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Research Opportunity: Corporate governance study focusing on the board of director effectiveness

Con­tact Name: David Park

Con­tact Email: upark[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Foster School of Business


We are looking for motivated undergraduate research assistants to assist our developing study on mechanisms behind the board of director effectiveness in corporate governance. Corporate governance is a topic that interests many scholars in different fields such as management, finance, economics, public policy and laws. The primary focus in this study is the role of outside directors in critical decision-making.

Primary areas that the students will work on are data collection and literature review.

There are several benefits of being part of our project. First, students will have a great opportunity to involve with research and prepare for graduate programs. Second, they will learn about the topic in depth. Lastly, Foster students may receive MGMT 499 credits.

For those who are interested in a longer commitment (more than two quarters), and who demonstrate ability and interest, can have the opportunities to be involved in other interesting projects, developing their own projects and data management/analysis.

Please contact David Park (upark[at]uw.edu) for more information.


Minimum number of hours/week: 6 (2 credits)
Although being able to commit six hours per week is the only requirement, there are several other preferred, but not required, skills/experiences:

  1. junior standing or above
  2. working knowledge of UW libraries online research database
  3. prior research experience

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Research Opportunity: Dissecting the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms of neuronal death in mitochondrial disease

Con­tact Name: Albert Quintana

Con­tact Email: albertq[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Pediatrics/Seattle Children’s Research Institute


Every single cell in our body requires energy to survive. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell. Accordingly, mutations in the mitochondrial machinery involved in energy generation lead to a group of progressive, untreatable and usually fatal pathologies affecting 1:500 births.

High-energy consuming organs, such as the brain are usually affected. However, there is a high degree of specificity in the type of neurons affected and it is not currently known what drives some neurons to survive (or to die) when faced with a mitochondrial mutation.

Our lab uses a mouse model of mitochondrial disease that recapitulates the human pathology. Our goal is to use different tools (mouse genetics, molecular biology, pharmacology, optogenetics) to identify the mechanisms driving neuronal fate in the context of mitochondrial disease. If we can identify the genes and factors altered in affected neurons, we could propose potential treatments for mitochondrial disease.

Interested students will participate in all aspects of research (from animal husbandry to performing the experiments), will expose and discuss their results and be active part of any potential publications.

This project could provide a great opportunity to gain experience in a research setting.


Basic knowledge in Neurobiology
Basic knowledge in Molecular Biology
Willingness to work with animal models (mice)
Willingness to commute to Seattle Children’s Research Institute (9th Ave and Stewart)
Prior lab experience is a plus
15-18 hours/week

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Research Opportunity: Genetic analysis of zebrafish nervous system development, damage and regeneration

Con­tact Name: David Raible

Con­tact Email: draible[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Biological Structure


We use the zebrafish system, molecular genetics, advanced microscopy and small molecule screening to uncover mechanisms underlying development, cell death and regeneration in the peripheral nervous system. Undergraduates would partner with a senior graduate student or postdoctoral fellow to carry out research with the opportunity to take on independent projects.


Background in Biological Sciences.
Minimum 3.0 GPA.
Schedule to dedicate 10-15 hours per week.

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Research Opportunity: Government Credit Programs in American Life

Con­tact Name: Sarah Quinn

Con­tact Email: slquinn[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Sociology


Federal credit programs are a major form of government intervention in American markets, but missing data and theoretical blind spots have caused scholars to repeatedly overlook and misconstrue these policies.

This project will address this problem by undertaking a review of the rise of federal credit programs in the United States. We are building a dataset and reviewing the history of specific programs in order to better understand how the US federal government has shaped market development, social welfare, and inequality.


Experience with Excel and a willingness to learn.

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Presentation Opportunity: AACR 9th Annual Undergraduate Caucus & Poster Competition

Join us on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina in San Diego, CA for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Ninth Annual Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition.

This free program includes an undergraduate poster session that awards monetary prizes, in addition to an inspirational introduction to the field of cancer research and a career panel to answer students’ questions about forging a path as a researcher.

This innovative program takes place during the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2014. The AACR Annual Meeting is the Association’s largest annual event. Last year, over 18,000 researchers attended the AACR Annual Meeting to network and learn about the latest breakthroughs in cancer research.

All students who pre-register and participate in the Undergraduate session receive free registration for the entire AACR Annual Meeting 2014. Interested students should complete the Student Registration Form and submit it via fax to (215) 440-9412 or email to scienceeducation[at]aacr.org by March 7, 2014.

Those who are interested in presenting a poster should also submit their research abstract online at http://myAACR.aacr.org before February 28, 2014.

Visit us on the web for more information. With any questions about AACR’s science education programs for undergraduates, please email scienceeducation[at]aacr.org or call toll-free (866) 423-3965. We hope to see you in San Diego!

Summer Research Program: USC REU in Physics & Astronomy

The University of South Carolina Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a NEW NSF REU this summer.


  • Cutting-edge research with physics and astronomy faculty members (Descriptions here: http://www.physics.sc.edu/REU/REUAreas.html)
  • Weekly workshops for professional development: research strategies, intellectual property, communication skills
  • Social activities and outings to local attractions
  • End of summer symposium
  • 10 weeks May 25 – August 1 for 8 students
  • Stipend: $5000
  • Housing and meals included
  • Travel reimbursement, up to $400

Application DEADLINE: February 28
Application and more information: http://www.physics.sc.edu/REU/REU.html
For questions and to apply, contact Professor Brett Altschul at baltschu[at]physics.sc.edu  

Research Opportunity: Modern PDF annotation software for Windows 8

Con­tact Name: Setthivoine You

Con­tact Email: syou[at]aa.washington.edu

Depart­ment: Aeronautics & Astronautics


The project involves developing an application for the modern Windows 8 interface. The application is designed to interact with pdf files in the same intuitive way we interact with paper: annotate, sign, etc. For good ergonomics, artistic and design experience is also a plus.


Programming experience in modern Windows 8 environment, and experience with PDF protocols. Artistic and design experience.

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Research Opportunity: How pollinator and pest sensory biology influences chemical trait evolution in flowering plants

Con­tact Name: Marie Clifford

Con­tact Email: cliffmar[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Biology


I am looking at how insect (pollinator: various bees and a moth, pest: a specialized butterfly) olfaction can drive the evolution of traits in flowering plants (Passiflora), particularly in the chemical profile of floral and leaf volatiles (scent), and how these chemical traits relate to morphological ones.

I am looking for an undergraduate volunteer who is willing to commit for at least 9 months in the lab for 6+ hours a week. They would work with another undergraduate and myself on plant maintenance, as well as a project to understand the volatile and morphological profiles of leaves in the Passiflora (the most diverse leaf morphology of any plant family!), and how this relates to herbivory by Heliconius butterflies. After a quarter, there is the possibility to develop an independent project related to this work and receive Biology 499 research credits.

A love of plants, insects, chemistry, evolution, and pollination is encouraged! Email cliffmar[at]uw.edu with a letter of intent, resume/CV, and unofficial transcript.


Introductory chemistry, Biol 180.

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LearnLab Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have an exciting opportunity summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) available for undergraduates. This REU program is sponsored by LearnLab, a Science of Learning Center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). We encourage applications from students who would like to conduct research in the fields of psychology, education, computer science, human-computer interfaces and language technologies. LearnLab’s REU program allows talented undergraduates to spend 8 weeks during the summer in a research laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, or one of our research partners.  The REU program supports LearnLab’s commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, education, and psychology leaders.

Program Dates: Students will begin their research experience on Sunday, June 1, 2014 with a welcoming reception and information session.  The REU program will end on Friday July 25, 2014 with a poster session in the afternoon.

Application Deadline: Deadline for applications is February 17, 2014. Students will be informed of our decision by March 3, 2014.

Minimum Requirements: Students should have a minimum of 3.5 GPA out of 4.0 although we will consider students who show by other measures that they are exceptional and who have GPAs over 3.2. Class standing and grades in specific subjects that are close to the field of research will also be considered, as are recommendations.  Students must also be United States citizens or have a current F1 visa.

Learn more at: http://www.learnlab.org/opportunities/LearnLab_Summer_REU.php

Summer Research Opportunity: USC Viterbi School of Engineering SURE

The University of Southern California’s REU program (http://gapp.usc.edu/sure) provides junior-year students the opportunity to get paid to work alongside top faculty on cutting-edge research projects in engineering and computer science during a summer in Los Angeles.

Application Deadline: February 3
Eligibility: Permanent residents and citizens of U.S. and Canadian citizens are eligible
Duration: June 14 to August 8 in Los Angeles, CA
Stipend: $4500 stipend, housing and travel will be covered

For additional information, contact Laura Hartman, Director of Graduate Recruitment (lhartman[at]usc.edu)