Undergraduate Academic Affairs


June 14, 2024

A boundless connection

Danielle Marie Holland

Photo of Ken Srinakarin

For Kavin ‘Ken’ Srinakarin, ’24, it all began in the Forest Club Room of Anderson Hall. Amid the serenity of evergreens, he and his fellow research assistants at the Human Interaction with Nature and Technological Systems (HINTS) Lab gathered every Friday to discuss scales, factor analysis and connect through shared experiences in nature.

May 15, 2024

The intersection of service and leadership

Danielle Marie Holland

Photos of students presenting their service and leadership work.

On May 23, the University of Washington’s Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center will present the 2024 Spring CELEbration, a forum for undergraduates to showcase their contributions to service, leadership and activist work conducted in partnership with the community.

May 13, 2024

UAA’s LeAnne Wiles receives Thorud Leadership Award

Kirsten Atik

Photo of LeAnne Wiles

We are delighted to congratulate LeAnne Wiles on being named one of two recipients for the Thorud Leadership Award, the highest award for leadership at the University of Washington! Wiles is the executive director of First Year Programs and Strategic Initiatives in UAA’s Student Academic Services. Wiles began her UW career in First Year Programs in 2009, managing parent orientation, the First-year Interest Group program and other elements of First Year Programs. In the last 15 years, she has made an indelible mark on how new students are welcomed to campus and how they find a sense of belonging in their first year. To be effective in this work, Wiles and the First Year Programs team she leads reach out across campus, developing partnerships with academic and administrative units with the vision of creating a campus-wide welcome and culture of belonging for first-year students.

May 8, 2024

Innovation revealed at the 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Danielle Marie Holland

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On May 17, over 1,200 undergraduates will present cutting-edge research and scholarship at the 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, a signature event for the University of Washington.

April 12, 2024

Bitaniya Giday, UW junior, scholar, community organizer and poet, selected as Truman Scholar

Kirsten Atik

Photo of Bitaniya Giday

When University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce, Provost Tricia Serio and Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor appeared in the Zoom room of Bitaniya Giday’s African American studies class, Giday was confused and even wondered if she was in trouble for something. But then President Cauce excitedly announced that Giday had been selected for the prestigious Truman Scholarship, a national award recognizing past accomplishments in and future commitment to public service and leadership.

April 9, 2024

Three UW students named 2024 Goldwater Scholars

Danielle Marie Holland

Purple award ribbon on bright yellow background

Three University of Washington undergraduates have been honored as Goldwater Scholars by the Goldwater Foundation, continuing the longstanding tradition of UW students receiving this honor. This year’s UW Goldwater Scholars are Dania Ahmed, Annabella Li and Masa Nakura-Fan. Their undergraduate research projects with faculty cover a range of topics such as the mechanisms underlying heart disease, designing, producing and testing novel protein-based systems, and computational fabrication and artificial intelligence.

February 15, 2024

UW recognized as a Fulbright top producer for the 2023-24 school year

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Mary Gates Hall, University of Washington.

The University of Washington made the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of the Fulbright top producing institutions. A total of 14 students received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the academic year 2023-24, seven undergraduates or recent graduates and seven graduate-level students. Three UW faculty were named Fulbright scholars.

The scholarship program is the largest U.S. international exchange opportunity for students to pursue graduate study, advanced research and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The UW awardees will join 2,000 students and recent graduates from around the country to study and teach abroad.

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.

January 23, 2024

UW senior Abby Burtner selected to be 1 of 16 Churchill Scholars

Danielle Marie Holland

Photo of Abby Burtner in her lab.

The Churchill Foundation selected 16 exceptional students as Churchill Scholars from a pool of 121 candidates this academic year. This year’s competition highlights the dedication, talent and exceptional accomplishments of the scholars, setting the stage for an even brighter future in the STEM fields and scientific exploration. Burtner came to the UW from her hometown…

November 21, 2023

Communities and campus converge at the Community Engagement and Leadership Education Center

Danielle Marie Holland

Photo collage of students involved in community-based service

The Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center at the University of Washington recently published its annual report for the 2022-23 academic year. This report is a testament to the remarkable impact and extraordinary achievements made by over 2,000 undergraduate students in leadership development, civic engagement and public service throughout the greater community.

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