The SURE-EH program provides up to two years of hourly employment to UW students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to conduct research in areas relevant to the environmental health sciences and the mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Students can work up to 40 hours per week over the summer, and up to 15 hours per week during the academic year.
Current Application Period
Applications will open on Monday, October 3, 2022 and close on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 11:00pm.
After a short review period, top applicants will be contacted to set up in-person interviews during the third (3rd) week of October. Offers will be made before the end of October.
We are now accepting applications for the following projects. Please read and review as you will be asked to rank up to three choices in the application (you also have the option of choosing only one). You should also note the specific desired qualifications for each position.
Project # 1: Environmental Surveillance of Pathogens and Antimicrobial Resistance Genes
Description: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the most pressing issues in global public health. We are seeking a motivated undergraduate to assist in the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and pathogens in wastewater. The student will work with others to develop laboratory methods for sequencing antibiotic resistance genes and develop pipelines to analyze sequencing data. We aim to develop methods that are sensitive enough to detect low abundance resistance genes in complex environmental samples. The student will gain experience in basic microbiology skills as well as long-read nanopore sequencing. In addition, they will have the opportunity to learn how to analyze sequencing data using python, R, and bash. The student will be mentored by Dr. Fuhrmeister with an emphasis on developing their own independent project.
Desired qualifications: Undergraduate coursework in microbiology. Coursework in computer science and experience in programming using bash and python a plus.
The SURE-EH application consists of an application survey, several short (300 word) essays, and up to 3 faculty references (email addresses). The application portal will open on October 3, 2022 at 6:00am. You can access it then and begin your application by clicking HERE.