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The undergraduate experience at the University of Washington is, like our students, dynamic and diverse. Gain behind-the-scenes insight into the way UAA deepens and expands academics at the UW through stories about the people and programs in UAA.

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  • Megan Kennedy named director of UW Resilience Lab

    July 31, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Photo of Megan Kennedy

    Megan Kennedy, director of the UW Resilience Lab Undergraduate Academic Affairs is happy to share that Megan Kennedy was named director of the UW’s Resilience Lab in May. Kennedy has been connected to the Resilience Lab through multiple roles on campus that have all focused on student well-being. Since August, 2019, she served as interim…

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  • I am breathing, but I’m not OK

    June 10, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Photo of Ed Taylor

    Are you OK? People have been asking me, and I’ve been asking others. I appreciate the question and those asking. Please keep asking. The truth of the matter is that things are not OK. As I write this, I’m staying home because of COVID-19, and a citywide curfew resulting from threats of violence throughout our…

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  • Field report: Honors course explores whether national parks are in progress or peril

    April 22, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Photo of the class with Mt. Rainier in the background.

    This course will take students on an exciting two week field study to the three “wilderness jewels” of Washington state’s national parks, Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades, and follow with class time in autumn quarter. Students should be comfortable hiking moderately strenuous trails almost every day of the trip, camping in remote locations, and…

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  • University of Washington junior Virginia Burton receives prestigious Truman Scholarship

    April 15, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Congratulations to University of Washington junior, Virginia Burton, for being selected for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. A highly competitive award, only 62 students were selected  from more than 773 nominations. The scholarship recognizes future leaders driven to make change at the policy level. Students are selected based on outstanding leadership, demonstrated civic engagement, academic potential…

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  • UW Honors students use art to disrupt the narrative on homelessness 

    March 6, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Portrait of Addis Michael Jr.

    Real Change vendor Addis Michael Junior's inner light is beautifully captured by the halo surrounding him. The artist Derek Gundy donated his time and talent to create this portrait. This painting is on display as part of the Portraits for Change exhibit, currently in the Allen Library Atrium through March 12. Students in the Interdisciplinary…

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  • UW recognized for institutional commitment to community engagement

    February 3, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Graphic for 2020 Carnegie designation

    All three University of Washington campuses are among the 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification this year, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement. This important classification is awarded following a process of self-study by each institution, which is then assessed by a national review committee…

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  • MLK Week 2020 video

    January 31, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Photo of student working to remove invasive ivy

    The University of Washington’s MLK Week was organized to remind us of the history and the fight that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many other lives have put up for freedom and equality. Watch the video here.

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  • 2018–19 President’s Medalists announced

    January 30, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Line drawing of a medal

    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 2018–19 academic year come from a broad range of disciplines. Junior medalist Renee Zhang is preparing for a career in medicine with…

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  • Student-athletes are golden on and off the field

    January 10, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Photo of softball player throwing the ball

    Student-athletes work hard to be top competitors in their respective sport. They also take the "student" part of student-athlete seriously and work hard in the classroom. In autumn quarter 2019, the overall department GPA was 3.27. This is a new all-time high since tracking began in autumn of 2003. Congratulations to UW student athletes and…

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  • UW alumna Crysti (Zinan) Chen named Schwarzman Scholar

    December 4, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Crysti Chen

    University of Washington alumna Crysti (Zinan) Chen, (’15, B.A. in political science) received the prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship. Selected from more than 4,700 applicants, Chen will join 145 Schwarzman Scholars from around the world to make up the program’s fifth cohort. A competitive program, the incoming class was selected through a rigorous application process designed to…

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  • I climb up the ladder 

    November 25, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Auston Jimmicum

    "Being at an institution like this, I've learned to see the importance of bringing my voice to discussions because there's not a lot of us indigenous people that even have a seat at these discussions.”

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  • Drawing my own path one lab at a time

    October 15, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Irika Sinha

    Meet Irika Sinha, an Interdisciplinary Honors student double majoring in biochemistry and biology. Sinha is one of two UW students who received the Goldwater Scholarship for the 2019-20 school year. This award honors sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise and are dedicated to pursuing research careers in math, engineering or natural sciences. We spoke…

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  • Welcome to the 2019 academic year

    September 25, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Welcome to the start of another year in which UAA programs come together to advance and deepen undergraduate learning at the UW. This year is a special year for UAA: We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Mary Gates Hall. Twenty years ago, the building re-opened, transformed from the old physics hall into a space…

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  • Resilience Lab announces 2019 seed grant recipients

    July 10, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    The University of Washington Resilience Lab and the Campus Sustainability Fund have joined together to award 20 grants to UW projects designed to cultivate sustainability, compassion and resiliency; to engage hardships, setbacks and failures with empathy and vulnerability; to foster connectedness, belonging and community; and to embrace both common humanity and diversity within the human…

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  • Research as a platform for change

    June 19, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Rising senior Hugo Pontes recently presented his research at the Council on Undergraduate Research's Posters on the Hill Conference in Washington, D.C. Here, Hugo shares his journey from arriving in the states not speaking English to sharing his research and story with members of Congress.   Hugo presented his research to members of Congress at…

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  • An education road trip around Washington state

    June 18, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Group picture of new faculty members

    Fresh off of graduation ceremonies, but before next year’s classes are fully prepped, new faculty and librarians from the University of Washington will take to the road. Some of our fellow travelers will be new to Washington, unsure of what to expect. Others grew up here and studied elsewhere only to return to begin their…

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  • Two UW students selected as Udall Scholars

    June 17, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Juniors Helen Ganahl and Cece Hoffman have been selected as Udall scholars, joining 53 other students from around the country for the competitive award.  This year’s cohort was selected from more than 400 nominees. Udall Scholarships are offered in three categories: those pursuing careers in the environment, Native American healthcare or tribal policy. Udall scholar…

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  • A watershed moment for inspiration

    June 13, 2019

    Bryan Nakata

    After witnessing the effects of weather and climate on the fishing industry, Jane Harrell, '19, knew she wanted to study atmospheric sciences. In 2012, Jane and her husband Mike combined their love of fishing and the outdoors with their entrepreneurial spirit and bought a fishing boat. What followed was two years of great fishing. But…

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  • 2019 UAA staff awardees announced

    June 3, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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    Congratulations to the 2018-19 Undergraduate Academic Affairs staff recognition and distinguished partner awardees. Selected for their dedication to supporting UAA’s mission of creating innovative academic experiences for undergraduates, these 14 staff members made an indelible impact on the UW’s students, faculty, staff and community. And the awardees are… Award for Excellence • Debbie McGhee, research…

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  • 14 UW undergraduates selected for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    June 1, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

      Continuing the UW’s tradition of producing Fulbright students, 14 undergraduate and 2 graduate students have been selected for this prestigious program. They will join approximately 1,900 students and recent graduates from around the country to teach, study and research abroad. This year’s class will travel to countries such as Estonia, Chile and Kosovo. The…

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  • Othello: A speech by Samia Ali

    May 23, 2019

    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…

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  • Three UW students honored by the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Program

    May 22, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Drawing of a globe

    The Boren Awards program honored three University of Washington students, naming Conor Cunningham and Sarah Slack as recipients, and Oliver Lang as an alternate.  A competitive award, more than 850 students applied, and only 244 were offered positions. Boren Scholarships award up to $20,000 to study language and regions critical to U.S. interests. In exchange…

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  • Spring Celebration showcases Huskies' dedication to service and leadership

    May 20, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Student stands in front of her poster and explains her research

    University of Washington students’ dedication to community engagement and leadership will be recognized at the Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership on May 21 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Husky Union Building (HUB) on the UW Seattle campus. The annual event showcases UW undergraduates who serve and lead in their communities, both on…

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  • Undergraduates to present research spanning academic disciplines on May 17, 2019

    May 16, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Photo of Mary Gates Hall Commons during the Undergraduate Research Symposium

    On Friday, May 17, more than 1,200 University of Washington undergraduates and visiting undergraduate student scholars will participate in the 22nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium — an event that is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. The Symposium runs from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on the UW Seattle campus. Students will present…

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  • Two UW students honored by Goldwater Foundation

    May 1, 2019

    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.

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  • Teaching across borders to become a better doctor

    April 30, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    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…

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

    April 19, 2019

    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…

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  • Academic Support Programs makes Rome its classroom

    March 18, 2019

    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,…

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  • Debra Bragg to receive prestigious national award for her research

    February 13, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Photo of Debra Bragg

    Debra Bragg, director of the Community College Research Initiative Debra Bragg, director of the University of Washington’s Community College Research Initiative (CCRI), will receive the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students’ (NISTS) most prestigious award: the Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion Award. This honor recognizes exceptional advocacy and leadership in the field of…

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  • 2017-18 President's Medalists announced

    February 1, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Icon of an award medal

    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.

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