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Ask Me Session with Undergraduate Researchers

Ask Me Sessions with Undergraduate Researchers

Have you ever wondered what is was like to be an undergraduate researcher? Do you have questions about how to manage research with classes/work/life, benefits/challenges in research and more?

Come to the “Ask Me Sessions”, where you can sit down with Undergraduate Researcher Leaders, current undergraduate students conducting research in a variety of fields, and get a take on their research experience at UW or talk about your own experience with research. The sessions will be held on the following Thursdays (4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23) from 10am-12pm in 171 Mary Gates Hall.

Hope to see you there!

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Summer wildlife research opportunity

Are you interested in wildlife conservation? Do you want to gain field work experience this summer? If so, please consider applying for the UW Quantitative Ecology Lab’s wildlife research volunteer position (attached). This summer position will focus on deploying and maintaining camera traps in eastern Washington as part of the Washington Predator-Prey Project. Deadline to apply is April 5th, 2019.


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Undergrad reaching out for research participants

Subject Line: Undergrad reaching out for research participants

My name is Cordelia Ilton. I am an undergraduate in the Sociology department working on my honors thesis. I am conducting research to understand how varying social backgrounds and experiences effect one’s expressions of jealousy and expectations of need fulfillment in a romantic polyamorous relationship.

The demographics in most of the research done with polyamorous communities, so far, does not truly reflect the diversity of the community. I am hoping to disrupt this image with my study.

Participating in this study involves one interview between you and the investigator (myself) at the time and place of your choosing. In the interview, I will ask questions about your polyamorous relationship (past or present) in relation to jealousy and need fulfillment. You may refuse to participate and you are free to withdraw from this study at any time. Your information will be completely confidential and protected.

If you have any questions or would like to participate in the research, I can be reached at

Thank you for your time!

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The Gardens Trust Essay Prize and New Research Symposium 2019

Below are the details of the annual essay prize organized by The Gardens Trust, together with information about their New Research Symposium for any student who might be working on any garden or landscape history related topic.

Even though this is from a UK based organization, both competitions are aimed at an international audience, and in recent years there has been several entrants for the essay prize, as well as several presenters at the symposium, from the US.

EssayPrize2019 .pdf

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Summer research opportunity

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New Biomedical student group-please share with interested students

Calling fellow UW students in or interested in the field of biomedical research!

We want to create a forum to connect people across departments with opportunities relevant to the mission of supporting underrepresented minorities in the biomedical field with an emphasis on research, networking, and community. To achieve this goal, we are creating a UW Registered Student Organization (RSO) geared towards supporting individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic status, and all allies. We aim to provide the necessary tools for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc trainees in their future endeavors. We envision mentorship, workshops, career fairs, and monthly networking, both academia and industry focused, across student levels and by faculty. Additionally, through a newsletter, we hope to work with existing organizations to compile relevant opportunities in a central and accessible location. We recognize the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical research and call upon interested individuals across all relevant departments to join us.

In an effort to define and tailor the goals of the organization and serve the needs of members, we invite you to our first general meeting on March 6th, at 5:30pm in MolES room 215. In this meeting, we will vote on an organization name, so come with suggestions!

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Call for Applications & Info. Sessions! Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities-apply by March 25

Dear Students,

The Undergraduate Research Program is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2019 Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities (SIAH)! SIAH offers an opportunity for undergraduates to engage in scholarly research with accomplished faculty, graduate students, and peers while earning full-time academic credit.

This year’s theme is Creating Alternate Worlds. Over the course of the summer, students will explore the world building practices in design, literature, gaming, art, afrofuturism, philosophy, and science to create worlds that reflect their ethical, intellectual, and creative commitments.

Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities Information Sessions

Friday, February 22, 2019, 3:30 – 4:20 p.m. in 171 MGH

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. in 171 MGH

To learn more about the 2019 program theme, faculty team, application process and to sign up for an information session, visit our website.

We hope that you consider applying for this terrific research and learning opportunity!

2019 SIAH Flyer.pdf

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SER Northwest Student Research Grant Announcement – 2019

Society for Ecological Restoration Northwest

Student Grant Opportunity

Are you a graduate or upper level undergraduate conducting research in restoration of Northwest natural systems, or know of one?

Check out SERNW 2019 Grant Offerings!

SERNW is offering three grants of up to $1,500 to support student research intended to improve restoration of natural systems (e.g. forests, wetlands, shrub-steppe, etc.) within the Pacific Northwest eco-region (WA, OR, AK, MT, ID, Northern CA). Preference will be given to applications from student members of SERNW or a SER Student Chapter. Social or natural science graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Proposals must be submitted electronically by 1 April 2019 (11:59 PM PST) and should include:

1. A cover page including project title, name, current mailing address, e-mail address, study system and location, college or institution, SER membership status, and dollar amount requested.

2. The research proposal, including an abstract (<250 words), introduction with research questions and objectives, methods, expected results, project significance, and literature cited. Tables and figures should be embedded in the text. Page limit of 3 to 4 single-spaced pages, excluding references. Please clearly state how your research supports restoration.

3. Project time table.

4. Budget and justification, and research partners if any.

5. A 1 to 2 page CV.

6. Unofficial university transcripts.

Materials should be emailed to The last name of the applicant should start each file name. Both Microsoft Word documents and Adobe PDF files are acceptable.

Complete information and instructions can be found on the Student Grants Page on the SERNW website.

Check the Student Grants Page, and our Facebook page, for any updates or future grant announcements.


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Field Assistant

Field Assistant for a Floating Treatment Wetland Research Project

The University of Washington and King County has a great opportunity for a temporary hourly Field Assistant. The two have come together to carry out a project entitled “Floating Treatment Wetlands Reduce Contaminants & Nutrients in Urban Stormwater Runoff”. The purpose of the research is to test coho mortality from direct stormwater and to determine the necessary contact time for stormwater with the floating wetlands to adequately remove metals and contaminants that will significantly reduce coho juvenile mortality and adult pre-spawn mortality.

The field assistant will assist the Research Scientist to prepare for and conduct the experiment on juvenile coho this spring (planning on early March) and on pre-spawn coho this fall. This includes: help collect materials, assist with carrying out fieldwork and collecting necessary samples, record and analyze data collected, help organize testing and ensure quality standards are met.

Preferred Requirements – undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Washington, 2-3 years of experience in related field work or study, and knowledge of water quality issues, wetland science, and/or restoration ecology. The position will be paid through the UW.

Please send a short letter of interest and resume to Lizbeth Seebacher at lizbetha. Resumes will be reviewed starting on January 28th.

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Thinking of Spring!

For students at Friday Harbor Labs. We have been doing rolling admissions this year and already have the start of a crop of students for both the Zoobot program and the Spring Marine Studies (formerly Marine Biology Quarter) program, but we are seeking more recruits.

I am (re) attaching our Spring flyers for those two programs, with one intended mostly for juniors and seniors with a strong biology background, and the other mostly for freshmen and sophomores who need some core courses with few prerequisites. Financial aid is available for both programs.

Please give these flyers a look and send students (or questions) our way!

And of course all this information is also on our website:

Thank you –



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Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity @ Oregon State University

The attached describes an opportunity for undergraduate students to work/do research at Oregon State University’s Department of Wood Science & Engineering during summer 2019.


Arijit Sinha & Eric Hansen

Undergrad research at OSU.pdf

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Space Remaining: Great 1-Cr Research Exposed: Population Health course!

Enroll in Winter Quarter GEN ST 391D: Research Exposed! Population Health (1cr)

Research Exposed is an opportunity to learn about current, exciting research in a wide variety of disciplines. Through presentations by UW faculty students will learn about the research process, how faculty come up with an idea for research, how inquiry is structured in the different disciplines, and how students can become involved in the knowledge-making process. The course meets once a week for fifty minutes and may be repeated for credit (1 credit/quarter, 3 quarters max).

This winter quarter, Research Exposed is teaming up with the UW Population Health Initiative to offer a series of faculty lectures focused on human health, environmental resilience, and social and economic equity. For students interested in the intersecting factors that influence the outcomes and quality of human health, Research Exposed will offer insight into and opportunities to participate in ongoing research at UW. The full winter quarter speaker schedule can be found on the URP website. See the UW Time Schedule (SLN 15030) to register.

Research Exposed Win19.pdf

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Application Now Open! Scan Design Innovations in Pain Research Summer Program

Application Now Open!
Scan Design Innovations in Pain Research Summer Program – Deadline February 15, 2019

Millions of people in the U.S. alone suffer from debilitating chronic pain. The Innovations in Pain Research Summer Program will expose 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.

To attend our next Information Session, RSVP here.

  • Thursday, January 10, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

For application and program Information visit our website here.

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Deadlines are soon! Paid Summer Research in STEM

Deadlines are rapidly approaching! Use our searchable database of programs at to find and apply to STEM paid summer research programs over winter break.

Our database has over 650 paid summer research programs, including programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. 60 programs have deadlines in the next 45 days!

Use our advanced search feature to filter by discipline, level of study, citizenship status, and more.

If you need help finding a program, please email me with your level of study and disciplinary interests and I would be happy to help.

Thank you and have a wonderful winter break.



Liv Detrick, Senior Administrator

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)


The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. We design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups, including underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, first generation college students, and students from underserved communities. The Institute for Broadening Participation is a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID #20-1891162. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

To unsubscribe from all outreach emails from IBP, please reply with — unsubscribe — in the subject line.

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Undergraduate research opportunities from the Urban Water Innovation Network!

The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is now accepting applications for its Undergraduate Research Program for the summer of 2019! Thank you for sharing this information with students who may be interested. See the attached flyer for posting.

Students will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas at institutions in urban areas across the nation. Students with different research interests in urban water sustainability -social sciences, natural sciences, engineering – are invited to apply.

To apply:

Undergraduate Research Program | UWIN
The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) offers its fourth Undergraduate Research Program (URP) for the summer of 2019. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge, transdisciplinary research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas.

Application deadline: January 25, 2019 Midnight

Dates: May 29 to August 1, 2019 (9 weeks)

Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are encouraged to apply.

Stipend: $4,500 stipend

Other support: On-campus or nearby housing, travel assistance. The program starts and ends at Colorado State University in Fort Collins CO.

For more information about UWIN, visit:

For more information about the program, contact Aude Lochet, program coordinator: locheta

2019 UWIN URP Flyer.pdf

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Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities at Nebraska


We are now accepting applications for the University of Nebraska’s 2019 Summer Research Program, and we’d like to encourage your students to apply.

Our 10-week residential summer research experience provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a Research1 university. Participants all receive competitive stipends, room and board, travel/transport, graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more.


Summer 2019 research programs include:

Applied Plant Systems

Bioenergy Systems

Biomedical Engineering


Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)

Minority Health Disparities

Molecular Plant-Microbe Interaction

Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure

Redox Biology

Sustainability of Civil Infrastructures in Rural Environments

Systems Biology of Plant and Microbiome

Unmanned Systems


Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Friday, February 1 and all applications must be completed by Friday, March 1. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.

Summer Research Program »

Justina Clark
Director, Undergraduate Research
Office of Graduate Studies
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
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University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of Graduate Studies
1100 Seaton Hall | Lincoln, NE 68588


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MSc Graduate Assistantship

Please see attached announcement for a GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP for an MSc student at the University of Idaho (Moscow, Idaho).

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Post-doc opportunity at USDA

Please see the attached announcement from the USDA if you are looking for a post-doc opportunity. The field is soil science or agronomy. Here is a short message describing the important elements they are looking for: USDA has an opening, and they are looking for someone with training in meta-analysis, statistical programing in SAS, R GIS knowledge experience useful, data mining -database development.


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Research Assistants Needed!

Looking for motivated undergraduate students to assist in data management for graduate students in the Quantitative Ecology Lab.

See link for more details: research assistant qe lab final.pdf




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FieldNotes Call for Autumn 2018 Article Submissions

Calling all College of the Environment undergraduates!

FieldNotes ( is an undergraduate-run journal intended to increase public awareness of undergraduate research in the College of the Environment and provide a platform for students to actively engage in science communication.

FieldNotes publishes two digital issues annually (Autumn and Spring quarters) featuring undergraduate research (feature articles and research communications) and community features, and contains vivid imagery to ensure multi-faceted storytelling which appeals to a broad audience. The first issue of FieldNotes was published in Spring 2018 (

We are now soliciting undergraduate authors for the Autumn 2018 issue. Are you interested in publishing a research article? Psssst … this looks great on your resume! Then complete the short form at the link below so that we can start a conversation:

Questions? Please email rmfricke with the subject line: FieldNotes.

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