Three students engaged in research.

Looking for a program that champions the power of long-term, individualized mentoring partnerships? Look no further!

The College of the Environment offers sophomore+ marine science undergraduates and 3rd-year+ graduate students the chance to participate in the Identity, Belonging and Inquiry in Science (IBIS) Program. This evidence-based mentoring program seeks to better engage students from diverse backgrounds in independent marine research projects and science networking opportunities. Undergraduate students are paired 1:1 with a graduate student, based on their research interests, and develop a proposal, collect, analyze and present their results for the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium or similar local conference.

Undergraduates

Undergraduate students are teamed up with a graduate student mentor who will assist at key points in the research process, provide feedback on early products and integrate the student into the research group.

Eligibility

Mentee expectations

  • Commit to the program through June 2023
  • Design a research project with mentor support (typically 7 hours/week)
  • Participate in programmatic assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the program

Financial support

Undergraduate students receive $700 for participation during the 2022-2023 academic year.

How to apply

Applications for Academic Year 2023-24 open Mon, Sept 18, 2023.


Graduate students

Graduate students are teamed up with an undergraduate student mentee who will develop an independent research project aligned with the research group’s mission, incorporate the group’s feedback into the project and present project results.

Eligibility

3rd year+ graduate students in Oceanography or Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences

Mentor expectations

  • Receive approval from research advisor/lab Principal Investigator (PI) to enroll
  • Commit to the program through June 2023
  • Participate in an 8-hour training program
  • Help design a research project, mentor the student weekly (typically 2 hrs/week)
  • Participate in programmatic assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the program

Financial support

Graduate students receive $500 for participation during the 2022-2023 academic year.

How to apply

Applications for Academic Year 2023-24 open Mon, Sept 18, 2023.


Faculty

Faculty approve of graduate student involvement in the program, guide project selection and provide final sign-off, and wholeheartedly include the undergraduate student(s) in their lab/research group.

Eligibility

Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Marine Biology or Oceanography faculty serving as Chair or co-Chair of the graduate student mentee’s Graduate Committee.

Faculty expectations

  • Approve graduate student (mentee) enrollment/participation
  • Integrate undergraduate student(s) and their project(s) into their lab/research group
  • Provide feedback on undergraduate research proposal and approve final proposal
  • Participate in programmatic assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the program

This project is funded by the Royalty Research Fund with in-kind support from the College of the Environment, and the Marine Biology program. Connect with IBIS anytime at ibis@uw.edu.

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