Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Feature Stories


  • An education road trip around Washington state

    June 18, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Group picture of new faculty members

    Fresh off of graduation ceremonies, but before next year’s classes are fully prepped, new faculty and librarians from the University of Washington will take to the road. Some of our fellow travelers will be new to Washington, unsure of what to expect. Others grew up here and studied elsewhere only to return to begin their…

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  • A watershed moment for inspiration

    June 13, 2019

    Bryan Nakata

    Jane Harrell near the Green River.

    After witnessing the effects of weather and climate on the fishing industry, Jane Harrell, '19, knew she wanted to study atmospheric sciences. In 2012, Jane and her husband Mike combined their love of fishing and the outdoors with their entrepreneurial spirit and bought a fishing boat. What followed was two years of great fishing. But…

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  • 2019 UAA staff awardees announced

    June 3, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Icon of an award medal

    Congratulations to the 2018-19 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 14 staff members made an indelible impact on the UW’s students, faculty, staff and community. And the awardees are… Award for Excellence • Debbie McGhee, research…

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  • Othello: A speech by Samia Ali

    May 23, 2019

    Bryan Nakata

    Samia Ali posing on the University of Washington campus.

    On January 16, 2019, Samia Ali, '21, delivered a powerful speech during the opening celebration for the Othello-UW Commons, a multi-functional partnership space in Southeast Seattle’s Othello neighborhood. Ali's speech details her experience growing up in the area for 11 years, from the vibrant people who live there to the spaces she holds sacred. This video uses parts of…

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  • Three UW students honored by the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Program

    May 22, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Drawing of a globe

    The Boren Awards program honored three University of Washington students, naming Conor Cunningham and Sarah Slack as recipients, and Oliver Lang as an alternate.  A competitive award, more than 850 students applied, and only 244 were offered positions. Boren Scholarships award up to $20,000 to study language and regions critical to U.S. interests. In exchange…

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  • Spring Celebration showcases Huskies' dedication to service and leadership

    May 20, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Student stands in front of her poster and explains her research

    University of Washington students’ dedication to community engagement and leadership will be recognized at the Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership on May 21 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Husky Union Building (HUB) on the UW Seattle campus. The annual event showcases UW undergraduates who serve and lead in their communities, both on…

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  • Undergraduates to present research spanning academic disciplines on May 17, 2019

    May 16, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Photo of Mary Gates Hall Commons during the Undergraduate Research Symposium

    On Friday, May 17, more than 1,200 University of Washington undergraduates and visiting undergraduate student scholars will participate in the 22nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium — an event that is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. The Symposium runs from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on the UW Seattle campus. Students will present…

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  • Two UW students honored by Goldwater Foundation

    May 1, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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    The Goldwater Foundation honored two University of Washington students this year. Selected from 1,223 nominees from across the country, undergraduates Chris Moore and Irika Sinha were named Goldwater Scholars.

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  • Teaching across borders to become a better doctor

    April 30, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Photo of Tammy Tarhini

    Tammy Tarhini, '17, graduated knowing she wanted to be a doctor and work with Arabic speaking populations. However, she decided to spend the year before medical school on a Fulbright Fellowship as an English teaching assistant in Berlin, Germany. The question she’s most frequently asked is, “You want to be teacher?” Nope. Here’s why she’s…

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  • UW alumna Sneha Indrajit selected as scholar for China’s Yenching Academy

    April 19, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Photo of Sneja Indrajit in Suzzallo Library.

    University of Washington alumna Sneha Indrajit, ’18, was recently selected for the competitive Yenching Academy Scholars program at Peking University. Indrajit earned her degree with honors in international studies and is one of approximately 125 scholars from around the world selected to be in their 2019-20 cohort. The opportunity to join the Yenching Academy is…

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