UW Honors | Weekly Announcements

Week 6 – Winter 2024

Hi Honors Huskies!

We are officially halfway through 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

Honors Student Awards


Husky Lunch Network

Bring your appetite for connection (and food) to these free themed lunches! Hosed by the UW Alumni Association. The UWAA is inviting students and alumni to connect over food and shared experiences at this series of themed lunch events. All Husky Lunch Network events are free to all guests.

Key Dates
All lunches take place 12:30–1:30 p.m. and will be held at various spots around campus. Food will be provided
Feb. 15: Navigating Life as a Student Parent
Feb. 22: Trans and Out at Work with Judy Bridges,’88, Innovation Manager, University of Washington
Feb. 29: First-Generation in Corporate America with Alva He, ’18, Startup Team Builder & Head of Talent, Journey.ai and Xavaar Quaranto, ’20, Organism Engineer, Ginkgo Bioworks


Husky Lunch Network

27th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

We are excited to announce that applications for the 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Washington are now open! We encourage you to share this opportunity with your students and encourage them to apply. The application deadline is Thursday, February 8th and application details as well as resources for applying can be found on our website (https://www.washington.edu/undergradresearch/s/apply/).  

The Symposium provides undergraduate students from all disciplines with a unique opportunity to present their research, scholarship, and creative work to a larger audience. Save the date for Friday, May 17, 2024, for the 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.  

If you have any questions, contact us at undergradresearch@uw.edu.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

2024 Winter Job and Internship Fair

DATE: Tuesday, February 13, 2024

LOCATION: Husky Union Building, North & South Ballrooms

TIME: 11:00am – 2:30pm PT

A career fair is a connection opportunity for employers who have open roles and students who are currently in the job search phase. At an in-person career fair, events are hosted on campus in a large meeting space, wherein employers set up booths for students and alumni to visit. In-person career fairs are a great way for students to meet face-to-face with representatives of companies that appeal to students’ majors, interests, and goals.

The 2024 In-Person Winter Job & Internship fair is open to all majors and years of study, including alumni of all three UW campuses and community members. 101 registered employers are actively recruiting Huskies for full- and part-time career and internship roles across all industries. Preview the list of currently-registered employers here, register for the fair, and browse open positions prior to attending.

2024 Winter Job and Internship fair

Waseda Summer Session 2024

We are thrilled to announce that applications will be opening soon for Waseda Summer Session 2024! We offer this once-in-a-lifetime program for Undergraduate students worldwide from June 17 to July 26, 2024. Whether they want to explore their academic interests or Japanese unique cultures, our face-to-face summer session provides the perfect opportunity. Students will also have the chance to meet new friends and experience campus life at Waseda.

Participants will choose 2 out of 16 courses in the context of Japan and Asia Pacific and can earn four credits (2 credits for each). For more details, please see here. The classes are entirely taught in English by well-known faculty members.

In addition, and most importantly, there will be a lot of extracurricular activities such as Japanese language exercises, field trips, site visits, and cultural events!

Online Application: February 26 to March 22, 2024

Duration & Dates: 6 weeks from June 15 to July 26, 2024

Tuition and Fees: Plan A –Plan with an accommodation JPY650,000 (Approx. 4,500 USD)

                          Plan B –Plan without an accommodation JPY405,000 (Approx. 3,500 USD)

For more details about courses, tuition & fees, please see the link below:  http://waseda-summer.com/

You can also enjoy the videos such as the voices of past participants, messages from professors and Waseda student interns.

Lastly, please follow our Instagram account to catch the latest information.


Important changes:

– Program Period has been expanded from 4 weeks to 6 weeks. Tuition fees have been increased accordingly

More-than-human Worlds: The Poetics and Politics of Life, SIAH 2024

What becomes possible when we decenter the human in the arts and humanities? The 2024 Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities (SIAH) aims to cultivate an appreciation of plants, water, rocks, and the broader more-than-human-world as agentive, animate, and entangled with human lifeworlds. To this end, the 2024 SIAH will introduce frameworks and methods from Indigenous epistemologies, critical animal studies, multispecies ethnography, and the environmental humanities to explore the human and non-human dimensions of racial formations, settler colonialism, extractive capitalism, captivity, war, and other forms of violence. Ultimately, SIAH students will be encouraged to cross disciplinary and species boundaries in crafting imaginative explorations of the expansive and resilient politics and poetics of life. 

In the initial weeks, the summer institute teaching team invites students to engage with texts and invited speakers that explore the crisis around conceptions of the human and the toll of human-centeredness, such as climate change and species extinction. With the conceptual tools and frameworks of Indigenous Studies and other critical intellectual traditions, students will explore the more-than-human entanglements at work in multiple forms and genres, like oral narratives, literary fiction and poetry, visual arts, cinema/time-based art, and other forms of storytelling, signifying, and witnessing. The second half of the course allows students to further explore those themes and develop, discuss, and produce in-depth research projects (which can include creative work) with the mentorship of the teaching team. A background in the arts and humanities is not what is most important; rather, it is your interest in joining a respectful, open, and at times difficult conversation about the role of the arts and humanities in reconceptualizing a world that holds many worlds.

Participating in the SIAH is an excellent fit for your Honors experiential learning requirement in the area of research. Talk to an Honors adviser if you have questions about the process for applying.

Additionally, the instructors are open to talking with students who may be interested in receiving ad hoc Honors credit about developing a project focused on personal reflection of your research process, experience, and product in the SIAH. Contact the SIAH teaching team directly to talk about ideas and possibilities! 

More-than-human worlds summer 2024

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

Being Michelle D Center Screening

The D Center invites you to join us in viewing the award-winning documentary, Being Michelle, followed by a post-screening panel discussion with Being Michelle team members and other community leaders on Wednesday, February 28th at the HUB (Husky Union Building) Lyceum. Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the movie will begin at 6 pm. This event will be live streamed for registered guests and is open to the public at no charge. Light refreshments will be provided, as well as free parking at Padelford Garage or Central Plaza Garage after registration.

Register here!

Being Michelle encapsulates the story and perspective of a previously incarcerated Deaf woman with autism named Michelle. It follows her journey and touches on her fight through the legal system and using art to depict and work through past traumas. With this in mind, the event will primarily be presented in American Sign Language (ASL), as the movie itself involves ASL, however it is also voiced and open-captioned. There will be ASL interpreters to help support communication throughout the event.

If you need any further accommodations, please fill out this form by Friday, February 9th.

We are also looking for volunteers! Please fill out this form if you are interested in helping with event setup, greeting, being a parking attendant, or working the registration table. We thank you in advance as this event wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the D Center through email, dcenter@uw.edu or stop by at HUB 327. We look forward to your attendance!

Being Michelle

Community, Environment, and Planning Major Open House

Interested in urban planning, community outreach, and have a passion for environmental issues? Consider majoring in Community, Environment, and Planning! 

Our application for admission to the 2024 cohort is currently open. Priority admission is February 15. While CEP is a capacity-constrained major, we have a 90-100% acceptance rate.

About the major:

Community, Environment, and Planning is an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree that is completed in two years (junior and senior years). This major was built by and for students. It is cohort-based with emphases in student engagement and leadership. The core curriculum provides a foundation in theory and applied real-world practice of supporting communities, stewarding the environment, and engaging with the built environment. This program allows the flexibility for students to pursue individual interests by selecting electives from all across campus.

Career Outcomes: Urban planners, educators, non-profit managers, entrepreneurs, communication experts, and professionals of all sorts. 

For more information:

Email: cepinfo@uw.edu

Visit our website 

Schedule a Meeting: Connect with our adviser by scheduling a prospective student appointment, and refer anyone who might be interested!

Join us at our Open House:

  • (Virtual) Thursday, February 8th from 7:00-8:00pm via Zoom: Register HERE

Ready to apply? Complete our CEP 2024 Cohort Admissions Application.

CEP Major Open House

Fulbright Taiwan’s ETF Program and English Teacher Trainer Scholarship Program

Are you ready to embark on a transformative teaching experience? The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE), in collaboration with Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE), invites you to be part of a program that’s redefining bilingual education. Join us on an 11-month journey, from August 1st, 2024 to June 30th, 2025, and discover the rewards of teaching in Taiwanese communities.

Don’t miss this chance to make a lasting impact! Apply now and be part of a program that’s shaping the future of bilingual education in Taiwan.

Get more details and program descriptions here:  https://taiwan-etaprogram.org/

Or join this upcoming Information Session:

Date: March 1st, 2024 (Taiwan Time)

Time: 8 am (Taiwan Time UTC+8 )

Link: meet.google.com/ueb-srgr-zgg

         Join by phone

‪        (US) +1 915-308-6018 PIN: ‪428 683 434#

Application Deadline: March 8th, 2023 (UTC/GMT+8:00, Taiwan Time)

Trip to the Burke with fellow Honors student Samantha-Lynn

Did you know that UW students can visit the Burke for free with a Husky ID? Whether you’ve taken advantage of this amazing resource already, or this is your first time, join Samantha-Lynn on a walkthrough of the Museum with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the collections. This is an incredible opportunity to explore arts, culture, and natural history while you’re on campus, and consider courses that are offered AT the Burke too (including an honors course!). We hope you can make it, and grab a bite to eat at the Burke’s Off the Rez Café after the walkthrough!

The walkthrough will start at 12:00 at the Burke Museum on 2/29. Due to limited space, an RSVP is required for this event. Students must have a valid Husky ID in order to enter the museum for free!

Samantha-Lynn Martinez (she/her) is a third-year Interdisciplinary Honors student studying Marine Biology and Biology: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. Aside from her experience in marine science, she is also a designer/illustrator, and has worked for marine science organizations around the area, the aquarium, and some other fields outside marine science like the UW astronomy department, and even Cotopaxi! Learn more about Samantha in her Student Community profile!

Environmental Career Fair

The Environmental Career Fair is just two weeks away! Register today to learn more about the organizations in attendance.

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, February 15th
  • Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Location: The HUB – North Ballroom

Connect with employers hiring for jobs and internships in environmental fields!

Register Here

How You Can Prepare:

  • Update your resume and be prepared to talk about your interests and career goals.
  • Dress to impress – this is your chance to make a positive first impression. While there is no formal dress code, dress in something that makes you feel confident and ready to talk with employers.
  • Research the attending companies on Handshake to make the most out of your interactions.
  • Prepare questions about employers’ organizations and their available opportunities.  

Don’t miss out on this chance to kickstart your future career! Mark your calendar for February 15th, 12-3pm in the HUB North Ballroom.

Questions? Please email envjobs@uw.edu   

2024 Hollomon Health Innovation and Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenges

All undergrad and grad students in good standing from a Cascadia Corridor – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia, as well as Alaska – college or university who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program are invited to apply for student innovation challenges hosted by the UW Foster School of Business’ Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

APPLY: Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge – Deadline February 12
Make a positive impact on the environment through ideas and innovation at the 2024 EIC! Student finalists can solve all kinds of problems by showcasing their ideas for non-profits, technologies, services, and consumer products! The idea just needs to have sustainability and climate considerations built in. Local entrepreneurs, investors, and green leaders will give you direct feedback to grow your idea. Finalist teams are eligible to win more than $40,000 in prizes! Questions? Lauren: brohal@uw.edu

Apply now! https://platform.younoodle.com/competition/2024_alaska_airlines_environmental_innovation_challenge

Environmental Innovation challenge

Public Reading of the Play, Puppets

What: First public reading of puppets, a new play by liv Vessenes
When: Friday, 9 February at 6pm
Where: Odegaard 131D
puppets is a combination theater and dance performing arts piece featuring four UW students working on a dance performance for the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival. Our characters deal with issues like kink and interracial adoption. If this interests you, please join us! We are still looking for readers, and of course audience members. Thank you so much for supporting student theater at UW!

Churchill Scholar, Abby Burtner

Congrats to Honors Husky Abby Burtner, ‘24, who has been awarded the prestigious Churchill Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the field of biochemistry. As a Churchill Scholar, Abby will complete a fully funded master’s degree in pathology at Cambridge University.

The Churchill Foundation selected 16 exceptional students as Churchill Scholars from a pool of 121 candidates this academic year. This year’s competition highlights the dedication, talent and exceptional accomplishments of the scholars, setting the stage for an even brighter future in the STEM fields and scientific exploration.

Burtner is a past recipient of the DAAD Rise internshipGoldwater ScholarshipWashington Research Foundation FellowshipMary Gates Research Scholarship, and has been an undergraduate research leader at the Office of Undergraduate Research. Burtner intends to chart a career pathway investigating immunological systems through a biophysical lens as a principal investigator at an academic or industrial research lab.

abby burtner