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Onboarding to the Roberts Lab at the University of Washington.

For newcomers, please read the following pages. Please read carefully, complete any required tasks (e.g. safety documentation).

  1. Code of Conduct

  2. Lab Safety

  3. Lab Notebooks

  4. Data Management

  5. Lab Communication

  6. Computing

Lab IAQs

(Initially Asked Questions) or TLDR Handbook

What things do I need to do to get "connected"?

Get on lab Slack, added to the lab GitHub Organization, added to Lab Calendar, attend Lab Meetings, post regularly to your lab notebook.

What do I need to have on my device(s) to get started?

  • shell
  • git
  • GitHub Desktop
  • RStudio

What do you recommend for learning more about the process and output of the labs's scientific endevours?

Getting connected at the University of Washington

At the University of Washington, there are a number of departments, schools, programs, institutes, and people that you may find beneficial to connect with. Below are some resources to help get you connected.

DEI Groups, Committees, Centers, and Resources

This is a list (non-exhaustive) of DEI groups, committees, centers, and resources available to you at UW and beyond: Our DEI page


If you experience any problems in joining these listservs, email SAFS computing administrator, Michael Parker (

Undergraduate students

Graduate students


Faculty (Log in with UW net id)

In particular under "Policies" 1. "Salary recovery policy" explains how if you have too many grants for your salary, you can use some to cover state salary, and then the state salary gets shifted to SAFS (benefits portion) and your RCR (the remainder).

  1. "Salary recovery policy" teaching buyout. You can buy out from 1 quarter of teaching a small seminar course, for 1.5 mo of salary, or a large course for 2 mo of salary. Restrictions apply.

  2. "Teaching release", when substantially revamping a course or developing a new course, it is possible to get a one-quarter teaching release.

In addition, there are University-wide policies that some of us have signed up for: 1. A/B salary. For those who often have extra grant funding, it is possible to use the A/B salary. Your state income stays the same, but pays for only 80% or 90% of your time (basically an increase in monthly salary rate), and the extra time is covered by external grants. More details here:

  1. Personal mobile phone use for business. It is possible to cover a portion of your cell phone bill from RCR if you use your cell phone for UW business. More details here: This one depends on departmental policy to some extent.