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Program Summary

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 April 20, 2020 and close on May 11, 2020 at 5:00pm.

After a short review period, top applicants will be contacted to set up in-person interviews during the last half of May.  Offers will be made before the beginning of the Summer 2020 quarter. Please note: In the event that qualified candidates are not found, applications will be re-opened until all positions are full.

Available Positions

We are now accepting applications for the following projects. Please read and review as you will be asked to note your 1st and 2nd 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: Using mobile monitoring to understand the effects of air pollution on health

We are seeking an undergraduate student data analyst to assist with a mobile monitoring research study and related research projects that are intended to improve our understanding of people’s exposure to traffic-related air pollution and the effect of this exposure on the brain.  We have been measuring traffic-related air pollution using a mobile monitoring platform and have generated a large quantity of data. The student would work with these data under supervision of a research scientist and graduate student to support analyses, conduct independent analyses, and ensure data quality.

Desired qualifications: Undergraduate at junior level with completed course work in statistics or biostatistics.  A statistics or related major preferred.  Knowledge of the R statistical package. Interest in public health research. 


Project # 2: Identifying policy changes in response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated policy-level issues that have increased vulnerability of people and institutions to the disease and the impacts of non-pharmaceutical interventions.

We have an opening for an undergraduate student to assist with a research project to identify public and environmental health policy changes made in response to COVID-19. Using legal epidemiologic methods, we will be identifying and analyzing state, local, and/or organizational policies that have been developed in response to gaps, vulnerabilities, or inflexibilities illuminated by COVID-19, and to “build back better.”  The student would work with our research group under supervision of the PI and/or graduate research assistants to systematically identify public health/environmental health policy change(s) that have been implemented in response to COVID-19. The specific policy type and sampling frame will be selected based on student interests in consultation with the PI. The student will then analyze the content of the identified policies to assess and compare specific strategies and approaches. The student will be expected to complete a literature review associated with the selected topic, and contribute to the development of a manuscript summarizing project findings 

The student will also have the opportunity participate in other Collaborative on Extreme Event research activities as time and scheduling allows. 

Desired qualifications: Advanced undergraduate student (junior/senior) with completed coursework in public health.  Interest in disaster health policy research. Prior qualitative research experience. 


Apply Now

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 April 20, 2020. You can access it then and begin your application by clicking HERE.