Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Feature Stories


  • 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

    Icon of an award medal

    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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