UW Honors | Weekly Announcements

Week 10 – Winter 2024

Hi Honors Huskies!

We are finally at the last week of Winter Quarter! 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.


Honors Events and Opportunities


Congresswoman DelBene Summer 2024 Congressional Internship

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, representing the 1st Congressional District of Washington state, seeks interns for her Washington, D.C. and District (Kirkland) offices. Interns will work in a fast-paced congressional office, gaining valuable experience and knowledge of the United States Congress.

Intern responsibilities include greeting constituents and handling constituent phone calls, assisting staff with administrative tasks, conducting research, and assisting with constituent correspondence. Washington, D.C. interns will have the opportunity to lead tours of the U.S. Capitol as well as attend hearings and briefings for the legislative staff. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (1 to 2 pages) to Internship.DelBene@mail.house.gov. In the subject line, please specify whether you are applying for a D.C. or District internship. In the body of the email, 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. The deadline for Summer 2024 internship applications is Friday, March 22, 2024, at 11:59PM.

Visit https://delbene.house.gov/constituent-services/internships.htm for more information.

UW Honors 2024-2025 Scholarship Applications

The application portal for the 2024-2025 Honors Program scholarships is now open.

Each year the Honors Program provides scholarship opportunities for students currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary, Departmental, and College Honors who will be enrolled in the next academic year. For the 2024-2025 year there are eight scholarships available and students may apply for more than one scholarship.

Learn more about these scholarships here, including:

Award amounts

Eligibility guidelines

Descriptions of each scholarship

Information about the generous donors who make this possible

Award timeline:

Deadline: April 1, 2024 at 9:00am

Notifications: May 15-30, 2024

Award term: Autumn 2024 – Spring 2025

Summer term 2024 at Friday Harbor Labs

Come spend five weeks on beautiful San Juan Island exploring the tide pools, learning in a hands-on lab environment, and “diving” into lectures about the diverse life found in our ocean. Friday Harbor Labs offers a unique classroom setting for marine science course work and allows students to learn research techniques and field skills. We host research focused courses where students can actively participate in projects to explore the subjects they are passionate about and grow as early career scientists.  

We welcome students from everywhere; price of the term is the same no matter where you are coming from AND we offer scholarships!

This summer we are offering advanced courses open to undergraduate and graduate students.  Check out the University of Washington credited courses we are offering this summer.

APPLY NOW through our Summer course applications.

Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship

This scholarship strives to increase Native representation in the field of education by providing financial support, mentoring, and internships for Native students in the Northwest who are pursuing an advanced degree in education, education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or a closely related field. We view this scholarship as an opportunity to create long-term partnerships that will improve our ability to meet the needs of Native communities.

Steve Nelson, dedicated his career to working with Tribes, communities, and schools to improve American Indian students’ success in academics and in life. This scholarship honors his work by providing selected students with as many as two years of annually renewable scholarships. Awardees will receive a maximum of $3,000 each year, and we will award as many as five scholarships per year.

Application Procedures:

Applications for the Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship can be submitted until March 31. No applications will be considered after the deadline.


Recipients will be notified of conditional awards no later than June 30 for study beginning the following fall term. Final awards will be made directly to the institution of higher education once an awardee has provided proof of acceptance and/or registration in an institution that meets the scholarship program requirements.

Masters of Jurisprudence (MJ) Program Information Session

The UW Law Graduate Program’s Masters of Jurisprudence (MJ) program is having an information session next week. The information session is on Thursday, March 7th at 6 PM (PST) via Zoom. Here is the link to RSVP! The MJ program is a great fit for those who are heading into or are in careers that have a law-related dimension. The MJ program helps students build a practical and marketable knowledge base of law. MJ students have a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences that add to the quality of coursework and discussion.

MJ Info Session

The African studies Ottenberg-Winans Fellowship Fund

Call for Applications: The African Studies Ottenberg-Winans Fellowship Fund
Application deadline: April 14, 2024 11:59pm


The Ottenberg-Winans Fellowship Fund was established to honor the contributions of Professors Simon Ottenberg and Edgar V. Winans to the African Studies Program at the University of Washington and to the field of African Studies. During their distinguished careers, Professors Ottenberg and Winans taught and mentored numerous students and advanced scholarship on Africa. Recipients of this fellowship commemorate their legacy.


Eligible students may be enrolled in any undergraduate, graduate or professional school at the University of Washington. For UW students traveling to Africa, the fellowship can be used to support travel and related expenses, living expenses, and research materials. For African students visiting or studying at UW, funds can be used to support same expenses as well as costs related to attending the UW. Fellowships are expected to be awarded for amounts between $250 and $750.

Instructions for submitting application materials:

A) Submit the following materials to africa1@uw.edu:
1. Most current resume or CV
2. An ‘unofficial’ UW transcript

3. A statement of purpose of not more than two single-spaced pages in which you decribe a) the nature and purpose of the research project you are proposing; b) the relevance of the project for the field of African studies; c) the institutional support you have for the project; d) your qualifications for the project, including the project’s significance to your academic career goals and past experience that prepares you for this project e) timeline for travel and completion of project

B) One letter of reference from an academic advisor who will support you in supervising the project, emailed directly to africa1@uw.edu

C) The subject of your email should include: your last name – O-W 2023 (for example: Smith – O-W 2023)

Awarded students will be asked to submit a photo and a short description of the project to be featured on our African Studies website.

More information here

Questions about the fellowship or the application process should be directed to africa1@uw.edu.

Earthlab Visual Arts Contest

EarthLab is excited to announce our first-ever UW Undergraduate Art Competition! This is your opportunity to participate in one of the original forms of human expression through art by creating an original piece of art that answers the question: What does environmental and/or climate justice mean to you and your community? Undoubtedly, each of our unique cultures, identities and historical experiences ensure there is no singular answer to this question.

We believe in the authority and co-existence of both research and diverse knowledge and storytelling systems which exist – including shared and lived experiences, oral histories, art, culture, in any setting within and outside academia. Diverse voices must be heard to truly understand just what environmental and climate justice means to not only us as individuals, but the very communities we belong to and steward.

Whether you express your perspective through a painting, digital art, sketch, or drawing, we invite you to submit your art and start a dialogue connected to your interpretation of one or both of the following definitions:

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: All people and communities have the right to equal environmental protection under the law, and the right to live, work and play in communities that are safe, healthy and free of life-threatening conditions. Source: Columbia University. Definition attributed to Robert Bullard.

CLIMATE JUSTICE: To ensure communities, individuals and governments have substantive legal and procedural rights relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment and the means to take or cause measures to be taken within their national legislative and judicial systems, where necessary, at regional and international levels, to mitigate sources of climate change and provide for adaptation to its effects in a manner that respects human rights. Source: International Bar Association

The winning art piece will be featured in tandem with an upcoming data visualization (known as the EarthLab Network Snapshot Project) in 2024. Together, they will support efforts to share EarthLab’s impact in engaging diverse communities in environmental and climate change research and training.

Art submissions are due by 05/01/24. Winners will be announced in mid-May 2024.

EarthLab will host one virtual information session on March 12, 2024 from 12:30-1:20 p.m. Register today.

Submit today

UW Lopez Island Study Away Early Fall 2024

As you start planning your summer, consider the following early fall program, alongside the regular Honors offerings. Program Director Professor Kerry W. Reding is happy to work with Interdisciplinary Honors students to develop an ad hoc Honors project and to have it count towards Honors Experiential Learning (leadership or service). Please note Interdisciplinary Honors students will need to apply for the ad hoc Honors project for this course, and for Experiential Learning – it is not automatic.

Lopez Island Reconnecting Food Roots:

Through this program, students will experience the inspiring food network of Lopez Island. The program aims to empower students by connecting them to the people, places, and practices involved in growing food sustainably. We will connect to the rich island life through our eating, living, learning, and working within this island-contained local food system. The program focuses on reconnecting the roots of a food system to a specific locality, creating and navigating community, and supporting multifaceted well-being in a local food system.  Students will spend time learning from local farmers and food makers at the center of the food system and learn to trace the webs of relationship and food security as they interconnect. They will be supported to think creatively and critically about what it takes to be in reciprocity with these systems and how to seek out and work with local food systems wherever they are. There will be experiential education and exploration of food and climate systems through air, land, and sea.

The program will include local land-based foods learning, storytelling, local farm tours and workshops, yoga classes, a Labyrinth walk, herbal medicine classes, community building, practical food harvesting, preparation and preservation skill sharing, education on climate health, and tangible actions for students to implement that can support a healthy climate and a resilient food system. There will be a component of service work to give back to the community at the end of the program in the spirit of good reciprocity.

Find out more and apply here!

Lopez Study Away

Spring 2024 Honors Peer Mentoring Program Applications

Join the Honors Peer Mentoring Program! Mentor and mentee applications for Spring 2024 are open now! The Honors Peer Mentoring Program serves to create a network of support within the Honors community by facilitating mentoring relationships every quarter. Our program aims to highlight the student perspective by encouraging mentees to be proactive during their time in the Honors Program and mentors to demonstrate leadership through sharing their academic and personal experiences. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in open educational and social events throughout the quarter! For more details and to apply, check out our application or feel free to reach out to our committee at uwhonorsmentoring@gmail.com

Honors Peer Mentoring program

Partners in the Parks Projects

This program is an outdoor experiential learning program coordinated by the National Collegiate Honors Council. PITP projects at national parks across the country offer unique opportunities for collegiate honors students and faculty to visit areas of the American landscape noted for their beauty, significance and lasting value. For over 15 years, PITP has led over 100 projects in more than 50 different national parks.

Register Today 


  • Mammoth Cave National Park
    • May 13-19  
  • Appalachian Trail
    • May 20-27
  • Crater Lake National Park: Directors Retreat
    • July 28-Aug 3 
  • Glacier National Park
    • August 4-10 

NCHC’s Partners in the Parks Committee offers two support scholarship options for qualifying students interested in attending a Partners in the Parks event, based on financial need.

Full Project Scholarship:

The Partners in the Parks Committee provides one full project scholarship for each excursion planned in the current year. Students demonstrating financial need and not receiving additional assistance for this event may qualify for a full project scholarship, to include event registration fee and airfare. Pre-registration for the project is not required.

Project Discount:

If a qualifying student is receiving partial project funding assistance from another source (such as a regional honors council or their home institution), they may apply for a discount code to provide an additional reduction to the cost of their registration fee. Pre-registration for the project is not required.

More Scholarship Details 

Please feel free to contact aleym@uw.edu with any questions about the program and scholarship opportunities.

Population Health Applied Research Fellowship and Social Entrepreneurship Program

The Population Health Initiative is offering two summer fellowship opportunities:

Applied Research Fellowship Program:

This programis open to undergraduate and graduate students!

The Fellowship Program supports multidisciplinary teams of students to work on real-world population health challenges. The project is in collaboration with Public Health Seattle King County. The team will consist of three graduate students and two undergraduates, with supervision by a faculty expert.

The project team receives training in research skills and data collection, analysis and presentation to deliver a work product that meets the external client’s needs. The team will build on the work of previous fellows to explore business changes by employee size, business type, and whether the company is publicly or privately owned. They will also examine the spatial distribution of business closures and openings across King County, placing that data in the context of other demographic characteristics. This research will enlighten stakeholders to potential impacts on business stability and diversity amongst communities in King County over time.

Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship program:

This programis open for graduate students to start submitting applications! The Social Entrepreneurship Fellows allows students to explore how best to deploy social enterprise models for innovations that are developed by University of Washington researchers.

This is a 10 week program over the summer. Four fellows will be selected from across a variety of disciplines and investigate a range of projects. The projects are focused on finding innovative ways to maintain the balance between financial sustainability and social impact in addition to generating revenue. Link to fellowship details.

If interested, students may reach out to Arti Shah at pophlth@uw.edu for any questions. Application instructions and more information can also be found at the links provided. 

Careers in Social Work and BA in Social Welfare Information Session

  • Making an Impact: Careers in SocialWork (virtual) | 6pm – 7pm PST | REGISTER HERE
    • Hear from three inspiring social workers. Learn about their roles, the impact of their work on communities, and the pathways you can pursue to do the same!
  • BASW Student Experiences (virtual) | 6pm – 7pm PST | REGISTER HERE
    • Hear from current BASW students and alumni about their experiences in the program! Learn about their practicum sites, the transfer student experiences, ways to get involved at the school, resources they wish they’d known about, advice they have for incoming students, and get your BASW questions answered!

BASW application for Fall 2024 admission is open NOW through April 15th! Feel free to share the below information with any prospective students you may have.


(Click to view application instructions, eligibility, prerequisites, and access the application portal)

At a glance:

  • Our BASW program is a major for students interested in furthering social, racial, and economic justice. We’re looking for students passionate about social change and who are interested in careers committed to furthering social justice and helping others. Learn about our program, mission and goals here.

What is Social Work?

Social work is concerned with helping people overcome challenges, providing support, and facilitating access to resources and services.

What’s on our application? See full instructions online.

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Social Service Experience Form (experience recommended but NOT required!)
  • Essay (1-2 pages)
  • Short Answer Question (1500 characters)
  • Resume (1-2 pages)

FAST FACTS (from 2023 admissions cycle):

  • 75% acceptance rate
  • 69% students of color
  • Cohort of 52 students
  • Average GPA of 3.48
  • 51% transfer students

Prerequisites include:

  • A 2.0 cumulative minimum GPA.
    • 65 college level credits by start of program.
    • Completed one introductory Psychology course and one introductory Sociology course with a 2.0 or higher before starting the program in September.
    • *Statistics is NOT required for admission but must be completed before students enter their second year of the program. We recommend students complete this requirement as soon as possible to accommodate for the full-time schedule they’ll have once in the program.

Falling Walls Lab

The Falling Walls Lab is coming to Seattle on May 16th!

Which wall will your research break? Pitch your innovation in just three minutes, showcasing an idea that could positively impact science and society.

This pitch-your-idea event is open to all students. All participants will pitch their idea (3 minutes) on Thursday, May 16 at CoMotion.  And the winning individual/team will receive a fully paid trip to Berlin to meet with industry leaders and innovators.

The deadline for the submission is Wednesday, May 1. For more details and application instructions go to https://falling-walls.com/lab/apply/seattle/.

Fall Walls Criteria

Husky Seed Fund Applications

Inclusive. Impactful. Inventive. 

Calling all UW students from all campuses!   

Do you have an innovative idea that would enhance the UW student experience? The Husky Seed Fund has the resources to make your idea a reality! Created by students for students, the Husky Seed Fund provides up to $5,000 for you, or a small team, to pursue your passions and bring your projects to life.  

Apply Here: https://forms.office.com/r/VZ8nXmZvfT 

Awardees develop project management and leadership skills while they execute impactful and inventive strategies to elevate the Husky Experience. This is a truly unique opportunity to strengthen the entire Husky community by promoting inclusivity and helping to make all students feel that they have a home at the UW. A previously funded project which has received statewide and nationwide recognition is the Indigenous Walking Tour. 

We are also proud to support the 2023 winners: 

  • Pathways for All Huskies – Illuminating campus pathways everyone can navigate. 
  • Huskies’ Precious Plastics – Transforming waste plastics into usable items. 
  • Eat Together – Connecting students through meals together. 

The Husky Experience Student Advisory Council encourages all students to explore the Husky Seed Fund website, attend or view an information session, and/or contact seedfund@uw.edu for more information.  

Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram to see the impact of previously funded projects and stay up to date on award news!  


  • All UW undergraduate, graduate and professional students from any campus are encouraged to apply. 
  • Applications can be individual, or team based. 
  • All team members must be in good academic standing (each with a minimum 2.5 GPA for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduate and professional students). 
  • Projects must involve a UW faculty or staff member as a mentor.  

Information Session and Application Writing Workshop:  

Talk to the HESAC council to get all of your questions answered wherever you are! This hour-long information session will be available for free, remote streaming via Zoom for all UW students.  

Application Dates: 

  • Applications open: February 20, 2024 
  • Applications close: March 26, 2024, by 5 PM PST. 
  • Shortlisted finalists announced: April 4, 2024, by 5 PM PST. 

Apply here:  https://forms.office.com/r/VZ8nXmZvfT 

EDUC 215: Wellness and Resilience for College and Beyond

Now approved for writing credits!

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, there are two times and modalities to take this 5 credit class that also provides SSc credit. The first section will be fully in person meeting for lectures on Thursdays from 2:30-5:20pm PST with a one hour in person quiz section on Fridays for small group activities. The second section is a fully virtual section with virtual lectures on Tuesdays from 11:30am-2:20pm PST and then virtual synchronous quiz sections for one hour on Fridays. Asynchronous accomodations for lecture can be easily coordinated (synchronous participation in the one hour quiz section on Fridays is required). See the attached flyers for additional information and as a tool to share with students.

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.

For the first time in spring 2024, we will be offering a new 5 credit seminar for students who have taken EDUC 215 and 216 called EDUC 317: Emotion Regulation: Dialectics and Application. In EDUC 217, we will take a deep dive into the biological and experience component of many different emotions and think about how to skillful manage them in the context of different professional settings. EDUC 317 will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-10:50am for SSc and writing credit. See the attached flyer for additional details.

And for the second time in spring 2024, we will also be offering a 5 credit seminar for students who have taken EDUC 215 and 216 called EDUC 381: Interpersonal Effectiveness and Coaching in Social Emotional Learning. In EDUC 381, we will learn how to teach and coach others in building their own social-emotional skills while also maintaining our own wellbeing so we don’t burn out. EDUC 381 will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am-1:50pm for SSc and writing credit. See the attached flyer for additional details.

All four classes will also be a part of the new Education Studies open enrollment, minimum requirement major starting in the fall of 2024.

EDUC 215 Flyer

2024 NOAA Marine Mammal Lab Internship

The Marine Mammal Laboratory (MML) of NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) and the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences (SAFS) request applications for student summer internships. Internships will be for about 10 weeks (during the period of June to September 2024; 40 hours per week) working on a marine mammal research project. Each internship will be supported on a stipend of $5,850, provided in partnership by the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, the Marine Biology Program, and MML/AFSC. Now in its fifth consecutive year, this popular internship program has been successful in giving undergraduate students an opportunity to be involved in active research programs focused on marine mammal ecology, behavior, and assessment. This year, MML is planning to welcome interns to in-person project settings at NOAA’s Seattle campus as well as in the field in Alaska and California. At present, plans call for the interns to participate in MML projects conducted: 1) at MML’s offices at NOAA’s Sand Point campus (just north of Magnuson Park, Seattle), or 2) through fieldwork in Alaska or California (specific plans depend on final funding availability). Successful applicants will be provided with a scientific mentor and online access to research resources associated with their projects.

The following marine mammal research projects may be available for internships during summer 2024 at the Marine Mammal Laboratory:

  1. Steller sea lion remote camera imagery and food habits (two positions)
    MML/AFSC mentor:  Katie Luxa (katie.luxa@noaa.gov) with Molly McCormley
  2. Estimating aerial survey detection rates of seals on Arctic sea ice (one position)
    MML/AFSC mentor:  Erin Moreland (erin.moreland@noaa.gov)
  3. Assessment of California sea lions and northern fur seals at San Miguel Island, CA (one position)
    MML/AFSC mentor:  Tony Orr (tony.orr@noaa.gov

SAFS values the strengths and professional experience that students, faculty, and staff bring to our community. We are committed to providing an excellent education to all of our students of every race, gender, class, nationality, physical ability, religion, age, or sexual orientation. We are proud of the different roles that our students, staff, and faculty play in the community of the School and the College of the Environment. Science is richer and the SAFS and MML/AFSC communities are more vibrant when a diverse group of people participate in research. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to our programs’ diversity through their life experiences, scholarship, and/or service to the institutions. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Must be a currently enrolled UW undergraduate student graduating in Spring 2024 or after


Please submit the following by the deadline:

  • Online Application: https://forms.gle/1644d2NCHVw1AxiAA
  • Application Materials – upload (using form linked above) the following materials in one pdf. Save as “LastnameFirstname_MML2024.pdf” (where Lastname and Firstname are your name):
    • Recent resumé
    • Unofficial UW transcript
    • Letter of interest (maximum of four pages) – include the name of the project that most interests you and why; tell us about yourself and your research interests; explain how the internship will further your studies and career; include other information the selection committee should be aware of, such as what it means to you to have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 11:59pm on March 15, 2024 – late or incomplete applications will not be considered
DECISIONS: Award notifications will be made by April 15, 20224

  • NOAA Internship 1
  • NOAA Internship 2
  • NOAA Internship 3
  • NOAA Internship 4