UW Retirement Association

April 25, 2018

UW Encore Digest April 2018


Engaging Experience for the Greater Good

Tuesday, April 24


urp_159 SmallUndergraduate Research Symposium – Friday, May 18, 2018 – 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – Mary Gates and Johnson Halls and Odegaard Library – The URP Symposium is a chance for undergraduates from all UW campuses to present to a larger audience what they have learned through their research experiences from all academic disciplines. More than 1200 undergraduates shared their work at the 2017 symposium! Support these students’ achievements by volunteer for either or both pre event (material prep, set up) and day of (registration, session assistants, tear down) event opportunities. Find the sign up form HERE. Learn more about the history of the Undergraduate Research Program in the “Program Focus” article below.

Husky Leadership Initiative’s Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership  Wednesday, May 23, 2018 –  HUB Ballroom (unless leadershipotherwise noted) – For the past 25 years students have shared how they explore, ignite change, and generate impact through service, leadership, and activism at this event. Volunteers play a vital role by staffing the event and engaging in dialogue with student presenters, hearing their service and leadership stories, and offering advice, resources, encouragement and constructive critiques of their work. Learn more about the event and register to attend or volunteer at this webpage.

Washington State MESA DAY– Saturday, May 19 – Microsoft Redmond Campus

MESA (Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement) develops programming and initiatives to improve diversity and retention with an emphasis on traditionally underrepresented students in STEM fields, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Pacific Islanders and women. The culmination of MESA Day activities around the state, this event brings together top MESA participants from middle and high schools. Pre-event and day of event volunteer opportunities are available for this statewide celebration of diversity in STEM education. Learn more about Washington MESA and share your contact information by visiting this webpage.

Retired Adult volunteers

UW Medical Center – OngoingUWMC – Retirees are a central component of the UWMC’s volunteer corps. The volunteer role of surgery liaison involves giving people in the waiting room updates on the progress of surgeries, directions to hospital amenities, and walking family member to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit to see their loved on post-surgery. Most current volunteers take on a full day shift but there are options for half days. The commitment would be for a minimum 6 months with a weekly shift. Time off for travel is fine. If interested please contact the UWMC Volunteer Program Manager via email fossc@uw.edu or at 206-598-4453.


The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games – June 30 to July 6 – Multiple venues: Bring your friends and family (children volunteering must be over the age of 12) to be part of this experience that transforms lives through sport. Visit this page to sign up today. Click on the box labeled “Individuals and Non-Access Coded Groups” for the greatest number of opportunities. The deadline to sign up is April 30.


Undergraduate Research Program and Symposium

URPMost preeminent research universities have two primary goals: produce cutting-edge research and educate undergraduate students. To some these can appear to be competing goals. In the mid-1990’s the University of Washington began identify mutually beneficial ways to unite  research and teaching. The birth of the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) and the Graduate Research Symposium was a result.

One of the first to identify a way to unite research and teaching was Janice DeCosmo, now Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. The undergraduates she was teaching as a research assistant professor for Earth and Space Sciences were thirsty for hands-on learning experiences. Janice approached UW researchers through the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium (WSCG) to see if they could make use of some eager undergraduates during the summer. Some agreed to mentor an undergraduate. That experiment went so well that WSGC researchers were enthusiastic about getting students for the next summer. A bridge between research and teaching was being built.

At about the same time the Mary Gates Endowment for Students was established. Dedicated exclusively to undergraduates, the endowment provides funding for four kinds of scholarships including research. At the end of the 1997-98 academic year, 70 Mary Gates research scholarship recipients gathered to present the research on which they had worked. The following year Fred Campbell, now Dean Emeritus of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and Janice began to construct the framework for the  Undergraduate Research Program. urp_31 Small

Today through the URP, undergraduates find research opportunities posted by researchers on a URP database. Students get hands-on experience and researchers get bright, eager minds to assist with their projects. At last year’s 20th annual URP symposium, more than 1200 students from all fields of study presented their work.

This year the symposium will take place on May 18 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm in Mary Gates and Johnson Halls and Odegaard Library. Learn more about the genuine excitement and hope this event generates by visiting this page.  Volunteer assistance is also needed May 16-18. Learn about those opportunities HERE.


Maintaining Campus Connections in Retirement: Have you returned to the UW to lend your skills to a UW program, unit, department or school – either as a volunteer or in a paid capacity? We’d love to hear about your experience as we identify meaningful ways to maintain engagement with the UW. Please email us at uwencore@uw.edu or call 206-685-7728.  26% volunteer at UW according to the survey


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