Category Archives: Resources

Introducing Ask Me Sessions!

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be an undergraduate researcher? Do you have questions about how to manage research with classes/work/life, benefits/challenges in research and more?

Come to the “Ask Me Sessions”, where you can sit down with Undergraduate Researcher Leaders, current undergraduate students conducting research in a variety of fields, and get a take on their research experience at UW or talk about your own experience with research.

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.

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.”

CV/Resume Workshop Wednesday Feb 26

The Mary Gates Endowment for Students and the Office of Merit scholarships, Fellowships and Awards will be hosting a CV/Resume workshop just for all students and its happening tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb 26)! RSVP below and come through to receive tips and insight into what goes into an appealing CV/Resume! Be prepared with your most current CV and/or Resume and get feedback.

CV/Resume Workshop

Wednesday: February 26th, 2014

3:00pm – 4:00pm

MGH 171-E (The Multipurpose Room)


If you have any questions or concerns please email us at See you there! Its not to late to RSVP!

Updated Policies Regarding Human Subjects in UW Research

The UW Human Subjects Division has updated and streamlined many of its policies. Now all Institutional Review Board forms – initial applications, consent forms, modification forms, annual status reports, and more – have been updated to reflect the new policies.

Many of the changes deal with which researchers to list on applications and study consent forms. Other changes encompass listing other institutions and organizations involved in each study. This video explains the changes that went into effect Jan. 31.

Sharrock recommends that UW researchers always download the latest version of forms for use.

Researchers can learn more by subscribing to the Human Subjects Division’s monthly newsletter or by attending a presentation about the new policies.

Read more about this update here.

Integrative Knowledge E-Portfolio Workshop

What’s an integrative knowledge e-portfolio and why should I make one? During this interactive workshop offered by the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity (EXPD), you will answer these questions and gain an overview of building an online integrative knowledge portfolio, demonstrating your learning in and outside the classroom. Whether you are interested in developing an e-portfolio for a class, for potential employers to complement your resume, or as a way to document and reflect on your experiences, this workshop will provide you with a starting place. This workshop will:

  • Guide you through short hands-on activities that will allow you to begin identifying deep connections between your learning, your experiences and your life-goals
  • Share example integrative knowledge e-portfolios
  • Provide you with resources for creating your e-portfolio

Join the folks over at EXPD and learn how to showcase your learning in connection with real-world experiences! RSVP at, though drop-ins are always welcome!

Winter Workshop Dates:

  • Thursday, February 13th, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, MGH 171
  • Wednesday, February 19th, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, MGH 171
  • Tuesday, February 25th, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, MGH 171

Citation Management Workshops with UW Libraries

Finding the best way to manage your citations can be a frustrating process.  Luckily, the UW Libraries have you covered with a series of workshops that range from choosing the right citation manager to figuring out just how to effectively use software like EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, etc.

And don’t worry if you missed the in-person workshops.  You can check out recordings of past workshops online.

If you want to get updates on other events and resources from the Research Commons, subscribe to their listserv.