Category Archives: Info Session

2014 UW Undergraduate Research Symposium

2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 17th Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on May 16, 2014 in Mary Gates Hall.

To learn more and start an application, visit the Undergraduate Research Symposium section of our website. All UW undergraduates involved in research are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is February 24, 2014.

Interested students are also encouraged to attend one of our upcoming Symposium Info Sessions. When you are ready to apply, sign up for one of our Abstract Writing Workshops.

Not yet involved in research? Volunteer or stop by on the day of the event to learn more about the research that UW undergrads are participating in, from projects in synthetic chemistry to new ideas in the realm of dance. Last year, more than 1,000 undergraduates participated in the Symposium.

Applying for Summer Research Programs Info Sessions (URP)

Thinking of applying for summer research programs? This info session addresses what you need to know to apply, including:

  • The application process
  • The personal statement
  • How to ask faculty for letters of recommendation
  • How to get the most out of your summer research experience

Application deadlines for most research programs are early winter quarter, and workshops will be scheduled in Autumn and Winter quarters.

Upcoming Session
Monday, December 2 – 3:30-5:00pm, Mary Gates Hall 171

Register now!

Note: More sessions will be added for Winter Quarter.

Scholarship Search & Application Workshops

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards has a slew of workshops for any undergraduate students searching and applying for scholarships, grad school, other programs, etc.  Listings and calendar are also on their website at

Fall 2013 Scholarship Workshops

Freshman Scholarship 101 – Getting Started in the Search for Scholarships:

Specifically designed for freshmen or first-quarter sophomores, this introductory workshop provides students with information to begin the scholarship search and to develop a competitive edge for merit-based scholarships.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, 2:30-3:20, MGH 171
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 4:30-5:20, MGH 171

RSVP to attend at, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Scholarship 201 for Continuing Students – The Search for Undergraduate Scholarships & Graduate Fellowships:

This workshop provides assistance to continuing students looking to fund undergraduate academic years and graduate school. This will include information on discipline specific scholarships, campus funding opportunities, scholarship search sites, and tips to develop competitive applications.

  • Tues., Nov. 5, 2013, 2:30-3:20, MGH 171
  • Thurs., Nov. 21, 2013, 4:30-5:20, MGH 171

RSVP to attend at, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Personal Statement Writing:

The Personal Statement is an important part of an application package. Applying for scholarships, internships, and graduate/professional programs often requires a personal statement or application letter. This type of writing requires you to outline your strengths confidently and concisely, which can be challenging. Personal Statement workshops will provide students with essential information to develop an understanding of not only writing about their interests, eligibility and suitability for applications, but also to learn how their statements provide evidence of their achievements that aren’t reflected in other parts of an application.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2013, 3:30-4:20, MGH 171
  • Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 2:30-3:20, MGH 171

RSVP to attend at, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Curriculum Vitae or Scholarship/Fellowship Resume Writing:

Develop your undergraduate CV/Resume for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities, and graduate school applications! A Curriculum Vitae (“CV” or “vitae”) is a comprehensive, biographical statement emphasizing your professional qualifications and activities. A CV is similar to a resume, but an advantage to the CV format is the significant freedom to choose the headings and categories for your information and the strength reflected in their arrangement. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work with Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards staff to develop and strengthen a draft of your CV.

  • Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, 3:30-4:20, MGH 171
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 2:30-3:20, MGH 171
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2013, 3:30-4:20, MGH 171

RSVP to attend at, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation:

This workshop will help you plan ahead for developing strong relationships with faculty and other mentors, asking for letters of recommendation, and preparing your recommenders to write you stellar letters.

  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 3:30-4:20, MGH 171
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 1:30-2:20, MGH 171

RSVP to attend at, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Friday Harbor Labs & Marine Biology @ UW Info Session

Attend a Marine Biology at UW and Friday Harbor Laboratories Information Session next Monday, 10/21/13 at the Seattle Campus from 10:30-11:30 AM in the Fishery Sciences (FSH) bulding, room 203.


This is the best way to learn about the marine science programs at UW and plan for study at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Advisers from Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Oceanography, Biology, and Marine Biology will be present to answer questions about their majors/minors. Billie Swalla, interim director at Friday Harbor Laboratories will also share information about current programs and research opportunities as well as answer questions regarding the logistics of planning a quarter of study at the labs.

Bagels will be served!

Following the program, at 11:30, representatives from the Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will provide information about their citizen science programs and internship opportunities for undergrads.

Questions? Please email: