URP Research Database

Undergraduate research opportunities are available throughout the academic year at UW and its partner institutions (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, etc.). The URP database includes several hundred opportunities currently available to undergraduate students. It is a great way to begin searching for the research opportunity that’s right for you. Be sure to review URP guidelines for using the database, and come talk to a URP adviser for help identifying additional opportunities. The database can be found here.

Here are a few exciting opportunities currently available on the database:

Cell Signaling and Proteomics
Contact Name: Judit Villen
Department: Genome Sciences
Contact Email: jvillen@uw.edu

Project Title: Cell Signaling and Proteomics

Project Description: We are a proteomics lab with interest in various aspects of signaling biology. We develop new methods and apply them to solve important questions in basic biology, disease, and aging. The lab is very interdisciplinary, with people form diverse backgrounds (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and computer sciences). We are looking for 1 or 2 undergraduate students to join the lab and gain research experience. The students will work under the supervision of a graduate student or a postdoc, and work directly on a research project that we will develop together.

Minimum Requirements: Looking for a talented undergraduate student at the junior or senior levels, with background and interests in chemistry, biochemistry or molecular and cellular biology. The ideal student will be seeking research experience and have plans to go to graduate school. We expect the student to spend 10-20 hours/week in the lab to be able to make progress in a project, but we are flexible in times where students need more time to study for exams related to classes.


Material Decomposition for Dual-Energy and Spectral CT
Contact Name: Thomas Humphries
Department: School of STEM, Division of Engineering and Mathematics, UW Bothell
Contact Email: thumphri@uw.edu

Project Title: Material Decomposition for Dual-Energy and Spectral CT

Project Description: Computed tomography (CT) is a medical imaging modality in which X-ray data acquired from around a patient is used to mathematically reconstruct a three-dimensional image of patient anatomy. The image is typically represented in terms of the attenuation coefficient as a function of position. In many applications it would be useful to decompose an image into basis materials (e.g. bone, soft tissue, contrast agent). Recent developments in CT technology such as dual-energy and spectral (photon counting) systems have made material decomposition more computationally and mathematically feasible. There are still many open questions about what are the best methods for achieving material decomposition. For example, material decomposition can be performed pre-reconstruction (in the data domain) or post-reconstruction (after reconstructing some intermediate images), and there are pros and cons to each approach. Various mathematical schemes have also been proposed but need to be validated.

Minimum Requirements: This project is suitable for junior or senior level students with a background in mathematics, computer science or engineering. Prospective students should: * Have experience and be comfortable programming in MATLAB or a similar language. * Have taken linear algebra; numerical analysis and scientific computing experience are assets. * Be able to commit to at least 10 hours a week (2 credits) for at least one quarter starting Winter 2017. (Two quarters preferred).


Phytoplankton community structure in the California Current
Contact Name: Sophie Clayton
Department: Oceanography
Contact Email: sclayton@uw.edu

Project Title: Phytoplankton community structure in the California Current

Project Description: This project aims to relate the phytoplankton community structure to the physical ocean dynamics in the California Current system. During a month-long cruise in the summer of 2014, we collected a large number of water samples in order to characterize the phytoplankton community. The role of the student in this project would be to analyze these water samples using an Influx flow cytometer, and then process the data. There would potentially be scope for the student to pursue independent research based on their analysis of the samples, under my supervision. This student would ideally work 8 hours/week, split into two half days. They would receive training in the operation of the Influx flow cytometer, as well as training in data analysis (including R and python).

Minimum Requirements: Ideally the student will already have completed the following classes: MATH 124, MATH 125 PHYS 121, OCEAN 285/286, OCEAN 295 CHEM 120, CHEM 142, CHEM 152 BIOL 180, BIOL 200

 

Prototype Funding, Health and Environmental Innovation Challenges

Prototype funding is available to students who plan to enter the Health Innovation Challenge or the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge. Prototype funding can spur development and help convey your idea to a broader audience. Funding is available to help purchase materials, rent equipment, or hire short-term workers with skills beyond the team’s capacity. Awards typically range from $500 – $3,000 per team.

Application Deadlines:
Health Innovation Challenge: Monday, December 12, 5 pm
Questions? Email Terri Butler tlbutler@uw.edu

Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation ChallengeMonday, December 19, 5 pm
Questions? Email Lauren Brohawn brohal@uw.edu

Washington Experimental Mathematics Lab Open House

Please join the Washington Experimental Mathematics Lab (WXML) for their Autumn open house Thursday, December 8 from 5-7 pm in Denny 303. Drop by for as long (or as short) a time as you like, and feel free to stay for pizza at 7pm.

The WXML is a group of mathematical explorers, with faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and community members coming together for a journey of discovery. They showcase mathematics as a creative discipline, via experimental, computational, and especially visual mathematics. WXML students will present their work via interactive posters, and you can learn about the fantastic research they’ve been doing. For more information about the WXML visit: http://www.math.washington.edu/wxml/index.html

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington (DDCSP@UW) is now accepting applications for the next cohort of scholars. DDCSP@UW is a paid, multi-summer, undergraduate experiential learning program that explores conservation across climate, water, food and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. The first year experience begins in Seattle and travels through various cultural and ecological landscapes in Washington, from the Olympic Peninsula to the Salish Sea and across the Cascade Mountains into the Yakima Valley, learning about emerging and ongoing issues in conservation along the way. Doris Duke Conservation Scholars will have all travel, food and lodging paid during their 8-week summer experience and will receive a stipend of $4,000 ($500/week). Freshmen and sophomore students are encouraged to apply. For more information see the attached flyer and visit: http://uwconservationscholars.org/program/apply/

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Institute for Broadening Participation Scholarships

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) seeks to increase diversity in the STEM workforce by providing resources to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers. The IBP maintains a list of scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students on the Pathways to Science database. Interested students can also sign up for notifications about IBP programs and opportunities.

Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program

The UW Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program provides students seeking summer lab placements the opportunity to explore basic and clinical neurosciences.

Participation Includes:

  • Eight week lab placement in one of our neuroscience labs
  • Weekly Neurological Surgery Grand Round Lectures
  • Weekly Neuroscience Faculty Lectures
  • OR Observation
  • Student presentation of individual program focus
  • Stipends are set by the NIH at $3,200 over 8 weeks for college students and $2,667 for high school students. (Note: high school or recent high school graduates must be 18 years of age or older to participate.) Limited housing stipends (no meals or transportation) are available for 3-4 out of area students.
Summer School

Please note the following requirements if you are considering applying:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must be either a US citizen or have permanent residency status.
  • University undergraduate students may apply.
  • High School students may apply if they are either rising seniors or recent graduates accepted to enter university.
  • You must have current immunizations and TB test results through the program end date.
  • Out of area students will have housing stipends available but are responsible for their own meals and transportation.

Apply for the Summer of 2017

INSIGHT Summer Research Program

The INSIGHT Summer Research Program at UW’s Harborview Medical Center offers intensive, eight-week summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students and four week programs for high school students. INSIGHT provides research experience and mentorship for undergraduate, graduate, and first year medical students interested in injury research. Participants are matched to research projects and partnered with University of Washington Medical School faculty and work alongside peers and health professionals from across the country. Past research areas include elucidating the risk factors and causes of injuries, injury prevention strategies, acute and chronic care of injured patients, outcomes from trauma, and interventions to return the injured individual to their full potential.

While undergraduate and graduate students work with doctors and researchers on individual research projects, our high school interns will get an introduction to medical and public health research, put it to practice, and apply that research to creating an injury prevention public health campaign.

For more information, please see the attached flyer and the program website.

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