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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…


April 24, 2017

Celebrating 10 years of Levinson Emerging Scholars

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  Since 2007, the Levinson Emerging Scholars Awards have supported undergraduate researchers whose passion for science never rests. Mentored by and working alongside some of the University of Washington’s most accomplished researchers and teachers, these students participate in the invigorating work of advancing knowledge to solve some of society’s most intractable problems. Meet this remarkable…


February 24, 2017

2015-2016 President’s Medalists Announced

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President Ana Mari Cauce awarded three outstanding undergraduate students with the President’s Medalist award. Selected for their academic performance as well as their co- and extra-curricular involvement, their high grades and well-rounded extra-curriculars, this year’s recipients are: Hannah Werbel, a computer science major; Siena Traverso, an early childhood and family studies major; and Evan Wang,…


January 9, 2017

Innovative paid internship allows student to gain hands-on work experience

Hyein Park

For students at the University of Washington, internships are key to crossing the gap between college and the world of work. However, financial need is a major setback that prevents many students from doing unpaid internships. This is the situation that faced Ruby Vigo. A student from the School of Social Work, Ruby’s longstanding desire…



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