Office of Research

Student Research Opportunities

Finding Undergraduate Research Opportunities 

Undergraduates can now search faculty-mentored research and creative practice opportunities at UW Bothell campus. First year and pre-major students are encouraged to get involved!

Search UW Bothell Undergrad Research & Creative Practice Database


New Research Opportunities for Students outside of UW Bothell!

2019 Amgen Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Applications due February 1, 2019

Amgen Scholars at NIH will spend the summer working at NIH's main campus in Bethesda, Maryland side-by-side with some of the world's leading scientists, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. During their internships at NIH, scholars will be matched with research mentors in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) where they will be immersed in a culture of translational science and will explore important elements of the basic, translational, and clinical research enterprise.


The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (SRE)

Currently accepting applications - deadline Feb 11, 2019

The program will be held June 4-July 26, 2019, on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. Undergraduate majors in biology, math, and related fields will live on campus and work in teams with UT professors, NIMBioS researchers, and collaborators to conduct research at the interface of mathematics and biology. Participants receive free university apartment-style housing, a stipend of $4500, and up to $650 of support for travel to/from Knoxville. This year's research projects include: modeling biochemical pathways for aerotaxis in motile bacteria; modeling climate as a driver of change in human-wildlife interactions; investigating viral infection rates of marine phytoplankton; modeling cell differentiation; and modeling networking and the opioid epidemic. Applicants will be asked to select their first, second and third project choices.


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas REU Site: Mechanisms in Evolution (Biology)

Currently accepting applications for summer 2019 - Deadline Mar 3, 2019

This NSF supported program provides students with an opportunity to perform independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  Participants receive a $5,750 stipend, travel subsidy and complimentary housing in a UNLV dormitory. The program dates are May 28 to Aug 2, 2019.


Other Research Resources

  • Visit the Fall Research Fair - faculty and researchers display opportunities in October and recruit students for the upcoming school year.
  • Search the UW Seattle Undergraduate Research Program (URP) Database which includes several hundred (these are just some of the projects actively seeking students- not all) undergraduate research opportunities. 
  • Talk to an adviser for help identifying the best opportunity fit for you. Advisers are available to assist you with applying to opportunities.




Summer Research Opportunities


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

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


  • Start Early!
  • Read Eligibility Requirements
  • Spend Time on Application
  •  Apply to Multiple Opportunities


  • Work one-on-one with faculty, graduate students, and post-docs  -Network, recommendation letters, jobs, graduate school
  • Sharpen your critical, problem-solving and analytical thinking skills;
  • Complement and extend your classroom learning;
  • Develop skills for jobs, graduate or profession school
  • Gain confidence in your abilities
  • Contribute to the creation of new knowledge
  • Explore your interests in a discipline and clarify your career goals

Where to Look

Application Timeline

  1. Start Looking (Fall): Deadlines for summer research opportunities start in January and February
  2. Apply (Winter): Check when applications are due and apply as early as possible. If you need help with the application, you can make an appointment with the UW Bothell Student Success Center (UW1-360). 
  3. Announcements (Spring): Most programs will contact you in spring to line up your summer research. If you are not approved for the program you wanted, you still have time to find a local opportunity.

Summer Research at UW (highlights), deadlines Dec - Apr

Summer Research  Throughout the U.S.,  deadlines Dec – Mar

International Research Opportunities, deadlines Nov - Jan

Other Summer Programs

  1. Look for summer jobs and internships at Husky Jobs.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.



Summer Research FUNdamentals

The Office of Research presents a summer workshop series every year designed to support students engaged in undergraduate research or creative practice at UW Bothell.


Terryl Ross, PhD, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
UW College of the Environment
Participants will learn what microaggressions are, how to interrupt  them, and what steps to take to better their research group culture.


Eric Echols, BA, Assistant Director
UW Bothell Writing and Communications Center
Participants will learn techniques for writing quality abstracts and are encouraged to bring drafts of their abstracts for peer review.


Carolyn Brennan, MS, Asst. Vice Chancellor, Research
UW Bothell Office of Research
This interactive workshop will discuss responsible research conduct using scenarios that undergraduate and graduate students may encounter while performing research and creative practice.


Jennifer Harris, PhD, Director, Undergraduate Research Program
UW Seattle
Learn design “rules” for research posters at this interactive workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring drafts of their posters for peer review.


Ronnie Thibault, IPhD Candidate
UW Graduate School, Geography, Disability, and Communication Studies
Tips for preparing for graduate school


Closed Research Opportunities

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program 2019 Summer Term

Applications were due January 10, 2019

SULI encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission