Student Members

CREATE student members are University of Washington students who are interested in a facet of accessibility: research, education, or translation-to-practice.

Student members receive announcements and invitations for public events such as seminars and talks, network with the CREATE community through the UW CREATE students Slack channel, and are eligible for CREATE Student Minigrants.

How to get involved

To learn about: Consider these programs: Get started:
Adaptive engineering design, hands-on adaptive making, and to connect with other students HuskyAdapt: student-run group that learns about adaptive engineering design and creates adaptive toys that are distributed to the community. Apply in October-November
Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) DUB REU (may need to correct year in url) Apply in January
Computing research and education CRA-WP DREU: awards, scholarships and programs for undergrad and graduate students from underrepresented communities Apply in March
Mentorship, internships, opportunities in computing fields UW AccessComputing ongoing
Academics Accessibility courses at the UW Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters
Networking, advocacy, accessibility learning Teach Access Away programs for networking with higher education, industry, and advocacy organizations while learning about accessibility ongoing

Learn more

A purple-tinted collage of UW students working with adults with various mobility and communication disabilities to develop tools to improve their function.
UW students work with adults with mobility and communication disabilities to develop tools for better access.


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    June 13, 2024 Congratulations to CREATE Ph.D. student Reham Abuatiq, who has received the 2024 Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowship, which will fully fund her for one quarter for her dissertation writing phase!  Advised by CREATE associate director Heather Feldner, Abuatiq's dissertation work is exploring the Healthcare Transition of Middle Eastern Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities…

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  • Congrats to CREATE's Graduating Ph.D. Students 2024!

    May 30, 2024 Four of CREATE's influential and productive doctoral students are graduating this spring. Please join us in congratulating Avery Mack, Emma McDonnell, Venkatesh Potluri, and Ather Sharif and wishing them well. Avery Mack Avery Mack will receive their Ph.D. from the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. Advised by CREATE…

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  • CREATE Students Honored in Husky100

    Two students selected for the 2024 Husky 100 exemplify CREATE's mission to make technology accessible and make the world accessible through technology while involving people with lived disability experiences in their research. Kianna Bolante Kianna Bolante is an undergraduate student studying computer science who has deepened her understanding of accessibility needs and computing education research…

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  • Empowering users with disabilities through customized interfaces for assistive robots

    March 15, 2024 For people with severe physical limitations such as quadriplegia, the ability to tele-operate personal assistant robots could bring a life-enhancing level of independence and self-determination. Allen School Ph.D. candidate Vinitha Ranganeni and her advisor, CREATE faculty member Maya Cakmak, have been working to understand and meet the needs of users of assistive…

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  • Zhang is CREATE’s Newest Apple AIML fellow

    March 18, 2024 Congratulations to Zhuohao (Jerry) Zhang – the most recent CREATE Ph.D. student to receive an Apple Scholars in AIML PhD fellowship. The prestigious award supports students through funding, internship opportunities, and mentorship with an Apple researcher.  Zhang is a 3rd-year iSchool Ph.D. student advised by Prof. Jacob. O Wobbrock. His research focuses…

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