Undergraduate Academic Affairs


December 10, 2018

What my “yikes” moments taught me about leadership

Gigi Gaultier

Gigi looks at her students' final projects.

I gripped the edges of my letter from the University of Washington. Waitlisted. I knew I was in over my head expecting myself to get into UW. I had set myself off from the “normal” track by doing Running Start and was worried that this put me at a disadvantage, especially because I wasn’t an…

December 3, 2018

UW alum Henry Chan named Schwarzman Scholar

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Chan, On Man-375w

University of Washington alumnus Henry (On Man) Chan, ’14, is the first UW student or alum to receive the Schwarzman Scholarship. An extremely competitive scholarship, only 147 of the 2,887 candidates were selected to join this one-of-a kind program that focuses on developing the next generation of global leaders. Schwarzman Scholars will come from around…

UW’s Havana McElvaine selected as prestigious Marshall scholar

Jackson Holtz

Image of Havana McElvaine playing soccer and city-based portrait

University of Washington alumna Havana McElvaine, Class of 2017, has been selected as a Marshall scholar, one of the highest honors available to college graduates in the U.S.

October 24, 2018

How research changed Melissa’s life

Undergraduate Academic Affairs


Melissa Krook always knew she wanted a career helping people. That was the easy part. Figuring out how was the challenge. Early on, Melissa had friends of all ages. Her grandmother, a nurse, operated a nursing home within her home in Federal Way, Washington. There, Melissa learned that friends come at all ages…

October 19, 2018

Francesca Lo named executive director of leadership education in Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Portrait of Fran Lo

Undergraduate Academic Affairs is pleased to announce organizational shifts designed to more proactively align the unit’s community engagement and student leadership development work.

October 1, 2018

New Huskies kick off 2018 academic year – watch the video

Bryan Nakata

Students at 2018 Husky Kickoff

This year’s entering class of undergraduates is the University of Washington’s largest group in history. Freshmen and transfer students arrive from all over Washington state, across the country and throughout the world. It may be their first time being away from home, taking college courses or living in the Pacific Northwest climate. Programs in Undergraduate…

September 26, 2018

Fall 2018 welcome from Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Portrait of Ed Taylor

Dear Friends of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, As a first-generation student at Gonzaga University in Spokane, where I earned my bachelors’ and master’s degrees, and here at the UW where I earned my Ph.D., I found points of connection with faculty and advisers who were truly devoted to the well-being of students and who created a…

August 3, 2018

Resilience Lab announces 2018 seed grant recipients

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Grass seedlings image

The University of Washington Resilience Lab recently awarded 16 grants to UW projects designed to cultivate kindness, compassion and gratitude; to engage hardships, setbacks and failures with compassion and vulnerability; to foster connectedness, belonging and community; and to embrace both common humanity and diversity within the human experience. Students, staff and faculty from all three…

July 23, 2018

Sean Gehrke named director of the Office of Educational Assessment

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Photo of Sean Gehrke

Undergraduate Academic Affairs is thrilled to announce Sean Gehrke as the new director of the Office of Educational Assessment (OEA). Gehrke brings more than 15 years of experience as an administrator, researcher and leader in higher education. In his new role, Gehrke, along with his colleagues in OEA, will lead the charge in assessing the…

July 21, 2018

2018 UAA staff awardees announced

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Group photo of the Workday team.

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Undergraduate Academic Affairs staff recognition and distinguished partner awardees. Selected for their dedication to supporting UAA’s mission of creating innovative academic experiences for undergraduates, these 23  staff members made an indelible impact on the UW’s students, faculty, staff and community. And the awardees are… Award for Excellence • Lisa Bruce, Assistant…

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