UW Honors | Weekly Announcements

Week 5 – Autumn 2023

Hi Honors Huskies!

We trust that your midterms are progressing smoothly and that you’re also managing to savor your experience at UW. As it’s Thursday afternoon, we’re excited to share our regular updates with you. Take a look at the upcoming events and available job opportunities by following the provided links.



Global Challenges/Interdisciplinary Answers on WAYS OF KNOWING

Thursday, Nov. 9, 6:00 p.m., HUB Lyceum

Different disciplines, cultures, and individuals have distinct approaches to gathering information, interpreting it, and forming beliefs. This begs the question: “How do we know things and where else should we be looking for answers?”

Don’t miss the Honors Program’s biggest event of the year, our annual Global Challenges/Interdisciplinary Answers conversation, led by dynamic speakers from a variety of backgrounds, addressing questions curated by students in Honors 100.

Featuring the perspectives of:

Polly Olsen is a Yakama tribal member, former executive director of the Association of American Indian Physicians and winner of the UW’s Distinguished Staff Award. Now director of DEI & Decolonization and tribal liaison at Burke Museum of Natural History, Olsen contributes multiple forms of wisdom and helps to bridge communities through educational opportunities, institutions and agencies.

Tony Lucero teaches Honors’ seminar “The Idea of the University – Ways of Learning, Exploring and Knowing.” Seated in the Comparative History of Ideas and Jackson School of International Studies, Dr. Lucero’s scholarship draws from many ways of knowing, with a focus on Indigenous politics, social movements, Latin American politics and borderlands.

Katie Davis brings perspectives from her K-12 teaching background into her research, curriculum and advocacy at the UW’s iSchool and College of Education. Davis investigates the impact of digital technologies on young people’s learning, development, and well-being, and co-designs positive technology experiences for youth and their families. Her work bridges the fields of human development, human-computer interaction, and the learning sciences. 

Moderated by Samantha-Lynn Martinez: a rising junior marine biology major, artist, nature activist and peer educator in UW’s Interdisciplinary Honors community.

Click here for more details and to RSVP: https://honors.uw.edu/event/global-challenges-interdisciplinary-answers-public-2023/

Ways of Knowing

It’s Just…a Lunch & Learn with Stephanie Smallwood and former US Ambassador, Suzi LeVine

Get insider stories from an interdisciplinary powerhouse whose range of experiences include international leadership during the Obama administration, emergency relief distribution during the COVID pandemic, and dozens of other incredible, impactful jobs.

Bring your questions and your lunch! Beverages and dessert items will be provided.

When: T, Oct. 31, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Where: Mary Gates Hall, 211

Free/Open to UW Community

Click here for more details and to RSVP: https://honors.uw.edu/event/suzi-levine-stephanie-smallwood-lunch-learn-free-uw-community/

UW Job and Internship Fair

WHAT: UW Seattle 2023 Virtual Autumn Job & Internship Fair

WHEN: Thursday, October 26, 2023 @ 11:30am-3:00pm

WHERE: Virtual! Hosted on Handshake

HOW: Register via https://app.joinhandshake.com/stu/career_fairs/41252

57 employers are actively recruiting Huskies for full- and part-time career and internship roles across all industries. Students can preview a full list of employers here and are encouraged to register for the fair starting today! They will be required to take the following steps:

  1. Set their profile visibility to ‘Community’
  2. Register for the fair starting on Monday, October 15, 2023
  3. Sign up for Group and 1:1 Sessions—there is no way to participate in the fair without signing up for sessions in advance!

We encourage students to update their Handshake profiles with recent job, volunteer and coursework experience, as well as a resume for employers to review.

Questions? Email cicevents@uw.edu. Thank you!

Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship is introducing a new program promoting the advancement of women as entrepreneurs, leaders, investors, and agents of innovation – WE Lead. Entrepreneurial students from any major will have support and scaffolding to grow and develop into confident, inclusive leaders. WE Lead welcomes students of any gender, and will feature workshops, panels, mentoring, and other events that center the experiences of women in entrepreneurship and leadership settings.
There is no application to join WE Lead, or to participate in events. We’re here to help students as they develop their entrepreneurial and leadership toolkit, and believe the more time they put in, the more they’ll get out! If you, or any students have further questions, please reach out to me at any time.

Upcoming WE Lead Events:
Below are the upcoming WE Lead events this quarter. Students should register to reserve a spot.

  • 10/30: Thrive Together: WE Lead Mentoring Circle
    Mentoring event featuring 10 entrepreneurial women from varied sectors, including nonprofit and corporate operations, communications, AI, contract management, beauty, consumer products, legal (mergers & acquisitions, VC), healthcare administration, and more! Students will have opportunities to develop connections with multiple mentors and other students in a supportive and relaxed environment.
  • 11/2: Entrepreneurial Women in Engineering
    Panel event featuring 4 panelists from diverse engineering (mechanical, chemical, civil, electrical, bio, molecular, nanotech) and professional backgrounds. Panelists will share the highs and lows of their entrepreneurial careers, share advice on navigating engineering careers, and more.
  • 11/8: WE Lead Workshop: #IamRemarkable
    Workshop to develop self-promotion skills for professional and academic application. #IamRemarkable is a global movement striving to empower everyone, and particularly underrepresented groups most likely to report experiencing imposter syndrome. This workshop will be facilitated by Rebecca Longenecker of Google. Space is limited, but a few seats remain.
  • 11/16: Rising Tide: Women Making Waves in the Startup World
    Luncheon, Fireside Chat, and opportunity to connect with women investors, founders, and entrepreneurial leaders from a variety of sectors who are are creating impact and making change in their communities. Featuring a conversation between two UW alumnae and co-founders of Proxi, an interactive, brandable mapping tool.

Husky Experience Student Advisory Counsel

Apply now to join the Husky Experience Student Advisory Council 

Help advance the Husky Seed Fund, an award that brings to life innovative ideas by students that are inclusive, impactful, and inventive to the UW.  Gain valuable experience advancing and managing a program that will impact thousands of students at UW. 

What types of student-led efforts would improve the overall Husky Experience? What would inspire students to create such a project and apply for funding?  You are the judge! 

The Provost’s Office will provide the funding, basic structure, and guidance for HESAC members to lead and advance the Husky Seed Fund.  In work groups, members will learn first-hand what makes an effective application and how dollars combined with accountability and support make ideas come to life. And you’ll gain program management, communication, teamwork, decision-making and leadership skills. The Provost’s Office staff will coach you on how to include this experience on a resume, talk about it in person and apply lessons learned and skills gained going forward.  

Apply here:  https://forms.gle/YbvpjRdzYwfxoV95A 

Deadline:   November 7, 2023, at 11:59 pm 

Councilmember Duties 

This year the HESAC will do two things; select new projects and oversee the projects selected in 2023; Eat Together, Huskies’ Precious Plastics, and Pathways for All Huskies. Members will participate in both areas.   

To help you gauge the time commitment to HESAC, here is a schedule of activities:  

  • Bi-weekly whole group meetings – Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm, on the Seattle Campus or via Zoom (your choice)
    • Autumn Quarter
      • November 21 
      • December 5 
    •  Winter Quarter 
      •  January 9 & 23 
      • February 6 & 20  
      • March 5 
    • Spring Quarter 
      • March 26 
      • April 2 *note shift*, 16 & 30  
      • May 14 & 28 
  • As needed– small group meetings between bi-weekly meetings. 
  • We are not able to flex meeting times, so please double-check your schedule to ensure you can attend at these times if you are selected. If so, please place holds for these meetings on your calendar now. 

Student Advisory Councilmember Terms of Service:  

  • Councilmembers will serve 1-year terms, with a possible 1-year reappointment. 
  • Council members will review and award seed funding to peers.  They will not be eligible to apply for seed funding in the year in which they serve. 

Questions? Contact Katy DeRosier at katyd2@uw.edu

Husky Leadership Certificate Program

Applications are LIVE for the 2023-24 cohort of the Husky Leadership Certificate program! 

Are you interested in learning and reflecting on the ways you have and can continue to contribute to your communities? The Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center is seeking Huskies who practice leadership in a variety of ways. Our leaders are change-agents, scholars, entrepreneurs, activists, athletes, researchers and more. This is your opportunity to reflect on and demonstrate your leadership development and experiences.   

This program gave me an opportunity to reflect on my experiences and skills in a way that I hadn’t been challenged to do before. On top of that, I was able to find a clear and confident way to articulate those skills both in person and online.”  

– Husky Leadership Certificate alumnus  

Through the Husky Leadership Certificate (HLC), students work with a faculty/staff or alumni mentor to identify, reflect on, and demonstrate their leadership growth and accomplishments and create a leadership e-portfolio. Students must be a senior or 5th year student to be considered. For more information and detailed program requirements, please visit the program website

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 13. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at uwhlc@uw.edu

Boren Awards and Critical Language Scholarships

Learn about the Boren Awards and Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to fund language study abroad. Scholarships like the Boren and CLS provide funding to U.S. citizen students at varying levels of proficiency to study languages considered to be “critical” to U.S. interests.

These upcoming sessions will provide an overview of the scholarships and insights on how to develop competitive applications. We encourage first-generation students, students of color, and students who identify as underrepresented within the university to attend.

CLS Virtual Information Sessions & Office Hours (Hosted by the CLS Program)

CLS Application Writing Workshop (For UW Students)

Boren Virtual Information Session (For UW Students, Hosted by IIE)

Critical Language Scholarship Highlights:

  • Open to U.S. citizen undergraduates and graduates in every field.
  • Fully funded intensive language and cultural immersion program (FREE)!
  • Languages offered are Arabic, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.
  • Program includes cultural activities, field trips, room & board, and travel.
  • Must be enrolled during fall 2023; open to students graduating in spring 2024.
  • Application deadline for all applicants: Tuesday, November 14, 5 p.m. (Pacific)

 Boren Awards Highlights:

  • Open to U.S. citizen undergraduates and graduates (list of preferred fields of study here).
  • Must be studying a language for the duration of the Boren award (list of preferred languages here).
  • Up to $25,000 for undergraduate students who study language abroad during the academic year (semester or longer).
  • Up to $8,000 for STEM students to study a language abroad during the summer.
  • Up to $30,000 for graduate students who will study a language abroad. Graduate students can incorporate research/fieldwork.
  • Students who are selected for and then accept the Boren award must commit to working for the federal government for one year.
  • Application deadline – Graduate Students: Wednesday, January 24, 2 p.m. (Pacific)
  • Application deadline – Undergraduate Students: Wednesday, January 31, 2 p.m. (Pacific)


Undergraduates can contact Chetana Acharya: cacharya@uw.edu Graduate students can contact Michelle Sutton: mdrapek@uw.edu

UW FLAS Fellowship Program

Applications for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Summer 2024 and Academic Year 2024-25 now available!

FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area studies competencies. They are available to current or incoming UW students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or nationals. Students from all UW departments and schools are encouraged to apply.

Please see the attached flyer for more information including a list of FLAS-eligible languages at the UW.

FLAS Fellows receive:

  • Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $20,000 living stipend
  • Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend
  • Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition, $3,500 living stipend

Please don’t miss this opportunity to secure important funding for your language and related area studies. The application deadline is January 31, 2024.


FLAS Promotional flier