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The undergraduate experience at the University of Washington is, like our students, dynamic and diverse. Gain behind-the-scenes insight into the way UAA deepens and expands academics at the UW through stories about the people and programs in UAA.

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  • Debra Bragg to receive prestigious national award for her research

    February 13, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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    Debra Bragg, director of the Community College Research Initiative Debra Bragg, director of the University of Washington’s Community College Research Initiative (CCRI), will receive the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students’ (NISTS) most prestigious award: the Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion Award. This honor recognizes exceptional advocacy and leadership in the field of…

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  • 2017-18 President's Medalists announced

    February 1, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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    The President’s Medalist Award celebrates the top student in each undergraduate class. Selected by a committee for their high GPA, rigor of their classes and number of Honors courses, the recipients for the 2017-18 academic year come from a broad range of disciplines.

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  • What my “yikes” moments taught me about leadership

    December 10, 2018

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    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.

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  • UW alum Henry Chan named Schwarzman Scholar

    December 3, 2018

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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    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…

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  • UW’s Havana McElvaine selected as prestigious Marshall scholar

    December 3, 2018

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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    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.

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  • Celebrating National First-Generation College Student Day

    November 8, 2018

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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    In honor of National First-Generation College Student Day, we asked a few UAA staff members who were the first in their families to attend and graduate from college how the experience changed their life.

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  • How research changed Melissa's life

    October 24, 2018

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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    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...

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

    October 19, 2018

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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

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  • New Huskies kick off 2018 academic year - watch the video

    October 1, 2018

    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…

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  • Fall 2018 welcome from Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor

    September 26, 2018

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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    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…

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