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New Paid Undergraduate Research Internships with Northwest Fisheries Science Center: Apply by July 1st!

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is offering up to 2 new paid Internship Opportunities for undergraduates to research with NOAA scientists at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) starting THIS summer. Please pass along these intern­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties to under­grad­u­ates in the sci­ences who might be inter­ested in Fish­eries and Marine Biology-related lab and field work research.

Interested applicants can find out more about these internship opportunities and the requirements to apply on our website.

Application deadline is *Tuesday, July 1st.*

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

Con­tact Name: Chris Lewis

Con­tact Email: clewis56[at]uw.edu

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 www.merkelcell.org).

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 clewis56@uw.edu


* 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]uw.edu

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]uw.edu

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 (https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/ellij/228811), 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 ellij@uw.edu 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:http://faculty.washington.edu/jhrl/Index.html and for more information related to the REU project see the website: https://sites.google.com/site/ellijtheobald/

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

Please email ellij@uw.edu 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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Research Opportunity: Regulation of Cell Migration in Zebrafish Embryos

Con­tact Name: Merrill Hille

Con­tact Email: mbhille[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Biology


The movement of cells in embryos is mediated by actin structures stimulated by cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. Subsequently migration or cell polarization is
mediated by, for example, interaction of cadherins with p120ctn and the Rho GTPases.  We are studying molecules that define the pathways of cell migration and tissue migration in zebrafish embryos.

We are currently studying how phosphorylation of p120 catenin regulates whether it binds to cadherins and stimulates adhesion of cells or activators of the Rho GTPases Rac and Cdc42. These activities regulate the migration of presomitic mesoderm to form the somite muscles on the dorsal side of vertebrates.

Undergraduates in my lab are making cDNA mutants of p120 catenin by molecular biology techniques.  The cDNA clones are then used to make mRNAs that can be injected into zebrafish eggs to see their effects on early development.  p120 catenin is also being down regulated in the embryos by antisense morpholino RNA and their development potentially rescued by injection of the synthesized mRNAs.


Some basic understanding of cell biology. A strong interest in research. A schedule that allows you to spend about 2 days in the laboratory.  Some experiments are very long so a few hours each day is not sufficient.

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Research Opportunity: Genetics of pediatric epilepsy

Con­tact Name: Heather Mefford

Con­tact Email: hmefford[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Pediatrics, Genetic Medicine


Our lab uses genomic technologies to discover genetic causes of pediatric epilepsy syndromes and other disorders. Opportunities for projects include candidate gene sequencing to identify mutations, chromosome microarrays for copy number variant discovery, setting up functional assays to study the function of new epilepsy genes and bioinformatics analysis of sequence data to explore different models of inheritance.




Background in biological sciences
Able to commit 10-15 hrs per week minimum
Previous lab experience helpful but not required

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Research Opportunity: A path to independent cell and molecular research

Con­tact Name: Alex Paredez

Con­tact Email: aparedez[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Biology


There are four spots left in Bio402, my new laboratory course.  While Bio 355 is listed as a requirement, I am interested in recruiting a couple of sophomore students who could continue working on independent projects after the course.  If you are interested please send your unofficial transcript to aparedez[at]uw.edu.

New Laboratory Course – Biology 402 Functional Genomics

Since joining the Department in autumn 2012, Assistant Professor Alex Paredez has been crafting a lab course using Giardia lamblia where students will get the chance to perform authentic experiments.  The Paredez lab has identified a large list of proteins through their genomic and proteomic analysis of Giardia; students will focus on epitope tagging these proteins with the goal of facilitating protein localization. Although sub-cellular localization does not indicate function, this data has the potential to provide the first clues about what processes these proteins might participate in.  Ultimately, the students’ results will be uploaded to EupathDB, a public database that hosts Giardia’s genomic data, thereby sharing student’s findings with the larger cell biology community.  Biology 402, Spring Quarter (M 1:30-2:30 W,F 1:30-4:20).  Add code required.


3.5 GPA
Introductory Bio series

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Research Opportunity: Androgen mediated neuroprotection in song birds

Con­tact Name: Ralf Luche

Con­tact Email: rluche[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Psychology


The neuronal circuit that regulates birdsong during mating season also involves seasonal changes in the birdbrain that are dependent on testosterone and convey both neuroprotection and neurogenesis. Thus, the bird brain offers a unique model system to investigate these androgen dependent pathways with the ultimate goal to improve therapeutic intervention following traumatic brain injury.

Specifically, this project would involve cellular and molecular techniques for the detailed analysis and select disregulation of signaling components within these pathways. Interested students would be provided with relevant training in molecular and cellular biology techniques and depending on their level of commitment, may also be given the opportunity to develop their own project.


Dedicated undergraduate students at a sophomore or junior level with relevant coursework and the ability to devote 10 or more hours per week for at least one year to this project.  Previous experience working in a laboratory setting highly desirable.

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Research Opportunity: Sleep and mindfulness – data transcription

Con­tact Name: Christopher Barnes

Con­tact Email: chris24b[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Management and Organization (Fos­ter School of Business)


I have collected data on a project examining the effects of a mindfulness intervention on sleep and work outcomes the next day. This is new research that links an old idea (mindfulness) to new science on applied psychology and management. I need a volunteer to help transcribe the survey data from a set of paper surveys into electronic format. This will allow me to conduct the data analysis that will allow me to test the predicted model on how mindfulness influences sleep and work outcomes.

The data entry process will be admittedly a bit boring. But after that, I am happy to keep the volunteer in the loop on the data analysis process and subsequent writing of the paper. I would not expect the volunteer to participate in the analysis/writing stages, but by sharing information about these processes with the volunteer it is my hope that the volunteer would learn about the process of conducting scientific research in psychology and management.


Conscientious, careful, vigilant effort in transcribing the data.

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