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February 8, 2024

Celebrating the 2022–23 Undergraduate Medalists

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

From the thousands of undergraduate students at the University of Washington, three are selected each year for the prestigious President’s Medalist Award. Sayako Mitchell, Ayush Agrawal and Cin Dacey Ahrens are the medalists for 2022–23, selected by a committee for their high GPAs, rigor of classes and numbers of Honors courses. All three are students in the University Honors Program, completing the Interdisciplinary Honors track. Drawn to the UW for its academic reputation, each of these Huskies has carved out a unique path — exploring their chosen areas of study, ranging from computer science to applied mathematics and linguistics. The three medalists will be recognized by University President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Tricia Serio at a special reception, where each recipient will receive their medal in front of family, friends and mentors.


November 7, 2023

Belonging: My Husky experience through UW Honors

Samantha-Lynn Martinez

Photo of Samantha-Lynn Martinez using RED camera.

UW undergraduate student Samantha-Lynn Martinez delves into the world of wildlife cinematography, science communications and belonging. In this commentary, Martinez discusses the importance of representation in the field and reflects on her growth and the support she received from the UW Honors Program and her community. Martinez emphasizes the power of belonging, recognizing the value of her voice and creative interests in academic and professional settings. She aspires to continue her journey in science communications and conservation filmmaking, inspiring others along the way.


July 6, 2023

15 Seconds at a Time: First-Year Interest Groups [video]

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Video still of LeAnne Wiles

In this video, Student Academic Services and First Year Programs executive director LeAnne Wiles takes on the challenge of explaining the First-year Interest Groups (FIGs) in less than 15 seconds at a time. “15 Seconds at a Time” is a series in which various Undergraduate Academic Affairs programs explain their work in bite-sized bursts.


April 4, 2023

Making marine biology fun

Danielle Marie Holland

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An undergraduate in the Honors Program at the University of Washington, Martinez not only studies marine biology, but is also pursuing evolution, ecology and conservation biology. Add in her videography, photography and design work, and it’s easy to see how Martinez is making waves innovating science impact communications. With a unique perspective as both a…


March 29, 2023

Protecting our shared home: A conversation with author, climate advocate and alum Brianna Craft

Danielle Marie Holland

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Far from remaining frozen in panic, Craft spent the following years diving into the issues behind the climate crisis. Craft credits some of her journey through fear and into deeper understanding to the UW Honors Program’s interdisciplinary approach. She was awarded a Bonderman Fellowship in 2008, and used the following year to travel through 14…


February 23, 2023

Celebrating the 2021–22 Undergraduate Medalists

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

From the thousands of undergraduate students at the University of Washington, three are selected each year for the prestigious President’s Medalist Award. Olivia Brandon, Peyton Goodwin and Anaëlle Enders are the medalists for 2021–22, selected by a committee for their high GPAs, rigor of classes and numbers of Honors courses. All three are students in the University Honors Program, completing the Interdisciplinary Honors track.


February 21, 2023

More than money: Scholarships, jobs, internships map to students’ interests

Jenelle Birnbaum and Danielle Marie Holland

Illustration of figures and representations of dollar bills floating in a sunrise sky. People are catching the dollars, floating with them.

Funding opportunities abound across UAA with a broad range of funded opportunities — scholarships, internships and jobs — that connect to and support students’ interests.


November 10, 2022

15-seconds at a time: Academic Support Programs [video]

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Video still of Ryan Burt

  In this video, Academic Support Programs Director Ryan Burt takes on the challenge of explaining Academic Support Programs in less than 15 seconds at a time. “15 Seconds at a Time” is a series in which different Undergraduate Academic Affairs programs explain their work in bite-sized bursts. Academic Support Programs, located at the UW…


September 28, 2022

This autumn, let us begin again

Ed Taylor

Photo of Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor

The leaves change together, just as our students transform together through a common experience of learning at this point in time and at this public institution. The turning of the leaves, a new school year, new students coming to campus: It is hopeful and gives us all an opportunity to begin again. In Undergraduate Academic…


September 22, 2022

Emily Kolby named director for First Year Curriculum and Engagement

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Emily Kolby

Undergraduate Academic Affairs is pleased to welcome Emily Kolby to her new appointment as director of First Year Curriculum and Engagement. Kolby identifies First Year Programs’ guiding principles of intentionality, collaboration, equity and access as essential to the work of serving students. She believes that with continuing the work of intentionally connecting with each student, that the program can create full and holistic first year experiences.



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