Undergraduate Research Opportunities 

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

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.

    "" Search UW Seattle Undergraduate Research Program (URP) Database

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.


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!

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.

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.