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Now Accepting Nominations for the Pressly Prize

The Department of History is now accepting nominations from UW students for the prestigious Pressly Prize!

The Pressly Prize, named for University of Washington Professor Emeritus of History Thomas Pressly and his wife, Cameron, recognizes outstanding history or social studies teaching at the secondary level in the state of Washington. The Department of History relies entirely on nominations from UW students to bring worthy candidates to our attention. Nominations are accepted from any current University of Washington undergraduate or graduate student from any major or department.

Please nominate a teacher who shows a significant devotion to their field. Nominations are due by 5pm on Friday, March 16. The Google Form is available at the following link:

Infinity Box Theatre Project

Each year, Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human examines the impact of a different field on that question. Conversations between scientists and playwrights lead to a festival of original short plays examining how current developments in that field may impact how we answer the question of what it means to be human. This year’s theme is The Science of Changing Your Mind. Performances will be held at the Ethnic Cultural Center, October 13-15. More information can be found here.

Pipeline Project Alternative Spring Break

Each year, the Pipeline Project recruits a group of UW undergraduates to volunteer on a literacy arts project with elementary, middle, or high school kids in rural Washington during spring break. UW students are sent out in groups of 5 to 10-12 sites to help young students come up with an idea for a book, write a rough draft, edit the draft, and print and bind a single-signature book. The young students illustrate their published book and present it to the community at the end of the week. At a few sites, Pipeline tutors will be working with middle school and high school students doing college prep mentoring. For more information visit

Pipeline ASB

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:


Undergraduate Research Symposium Photo Contest

Every year, we like to use pictures of real undergraduates doing real research to promote our Undergraduate Research Symposium!

Submit a picture that best captures your research experience, and not only will you have an opportunity to display your work in a new way, you will also be entered to win a prize for “Best Pictures”.

You can enter by simply uploading your high resolution picture (220 dpi or more) to our Catalyst Dropbox.

In order to be considered for a prize, you must upload it by Friday, November 18 at 11:59 pm.

To see an example of how student photographs are used, look at last year’s poster below.

URS Poster

UW Bothell Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 13th, 2016!

UW Bothell is hosting their Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Symposium TOMORROW! Check it out: 10am-5pm on Friday, May 13th, in the ARC on the UW Bothell campus.

All are welcome to attend! See the attached poster and schedule for details!UWB Symposium Poster UWB Symposium Schedule

Paid NSF Survey on Undergrad Research in the Life Sciences

Dear Students,

For those of you with research experiences in the life sciences (at least 2 quarters or 1 summer), consider contributing your thoughts by filling out this National Science Foundation Survey on how undergraduate students are mentored. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and they will send you $20 for participating.

The study is being conducted by the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science, University of Texas at Austin. Please see below for full description and link to survey. For questions regarding the survey, contact:


Dear Undergraduate Researcher,

We are conducting a study examining how undergraduate researchers in the life sciences are mentored. It is called the “National study of undergraduate-postgraduate-faculty mentoring triads.” This is the first large-scale study investigating how undergraduate researchers are affected by being mentored by graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and/or faculty members. The results from this study will help design effective undergraduate research experiences, which are critical for developing the next generation of scientists, for developing students’ understanding of what science is and how science is done, and for retaining students in the sciences.

If you have conducted at least one semester or summer of undergraduate research in the life sciences within the past two years, we want to hear about your experience!

Your participation will involve completing an online survey about your research experience. This will include personal questions about your interactions and relationship with the faculty member, graduate student, and/or postdoctoral researcher with whom you have conducted research, and questions about your personality, which may affect mentoring.

The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete, and you will receive a $20 check for your participation.

We would like to stress that all of your responses will be kept confidential, which means that your name and any identifying information about you will not be included in any report about the study results. It is important that we hear from undergraduates who have had both positive and negative experiences so that we can understand the factors that make undergraduate research experiences effective and enjoyable. Your decision to participate is voluntary and will not affect you in any way.

If you are willing to participate, please follow this link to the survey:

To ensure confidentiality, please take the survey on your own computer or Wi-Fi device.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact us at or at the numbers below.

Thank you for considering this request!

Dr. Erin Dolan (512-232-8346) and Megha Joshi (512-232-9029)

Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science, University of Texas at Austin

2016 University of Michigan Medical Scientist Training Program “UM-SMART”

University of Michigan Medical Scientist Training Program “UM-SMART” summer program

Deadline for application submission is January 15, 2016

The “UM-SMART” ten  week summer research program is designed to provide an opportunity for highly motivated and talented undergraduates interested in careers as physician scientists to enhance their science and academic skills.

The program is targeted towards students who are from geographically, culturally or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, students who have experienced financial hardship, and students with disabilities.  Applicants should have completed at least their freshman undergraduate year.

The main focus of the program is laboratory biomedical research, but the program also includes physician shadowing, an MCAT prep course, and an opportunity to attend bi-weekly seminars and a 2 day MSTP retreat in August.


UM Smart application

DAAD RISE: Research Internships – Applications Due Jan. 15th

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship program offers opportunities for study, research and internships in Germany, as well as a wide variety of funding opportunities for students and including summer research internships for students in the sciences.

DAAD RISE: Research Internships in Science and Engineering

  • Competitive summer internship program for students in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences and Engineering
  • Students work with research groups at universities and top research institutions
  • Length of program is 2-3 months during summer term
  • Working Language is English
  • Scholars receive stipends from DAAD to help cover living expenses
  • Over 300 students are awarded annually

Important Dates:

                November 19thInformation Session at 11:30am in MGH 171

December 4thInformation Session at 12pm in MGH 171

January 15, 2016 – Application Deadline

Please find more information at the DAAD Rise at the website. Interested students are encouraged to attend an information session and schedule an advising appointment with the Global Opportunities program.