Levinson Emerging Scholars Program

  • Bachelor
  • Tuition fee waiver

The Levinson Emerging Scholars Program supports talented and highly motivated UW juniors and seniors who want to pursue creative and advanced research in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, and related fields. As Levinson Emerging Scholars, selected outstanding UW undergraduates will receive funding to support their research in these disciplines, including funding to present their findings at a professional conference. By funding ten scholars each year, the Levinson Emerging Scholars Program nurtures a growing cadre of high caliber academic researchers who, in turn, will further innovation in biotechnology-related fields and enrich the future of academe.

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To apply for support from the Levinson Emerging Scholars Program, a student must:

  • Be a current UW (Seattle, Bothell, Tacoma) undergraduate engaged in a biosciences-related research project during their award period
  • Propose to continue or initiate a research project for the duration of the award (2-3 quarters) that shows some level of independence and originality
  • Be registered full time (at least 12 credits) during the award period, pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the UW Bothell, Seattle, or Tacoma campus
  • Have completed the equivalent of two years of university-level coursework and have had at least 3 quarters of prior research experience (or equivalent)
  • Receive guidance from a UW faculty member serving as the student’s research mentor (applicants may also be working with a graduate student, staff, and/or post-doctoral associate in addition to the faculty mentor)
  • Submit a completed online application, including a detailed budget

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The Levinson application is joined with the Washington Research Foundation Fellowship application. You have the option to apply for both, but you must add a budget proposal if applying to Levinson. Thus, Levinson Emerging Scholars applicants will be expected to submit the following via the online system:

  • An abstract of your research project (limit to 300 words).
  • Statement of educational and long term goals: Please share the role that your proposed research plays in helping you meet your educational and long-term goals. Specifically, in what ways has research complemented your coursework to enhance your undergraduate academic experience, and how does the proposed project advance your plans for graduate study and your professional goals? How does the award impact your ability to conduct this research? (up to 1 page, double spaced)
  • Research plan: Describe your proposed research, highlighting significant questions or problems the research addresses and your contributions to the project design. Provide an overview of your methods, proposed timeline, and explanation of the importance of your project to your field of study. Describe the ways in which your research could contribute to innovation in your field. (Up to 4 pages, double spaced. You may also include no more than 2 additional pages for references and figures)
  • Budget and budget justification: A budget for the proposed project that identifies support for the student, including but not limited to: scholarship for educational expenses; modest support for research books, supplies, or materials; travel and conference fees for presenting research at professional meetings
  • Faculty mentor recommender information: The student must submit contact information for one faculty mentor recommender. Faculty recommenders will receive letter-writing instructions via email. One additional mentor letter of recommendation may be added, if desired. (The secondary letter may be from another faculty member or from a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, teaching assistant, or research staff member.)

August: Deadline