Apply to the Summer Institute in Arts & Humanities

The Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities (SIAH) was created by the Office of Undergraduate Research in collaboration with the Simpson Center for the Humanities to provide an intensive research opportunity for humanities and arts students that increases the number of undergraduates doing research in the humanities, engages humanities and arts faculty in research with undergraduates, establishes a community of undergraduate arts and humanities scholars, and creates a forum for humanities undergraduates to present their scholarly work.

SIAH offers a research opportunity for undergraduates to engage in scholarly research with accomplished scholars and peers while earning full-time academic credit. This scholarly experience occurs in the context of seminars and tutorial-style lessons with faculty who offer expertise from disciplinary and interdisciplinary points of view in a space that encourages mutual learning with peers as well as independent thought. Student participants develop individual, original research ideas related to an interdisciplinary theme, create a scholarly research paper or project, work through a faculty and peer critique process and formally present their work to their colleagues and the larger community at a closing symposium.

The Summer Institute is open to all students, regardless of citizenship status or class standing.

In order to apply and be considered for the Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities, students must:

  • Be enrolled as a University of Washington (Seattle, Bothell, or Tacoma) undergraduate during their participation in the program to be eligible. Those graduating before the end of summer 2024 are not eligible to participate.
  • Be in good academic standing in order to register for course credits and receive the Mary Gates Research Scholarship award
  • Have interest in an intensive experience in scholarly research in the arts and humanities

The application requires 3 short essays and a writing/creative work sample. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research page for full application details.

Applications are open now and close March 1, 2024.

By Kirk Heynen (He/Him)
Kirk Heynen (He/Him) Career Coach