IMPACT: Aspirations Shaped by Undergraduate Experiential Learning

You are invited to the Cen­ter for Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing and Diver­sity (EXPD) Stu­dent Art Show Open­ing next Wednes­day, April 16th from 3:30-5pm. Enjoy some light refresh­ments while view­ing and cel­e­brat­ing the stu­dent art­work dis­played in EXPD, 171 Mary Gates Hall.

We hope to see you there!

EXPD Art Show Invite

Design Help Desk @ The Research Commons


Tues­days, 5:30–7:30pm
Spring 2014: April 09-June 03
No appoint­ment nec­es­sary, drop-in only

UW Allen Library Research Com­mons
Green Room C

Design Con­sul­tants for Spring 2014:
Abi­gail Steinem
M.Design Can­di­date, UW Design Division

Tay­lor Nel­son
B.Design Can­di­date, UW Design Division

The Design Help Desk offers free advice for mem­bers of the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton com­mu­nity who are seek­ing to improve their visu­als for pre­sen­ta­tion and publication.

Clients can bring any visual work related to their research or teaching—including fig­ures, dia­grams, data plots, pre­sen­ta­tions and posters—and receive help from a designer on staff. Design con­sul­tants are Design Divi­sion grad­u­ate students.

The Design Help Desk started as a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Prof. Karen Cheng (Visual Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Design) and Asst. Prof. Marco Rolandi (Mate­ri­als Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing) funded by the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion. The Design Help Desk is now sup­ported by the UW Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing and the UW Design Divi­sion.

Read about the Design Help Desk in UW Today! Also, see our paper, “A Brief Guide to Design­ing Effec­tive Fig­ures for the Sci­en­tific Paper.”

Call for applications: Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

Appli­ca­tion Due Date: Fri­day, April 18th, 2014 by 5:00 pm.
Appli­cants must be avail­able for an inter­view between the dates of May 19 — 23rd.
Selec­tions will be announced on or around June 1st.

Down­load an appli­ca­tion here

McNair Pro­gram

The Ronald E. McNair Pro­gram is fed­er­ally funded by the Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion to pre­pare low-income, first gen­er­a­tion under­grad­u­ates and under­grad­u­ates from under­rep­re­sented groups for doc­toral study through involve­ment in research and schol­arly activ­i­ties. The Depart­ment of Education’s web page pro­vides more infor­ma­tion at

Pro­gram Benefits

The pro­gram offers a chal­leng­ing and sup­port­ive envi­ron­ment that is con­ducive to learn­ing and personal/professional devel­op­ment. As a McNair Scholar, you will receive:

  • The sup­port of McNair Pro­gram Advisors
  • Research oppor­tu­ni­ties
  • Gen­er­ous research stipends and travel allowances
  • Fac­ulty mentoring
  • Work­shops on the grad­u­ate school appli­ca­tion process
  • Assis­tance in locat­ing grad­u­ate schools
  • Access to stan­dard­ized test prepa­ra­tion software
  • Access to tutor­ing and the OMA Instruc­tional Center
  • Assis­tance in locat­ing and apply­ing to research internships
  • Assis­tance in locat­ing funding/financial aid resources
  • Oppor­tu­ni­ties for par­tic­i­pa­tion in research conferences

Par­tic­i­pant Eligibility

To be eli­gi­ble for accep­tance into the McNair Pro­gram, you must be cur­rently enrolled as an under­grad­u­ate in a degree pro­gram at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton. In addi­tion, you:

  • Must be a U.S. cit­i­zen or per­ma­nent resident
  • Must be a low-income stu­dent who is also a first-generation col­lege stu­dent (nei­ther par­ent or legal guardian has a Bachelor’s degree)
    Must be a mem­ber of a group that is under­rep­re­sented in grad­u­ate edu­ca­tion (African Amer­i­can, Amer­i­can Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawai­ian /Pacific Islander)
  • Must have com­pleted 36 cred­its by the time of ini­tial entry into the program
  • Must have at least one year remain­ing before grad­u­a­tion (i.e., if you are grad­u­at­ing within the year, you are not eli­gi­ble for the program)
  • Must have a min­i­mum cumu­la­tive GPA of: 2.8 (sopho­mores), 3.0 (juniors), 3.2 (seniors)
  • Must express STRONG desire to attain a Ph.D.

Career Services Event April 10th

Employer Con­ver­sa­tions: Employ­ers are Peo­ple Too – How to Talk With Them

Thurs­day, April 10th

4:30–6:30pm HUB 145 (Seat­tle campus)

Leave a pos­i­tive impres­sion with employ­ers at net­work­ing events, career fairs, and interviews!

Ever wished you knew how to keep the con­ver­sa­tion going with an employer…without it get­ting awk­ward? Ever won­dered how to make your career fair pitch amaz­ing, not blah?

Join us on April 10th as employer pan­elists share prac­ti­cal insights, answer stu­dent ques­tions, and stay and talk after­wards!  Pan­elists from the fol­low­ing com­pa­nies will be rep­re­sented:
– Google
– Denny Moun­tain Media
– ISB (Insti­tute for Sys­tems Biol­ogy)
– AT&T
– Amazon

No RSVP Nec­es­sary, seat­ing is first-come first-served. Full details can be found here. Addi­tional ques­tions? Con­tact or 206−543−9103

Publishing Opportunity: Reinvention Undergraduate Journal

Are you an under­grad­u­ate researcher look­ing to share your research? An inter­na­tional jour­nal of under­grad­u­ate research, Rein­ven­tion, is accept­ing submissions.

Rein­ven­tion is a lead­ing under­grad­u­ate research jour­nal, pub­lish­ing aca­d­e­mic research papers in any dis­ci­pline, writ­ten by under­grad­u­ates from any uni­ver­sity world­wide. Sup­ported jointly by Monash Uni­ver­sity in Aus­tralia and the Uni­ver­sity of War­wick in the UK, and edited by a team of under­grad­u­ate stu­dents from both insti­tu­tions, Rein­ven­tion adheres to a rig­or­ous peer-review process, under which all papers are reviewed by lead­ing experts in the rel­e­vant field.

Rein­ven­tion pro­vides an excit­ing oppor­tu­nity for bud­ding under­grad­u­ate authors to pub­lish their work, and it is a great way for them to improve their research, ana­lyt­i­cal and writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, which are use­ful in many jobs, not just for those who are inter­ested in fur­ther study or acad­e­mia. The Rein­ven­tion edi­to­r­ial team endeav­ours to pro­vide a sup­port­ive envi­ron­ment for under­grad­u­ate authors, many of whom have no expe­ri­ence of writ­ing for pub­li­ca­tion prior to sub­mit­ting their papers. Even when papers are not accepted on their first sub­mis­sion, authors are pro­vided with detailed feed­back to help them bring their work up to the demand­ing stan­dards required in aca­d­e­mic pub­lish­ing, and many papers are suc­cess­fully pub­lished after they have been revised.

Visit their web­site for more infor­ma­tion:


April 8th: UW and Bellevue College SACNAS Co-sponsored Abstract and CV workshop

The UW and Belle­vue SACNAS Chap­ters will be host­ing an amaz­ing work­shop on April 8th. Please mark your cal­en­dars and attend!
UW and Belle­vue SACNAS Abstract & CV Workshop
Tues­day April 8th, 2014 5:00–7:00 PM
UW Eth­nic Cul­tural Center
Pizza too!

We will be learn­ing about Abstracts and CVs in the first hour and then break into small work­ing groups to either start a draft of an abstract or CV or help revise and edit any exist­ing doc­u­ments you bring in to share!

Research Opportunity: Paid Undergraduate Research Assistant Position in Skin Cancer Research

Con­tact Name: Chris Lewis

Con­tact Email: clewis56[at]

Depart­ment: Dermatology


We are a mod­er­ately sized, diverse lab with basic, trans­la­tional, and clin­i­cal research projects. We are in the Depart­ment of Med­i­cine, Divi­sion of Der­ma­tol­ogy and the Depart­ment of Pathol­ogy. Our research involves basic, clin­i­cal and trans­la­tional aspects of Merkel cell car­ci­noma, an uncom­mon, fre­quently lethal skin can­cer asso­ci­ated with immune sup­pres­sion, UV expo­sure, and Merkel cell poly­omavirus (MCPyV) (see

We are seek­ing a moti­vated, enthu­si­as­tic under­grad­u­ate to assist with gen­eral lab duties and translational/clinical stud­ies involv­ing main­te­nance of patient data­bases and clin­i­cal tri­als. Many of our projects involve con­tact with patients and/or other health­care providers. The stu­dent would also have the oppor­tu­nity to learn a vari­ety of exper­i­men­tal tech­niques (eg: DNA extrac­tion, west­ern blot­ting, cell culture).

We will pri­or­i­tize appli­cants who are sopho­mores or juniors who have com­pleted the gen­eral chem­istry series as well as begun the biol­ogy series. A min­i­mum of ten hours a week is the antic­i­pated com­mit­ment. How­ever, par­tic­i­pa­tion can be flex­i­ble depend­ing upon the project and avail­abil­ity. Stu­dents will­ing to make a two year comitt­ment are strongly preferred.

The Under­grad­u­ate Reasearch Assis­tant posi­tion offers hourly com­pen­sa­tion equal to the Wash­ing­ton State minimum.

Qual­i­fied appli­cants should send a resume and unof­fi­cial tran­script to Chris Lewis at


* Sopho­more or Junior
* Com­pleted gen­eral chem­istry series
* Begun gen­eral biol­ogy series
* 10 hrs/wk min­i­mum
* 2 year com­mit­ment
* Wage $9.32 / hr

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Research Opportunity: Identification of HIV Reservoirs in people treated with potent antiretroviral therapies

Con­tact Name: James Mullins

Con­tact Email: jmullins[at]

Depart­ment: Microbiology


HIV per­sists in the body despite the appli­ca­tion of highly potent ther­a­pies that reduce it to unde­tectable lev­els in the blood. Stu­dents will join an effort designed to iden­tify the tis­sues in which these resid­ual virus “reser­voirs” are found. Stu­dents will join a vibrant lab­o­ra­tory focused on mul­ti­ple basic research ques­tions crit­i­cal to cur­rent objec­tives in AIDS research. Each stu­dent will learn care­ful mol­e­c­u­lar bio­logic tech­nolo­gies and bioin­for­mat­ics approaches to DNA sequence analy­sis. We pre­fer stu­dents to join in their Sopho­more year, com­mit ~10 hrs/week dur­ing the aca­d­e­mic year, and if all goes well, stay with us through­out their under­grad­u­ate careers.


Biol­ogy 180 and 200. Chem­istry 142/145

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Summer Research Opportunity: REU at Mount Rainier National Park

Con­tact Name: Elli Theobald

Con­tact Email: ellij[at]

Depart­ment: Biology


An NSF Research Expe­ri­ence for Under­grad­u­ates sum­mer fel­low­ship is avail­able to study the impacts of cli­mate change on plant com­mu­ni­ties in the Pacific North­west. The under­grad­u­ate researcher will work in Dr. Hil­leRis­Lam­bers lab (Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton, Seat­tle), with field work con­ducted at Mt. Rainier National Park.

Broad research top­ics in the lab include the rela­tion­ship between plant per­for­mance and cli­mate, the deter­mi­nants of range lim­its, plant-pollinator inter­ac­tions as medi­ated by phe­nol­ogy, and the effects of cli­mate and soil con­di­tions on high ele­va­tion plants. The REU will con­tribute to this ongo­ing NSF funded research as well as exe­cute in an inde­pen­dent research project on the roles of plant traits, pol­li­na­tor vis­i­ta­tion, and cli­mate in deter­min­ing the per­for­mance of sev­eral focal sub­alpine wildflowers.

A stipend of $2000/month will be pro­vided, as well as travel, hous­ing and food while in the field. Dates: mid-June to mid-September (some flex­i­bil­ity). To be eli­gi­ble, you must be a US cit­i­zen or per­ma­nent res­i­dent cur­rently work­ing towards a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

To apply, please 1) fill out an infor­ma­tional sur­vey on the fol­low­ing web­site (, where you will be asked sev­eral ques­tions relat­ing to your inter­est in and qual­i­fi­ca­tions for this posi­tion and asked to list two ref­er­ences; and 2) send a CV/resume and unof­fi­cial tran­script to with the words “2014 Mt. Rainier REU posi­tion” in the sub­ject line. For more infor­ma­tion on research con­ducted in the lab, please see the fol­low­ing web­site: and for more infor­ma­tion related to the REU project see the web­site:

Review of appli­ca­tions will start April 1st, and deci­sions will be made by early May.

Please email with questions.



To be eli­gi­ble, you must be a US cit­i­zen or per­ma­nent res­i­dent cur­rently work­ing towards a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

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