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Physical & Life Sciences

Welcome to the Physical & Life Sciences interest community!

Members of this community are interested in careers related to the study of non-living systems such as the earth, atmosphere and space or living organisms such as people, animals, and plants.

People who pursue careers in Physical or Life Sciences often work in research roles, which can vary widely in terms of topic, goals, and work setting.

Reminder: EarthLab Summer Internship applications due March 1

Looking for an amazing summer internship where you can make an impact, get paid, and collaborate with other students and scholars across various disciplines? UW’s EarthLab offers a multidisciplinary cohort-based internship program just for UW undergraduates. They are looking for …

By Kirk Heynen (He/Him)
Kirk Heynen (He/Him) Career Coach
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UW Engineering Career Panel + Pizza (2/13), freshmen and pre-majors welcome!

For students interested in pursuing an engineering major and/or career in data science and computational engineering! Hear from faculty in three engineering departments (Chemical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering) about how their work and research …

By Erin Lee (She/Her)
Erin Lee (She/Her) Career Coach
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Husky Lunch Network – Connecting Students & Alumni With Similar Identities

Bring your appetite for connection (and food) to these free themed lunches! Hosted by the UW Alumni Association.

Feb. 1: Women of Color in STEM
Feb. 8: Men of Color in Entrepreneurship
Feb. 15: Navigating Life as Student Parent
Feb. …

By Briana Randall (She/Her)
Briana Randall (She/Her) Executive Director
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Get your team together for the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge!

In the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, interdisciplinary student teams define an environmental problem, develop a solution, design and build a prototype, create a business plan that proves their solution has market potential, and pitch to 250+ judges at a …

By Kirk Heynen (He/Him)
Kirk Heynen (He/Him) Career Coach
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NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Internship [Due 1/31]

Deadline: Wednesday, January 31st, 2024. For more information on how to apply, visit

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach
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Student Stories & Advice

Kaitlin Beel

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  • MPaT (Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics) University of Minnesota
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Flora Walchenbach

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  • Atmospheric Science University of Wisconsin - Madison
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Elizabeth Gilson

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  • Master of Molecular Science and Software Engineering University of California, Berkeley
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Jenny Jiang

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  • Ph. D in Biomedical Science University of Iowa
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Molly Stephenson

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  • Research Scientist Assistant University of Washington Department of Microbiology
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Matthew Prado

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  • Wind Tunnel Model Stress Engineer Boeing
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Grace Grotz

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  • Surgical Veterinary Assistant Ballard Animal Hospital
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Mahika Rao

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  • Biology Technician National Park Service
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Navera Ahmed

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  • Project Manager I King County Solid Waste Division
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Emily Chen

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  • Research Technician Fred Hutch Cancer Center
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Charlie D

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  • Staff Geologist Georesources, LLC
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Claire Wate

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  • Postbac Researcher ORISE Fellowship
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Featured Resources

Career & Industry Guides

Vault Guide to Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Consulting Jobs

The Vault Guides to Jobs books are a valuable career exploration tool for libraries and career centers. Written in an …

Vault Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Jobs, Third Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Career Guide to Health Care Management, Fourth Edition

Health care management, also known as health care administration, encompasses a wide range of jobs in a variety of organizations, …

Vault Career Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, Third Edition

Worldwide, more than 2,700 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies comprise a trillion-dollar industry, with many of the top companies—and one of …

Vault Guide to Dental Care Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Alternative Health Care Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …