Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Feature Stories


  • 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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  • 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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  • Three UW students honored by the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Program

    May 22, 2019

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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    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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