Undergraduate Academic Affairs


July 14, 2022

A pathway with promise

Danielle Marie Holland

Photo of Lily Peterson outdoors

As reported by The Seattle Times, in the news conference Taylor “likened it to a relay race, with the batons passed smoothly from high schools to community colleges and then to the UW.” The baton was passed to the UW as the partnership officially launched September 2021. The first cohort of participants in the Path…

June 13, 2022

A quarter century with Riverways

Interview by Danielle Marie Holland

Photo of Christine Stickler standing in front of rainbow-colored butterfly wings.

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

Photo of Ed Taylor, Vicky Lawson and Tina Ragen.

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

Portrait of Stephanie Smallwood standing outside

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.

April 14, 2022

Rosalie Fish, student, athlete and activist, selected as Truman Scholar

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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Congratulations to junior Rosalie Fish, the University of Washington’s newest Truman Scholar! Learn more about her and the national, competitive scholarship recognizing student leadership.

April 11, 2022

Melinda Whalen, UW junior studying history and Russian, one of 20 nationwide to be awarded the selective Beinecke Scholarship

Kirsten Atik

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University of Washington junior and Honors student Melinda Whalen was recently named a Beinecke Scholar! Melinda is pursuing majors in history with a concentration in war and society and Russian language, literature and culture. Each year, only 20 undergraduates from across the country are awarded the selective Beinecke Scholarship of $34,000 to go toward a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Melinda intends to earn a Ph.D. in history with a focus on Soviet Russia.

March 28, 2022

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

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Photo of Goldwater Scholars Alex Mallen and Sharlene Shirali

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 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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