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Paid Undergraduate Research Experience for Summer

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 08:48

Researchers at the UW iSchool are looking for an undergraduate student for a paid summer research experience.

Are you passionate about health? Are you in the know about social media trends? Do you like engaging users in research? Then we’ve got a project for you!

We are looking for undergraduates who have a knack for user research to join our project in health informatics. As a user researcher, you will join our energetic team in reaching out to users who have experienced with cancer. You will conduct interviews, surveys, usability testing, and qualitative coding.  As flourishing user researcher, you will join our team led by two iSchool faculty members Wanda Pratt and David McDonald for weekly team meetings.

If you are looking to gain research experience, earn some money, and find a compelling way to spend your summer – don’t pass up this opportunity for an exceptional summer research experience!

To inquire, please see requirements below. Then email (1) your resume and (2) 3–5 sentences describing your interest in this research project to Andrea Hartzler:

Project description

This project involves user research for connecting patients in online health communities. For more about our project see:


  • Ability to obtain human subjects certification on the job (or before)
  • Interest in engaging users in research
  • Coursework or experience in design thinking (e.g., Info 360) and research methods (e.g., Info 447)
  • Ability to work independently with research mentorship
  • Take part in weekly meetings with research team and mentor
  • Applicant must be working towards an undergraduate degree


  •  Coursework in web site development (e.g., Info 343) and information design (e.g., Info 444, Info 424)
  • A knack for user research thinking “outside the box” with example projects from coursework
  • Prior research experience
  • Interest in working with an multidisciplinary team

Website Development for the Kenya Research (KRP) Program

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 15:08

The Kenya Research Program is seeking student help to re-design their website. Applications are requested ASAP; work will commence in early May.

Request for Proposals
Website Development for the Kenya Research (KRP) Program

1. Company Overview
The Kenya Research Program at the University of Washington provides an academic forum to support both trainees and investigators in the planning, implementation, analysis, and presentation of research conducted in Kenya. With a 25-year history of working in Kenya, our program has collaborated with various institutions including University of Nairobi, Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Coptic Mission, Walter Reed and more. We have approximately 20 investigators, 10 administrative staff and approximately 25 students. The url for our current website is:

2. Project Overview
We would like the expertise of WordPress developers to help in designing and developing a new KRP website that has an updated feel, ease of navigation for the different sections of our audience, ease of updating from the administrators end and ease of access to those in developing countries.

3. Project Goals and Objectives
We would like to update the website and make it easier for the different types of audience to find what they need quickly. Our program has gone through many changes since this website was first built and therefore the website needs to be re-organized.

4. Technical Parameters

a. The KRP website will be hosted on the servers based at the University of Washington and use the WordPress platform.
b. Please see Attachment A Site Plan.
c. Databases will be required.
d. Content will be provided by KRP Staff.

5. Usability Requirements
The audience for the KRP website will need to do the following:

  • Faculty members will access the site to view the meeting and conference schedules, view other faculty programs and publications, look for collaborators at different institutions, link to the Travel site to register their travel, and read the News page.
  • Students will access the site to look at schedules, courses, collaborators, projects, publications, link to the Travel site to register their travel, and use additional resources.
  • Outside individuals will access the projects, collaborators, calendars
  • Staff will access the site to blog about news and update resources for staff, and update all pages as necessary.
  • The developer will set up a draft work site and work closely with us to test the website for usability and design.
  • The developer will be available for 3-months after the launch of the website to respond to any major technical difficulties related to the new site.

6. Functional Parameters

a. Search functions on each page for the entire site as well as specific searches for individual pages.
b. An interactive map (with links to different pages) will be required that shows where our projects are located.
c. A calendar will be required that is easily updatable
d. A blog page for the administrators is required.
e. Rolling images (provided by KRP) on the top of the home page.
f. A News Section on the home page.
g. Password protected site for Fogarty students.
h. Password protected site for staff.

7. Proposal Directions
Please respond to this RFP with the following information:

1. Describe your experience
2. List a sample of urls of your work
3. Provide bios of key personnel who will work on this project
4. Provide a list of references and their contact information
5. Outline a process plan for this project
Contact Information
Please contact Tammy Wilson,, 206–744-3641 if you have any questions. All proposals should be submitted via email to by 5:00PM April 25, 2014.

8. Budget
The maximum dollar limit for this proposal is $5,000.

9. Timeframe
Apply ASAP; work will commence by May 12, 2014.
A draft of the site will be available to KRP for testing on June 13, 2014.
Work, including testing, will be completed by June 30, 2014.
Follow up – Developer will be available for 3 months after completion of the work to respond to any major technical difficulties.

Engineers in Consulting — Panel Discussion May 7

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 14:46

Engineering student organizations, headed by IIE, are hosting an Employer Panel focused on engineering consulting.

Wednesday, May 7
6 — 7:30 p.m.
EEB 303

Representatives from Harris Group, Hitachi Consulting, Pariveda Solutions, and Slalom Consulting will be in attendance. Nice casual attire recommended.

Come prepared with any and all management/tech consulting related questions for our panelists.

Dinner provided. RSVP here.