April 4, 2024

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Scholarships & Fellowships

  • Washington Research Foundation Fellowship and Levinson Emerging Scholars Award
  • UW Alumni Reunion, Class Gift, and Spence Scholarships
  • UW Library Research Award
  • UW Labor Studies Scholarships
  • Schwarzman Scholars Program


  • Shenoy Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Neuroscience
  • Falling Walls Lab: Seattle
  • Shanahan Fellowship Program
Professional Development

  • Biology Students for Equity Mentorship Program
  • Birth Defects Research Lab Position
  • Pathways to Science Resource
Come to Research Café to make new connections, chat with other undergrads who are currently doing research, and enjoy free coffee and donuts. Whether you are currently involved in research or are interested in getting involved, this is a space for you! Occurs on the first Friday of every month. 

  • Stop by anytime Friday, 4/5 between 12:30-2PM in Mary Gates Hall Suite 171.
The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking volunteers and moderators for this year’s UW Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 17, 2024 (but opportunities exist before this date too!). 

  • Our volunteers are critical to the success of the Symposium. We thank you for sharing this opportunity with others and your potential participation. Learn more here!
Husky Giving Day is on April 4th, 2024! Please share this link with your networks. Donations will: 

  • Ensure equitable access to research opportunities, so that any interested student can participate. You will help us provide personalized advising, skill-building workshops, guides and tutorials;
  • Support the 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium where over 1,000 students from all three campuses will present the culmination of their research spanning over 100 disciplines;
  • Promote an undergraduate research community where students develop belonging, confidence, and their scholarly and professional identities.
The Office of Undergraduate Research is hosting two How To presentations on Poster & Oral Presentations for student presenters in the Undergraduate Research Symposium. These opportunities will provide students with helpful tips on how to design and present their research in oral and poster presentation formats. See workshop details below.

  • In Person: How To: Poster & Oral Presentation
    • Friday, April 12, 12:30-1:30pm – 171 Mary Gates Hall – RSVP
  • Virtual: How To: Poster & Oral Presentation
    • Thursday, April 18, 3:00-4:00pm – Zoom – RSVP
Washington Research Foundation Fellowship & Levinson Emerging Scholars Award

The Washington Research Foundation Fellowship and the Levinson Emerging Scholars Award supports undergraduates who want to pursue creative and advances bioscience and related research under the guidance of UW faculty. 

The 2024-2025 application will open April 29th, 2024 and close July 21st, 2024. 

Apply to both programs through a single application! View the Information for Applicants page to learn key details about the program and application. 

Awarded students will receive up to $8,000 across three quarters and travel support to present at a professional conference. 


  • Be a current UW undergraduate engaged in a research project in bio-science or a related field during their award period.
  • Propose to continue or initiate a research project for the duration of the award (2-3 quarters) that shows some level of independence and originality.
  • Be registered full-time (at least 12 credits) during the award period. Exceptions to this requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis by connecting with the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.
  • Have completed the equivalent of two years of university-level coursework and have had at least 3 quarters of prior research experience at the time of application.
  • Receive guidance from a UW faculty member serving as the student’s research mentor (applicants may also be working with a graduate student, staff, and/or post-doctoral associate in addition to the faculty mentor).

Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research (undergradresearch@uw.edu) with any questions. 

UW Alumni Reunion, Class Gifts, and Spence Scholarships

The UW Alumni Reunion, Class Gifts & Spence Scholarship are sponsored by the University of Washington alumni classes of 1954, 1957, and 1962 in honor of their 50th class reunions, the UW 50th Reunion Student Assistance Fund, the UW Class of 1955 Endowment Community Service Award, UW Class of 2016, Impact and Diversity Endowed Scholarship and the Alan R. Spence Transfer Student Support Fund. 

While each endowment has slightly different eligibility, purposes, and requirements, current UW undergraduates submit one UW Alumni Reunion, Class Gifts & Spence Scholarships online application to be considered for any of these awards. 

  • Scholarships in this group range from $1,000-$2,000, and students can submit a single application to be considered for any of the seven scholarship programs included.
  • Undergraduate students in all fields, all years, and all campuses are encouraged to apply.
  • US citizenship is not required to apply. Transfer students are particularly encouraged to apply, as the Spence Transfer Support Fund is being offered through this process this year.

Deadline: April 16th, 2024

UW Library Research Award

The University Libraries recognizes the excellence and creativity of students through the annual Library Research Award for Undergraduates. The award is given to undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding ability to identify, locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library and other information resources and to use them in the creation of an original course project.

  • Cash awards: $500 to $1,000
  • Open to undergraduates on all three campuses
    for projects completed Spring 2023 – Spring 2024
  • Individual and group projects are eligible

Apply by May 1st, 2024!

UW Labor Studies Scholarships

The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington is pleased to announce that our scholarship applications for 2024-2025 are open now! We have seven scholarships and fellowships that are open to undergraduate and graduate students, with funding that ranges from $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the award. On top of that, students only need to fill out ONE online application to apply for all of our awards! We will do the work on our end to determine which awards you qualify for.

Please visit https://labor.washington.edu/scholarships-and-prizes for more information on each of our scholarships and to access the online application. The due date for applications is Monday, May 6, 2024 at 11:59pm.

In addition, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter, Labor Talks, for updates about funding opportunities, scholarship information sessions, and more.

For any questions, please reach out to Sai Ahmed at ypahmed@uw.edu.

Schwarzman Scholars Program

The Schwarzman Scholars Program provides a one-year, fully-funded master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is open to students from around the world. Please share this opportunity with students in all fields with an interest in deepening their understanding of China. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to join us to learn more:


Schwarzman Scholars Program Information Sessions at UW

In the search for the next generation of leaders from around the world, the Schwarzman Scholars Program invites the UW community to information sessions to learn about this one-year, fully-funded Master of Global Affairs degree program at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. Wyatt Burton, Associate Director of Global Admissions for Schwarzman Scholars, will be visiting UW to share information and talk with students, faculty and staff about the program, curriculum, funding, application process and more.

University of Washington Info Session

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 12:30 PM Pacific Time, Paccar Hall Room 393

Attend In-Person: Register Here

After the Info Session, Wyatt will also be hosting drop-in Office Hours from 2:00-3:00 PM in Thomson Hall, room 403 for anyone who would like to speak further about the program.

Schwarzman Scholars is open to applicants up to 28 years of age who are fully proficient in English and have completed an undergraduate degree by August 1, 2025. Visit schwarzmanscholars.org to learn more about the program, eligibility requirements, and the Schwarzman Scholars experienceVirtual information sessions are also available.

Shenoy Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Neuroscience

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) and Neuroscience Collaborations have launched the Shenoy Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Neuroscience (SURFiN) for the 2024-2025 academic year. This opportunity is designed to spark and sustain interest in neuroscience research among undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the field. 

SURFiN provides undergraduate research assistants with a $7,500 salary support (at a rate equivalent to $25/hour for 10 hours a week over 30 weeks) to work in-person in Simons Foundation-supported neuroscience laboratories under the guidance of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Additionally, fellows and mentors will participate in virtual and in-person professional development and community-building activities, including a computational science bootcamp and an annual visit to the Simons Foundation for fellows to present their undergraduate research. 

The Murray Lab, part of the Vision and Cognition Group at the University of Washington, will be participating, the titles of the proposed projects are (for more detailed description visit this website):

  1. Alpha-band oscillations and their role in attention modulation (mentor: Daniela Seczon)
  2. Altered attention allocation in individuals with autism (mentor: Siyue (Brenda) Qiu) 

The SURFiN program is open to undergraduate students who identify as women, individuals who are Black or African American, Hispanic or Latine or Native American or American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Individuals identifying as LGBTQIA+ within the above-listed communities are also encouraged to apply. 

To learn more about SURFiN, interested undergraduate students are invited to attend a virtual informational webinar on Thursday, April 11, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time), and may register here. Please note that a recording of this session will also be available online. Informational videos and answers to frequently asked questions on how to navigate the grants management system Simons Award Manager (SAM) can be found here.

If you are interested in applying, please visit the website for detailed information, eligibility criteria, and application instructions.

Applications and letter of recommendation are due by May 1st, 2024. 

Falling Walls Lab: Seattle

The UW Office of Global Affairs, in collaboration with the German Center for Innovation & Science, the German Research Foundation, and UW CoMotion, would like you to know about the Falling Walls Lab, a great opportunity for students to share their ideas and solutions for the challenges of our time.

The Falling Walls Lab is coming to Seattle on May 16th!

Which wall will your research break? Pitch your innovation in just three minutes, showcasing an idea that could positively impact science and society.

This pitch-your-idea event is open to all students. All participants will pitch their idea (3 minutes) on Thursday, May 16 at CoMotion.  And the winning individual/team will receive a fully paid trip to Berlin to meet with industry leaders and innovators.

The deadline for the submission is Wednesday, May 1. For more details and application instructions go to https://falling-walls.com/lab/apply/seattle/ 

Shanahan Fellowship Program

The UW Computational Neuroscience Center and the Shanahan Fellowship program have an exciting paid opportunity for pre-doctoral researchers at the interface of data and neuroscience. These roles are open to both current undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students. They have a flexible start date with a target of June 2024. 

Student fellows will be mentored by a current Shanahan Postdoctoral Fellow. They will gain hands-on research experience in neural computation, neural networks, and computational modeling/method development. Students will join a vibrant interdisciplinary research community with the opportunity to work with researchers at all levels at UW and Allen Institute for Brain Science. As appropriate, fellows will be supported in opportunities to present and publish their work.

For more info on the application and to see available projects, please visit https://compneuro.washington.edu/training-programs/shanahan-undergraduate-and-postbac-fellowships/

There is no deadline, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Biology Students for Equity Mentorship Program

Biology Students for Equity (BSE) is now recruiting for our mentorship program! If you are currently taking one of the intro biology classes (180, 200, 220) and are interested in receiving study tips, career advice, and general support, sign up to be a mentee! We are also looking for upper-division students in the biology or related majors to serve as mentors. If you have a few quarters of biology at UW under your belt, your expertise is needed! This is a great opportunity to foster community among your fellow undergraduates.

Mentorship Program: Participate as either a mentor or a mentee. Mentors provide advice to mentees on life science majors at UW, career options, and study habits.

Applications close on Friday, April 5th.

Apply to be a Mentee

Apply to be a Mentor

Birth Defects Research Lab: Research Scientist Position Open

The UW Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to improving the health of all children by educating physicians of the future, advancing research, advocating for children, and providing the nation’s best pediatric clinical care. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Division of Genetic Medicine is currently recruiting for a Full Time Research Scientist/Engineer 1.

The goal of the laboratory is to collect, dissect, characterize and distribute human fetal tissues for a wide variety of research projects.  Tissue characterization includes, histopathology, immunofluorescence microscopy and genetic laboratory methods to understand the underlying mechanisms of tissue defects.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a related field and one year of relevant experience, OR Equivalent combination of education/experience

Open until filled. Learn more and apply here!

Pathways to Science Resource

Use pathwaystoscience.org to find paid summer research programs!

Most programs offer both a stipend and housing and travel support. Programs range across all STEM disciplines and all areas of the country.