongside faculty as a paid student researcher for up to 2 years, full-time during summer and part-time during the academic year.

Read about the research that current SURE-EH are conducting here:

SURE-EH will provide academic opportunities to complement the research experience, including course recommendations, seminars, workshops, and research symposia. These educational opportunities will enhance your breadth and depth of the SURE-EH’s environmental health science training, and help you become a leader in the field of environmental health sciences.

The application (including instructions and eligibility information) is online here (

Questions? Please contact: Trina Sterry, sure@uw.edu206-543-4207

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School of Public Health Undergraduate Symposium

We are pleased to invite you to the third annual School of Public Health Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 4 – 6 pm in the UW South Campus Center.

The Undergraduate Symposium is a chance for students from across the School’s undergraduate majors and minors to demonstrate how they have applied the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to address public health problems through research, internship, and capstone experiences.

The Symposium also provides a forum for current students, prospective students, faculty, and the community to discuss current topics in public health.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event which will include poster presentations and a reception. Your RSVP is appreciated.


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Environmental Studies Capstone Symposium

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Alder Hall Commons

Twice a year, at the end of autumn and spring quarter, Environmental Studies students in the “Post Capstone Seminar” class present the result of their Capstone projects in the Capstone Symposium.

Students can choose to present their work through a short oral presentation followed by Q&A or create a poster and answer questions.

Everyone is invited to attend any Capstone Symposium to mingle and find out more about the work Environmental Studies majors are doing with the community.

See link for full event schedule. Note the oral presentations will take place at Alder Hall Auditorium ( and the poster presentation will be a block south at Environmental Studies Commons in Wallace Hall (…).

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Join us at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium this Friday, May 20th!

We are pleased to invite UW and Seattle community members to attend the 19th Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium this Friday, May 20th! This event is open to the public.

What: More than 1,000 students will present their research in a wide range of disciplines, from aerospace to philosophy, international studies to design, anthropology to computer science, and just about everything in between.
When: Friday, May 20, 2016 , 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mary Gates Hall*, UW Seattle
Why: To celebrate UW Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work!

For more information, online proceedings, or to find a presenter, visit:

*MGH is the main venue, though there will be sessions, showcases, and performances going on in other buildings on campus as well.

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Help needed for research on honeybees

I am Claire Rusch, a PhD student in the Riffell lab and I am looking for an undergraduate to help me with a research project.

Honeybees display amazing visual learning abilities. For instance, honeybees are able to count, categorize or even extract abstract rules as sameness-difference, etc. These abilities were characterized using a well established protocol with free flying honeybees in a Y-maze. Consequently, neural basis of those sophisticated behavior are so far unknown. We thus aim to setting up a virtual environment to characterize neural processing during high-order learning in honeybees.

Your work will primarily consist of helping preparing experiments (solution’s dilutions, animal tethering, etc.) and taking care of honeybee’s hive. Once those steps mastered, you will have the possibility to participate in data collection and analysis.

If interested, please send me ( your resume, transcript, a 100-200 words paragraph about why you would like to join this research and the contact of a faculty member that can recommend you.

Minimum requirements: Require to not be allergic to honeybees sting. Knowledge on animal behavior, memory and programming in R appreciated but not required.

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UG Research Help needed


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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program – info sessions for undergrads, grads & alumni

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Information Sessions

The Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards & the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will offer the following information sessions this spring:

In person: Tuesday, May 10, 201610:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Allen Auditorium (room 181L)

Webinars (To Register: Tuesday, June 21, 20164:00-5:30 p.m.

NSF GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund graduate study.  It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.  This includes a $34,000 annual stipend and full cost of tuition/fees covered. For UW graduate students, GAIP health insurance is also covered.

Eligible fields include the “usual suspects” (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), but there are also a surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology, among others. We encourage all students in these fields (or planning to be in) for their graduate research to consider applying for this fellowship.

Rising seniors, graduating seniors and alumni who are planning to attend graduate school starting in fall 2017 can apply this year and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend.  UW graduate students who will are starting graduate school in autumn 2016 are also eligible as are (usually) graduate students beginning their second year of studies in autumn 2016.  This year’s application cycle will be for funding starting in fall 2017.

The information sessions will cover the application process, strategies for successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship operates.  Application deadlines are usually late October. Even though the official announcement may not come out until August, students are encouraged to start early on this process!

Basic eligibility criteria:

  • Research in an eligible NSF research area (includes several of the social sciences) 
  • US citizens or permanent residents by the application deadline 
  • Students in their first year of graduate study or at the beginning of their second year of graduate study (with some limitations) 
  • Students who have not earned a previous graduate degree 
  • Graduating senior undergraduates and alumni who plan to apply to begin graduate studies in fall 2017


Additional details are available at and

Please feel free to contact us for questions and application support, based on your student status:

Undergraduate students & alumni:   Robin Chang,; and Emily Smith,

Graduate students: Marilyn Gray,

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