Undergraduate Research Opportunities 

There are research opportunities available year round for motivated undergraduate students at UW Bothell and surrounding research locations (e.g., UW Seattle, UW Tacoma, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Friday Harbor Laboratories, etc.).

The UW Bothell Office of Research hosts an Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Fair once a year in October where UW Bothell faculty who are actively seeking undergraduate students to work with them have posters describing the research and creative project, the project goals, student responsibilities, student qualifications and project outcomes. After the Fair, the posters are displayed here (see below) for UW Bothell students to browse to find opportunities that best fit their interests.

The UW Seattle Undergraduate Research Program (URP) host a UW-wide database that includes several hundred (these are just some of the projects actively seeking students- not all) of these undergraduate research opportunities. Be sure to check the database periodically, as new opportunities are continually added.  

Talk to an adviser for help identifying the best opportunity fit for you. Advisers are available to assist you with applying to opportunities and can also help you to identify research opportunities that are not on UW Bothell posters or in the UW-database.


Past Undergraduate Research & Creative Practice Fairs

Check out the exciting posters from our past research fairs!

2016 Undergraduate Research Fair:

Undergraduate Research Fair 2016

2015 Undergraduate Research Fair:

2015 Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Fair

2014 Undergraduate Research Fair:

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Summer Research Opportunities

With a variety of different opportunities for travel and learning, participating in summer research is great way to build skills and experience, learn about the research process and earn some money. Many summer research opportunities usually provide stipends, living expenses and pay for travel expenses.

Summer Research is a great way to spend your summer, so get started today!

Application Timeline

FALL QUARTER - Start looking for summer opportunities 

Deadlines for these opportunities are often in January and February. Here are some resources that will help you find Summer Research opportunities:

WINTER QUARTER - Apply as soon as possible

Apply end of Fall Quarter or beginning of Winter Quarter. You can make an appointment with the Student Success Center (UW1-160) if you need help filling out applications or need help finding more information regarding programs.


You will hear back from your programs about your application status.


You'll be off on a new adventure!!!


Summer Research Opportunities Beyond UW

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The NIST Summer programs offers positions for students to do hands on work in labs. From biochemistry to statistics, students will be doing a variety of hands on work with an instructor who will guide them. There are many programs within the NIST itself.

Click for additional NIST Research information.

The Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR - EIP)

This program encourages students from “traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to pursue research careers in the academic, public and private sectors.”

Click for additional SR - EIP information.

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF)

"The MLEF program provides opportunities to students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for minority and female students in these fields, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. There are many opportunities to work under the mentorship of program officials and researchers on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy."

Click for additional MLEF information.

The Cornell University Career Services Database

This database is another resource to find not only summer jobs but Summer Research Opportunties as well.

Access Cornell University Career Services database.


University of Washington Research Database

Don't forget to check out UW's own database for student programs.