Undergraduate Study


Engaging in research allows undergraduate students to contribute unique perspectives, sharpen critical and analytical skills, complement and extend classroom learning, and prepare for graduate and professional study.

Usually listed as 499 among the various departments and units across the University, earning academic credit for research allows for the opportunity to engage in research at a deeper level under the supervision of faculty. Food systems and nutrition research with Nutritional Sciences Program faculty is organized through NUTR 499 Undergraduate Research.

Students typically organize their own research experience through relationships they develop with faculty. The UW’s Undergraduate Research Program offers guidance on how to get started as well as a Research Opportunities Database. Opportunities for students enrolled in the School of Public Health are posted on the Student Opportunities page and advisers are available to discuss strategies and next steps.

Once admitted to the major, up to 5 credits earned through structured and relevant research may count toward the 20 credits required in electives. In all cases, students need to consult with their adviser and develop a NUTR 499 Research Learning Contract (pdf) for undergraduate research approval.