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The Applied Physics Laboratory welcomes graduate and undergraduate student researchers, supporting them through individual grants and contracts of APL-UW scientists and engineers.

Graduate students are matched with skilled researchers for leadership roles in field and lab programs.

Undergraduates are integrated directly into their APL-UW advisor’s research projects, serve as co-authors of research articles in peer-reviewed journals, and present research results at national and international scientific conferences.

To work with an APL-UW scientist or engineer, you must:

  • First apply to and be accepted by your academic department of choice (e.g., Electrical Engineering, Oceanography, etc.) because APL-UW does not grant degrees,
  • Then contact a prospective APL-UW advisor

APL-UW faculty advise and mentor several dozen graduate students every year. This facet of the education experience works best when mentor and mentee are proactively engaged in a partnership that evolves over time as the student advances in their studies and research.

The UW has distilled the essence of this relationship and provides guidance and strategies to maximize its benefits. Graduate student mentoring at APL-UW is based on this comperhensive and flexible approach.

Science & Engineering Enrichment & Development

The Laboratory provides two fellowships per year; each is funded for 2 years. Applicants for the felowships will have research interests aligned with APL-UW areas of expertise: polar science, ocean physics, air-sea interaction and remote sensing, or ocean engineering. Fellows will define their own research programs in conjunction with an APL-UW principal investigator mentor. Successful postdoc fellows will be motivated and prepared to pursue independent research funding at the end of the 2-year fellowship period.

Formal announcements are advertised in April each year. Finalists will travel to APL-UW for interviews before August. Start dates from 1 October to 31 March are anticipated, depending on candidate graduation dates or other job-related timelines. Candidates will submit a CV and a proposal that outlines their planned research while at APL-UW as well as their long-term career goals.

The application window typically opens in April each year.

Scholarships   Outreach   Resources  

Undergraduate and graduate scholarships are available to students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Recent scholarship awardees:

Brian auf der Springe — Electrical Engineering

Hardisty Scholar

Robert Wicks — Computer Science

Hardisty Scholar

Stephanie Chu — Bioengineering

Boeing Scholar

Annie Zwaschka — Neuroscience

Boeing Scholar

Anna Joy McClenny — Microbiology

Boeing Scholar

Who are the many Hardisty and Boeing scholars?

Educational opportunities are available for K-12 students and educators. APL-UW scientists and engineers visit classrooms and give lab tours.

We partner with UW in several ongoing initiatives:

The public learns all about polar research through face-to-face interactions with APL-UW researchers during the Polar Science Weekend at Seattle's Pacific Science Center each spring.

The University of Washington ROV team is a student-founded club, mentored by APL-UW researchers, with the goal of designing, building, and operating an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

Acoustics Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing Center for Environmental & Information Systems Center for Industrial & Medical Ultrasound Electronic & Photonic Systems Ocean Engineering Ocean Physics Polar Science Center