Undergraduate Academic Affairs


February 16, 2018

UW senior Timothy Welsh selected to be 1 of 15 Churchill Scholars nationally

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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A Pacific Northwest native, Timothy Welsh grew up fascinated by the natural world. Over the years, his career goals transitioned from geology to forestry, until he discovered chemistry. “What made me finally decide on chemistry as the path for me is an appreciation for the remarkable microscopic and biochemical functions that are crucial to every…

February 12, 2018

2016-17 President’s Medalists announced

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For nearly 40 years, the University of Washington has celebrated the top undergraduate in each class by awarding them the President’s Medalist distinction. Selected by a committee for their high GPA, rigor of their classes and number of Honors courses, this year’s recipients feature three well-rounded students who excel in both the sciences and the…

January 12, 2018

Let MLK week inspire the birth of a new set of values

Ed Taylor

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One of the few days my mother wept in my presence was April 4, 1968, the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee. Fifty years ago this year. When I think of Dr. King’s life and death, I often think of women like my mother who seemed to hold undisclosed and…

October 3, 2017

Adiam Tesfay named director of Academic Support Programs

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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Undergraduate Academic Affairs is thrilled to announce Adiam Tesfay as the new director of Academic Support Programs (ASP). Tesfay joined Academic Support Programs in 2011, first serving as assistant director, then associate director and most recently interim director. Over the course of her tenure, she has actively worked to help students navigate the transition to…

September 26, 2017

Welcome from Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor

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Our work within UAA and out across the University is tied together and interdependent. Research, service and scholarship go hand in hand. The first-year experience, and students’ transitions through to declaring a major and graduating into lives outside the University are one and the same. Leadership, service and ethics all serve the same purpose: To become a more thoughtful and compassionate public.

September 5, 2017

UW values: Committed to our DACA Dreamers

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Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor offered his thoughts on today’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Links to President Cauce’s statement and resources are also available here.

July 18, 2017

2017 UAA Staff Awardees Announced

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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…

July 5, 2017

Lupita Tovar: Mapping New Worlds

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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.

June 21, 2017

Ernie Tao leads with compassion

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“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.”

June 14, 2017

14 ways Huskies are leading the way

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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…

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