Undergraduate Academic Affairs


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…

November 10, 2021

Connecting, belonging, being well: Across UAA, programs welcome back students

Jenelle Birnbaum

Photo of 15 student first-year network leaders posing with the signs identifying the network they are facilitating.

Student well-being is top of mind as programs across Undergraduate Academic Affairs are welcoming back our students. This work involves building community so students feel connected and a sense of belonging. It’s recognizing and addressing the increased stresses students may be experiencing as a result of the pandemic and the transition back to in-person learning….

October 14, 2021

CCRI receives nearly $1.2 million grant for work to increase equity in STEM

Jenelle Birnbaum

Photo collage of Seattle skyline on the left and silo in wheat fields on the right.

Community College Research Initiatives, a program within Undergraduate Academic Affairs, received a $1,173,375.00 grant from Ascendium Education Group to work towards equity in STEM education for low-income learners across Washington state. Community College Research Initiatives (CCRI) conducts research ​​in order to facilitate the advancement of equity in higher education. Ascendium invests in initiatives designed to increase the…

October 5, 2021

Welcome to campus, we belong together

Ed Taylor

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We belong together. I made that statement at this year’s New Student Convocation, an annual event filled with academic flourishes to mark the beginning of a student’s university journey. This year’s event was decidedly different and intentionally formatted for public safety. We are still trying to emerge from a pandemic, after all, so this year’s…

May 16, 2021

The 24th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium to happen virtually on May 21

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Square graphic for the Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 21.

Registration is required to attend the virtual Symposium. To register, visit symposium.uw.edu. Attending the event is always free. Pre-recorded presentations followed by a live Q&A will happen in real time and will not be available for later viewing. Undergraduates from all disciplines show the ways their research connects to issues that matter in our communities…

April 22, 2021

UW senior Maha Alhomoud named Carnegie Junior Fellow

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Maha Alhomoud

Maha Alhomoud, a University of Washington senior majoring in political science, has been selected as a 2021-22 Junior Fellow by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A highly competitive award, only 5% of applicants are selected for the Carnegie Gaither Junior Fellows program each year.  The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global…

April 21, 2021

UW Junior Sophia Carey named Beinecke scholar 

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Junior Sophia Carey

University of Washington junior Sophia Carey was recently selected for the Beinecke scholarship! Carey, who is majoring in English and comparative history of ideas and minoring in theatre studies, was selected from 95 applicants to join this year’s class. Each year the Beinecke Scholarship offers 20 scholarships to undergraduates who intend to pursue a master’s…

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