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Husky Seed Fund

About the Husky Seed Fund

The Husky Seed Fund is an award that brings to life innovative ideas by students that are inclusive, impactful, and inventive to the UW. The fund launched as a pilot program for students on the Seattle campus in 2016 and is now expanded to also include the Tacoma and Bothell campuses. The fund is managed by students on the Husky Experience Student Advisory Council with funds from the Office of the Provost. Created by students for students, the goal is to bring to life innovative ideas by awarding funds for projects that that will enhance students’ extracurricular experience.

The winners of the Husky Seed Fund are students who are embracing their Husky Experience. They are making their passions come to life, and gaining the skills they need to prepare for rewarding careers in industry, community and life. As you learn more about their projects, we encourage you to do the same – make the most of your Husky Experience.

For questions or more information, contact HESAC members at seedfund@uw.edu, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/huskyseedfund, and read this UW Daily article.

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Applying for the Husky Seed Fund

Look for applications in February, 2018.

Your idea could become reality with a seed funding award of up to $5000. This is your chance to develop leadership and team building while creating something truly unique for your fellow Huskies.

Projects must be Inclusive, Impactful, and Inventive. Overall, HESAC looks for projects that help students feel at home with the UW and engage with the Husky community.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to apply for this program, you (or the group) must be enrolled at either the UW Seattle, Bothell, or Tacoma campus. The applicant(s) must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 for each group member, and can be of any discipline, major and class standing (including graduate and professional students).

Award Distribution and Accountability
Projects can request up to $5000 (with an average award amount of $2500). Awardees will be held accountable for their progress. Funds are distributed quarterly and awardees will submit a progress report prior to receiving the funds, giving a summary of their achievements, lessons learned, etc.

About the Husky Experience Student Advisory Council

HESAC was formed in 2015 as an initiative of the provost’s office to advance the Husky Experience by gathering student input and furthering student-led projects. The Husky Seed Fund is one such endeavor to catalyze projects that embody Husky Experience goals while offering students opportunities to learn complex skills and take on responsibility with a broad campus impact.

In 2016, the council launched the new seed funding program with funds and support provided by the provost’s office. As council members work to design, lead and manage the new program, they are also coached on how to include these leadership skills on their resumes, add them to their “elevator speech,” and apply these lessons and skills in their day-to-day lives as Huskies.

Applications for 2017-18 council member positions are now being accepted. Apply here until 5:00 pm October 31, 2017.

2016-2017 HESAC Members

Sara Becker-Mayer, Environmental Studies Undergraduate, 2019
Christine Betts, Computer Science Undergraduate, 2019
Katherine Brower, Microbiology Undergraduate, 2018
Christopher Cave, Business Undergraduate, 2018
Yichuan He, Physics Undergraduate, 2018
Mayoore Jaiswal, Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Student
Philip Lee, Bioengineering Undergraduate, 2017
Ana Luong, Public Health Undergraduate, 2018
John Trochta, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Graduate Student
Jiajin Zheng, International Studies Undergraduate, 2019

2016-2017 HESAC Members with adviser, Katy DeRosier (left of center).

2016-2017 HESAC Members with adviser, Katy DeRosier (left of center).

For questions or more information, contact HESAC members at seedfund@uw.edu, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/huskyseedfund, and read this UW Daily article.

The 2017 Husky Seed Fund winners are:

  • Nick Bolten, PhD in Electrical Engineering: UW OpenSidewalks will gather rich data pertaining to the footpaths and indoor paths throughout the UW Seattle Campus to be imported to an internationally known open, mapping database (OpenStreetMap). This will help fulfill the UW’s commitment to equal access in our physical campus and simultaneously raise awareness in the community to the challenges experienced by UW students with disabilities.  This is particularly timely since Seattle is hosting the Special Olympics USA Games in 2018 and many events will take place on the Seattle campus.
  • Molly Mollica, PhD in Bioengineering: Husky ADAPT will teach UW students to adapt toys for children with disabilities. Students adapting toys learn complex engineering concepts such as circuitry and reverse engineering while also learning technical skills such as soldering and using hand tools. “Toys are developmentally important, so they are fun, and that’s a good part of them, but they also teach things like cause-and- effect, motor skills, independence,” says Mollica. See press on previous events at http://www.king5.com/news/local/seattle/toy-hackers- help-kids- with-disabilities/367898045
  • Joy Turner, Masters of Public Administration and Andrew Peppler, dual degrees in Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Business Administration: Speak Freely seeks to create a trans-partisan, student-veteran podcast to explore the difficult concepts and issues upon which our fellow Americans cannot seem to find common ground. Targeted to a non-veteran, national audience, the podcast seeks to broadcast the widest range of voices throughout the Husky and broader Washington veteran community. Regardless of their politics, veterans have a shared history of working together to accomplish a mission, in the broader interests of the nation – an experience that all Americans can learn from.

The 2016 Husky Seed Fund winners are:

  • Lauren Mittelman, senior in Public Health, and Aleenah Ansari, sophomore in Biochemistry: The Vulnerability Collective gathered and honored 100 stories of students’ personal experiences of vulnerability and growth which were presented at an open campus reading event as well as collected in printed copies of the stories.
  • Cristian Ovadiuc, senior in Microbiology: The Undergraduate Research Journal aims to bolster undergraduate research by providing a social and interactive peer-review publishing platform that is open to all schools from the UW.