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Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH)

“If you want to learn about the health of a population, look at the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the places where they live.”

– Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine

You read about environmental health problems every day:  diseases spread through unsafe drinking water, cancer-causing toxins, poor air quality leading to respiratory disease, deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.  Have you ever thought about being part of the solution to these problems?  In environmental health science, you can, by studying the link between the environment and human health.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the largest research agencies dedicated to improving human health, has a new funded opportunity for underrepresented students at UW to conduct environmental health science-related research alongside faculty in the School of Public Health. This new program, Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH) is now accepting applications from underrepresented UW students.

SURE-EH provides a meaningful opportunity to work with experienced faculty on a research project addressing the relationship between environmental exposures and human health. Work alongside faculty as a paid student researcher for up to 2 years, full-time during summer and part-time during the academic year.

Examples of possible projects include:

  • Developing resources for local communities at high risk of air pollution exposure
  • Developing new methods to detect polio-virus, which is reemerging in Africa
  • Analyzing genetic and environmental factors that may influence health outcomes

SURE-EH will provide academic opportunities to complement the research experience, including course recommendations, seminars, workshops, and research symposia. These educational opportunities will enhance your breadth and depth of the SURE-EH’s environmental health science training, and help you become a leader in the field of environmental health sciences.

The application (including instructions and eligibility information) is online here (https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/tsterry/272008).

Questions? Please contact: Trina Sterry, sure@uw.edu, 206-543-4207

Upcoming Undergraduate Research Info Sessions

Undergraduate research information sessions address how the Undergraduate Research Program can help students pursue their research interests.

Primarily for undergraduates who have yet to begin research, the sessions provide research resources, information on funding, and suggestions for approaching faculty. Additionally, the sessions are highly student-driven, with an emphasis on student questions and concerns.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m., 171 MGH

Monday, July 20th, 10:30 – 11:20 a.m., 171 MGH

Tuesday, August 4th, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m., 171 MGH

Monday, August 10th, 10:30 – 11:20 a.m., 171 MGH

Monday, August 31st, 10:30 – 11:20 a.m., 171 MGH

Tuesday, September 1st, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m., 171 MGH

Sign up here: https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/160

Summer Quarter Drop-In Advising

Thursdays, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  in  171 MGH

 

If this times do not work for you, please email us (urp@uw.edu) available dates and times for the following week and we can work on setting up an appointment.

Apply to be an Undergraduate Research Leader

 Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced undergraduate researchers from all disciplines to be Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) for the 2015-16 academic year. Students conducting research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

URLs serve a central role in connecting undergraduates to support services of the URP. The goal of the URL program is to increase awareness and participation of undergraduates doing research in a range of disciplines. As a URL, you can motivate future undergraduate researchers! Anticipated URL time commitment is approximately 8-10 hours/month and dependent on quarterly events and student availability.

More information and application available here.

Questions? Contact the URP Staff at urp@uw.edu or (206) 543-4282