Research and Experiential Learning

Undergraduate Research Award

The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is excited to announce the creation of a new Undergraduate Research Award.

To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled at Seattle University as an undergraduate student in any class level and have completed and submitted an original research project for an SU credit course.

The first place prize winner will receive $500 and the second and third place winners will receive $250.

Full details can be found at the Undergraduate Research Award site:

Undergraduate research is a key "high-impact" educational practice and is a growing part of undergraduate education programs at colleges and universities nationwide. We look forward to this opportunity to recognize, encourage and celebrate undergraduate student scholarship at SU, and are equally delighted to join the efforts of other initiatives on campus like SUURJ in the Office of Fellowships and Student Research, which is also a sponsor for this award.

Student Research Grants 

The Student Research Program invites applications for its Fall Quarter 2018 grants cycle. During AY 2018-2019, grant applications will be accepted in three cycles: Nov. 1, Feb. 1, May 1. 

  • Beginning now, and through our fall deadline of Nov. 1, we will accept applications for grants in support of student research and other projects. Grants will be awarded competitively, and pursuant to the availability of funds. 
  • Activities might include travel to present at or attend a conference, a trip to an archive or field site to conduct research, expenses for a community outreach project, research-related supplies, or other opportunities where students incur expenses directly related to conducting research.
  • This year, departments, centers, offices, student groups, programs, and other SU entities may also apply to Student Research to fund a student or students for a particular opportunity, or to propose an event or other research-based project in which students are the direct, primary beneficiaries. 
  • While we will consider a variety of applications, we will prioritize those applications in which 1) the primary beneficiary of the grant is the student researcher, and 2) in which a tangible result or outcome from that research takes place at or returns to Seattle University.
  • We are not able to consider applications for school supplies, permanent lab equipment, or living stipends.
  • Applicants will be contacted by email with deliberation results. Award amounts will be reimbursed after the project completion pursuant to submission of receipts. Please keep in mind that the Office may be able to fund only a portion of what is requested.
  • Grants will be awarded for the quarter in which expenses are incurred, with the exception of FQ 2018, when the committee will also consider proposals for projects that occurred over the summer 2018.

Visit to apply.
Contact Dr. Molly Clark Hillard at with questions.

Research Internships and Programs

Undergraduate researchers have the opportunity to learn science and make discoveries in an environment that gives a realistic perspective on how science is done in the real world.  You will work with faculty and/or other researchers on a project, learning new approaches and gaining the knowledge and experience to work independently in your experiments.  Because of the variety of skills you will acquire, participation in such lab or field experiences is valued highly by future schools and employers.  Part of the process is taking the initiative to identify such an opportunity, whether on- or off-campus, local or distant, and many listings of research opportunities are offered below as resources for you in your search.  In addition, general information on research can be found at these sites:

Note:  Application deadlines for summer programs are typically in January or February.  

 Comprehensive Lists of Internships:

Biomedical Research Internship List   (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)

Internships, Fellowships, etc. in NYC and more  Columbia University
Undergraduate Internships  Ecological Society of America
Research and Internship Databases (nat'l and int'l)  Purdue University
Paid Internship List  Rochester Institute of Technology


Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (links to nationwide programs):

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates  Each of these programs is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides a stipend for student researchers to do research, usually during the summer for 8-10 weeks.  Deadlines are typically in January-February.
NIH Summer Internship Program   The National Institutes of Health sponsors students to participate in research programs at one of their campuses in Maryland, Arizona, Michigan, Montana, or North Carolina.
NIH: Overview of its research and training opportunities These programs include scholarships, summer research opportunities, internships, and post-baccalaureate programs.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 10-week internships and semester co-ops in organizations throughout the US, including NASA, IBM, NOAA and Merck (**for students with disabilities)
Amgen Scholars Amgen sponsors a summer undergraduate research program for students at selected universities in California, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Washington.
Smithsonian Institution

Includes locations worldwide, including these:

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Smithsonian Science Education Center

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  

Summer Undergraduate Research or Internship Sites:

Many research institutes offer summer research programs or internships to undergraduates.  Below are a few, and many others are found in the lists of internships above.  When online searching, try using the term "SURF" or "SURP," as program names may include one of these acronyms.  




 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Summer Internship Program (SURP; national program, deadline is January 13, 2017)

• Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Lab Tech Training Summer Internship (deadline is April 21, 2017; further information is available in a flyer under the Events, News, Connections tab at left)

 Institute for Systems Biology Internships

 University of Washington Environmental Health Summer Research Program
List from CWU  Biology Internships from Central Washington University
California  Scripps Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows
Minnesota  Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) 
New York  Roswell Park Cancer Institute Summer Research Internship Program
Texas  Baylor College of Medicine Summer Medical and Research Training Program 
Virginia  Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Campus Undergraduate Program


Summer Teaching Opportunity:

Breakthrough Collaborative National non-profit with 33 sites in US and Hong Kong.  Called Summerbridge in some sites.

Undergraduate Research Conferences

If you find additional websites or other resources that have been helpful to you, or if any of the links on this page are nonfunctional, please send that information or other questions and comments to Michelle DuBois at Thanks.