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November 10, 2020

Husky Stories: Taking advantage of failure with Ryan Lowery

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Photo of Ryan Lowery

Welcome to the very first episode of Husky Stories! Ryan Lowery is majoring in math and atmospheric sciences here at the University of Washington. Other than school, Ryan is also involved with the Resilience Lab, a program within Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Here, he shares his stories of dealing with failure and resiliency. (Note: This interview…


October 29, 2020

New guidebook helps faculty and instructors support student well-being

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Cover of Well-Being for Life and Learning guidebook

This week, the University of Washington’s Resilience Lab released the Well-Being for Life and Learning Guidebook, a new resource for instructors to aid them in designing learning environments that promote well-being. Combining research, best practices and personal testimony, the guidebook gives faculty and other instructors concrete ideas and direct input from the campus community around…


October 22, 2020

Ryan Burt named director of Academic Support Programs

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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Congratulations to Ryan Burt, who was appointed the new director of Academic Support Programs in September, 2020.  Academic Support Programs runs the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) — a free, late night, peer-to-peer, drop-in tutoring program and academic support coaches, a peer-to-peer coaching program. Academic Support Programs sits within Student Academic Services along…


October 15, 2020

Studying in progress signs now available

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Class in progress - do not disturb sign

Download and print a copy so everyone around you knows when you are busy with classes, studying and meetings. Download a PDF of the do not disturb signs: Purple do not disturb signs Black do not disturb signs Dark gold do not disturb signs Gold do not disturb signs   Class in progress signs Click…


October 1, 2020

Welcome to the 2020-21 academic year

Ed Taylor

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Our inter-connected and inter-dependent community is filled with people who care, and I want to remind everyone to find moments of joy and gratitude in each day.


July 31, 2020

Megan Kennedy named director of UW Resilience Lab

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Photo of Megan Kennedy

Kennedy brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, ranging from a deep, clinical understanding of the importance of mental health to influencing organizational structures and systems so they better support individuals. Creating more concrete connections between the Resilience Lab and other campus partners whose work intersects with resilience and compassion is one…


April 22, 2020

Field report: Honors course explores whether national parks are in progress or peril

Jenelle Birnbaum

Photo of the class with Mt. Rainier in the background.

This course will take students on an exciting two week field study to the three “wilderness jewels” of Washington state’s national parks, Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades, and follow with class time in autumn quarter. Students should be comfortable hiking moderately strenuous trails almost every day of the trip, camping in remote locations, and…


March 31, 2020

Three UW students named Goldwater scholars for 2020

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Photo collage of Keyan Gootkin, Parker Ruth and Karen Zhang

The Goldwater Foundation honored three University of Washington students this year with its undergraduate scholarship for students studying the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Undergraduates Keyan Gootkin, Parker Ruth and Karen Zhang were selected for the award from a pool of more than 5,000 undergraduate students from 461 institutions across the country. Goldwater Scholarships are…


March 6, 2020

UW Honors students use art to disrupt the narrative on homelessness 

Jenelle Birnbaum

Portrait of Addis Michael Jr.

Students in the Interdisciplinary Honors class “Citizen Acts to Challenge Poverty” collaborated with Real Change to bring the exhibit Portraits for Change to the UW campus. The gallery features portraits and biographies of Real Change newspaper vendors, originally commissioned and curated by Real Change art director, Jon Williams. The idea of hosting this exhibit grew…


January 30, 2020

2018–19 President’s Medalists announced

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Line drawing of a medal

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 2018–19 academic year come from a broad range of disciplines. Junior medalist Renee Zhang is preparing for a career in medicine with…



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