Undergraduate Academic Affairs


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…

December 4, 2019

UW alumna Crysti (Zinan) Chen named Schwarzman Scholar

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Crysti Chen

University of Washington alumna Crysti (Zinan) Chen, (’15, B.A. in political science) received the prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship. Selected from more than 4,700 applicants, Chen will join 145 Schwarzman Scholars from around the world to make up the program’s fifth cohort. A competitive program, the incoming class was selected through a rigorous application process designed to…

November 25, 2019

I climb up the ladder 

Jenelle Birnbaum

Auston Jimmicum

“Being at an institution like this, I’ve learned to see the importance of bringing my voice to discussions because there’s not a lot of us indigenous people that even have a seat at these discussions.”

September 25, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 academic year

Ed Taylor

Twenty years ago, the building re-opened, transformed from the old physics hall into a space designated for and dedicated to the academic needs of undergraduates. One could argue that, with tens of thousands of undergraduates, the entire campus is geared toward undergrads. But place matters. While the education of undergraduates happens in classrooms and other…

June 18, 2019

An education road trip around Washington state

Ed Taylor and Thaisa Way

Group picture of new faculty members

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 careers in Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima or Bothell. What we have in common is that this week we will board a bus and travel together across the state…

June 17, 2019

Two UW students selected as Udall Scholars

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Juniors Helen Ganahl and Cece Hoffman have been selected as Udall scholars, joining 53 other students from around the country for the competitive award.  This year’s cohort was selected from more than 400 nominees. Udall Scholarships are offered in three categories: those pursuing careers in the environment, Native American healthcare or tribal policy. Udall scholar…

June 3, 2019

2019 UAA staff awardees announced

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…

May 23, 2019

Othello: A speech by Samia Ali

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…

May 20, 2019

Spring Celebration showcases Huskies’ dedication to service and leadership

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…

May 16, 2019

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

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Photo of Mary Gates Hall Commons during the Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Symposium runs from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on the UW Seattle campus. Students will present their research in poster, oral and performing arts sessions in Mary Gates Hall and Johnson Hall, and in a visual arts and design showcase in Odegaard Undergraduate Library (see event details below). UW Regent Constance Rice, Provost Mark Richards and…

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