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APL-UW scientists guide the advanced degree programs of several dozen students every year. Students are integrated directly into sponsored Laboratory research projects, where they gain specialized training, experience, and broad professional support.

Beyond the UW, Laboratory staff share science with the community — inspiring early learners with hands-on activities, and motivating middle and high school students to pursue studies in STEM fields.

polar science weekend @ pacific science center      

Hands-on activities, live demonstrations, and interactive exhibits engage young learners with cool science at the annual three-day event in downtown Seattle. The successful partnership of the Pacific Science Center — the most-visited museum in Washington — and the Laboratory is in its twelfth year.

Students, with their teachers, friends, and families, learn face-to-face from scientists who work in some of the most remote and challenging environments on Earth. They test their taste buds to differentiate the saltiness of the Arctic Ocean from other seas, build and launch tiny models of buoyancy-driven gliding robots, and clock mock glacial flow.

In 2017 over three dozen APL-UW staff were among the nearly 180 total volunteers bringing polar science to life for thousands of visitors.

engaging young learners with cool science!

cultivating research skills   enrichment for STEM-motivated girls  

A highlight for many undergraduate students mentored by APL-UW scientists is to prepare and present posters and talks for the annual University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Two students presented on topics at the intersection of engineering and medical therapies. Dino De Raad, advised by Tom Matula, studied methods to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of flow cytometry. Alyssa Schul pursued research in mentor Daniel Leotta's lab, where they are developing a simulation system for healthcare professionals to improve their ability to classify patients' vascular disease severity.

Astronomy and physics major Elizabeth Marie Farrell was entrained in Tim Elam's project to perfect an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer for a future Mars rover mission.

Engineers Trina Litchendorf and Dana Manalang create and lead interactive workshop on the science and engineering of ocean observing system for dozens of middle and high school girls. They set up an experiment where the students use a Sea-Bird Electronics MicroCat C-T recorder to measure temperature and conductivity in various water samples.

"We give them a hands-on experience with oceanographic instruments and methods, with the aim of empowering and inspiring the girls to pursue careers as ocean scientists and engineers."

mentoring student engineers      

The UW Human-Powered Submarine Team has been active for over 20 years as a student club in the UW Department of Mechanical Engineering. Every year the team designs and builds a submarine to compete in the alternate-year International and European Submarine Races. APL-UW Principal Engineer ANDY STEWART serves as the team's faculty advisor.

The UW's entry in the first human-powered sub competition in 1989 was built at APL-UW and the team was comprised of Laboratory staff and UW students. With Stewart advising the club, many of the design and build activities have now returned to APL-UW facilities.

what sub dawg?

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