Undergraduate Academic Affairs


June 16, 2022

Career opportunity: Director of first year curriculum and engagement

UAA Human Resources

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The director of first year curriculum and engagement is responsible for designing the learning outcomes and engagement opportunities for several first-year experiences. Programs range from small, “boutique experiences” to large-scale events for several thousand students. Programs include but are not limited to First-year Interest Groups (FIGs), Collegium Seminars, Dawg Daze and Family Orientation. Each program focuses on helping students transition and navigate the University, begin their academic journeys and find community. This position requires the use of a collaborative and collegial approach to establish and maintain successful relationships with colleagues and units in Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA), the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D), Student Life, college and departmental administrative units (including academic advising units), faculty, senior campus administrators, and external partners and suppliers. When the position is not directly responsible for the delivery of a program, they will supervise the program managers who are responsible.

June 13, 2022

A quarter century with Riverways

Interview by Danielle Marie Holland

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In the past two+ decades, Stickler has created pathways connecting 10,000 UW students with tutoring and mentoring opportunities in K-12 schools and organizations to address inequities in education. She has strengthened bridges between the UW and community colleges through the Riverways Guides program connecting Native UW students with Native youth to envision pathways toward higher…

June 7, 2022

Honors Director Vicky Lawson prepares for next adventure

Interview by Danielle Marie Holland

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Lawson is past president of the Association of American Geographers and former chair of the Department of Geography. Having worked across South and North America on informal economies, women’s work and poverty, her classes focus on the intersections of poverty, inequality and feminist care ethics. In addition to her leadership in the Honors Program, she…

June 1, 2022

UW sophomore Jonathan Kwong awarded selective Udall Scholarship

Danielle Marie Holland

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This year, the Udall Foundation awarded 55 scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. More than 380 candidates from across the country applied for this selective scholarship, with award recipients receiving up to $7,000 each. The Udall Scholarship honors…

May 23, 2022

Stephanie Smallwood named director of Honors Program

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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The University Honors Program, now celebrating its 60th birthday, serves as an academic core of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, bringing students and faculty from every corner of campus together for original learning opportunities focused on collaborative, cross-disciplinary curriculum, experiential learning, research and critical reflection. In the past eight years under the direction of geography professor and…

May 16, 2022

The community and discovery of undergraduate research celebrated at 25th Undergraduate Research Symposium

Danielle Marie Holland

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Join students, faculty, staff and the broader UW community on May 20, 2022, as we celebrate the 25th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Engage in conversations surrounding the problems and questions of our times. Gather for innovative research that matters most to you.

March 30, 2022

Now seeking assistant director of rural and tribal partnerships

UAA Human Resources

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Reporting to the executive director of the Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center, the assistant director of rural and tribal partnerships oversees the administration and operations of student programs, including Literacy Arts Alternative Spring Break, STEM Alternative Spring Break, Culture and Science Exchange (CASE), Neah Bay Telling our Stories and Riverways Guides. Collectively, these programs engage 100 UW students with over 2,000 K-12 youth across 15 schools throughout Washington state.

March 28, 2022

UW sophomore Alex Mallen and junior Sharlene Shirali selected for the Goldwater Scholarship

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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Congratulations to University of Washington sophomore Alex Mallen, a computer science major, and junior Sharlene Shirali, a neuroscience major, whom the Goldwater Foundation honored with its undergraduate scholarship for students studying the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Mallen and Shirali join 417 undergraduate students selected for the award from a pool of 1,242 students nominated by 433 institutions across the country.

February 18, 2022

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

Jenelle Birnbaum

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

February 17, 2022

Celebrating the 2020–21 Undergraduate Medalists

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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From the thousands of undergraduate students at the University of Washington, three are selected each year for the prestigious President’s Medalist Award. Piper Coyner, Olivia Brandon and Catherine Chia are the medalists for 2020–21, selected by a committee for their high GPAs, rigor of classes and numbers of Honors courses. All three are students in…

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