Undergraduate Academic Affairs

June 14, 2017

14 ways Huskies are leading the way

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Throughout the 2016-17 school year, our undergraduates and alumni made the most of their Husky experience  — designing their own research projects, developing their leadership skills, mentoring each other and more — all with an eye towards leading the way to a better tomorrow.

1. Undergraduates are helping their fellow Huskies ace their classes.
In 2016-17, 80 CLUE tutors fielded more than 35,000 student visits. On top of that, they ran 12+ weekly discussion sessions and 75 exam reviews per quarter.

Students sit and study in the Mary Gates Hall Commons.


2. The Undergraduate Research Symposium turned 20!
That’s 20 years of students researching alongside faculty mentors, learning to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world settings and contributing to the UW’s research powerhouse.


3. Huskies welcome #NewHuskies to campus.
More than 200 undergraduates helped 3,500+ newbies navigate the ins-and-outs of campus life. This includes teaching FIGs, leading Dawg Daze and guiding students through registration.

Group of students at Husky Kick-Off event


4. Honors alumnus Noah Purcell is working to uphold the constitution.
As Washington state solicitor, Purcell argued Washington’s challenge to the controversial Trump administration travel and immigration ban, winning both in District Court and the 9th Circuit, earning a temporary restraining order of the ban.

Portrait of Noah Purcell


5. Chronicle of Higher Ed names UW top producer of Fulbright Scholars
21 UW students, including 10 undergraduates will embark on Fulbrights. This year’s class will travel all over the world – including Lithuania, Nepal, Mexico and Israel – to teach English and pursue independent research projects.

Photo of City of Vilnius


6. Becoming #GlobalDawgs.
For 18 lucky recipients of the Bonderman Travel Fellowship, the end of the year meant packing and planning for eight months of solo travel! With funding in hand, they will travel through at least six countries and two distinct regions. Fellows are not allowed to pursue research or academic study, but are instead directed to experience, learn and grow as they immerse themselves in new cultures and communities.

Photo of the 2017 Bonderman Fellows


7. Huskies are eager to serve their local communities. 
Over the course of the 2016-17 school year, 4,009 students served a collective 131,840 hours in partner organizations around Seattle.
Student washes window as part of MLK Day of Service.


8. Undergrads partner with schools around the state as part of Alternative Spring Break.
68 students spent their spring breaks immersed in rural communities throughout Washington state. While there, they volunteered in local schools and learned about the broader issues facing their host communities.

UW undergraduate teaches a group of elementary school students.


9. Learning to lead.

134 students earned a Husky Leadership Certificate. Guided by mentors, these students looked deep within to define their leadership philosophy, envision the impact they will make and develop the skills to achieve their vision.

Students display their Husky Leadership Certificate.


UW athletes are winning on and off the field.
Fall ’16 marked the first time 18 out of 22 teams had GPAs above 3.0. #GoDawgs!

Julia DePonte runs the bases at a UW softball game.

Washington Husky Softball earned an average GPA of 3.44 and made it to the College World Series semifinals. Joshua Gateley


11. Helping preschoolers prepare for school through Jumpstart
72 UW undergrads worked with 257 preschoolers in 14 preschool classrooms, teaching them language, literacy and social skills needed to succeed in elementary school and beyond.

Students and Jumpstart teacher work in classroom.


12. Discovering their passion.
More than 4,000 students received funding to pursue their own research, leadership and innovation projects through the Mary Gates Endowment for Students. Many credit this experience with giving them the confidence to pursue advanced degrees and prestigious careers. The Endowment turned 20 this year.

Banner reading Mary Gates Endowment


13.The Levinson Emerging Scholars program turned 10, and its alumni are making a big impact.
These scholars are now researching in the Arctic, investigating how the brain functions and developing new research techniques, using genome engineering to phenotype thousands of mutations in a single experiment.

Photo of Jeff Bowman, helicopter and supplies in Antarctica

Helicopter and supplies in AntarcticaJeff Bowman


14. Broadcasting our failures.
Honors student and Vulnerability Collective founder Lauren Mittleman discussed the power of sharing our failures on KUOW. Listen to the story here.