UW Honors | Weekly Announcements

Week 1 – Autumn 2023

Hi Honors Huskies!

Happy week 1 – I hope you all are having a great first full week at college! It’s Thursday afternoon which means it’s time for our weekly announcements! Check out the many events happening soon and open positions to apply for, linked below.




Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, Garden of Ideas, Academic and Creative Submissions

The Garden of Ideas staff wish you a pleasant start to your fall quarter.

We are now actively looking for both academic and creative submissions for our Fall 2023 issue. We hope you consider submitting and look forward to viewing your work!

Our journal is open to both philosophy and non-philosophy majors in an effort to publish students’ ideas on a broad range of topics. We adopt a highly inclusive definition of philosophy that welcomes endless ways of portraying philosophical ideas. Examples of possible work styles to submit include:

Academic Essays

Creative writing (e.g. short stories and poetry)

Visual art (e.g. drawings and photography)

Submissions are due Sunday, October 29th at 11:59pm and can be submitted via email to gardenofideas@uw.edu. Be sure to include your name and contact information, as well as anything else you’d like us to know about your work. If your submission is selected to be published in the upcoming issue, we will contact you. Our journal isn’t possible without your submissions. Join us in showcasing the best thinkers and artists on campus. We look forward to adding your work in The Garden of Ideas.

UW Libraries Podcast Workshop

Are you a UW student/faculty/staff engaged in academic or professional work that you wish you could communicate to a broader audience? Interested in building your resume while learning how to tell compelling stories about meaningful topics? Curious about what you can do with a podcast? 

If YES: the UW Libraries invites you to apply for Storytelling Fellows! This is an innovative, hands-on program designed to highlight the interests and accomplishments of UW community members, using digital-storytelling skills and technologies. This totally free, four-week online program will take accepted fellows through the start-to-finish process of envisioning and creating a podcast suitable for an online portfolio, professional presentation, or academic project. 

Folks who have participated in past Storytelling Fellows programs have created podcasts for the following reasons:  

  • To make digital streaming content for websites 
  • To communicate their work either to professional or public audiences 
  • To learn a creative, emergent form they’ll use in their teaching 
  • To learn a skill they can highlight on the job market and employ in their careers 
  • To tell stories that have never been told and never will be unless they do it 
  • To have pure fun 

Storytelling Fellows Course Details: 

  • The course will run from October 17, 2023 – November 7, 2023. 
  • There will be four live Tuesday sessions hosted via Zoom from 2-4pm on October 17, 24, 31, and November 7. These sessions are mandatory
  • Finishing a 2-5 minute podcast (or a podcast of any length) is mandatory. 

Take a look at the syllabus for more information. 

No previous experience with media-making is necessary.  

Really, the only requirement is a desire to be creative, to finish a project of your own design,  and to interact with other graduate students across disciplines. 

To register, please fill out this application by October 12, 2023. 

Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program

Applications for the NIH sponsored Summer Research Experience in Translational Neuroscience and Neurological Surgery program is anticipated to open November 1st, 2023!

If you have an interest in the neurosciences and desire lab experience in neurological biomedical research, please apply!

Applicants chosen to participate in the program will receive stipends of $3,200 over the duration of the 8-week program. (Note: high school or recent high school graduates must be 18 years of age or older by the first day of the program in order to participate due to facility age restrictions). Out of area students will have program sponsored housing (as long as they indicate on their application that they require program sponsored housing) but are responsible for their own meals, transportation to/from Seattle, and local transit.

Program participation includes:

•           Eight-week lab placement in one of our neuroscience research labs

•           Weekly Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds lectures

•           Weekly Neurological Surgery Resident Education Hour discussions

•           Weekly neuroscience faculty lectures, specifically developed for the students

•           Neurological surgery OR observations (up to 2)

•           Neurological surgery clinical shadowing observations (up to 2)

•           Student capstone presentation

To date, 185 rising freshmen and college undergraduate students aged 18 and older from 96 different schools from across the U.S. have participated in the program.

Over 35 students from our earlier classes have now been accepted into medical school and other clinical training programs. Many students just entering college have gone on to neuroscience, pre-med studies, medical school or PhD neuroscience programs..

The application period will close on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024. Application is free.

Please email nsssp@uw.edu with any questions you may have about the application process.

We look forward to reviewing your application!

EDUC 215 and 216 Wellness and Resilience for College and Beyond.

EDUC 215 Wellness and Resilience for College and Beyond will be particularly helpful for first year and/or transfer students to get started out with tips and tools to make the most out of their time at UW! It is also great for seniors as they prepare to graduate and enter the workforce!

In EDUC 215, students learn skills to enhance their well being in college and in their life in general. Particular focus is paid to skills that help students withstand common difficulties in life, like a disagreement with a loved one, tolerating doing work you don’t want to do, and managing negative emotions in a healthy way. Skills will include but will not be limited to mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. Students will also learn about research underlying stress, resilience, and related skill areas.

For EDUC 215, our DL section with lectures on Thursdays from 11:30am-2:20pm and one hour virtual synchronous quiz sections on Fridays still has open spaces! Asynchronous accomodations for lecture can be easily coordinated (synchronous participation in the one hour quiz section on Fridays is required). There is also a fully in person section meeting for lectures on Tuesdays from 2:30-5:20pm PST with a one hour in person quiz section on Fridays for small group activities. Both classes provide SSc credits. See the attached flyers for additional information and as a tool to share with students.

For students who have already taken EDUC 215, recommend our new course EDUC 216: Thriving on the Path to Happiness. This new course will follow the same format as EDUC 215 and build on the skills learned in the first class to help students experience more joy, build stronger relationships, cultivate a growth mindset, and increase opportunities for success and development in personal and professional endeavors.

EDUC 216 will be offered on Wednesdays from 2:30-5:20pm PST with one hour quiz sections on Fridays. As with EDUC 215, EDUC 216 is a 5 credit course that provides SSc credits. EDUC 215 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite class for EDUC 216. See the attached flyer for additional details.

Both classes will also be a part of the new Education Studies open enrollment, minimum requirement major along with two new classes coming in the ’23-’24 school year: EDUC 317 Emotion Regulation: Dialectics and Application and EDUC 381 Interpersonal Effectiveness and Coaching in Social Emotional Learning.

EDUC 215 Wellness and Resilience for College and Beyond and EDUC 216 Thriving on the Path to Happiness allow students to work towards their best lives while earning course credit! Remember to recommend these classes while there are still a few spaces left!

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UW CELE Center’s Undergraduate Community-Based Internships (UCBI)

UCBI is now hiring paid interns to work with community organizations in Seattle and King County! 

UCBI is a paid internship program that places undergraduates in nonprofit and public sector organizations. Students interested in public service get the chance to explore, contribute, and grow as they work in, with, and for local communities. Internships run Winter and Spring quarters and require 12-13 hours’ time commitment per week.   

We are very excited to announce our applications are open! We will be accepting applications until October 16th at 11:59pm.  

Wondering why you should participate? Check out some reasons below! 

  • Take your learning off campus and (re)connect with communities 
  • Dive into a topic or issue you’re passionate about and explore career opportunities 
  • Learn more about power, privilege, identity and systems of oppression through community engagement 
  • Receive mentorship and coaching from UCBI mentors and nonprofit/public sector leaders 
  • Engage in professional development opportunities and build your network with your cohort and host organization 
  • Earn a stipend ($2250/quarter) for your work 
  • Earn academic credit toward leadership minor through LEAD 298 or GEN ST 350 in winter and spring 

For those interested and wanting more information, you can join us for an online Info Session October 5th from 4:00-5:00pm. You can also look at the Info Packet attached to this email or check out our website.  

INFO SESSION Oct 5th LINK:  https://washington.zoom.us/j/92316342394 
APPLICATION LINK: https://airtable.com/appE9WUKhj6ra2qn7/shrvxrrLSZViGxV1Q 

*We strongly encourage applicants to view possible internships before applying!* 

Additional questions can be sent to: UCBIteam@uw.edu  


Public Health-Global Health Major Application

The Public Health-Global Health Major advising team is excited to announce that our application for admission is open!  It can be found here.  The application closes on Friday, October 13, 2023.  

Interested students can learn more about the major through our website, by attending an prospective student advising drop-in or information session, or by speaking with an adviser

Our program one pager with degree information for applicants applying this cycle is available here and attached for more information. Students planning to apply to the PH-GH Major after this cycle can find future degree requirements on this webpage

Thank you for your support!  Questions?  Please email us at phgh@uw.edu.  

Husky HelpLine

Huskies, we all have moments when things get hard, frustrating, or overwhelming and we need to talk to someone. Perhaps you just broke up with someone, got a bad grade on an exam, going through some relationship or family trouble and needing someone to talk to. You are never alone and always have someone to help.

Husky HelpLine is available to support you to same-day access to a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Husky HelpLine is supported through Telus (formally MySSP) to give students access to same-day, confidential mental health and crisis intervention support, and in multiple languages.

There are several ways to connect: 

Husky HelpLine

Suzan Delbene Congressional Internship

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene seeks motivated, flexible, and detail-oriented interns to serve in her Kirkland and Washington, D.C. offices for Winter 2024.

  • The ideal candidates will possess exceptional written and oral communication skills, a high degree of professionalism, as well as a strong interest in public service. Congressional internships are open to all majors and designed for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates with an interest in public service.
  • Intern responsibilities include greeting constituents and handling constituent phone calls, assisting staff with administrative tasks, conducting research, and assisting with constituent correspondence. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend hearings, briefings, and meetings for the legislative and outreach staff.
  • Ties to Washington state and/or the 1st Congressional District are encouraged but not required.
  • Starting and ending dates are flexible, although prospective interns should be able to commit at least 20 hours per week during the semester.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Internship.DelBene@mail.house.gov and specify whether you are applying for a D.C. or District office internship in the subject line. In the body of the email, please also list any start and end date constraints, whether you are interested in a part-time or full-time position, and the number of hours per week you can work. Please also state any ties you have to Washington state and/or to the 1st Congressional District. The deadline for Winter 2024 applications is November 10 at 11:59PM PT, 2023.

This office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, disability, age, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, LGBTQ identification, family status, or military status. Members of historically underrepresented communities, including women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals, are strongly encouraged to apply.

SAT and ACT Test Prep Tutor

SAT and ACT Tutors wanted – High paying, fun, and rewarding job!  Are you fabulous at the SAT and/or ACT and interested in part-time work helping others succeed? For the past 35 years, we’ve helped thousands of Seattle area students successfully prepare for the SAT, ACT, and other admissions tests. We also offer academic tutoring. We’re now looking to add a few dynamic individuals to our team. Lots of flexibility, as you create your schedule. Work is remote (though in-person work is available).  For more information, please contact us at:  contact@mazortestprep.com We are hiring now!

Honors back to School Coffee and Donuts

Absolutely, here’s an event blurb for the “Back to School Coffee and Donuts” hosted by the UW Honors Program:

Join us for a delightful morning as we kick off the new academic year with the UW Honors Program’s “Back to School Coffee and Donuts” event!

Date: Tuesday, October 10th
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Location: Mary Gates Hall (MGH) 211

Start your day right with a warm cup of coffee and a mouthwatering selection of donuts while mingling with fellow Honors Program students, faculty, and staff. This casual gathering offers the perfect opportunity to connect, exchange stories from your summer adventures, and make new friends as you prepare to embark on another exciting academic journey.

Whether you’re a returning student or new to the Honors Program, everyone is welcome! Come and learn more about the upcoming semester’s events, resources, and opportunities that the Honors Program has in store for you.

Don’t miss out on this chance to get a taste of the camaraderie and support that the UW Honors Program offers. We look forward to seeing you there!

For any inquiries or accessibility requests, please contact wijss@uw.edu.

Let’s make this academic year one to remember – together!

Reduced-Cost LSAT and GRE Prep Courses

There will be another set of low-cost, high quality, LSAT and GRE prep courses offered LIVE online this fall.  These courses have been held on campus in Smith Hall for the past 12 years, but the current courses will be live online.

You can apply for the LIVE courses (and see schedules, etc.) at campusprep.org.  It takes just 45 seconds to apply.   

$285 LSAT Course   

The live online course, taught by an instructor you can interact with, preps you for the fall and winter test dates. The comprehensive, 27-hour, live course includes 3 practice exams. It costs $285 ($235 for those who qualify for aid).   

Payment plans are available.   

The course is taught by a high-scoring, expert instructor. Students who complete the course often get 9-point gains on the LSAT.    


Live Online LSAT Option 1

Sundays 8-11pm EST

10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12

Proctored practice exams: Sat. 10/14 1-4pm, Sat. 10/21   1-4  pm,  Sat. 11/4   1-4 pm

(make up classes and exams available)

Live Online LSAT Option 2

Wednesdays 8-11pm EST

10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15

Proctored practice exams: Sat. 10/14   1-4 pm, Sat. 10/21   1-4 pm,  Sat. 11/4   1-4 pm

(make up classes and exams available)  

Live Online LSAT Option 3

Nov. LSAT Course – Dates TBA

Apply ASAP for the LSAT (or GRE) course at campusprep.org, as there will likely be more applications than there are spaces available. Feel free to email or call with any questions to admin@campusprep.org or (877) 805-2521. 

The Science and Art of CAST AWAYS

Everything in the universe is created from cast-aways. The Sun was formed from
the debris left behind by dying stars, as was carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and other
elements in your body. The last breath you took probably contained atoms that
spent time in the lungs of Cleopatra. Nature wastes nothing. Humans, on the
other hand, have a lot to learn about the value of the stuff we throw away, leave
behind, cast away.
Sara Billey, Google’s highest ranked Sara in Math, will take us on a deep dive into
Seattle’s garbage mess, recycling, composting and landfill problems and offer
some surprising potential solutions. She’s a Professor of Mathematics at UW.
Ellen Garvens, creates installations, video and photography out of stuff that
people throw away. Her work playfully blurs boundaries, “liberates lines” from
two dimensional space and frees furniture from gravity.
Host K.C. Cole teaches the Art of Understanding Science at UW’s Honors program,
is senior “senior” correspondent for Wired magazine, and writes about
connections between art, science and stuff.
Cast off your worries and come trash talk with us! We’ll provide simple snacks,
and there’s a full bar.

The Science and Art of Cast Aways