UW Honors | Weekly Announcements

Week 7 – Winter 2024

Hi Honors Huskies!

We hope you are enjoying the pleasant and sunnier weather this week! 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


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. 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

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

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!

GRDSCH200: Preparing for Graduate Education


GRDSCH200: Preparing for Graduate Education


Mondays, 1:30 – 3:20 p.m. 


SLN: 15092


The Big Read: Unmasking AI

Tuesday, February 20, 1:00 p.m. | Husky Union Building (HUB) South Ballroom 

The College of Arts & Sciences welcomes the UW community of faculty, staff, and students to participate in the second annual “Big Read.” 

Join the College of Arts & Sciences and UW Linguistics Professor Dr. Emily M. Bender for a conversation with Dr. Joy Buolamwini, author of Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What is Human in a World of Machines (Penguin Random House, 2023) and founder of the Algorithmic Justice League.

Unmasking AI goes beyond the headlines about existential risks produced by Big Tech. It is the remarkable story of how Buolamwini uncovered what she calls “the coded gaze”—the evidence of encoded discrimination and exclusion in tech products—and how she galvanized the movement to prevent AI harms by founding the Algorithmic Justice League. Applying an intersectional lens to both the tech industry and the research sector, she shows how racism, sexism, colorism, and ableism can overlap and render broad swaths of humanity “excoded” and therefore vulnerable in a world rapidly adopting AI tools. Computers, she reminds us, are reflections of both the aspirations and the limitations of the people who create them. 

Encouraging experts and non-experts alike to join this fight, Buolamwini writes, “The rising frontier for civil rights will require algorithmic justice. AI should be for the people and by the people, not just the privileged few.”

400 copies of Unmasking AI are available in the CAS Dean’s Office. See the Get Your Copy section below for more details.

Reading the book is not required to attend the event. However, registration is. 


Climate Crisis: Our Response as Artivists

Thurs. Feb. 22 | 4 p.m. | Kane Hall | Seattle

Visiting artists from “Small Island Big Song” are coming to Kane Hall for a moderated conversation about the ongoing climate crisis. Join your Husky community in exploring ways we can use our voices to push the needle on the political, economic, social and cultural questions that underlie today’s most pressing issue.

Speakers include:
  Tim Cole, co-founder, Small Island Big Song
  Jamie Stroble, ’10, climate justice advocate
  Lesley Tonga Kamoto, student activist

Admission to the conversation is free, with a hosted reception to follow.

About “Small Island Big Song”

Coming to UW’s Meany Center on Feb. 24, “Small Island Big Song” celebrates the seafaring cultures of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, on the frontline of sea level rise. Music critic Tom Orr described the performance as “….one very big, very happy family doing what they do best while helping get the word out on a most serious issue.” UWAA members save 20% on admission.
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Edwards Colloquium with Sylvia Perry, Ph.D., Northwestern University

Wednesday, February 14, 2024, from 3:30-4:30 pmin Kincaid 102/108 and on Zoom: https://washington.zoom.us/j/94222290455

Q&A and light refreshments after the event.

Faculty host: Clara Wilkins, claraw@uw.edu

The Development of Racial Bias Awareness

With the current talk, I will discuss my program of research on racial bias awareness—an individual difference measure meant to assess the extent to which White individuals are aware of and concerned about their own racially biased tendencies toward Black individuals. Specifically, across a series of studies, I will discuss (1) how individual differences in racial bias awareness relate to White individuals’ reactions to evidence of personal and others’ racial biases and (2) how bias awareness relates to White individuals’ willingness to discuss race and racism with others. Finally, I will discuss newer work on how bias awareness is associated with White parents’ racial socialization practices and how these practices, and the cues that parents convey during them, might influence White children’s intergroup attitudes.

This lecture is made possible in part by a generous endowment from Professor Allen L. Edwards.

Edwards Colloquia Sylvia Perry

2024 Undergraduate Medalists Reception

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Tricia Serio cordially invite you to join them in honoring the achievements of three outstanding undergraduate students:

Freshman medalist Cin Dacey Ahrens (Computer science; mathematics)

Sophomore medalist Ayush Agrawal (Computer science)

Junior medalist Sayako Mitchell (Applied mathematics: data science).

Learn more about the medalists

Undergraduate Medalists Reception
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024
4:30–6 p.m.
Walker-Ames Room
Kane Hall

Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.

RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 20, to Hannah Evans, hafevans@uw.edu. Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions.

Complimentary parking is available in the Central Plaza Garage (15th Ave. NE and NE 41st St.). Present this code to the gatehouse attendant for access: 291426.

Careers in Health Sciences Panel

Careers in Health Sciences: February 21st, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

  • If you’re interested in exploring roles and opportunities in the health and/or life science fields, join us to meet and learn from UW alumni currently working in a variety of roles to discuss their careers and experiences. 
  • Panelists:
    • Hanna Dinh Hsieh, ’14, ’16, Project Manager, Digital Health Office at UW Medicine
    • Christopher Fellin, ’21, Biomedical Engineer, Henry Jackson Foundation
    • Erica Tartaglione, ’09, Special Initiatives Manager, Seattle Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) at the VA

CAN’T ATTEND THE PANEL? CONNECT WITH THIS ALUMNA: Erica Tartaglione, who graduated with College Honors in 2009, is now Seattle Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Special Initiatives Manager at the VA. Erica will be speaking on the Feb 21 panel and is happy to connect with Honors students before or after that event. She is a health services project manager with almost 15 years of research and operations experience. She manages all phases of human subjects’ research and has specific expertise in multi-site clinical trials, mixed methods studies, and working with operational partners, stakeholders, and contractor. She leads the project coordinator research group to instruct and train VA Puget Sound research staff on conducting human subjects’ research. She helped start the Seattle HSR&D Veteran Engagement Group to promote the inclusion of Veteran perspectives and recommendations in research. She has developed a recent passion for process improvement and is working towards her Lean green belt certification by facilitating a Seattle HSR&D Fellowship Evaluation process improvement project.

career in health sciences

2024-25 Barbara Greenberg Distinguished Scholarship

Applications are open for the 2024-25 Barbara Greenberg Distinguished Scholarship!

The Barbara Greenberg Distinguished Scholarship was established to celebrate the life of Barbara Greenberg, who graduated from the University of Washington in 2011 with the first Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies. This scholarship provides monetary support to undergraduate students who are pursuing specialized coursework in Disability Studies. 

Donors have a preference for students enrolled in the Disability Studies major or minor. Disabled students are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Scholarship funds can be used to offset the cost of attending the UW, including tuition, fees, books, and living expenses. 

Applications are due April 22nd, before 11:59 pm. Visit the following page for more information about the scholarship and how to apply: Barbara Greenberg Endowed Scholarship for Disability Studies | Disability Studies | College of Arts and Sciences – University of Washington

UW Disability Studies Program Scholarships

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Dennis Lang Student Award in Disability Studies

This award honors Dennis Lang, a co-founder of the UW Disability Studies Program, for his dedication and service in the creation and growth of the UW Disability Studies community and program. This award is a merit-based monetary award for UW undergraduate or graduate students who embody Dennis’ spirited commitment to and academic excellence in the field of Disability Studies. Award amounts range from $200-500 depending on the fund’s performance and the number of individuals selected to receive the award.

Information about the nomination process and award eligibility can be found on the DSP | Resources | Dennis Lang Award | webpage. 

Nomination applications are due by midnight April 1, 2024.

For questions, contact 2024 Dennis Lang Award Committee Chair, Sushil Oswal at (oswal@uw.edu).

The Harlan Hahn Fund 2024 Call for Proposals

The Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund in Disability Studies call for proposals is now open for 2024. Current students, faculty, and staff from all three University of Washington campuses are invited to submit a grant proposal. Applications must describe research, writing, or activist projects that are framed within, aligned with, or informed by the academic field of Disability Studies. Harlan Hahn awards typically range between $500 and $5,000. The number and amount of the grants awarded depends on the quality of the individual projects and the overall number of eligible proposals received.

Use of Harlan Hahn Funds:

·      Support of academic research projects, pedagogical research, or writing projects in Disability Studies or informed by Disability Studies.

·      Travel to conferences in the field of Disability Studies or related to Disability Studies, to present research or to participate in the Disability Studies academic community.

·      Support for the development of a course with Disability Studies content.

·      Support for disability related activist endeavors (e.g. web development, meeting support) that are aligned with Disability Studies.


·      Applications are due April 10, 2024, by 11:59 pm.

·      Grants may commence June 1, 2024.

·      All grant-funded activities must be completed by June 30, 2025.

For questions, contact 2024 Harlan Hahn Fund Committee Chair, RonnieThibault at (ronnie22@uw.edu). For more information, and to apply, visit: https://disabilitystudies.washington.edu/HarlanHahnFund

Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) Applications

Exciting news: Our 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.

Learn More at our Info Session!

Prospective students can join our upcoming virtual Careers in Social Work Information Session – REGISTER HERE!

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.


Reimagining Datafication: Black Feminist and Critical Agendas

On Friday, March 1, the Simpson Center for the Humanities will host two workshops in Communications 202, the first facilitated by Jihan Sherman (Georgia Institute of Technology) from 12:30-2:00pm; the second by Lauren Klein (Emory University), from 2:30-4:00pm. Sherman, an architect, designer, and artist, will lead  “Threads, Seams, and Storywork: Black Feminist Technoscience and Crafting Design,” a workshop on Black feminist technoscience and critical speculative storytelling. Klein’s workshop, “Starting with a Shuffle: Rethinking the Origins of Data Visualization,” introduces her forthcoming digital project that shows how the rise of modern data visualization should be considered in tandem with the emergence of colonialism and capitalism.

Lunch will be served at 12:00pm. Registration is required.