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Ernie Tao leads with compassion

UW student by day, volunteer firefighter by night. Watch Ernie's story. [video]

Mapping New Worlds

Lupita Tovar charts exoplanets.

20th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Meet the students, mentors and alumni whose dedication to research keeps the UW on the forefront of the latest research.

What a year it's been!

Watch the video and browse UAA's Facebook page for some highlights.

Celebrating 20 Years of the Mary Gates Endowment for Students

Watch a video highlighting the legacy of the Endowment. [video]


  • 2017 UAA Staff Awardees Announced

    July 18, 2017

    Drawing of a trophy

    Congratulations to the 2016-17 Undergraduate Academic Affairs staff recognition awardees. Selected for their dedication to supporting UAA’s mission of creating innovative academic experiences for undergraduates, these six UAA staff members made an indelible impact on UW students, faculty and staff. And the awardees are... Award for Excellence Aley Mills Willis, director of academic services, Honors…


  • Lupita Tovar: Mapping New Worlds

    July 5, 2017

    Lupita Tovar working at the chalkboard.

    Lupita Tovar originally intended to major in business. However, the opportunity to get involved with research changed her mind. Now an astronomy major, Lupita investigates telescopes to map exoplanets (words outside our solar system). If successful, she’ll pitch her ideas to NASA and the greater science community.


  • Ernie Tao leads with compassion

    June 21, 2017

    Photo of Ernie Tao

    "The ideas of service and leadership connect to each other because a good leader is one who serves." — Ernie Tao, ’18, political science and biochemistry and volunteer firefighter For UW student Ernie Tao, volunteering as a firefighter allows him to serve our communities with the highest level of engagement: “his own hands and feet.”

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