"URS has strengthened my commitment to do more research and pursue grad school."
-Lauren Hoffarth, Former Fellow

Prospective Scholars

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Why Apply to Be a Scholar?

  • Work directly with principal investigators and renowned research scientists and faculty
  • Gain references for personal letters of recommendation and support in post-baccalaureate endeavors
  • Make connections and build the potential to continue in research for four years
  • Work with peers beginning research for their first time
  • Learn from experienced upperclassmen (Fellows) who have had research experience
  • Be a part of a close knit community
  • Be informed and have access to scholarships, internships, and career opportunities

Eligibility Requirements

  • 1st- or 2nd- year student or transfer students
  • We invite students from underrepresented groups to apply
  • No research/creative practice experience needed
  • Must be available from 5:30pm-6:30pm on Wednesdays (see Inter-LS 250)

Inter L&S 250: Undergraduate Research Experience

  • Students must participate in a 2-3 credit course, Inter-LS 250. This course explores interdisciplinary perspectives in Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Humanities & Arts research. The course is divided into an one hour seminar plus 4-12 hours within the research/creative work project.
  • These are small group seminars designed to build a healthy community and network of undergraduate researchers and creative artist
  • Seminar explores the many dimensions of the research and creative work enterprise and the college experience while learning and adjusting to the college life.
  • Seminar is held ONLY on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm.
  • Seminar is a year long course.


How to Apply

Please complete the 2020-2021 Scholar Application Form.

Inter-LS 250: Undergraduate Research Experience

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Credit Hours

The Inter L&S 250 course permits registration for 2-3 credits. The number of credits a scholar registers for depends on how many hours per week the student will devote to the assigned research or creative project.

Working 4-6 hours per week earns 2 credits per semester. The majority of students should register for this many.

Working 7-12 hours per week earns 3 credits per semester. Some projects will require this many hours worked.

Please contact the Program Director for their assistance if your mentor prefers that you register for directed study or special problem credits under the Mentor’s supervision in their academic department.

Changing Number of Credits

During the first two weeks of the semester students can change their number of credits in MyUW without additional steps. After which to change the number of credits will require student to fill out the Course Change Form. Students must then bring this form to the URS office for approval.The form must then be dropped off at the student’s respective academic dean’s office.

Registering for Inter L&S 250

Once admitted to the program, you will receive either an email or a letter with the five digit course number mentioned in that letter. If you were admitted but did not receive the 5 digit course number please contact us right away.

Go to the your MyUW, then go directly to the “course enrollment” tab and in the “enter class number” add the five digit number you have been given. Add your seminar  to the cart. Select the number of expected credits. Continue hitting “next” until enrolled. Note that you will not be able to “search” for Inter L&S open sections.

Inter L&S is a variable number credit course. You should register for 2 credits initially and final number credits will depend on the research opportunity you join.


Seminars are small groups (15- 18 students) that meet weekly. These meetings are facilitated by two upper level undergraduates (a.k.a. URS Research Fellows).  Students remain in the same seminar for both semesters.


The research work completed with the Mentor (75% of total grade) and participation in the Seminar (25% of total grade)- Scholars earn credit for these two components. The final grade is determined by the Program Director and Staff.

Current Scholars page click here.