10/04/2016 At the University of Washington Bothell, students have many opportunities to begin working on research with professors. The head start into academia is one of the high impact educational practices they can experience at the University. “Research is not just in isolation. It connects to the classroom. It connects to your career,” says Charlotte Rasmussen, director of undergraduate research. “Students can see breadth and depth of opportunities available on campus.” Professors and students can start making those connections at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Fair. It's an opportunity for students to explore research opportunities and find one that fits their major or feeds their curiosity. Posters will be on display 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 on the top floor of the Activities and Recreation Center with many faculty and advanced students around to answer questions. More than 40 projects are available. Among them: Cynthia Chang, School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), is looking for students to work on Mount St. Helens ecology. Shima Abadi, School of STEM looking for people to study ocean acoustics and how that affects whale behavior. Allison Hintz and Antony Smith, School of Educational Studies, are looking for help using children’s literature to foster mathematical discussions. Students can earn credits, either through a class or independent study. Some students may just want to volunteer. “You find your passion by participating. It links the classroom work to practical work in very deep connected way,” Rasmussen says. “The other thing is you have fun. It’s not easy, but it really is fun and intellectually stimulating. You may look at something the way no one else on planet has done. That’s really cool.” Read more about the Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Fair.