Undergraduate Academic Affairs


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 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…

May 1, 2019

Two UW students honored by Goldwater Foundation

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.

April 30, 2019

Teaching across borders to become a better doctor

Tammy Tarhini

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 confident that teaching English will make her a better physician.

April 19, 2019

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

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…

March 18, 2019

Academic Support Programs makes Rome its classroom

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Student taking pictures in the Roman Forum.

This fall, 11 University of Washington students piloted a unique UW study abroad program during early fall start. With Rome as its classroom, the course explored questions of identity and immigration in post-colonial Italy and the U.S. This curriculum was designed to help students return to the UW with an even stronger set of skills, helping them succeed at the UW and beyond.

February 1, 2019

2017-18 President’s Medalists announced

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.

December 3, 2018

UW’s Havana McElvaine selected as prestigious Marshall scholar

Jackson Holtz

Image of Havana McElvaine playing soccer and city-based portrait

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.

November 8, 2018

Celebrating National First-Generation College Student Day

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.

October 24, 2018

How research changed Melissa’s life

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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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