Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Environmental Health Research Experience Program (EHREP)

Environmental and Occupational Health Science is an interdisciplinary field that uses the tools of science to solve human health problems related to the environment. If you want to use your science background to help people live healthier lives, this research program is for you.  The Environmental Health Research Experience Program (EHREP) is a funded, nine week, summer experience for talented undergraduates who express strong interest in environmental health science research. Each year, the department will select 7 students from a national pool of applicants and pair each with a faculty mentor.  To gain a better understanding of the potential projects, please see the previous research projects page.

Students from populations traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply. The program is made possible by a five-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and generous, ongoing support from department faculty.

The experience will:

  • Provide first-hand experiences in laboratories of leading environmental and occupational health researchers
  • Introduce students to key environmental and occupational health concepts
  • Offer academic research exposure that will help students be more competitive for graduate school.

Application Dates

The application will open on November 1st. The deadline for the 2015 program is February 1st 2015.  All applicants will be notified of the decision by email, and all notices will be sent by April 1st.


The program follows the University of Washington summer quarter schedule. The dates for 2015 are June 22 to August 21. Students must be able to be in Seattle for the full duration of the program, so confirm the end date for your spring term and the start date for your fall term before you apply.


This program is for current undergraduates who will be graduating in 2016 or later. Students who will have completed their degree prior to the program start date are not eligible to apply. Funding requires that participants be US Citizens or US Permanent Residents.

One of the goals of the EHREP program is to diversify the field of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Therefore, students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. Underreprented groups include: first generation college students; students with disabilities; students from an economically disadvantaged background, and students from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented, such as: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Students from all majors may apply, although the program is most appropriate for those studying any science, mathematics, engineering, environmental health, and public health.  To be considered, students must have completed at least one year of a lab science sequence (college biology, general or organic chemistry, physics) at the time of application.  The most competitive applicants will have completed 2 or more years of lab sciences.


Students will receive a stipend of $5,200.


EHREP students are responsible for providing their own housing.  Students have the option of staying in UW housing for summer, this is the option most EHREP students select.  The cost is approximately $30 per night for housing in a single bedroom in a shared apartment.  At this nightly rate, total cost for housing will be approximately $1800 for the duration of the program. Students planning to live on campus will be required to pay a housing deposit of $250 by May 1st, with the remainder due at check-in on June 22nd .  Please see the UW Housing website for more information on the accommodations.

Application Instructions

The application deadline for the 2015 program is February 1st 2015.  All applicants will complete the online application form, which will be available on November 1st.  Applicants will be notified of the decision by email, and all notices will be sent by April 1st.

A complete application consists of the following 3 items, all which must be submitted by February 1st, 2015 5pm Pacific Time:

1) Application form including personal statement (completed online, link will be active on Nov 1st)
2) Unofficial transcripts (sent as pdf by email) 
3) One letter of recommendation (sent as pdf by email) 

 If you have questions, please contact:

Trina Sterry
Undergraduate Program Manager & Adviser
ehrep@uw.edu or 206-543-4207