UW Honors | Weekly Announcements

Week 7 – Autumn 2023

Hi Honors Huskies!

We hope you are all doing well with your classes and other exciting activities. It’s Thursday afternoon, the perfect time to catch you up on our latest updates. Dive into the upcoming events and explore some fantastic job opportunities through the links below!


Honors Events


Global Challenges/Interdisciplinary Answers on WAYS OF KNOWING

Today! 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

Delta Epsilon Mu and PhiDE Research Exposition

Delta Epsilon Mu (DEM), is a co-ed pre-health professional fraternity. DEM is partnering with PhiDE (a pre-med professional fraternity) to host a research exposition on November 16! The event is from 2-5 pm at the HUB Lyceum.

Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program Luncheon

The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship’s women’s entrepreneurial leadership program (WE Lead) is hosting a luncheon and celebration of innovative women founders, investors, and cross-industry leaders who are acting boldly to break barriers, blaze trails, and launch movements that change industries, organizations, and communities around the world.

This event is a great opportunity for entrepreneurially minded students to engage with a mix of fellow students, and entrepreneurial women from the community. Please share this invitation (for current UW students) to join us for Rising Tide: Women Making Waves in the Startup World.

The Event:
We are gathering on Thursday, November 16th from 11:30-2:00pm, just ahead of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day to build community and highlight entrepreneurial problem solvers, creative minds, and leaders on and off campus and celebrate the launch of the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship’s new women’s entrepreneurial leadership program, WE Lead.

You will be joined for lunch by dynamic women leaders from a multitude of industries, all with their own stories to share. At the lunch table, you’ll make valuable connections with key members of the PNW entrepreneurial ecosystem, and with other innovative students – you could meet your future co-founder, or a likeminded new friend!

The event program features two co-Founders and UW alumnae who will interview one another in an intimate Fireside Chat sharing the highs and lows of their entrepreneurial journeys. Students of any gender, and from any degree program, are welcome to attend. Do you know someone who should join us? Please forward this invite to them!

RSVP now to attend Rising Tide: Women Making Waves in the Startup World

Rising Tide: Women Making Waves in the Startup World

Queer Poetry Anthology Applications

A project of the Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True

Calling all queer poem writers of Washington State and adjacent tribal lands!

As part of my term as the Washington State Poet Laureate, I’m putting together an anthology of poems from queer writers of all stripes across the state. I want to hear from people trying out poetry for the first time, as well as regular writers and widely published poets. I want to include work by folks across spectrums of sexual orientation, gender, and sexuality in general (ace/aro family, I’m looking at you—send me work!), and from across the full breadth of our state.

Poems can be on any topic. This anthology takes the stance that all art made by queer artists is queer art, whether it draws explicit attention to an identity or not. Send me your love poems, the poem you wrote on the bus or in the park, poems where you wrestle with yourself, poems where you love existing, poems that take a metaphor and run with it, tribute poems, grief poems, ecstatic poems, sleepy poems, poems that barely know what they are or what they’re becoming, I want it all. Traditional and experimental work are both welcomed.

The final anthology will be published online and made available as a free resource. I’ll organize poems in a tagged and searchable format (like a database), making sure the tags are correct to the poem and its author. There is no payment available but chosen writers will appear in a publicized, widely available anthology and may get opportunities for readings and events following the anthology’s launch.

I hope to hear from you soon! And please pass this call around!

Submit by Friday, December 15, 2023.

Queer Poetry Anthology

Queer Poetry Anthology Workshop

Monday, November 13, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True for a free 75-minute queer writing workshop! We’ll be writing and doing writing exercises, so bring something to write on and something to write with (paper/computers/phones all okay for writing on). This is for writers of all levels, including first-time poetry-curious folks! You just need to be willing to try things out 😊

This workshop is for queer folks (queer people of all identities, and including all abilities and races) of Washington State, and in hopes that it might help give you more material to send in for the Queer Poetry AnthologyWe thank straight cis allies for respecting the space by not attending.

Register here.

Winter 2024 Health and Life Sciences Mentorship Program

Apply by November 10th at 11:59PM

Interested in a career where you can help others and make an impact on the health and well-being of individuals in the Seattle area and beyond? There are a broad range of non-clinical opportunities in health and life science, many of which do not require advanced degrees. Seattle is home to many healthcare organizations, labs, research centers, and biotechnology companies, with a variety of opportunities available: research, training and development, financial management, human resources, client support, marketing, and so much more! Join this program to learn more about non-clinical roles in health and life science fields. 

Students will indicate areas of interest within the health and life sciences during the application process: 

  • Research & Development / Scientist / Technician
  • Administration / Management / Operations
  • Human Resources / Recruiting / Staff Development
  • Customer Service / Client Support 

Beginning in Spring 2023, the Industry Mentorship Program will be piloting identity-based matching for students who identify as People of Color and/or LGBTQIA+. Depending on preferences and mentor availability, students will have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor that shares their identity(s) or similar life experiences. As we continue to develop this identity mentorship initiative, we hope to expand our programming to include additional identity groups in future quarters. 

Program Details 

Participants will meet virtually with a mentor and small group 3-6 likeminded students. Must be available during the Winter 2024 quarter on Tuesdays OR Wednesdays from 4:00-7:00 pm to participate. 

Learn More & Apply

Study Abroad Vienna Spring 2024

The Dept of German Studies Offers Spring in Vienna 2024

  • 15 UW credits, open to all UW students, no German skills required.
  • The Spring in Vienna program includes two four-week intensive language courses.
  • Students take a seminar offered by a UW faculty member on the literature, culture, and society of modern Austria.
  • Students will complete individual assignments and work together on urban research projects in teams.

Deadline: Wednesday, November 15th, 2023. Application for Spring 2024.

2023-2024 Husky Leadership Certificate

Applications are LIVE for the 2023-24 cohort of the Husky Leadership Certificate program!  Apply by Monday, November 13 at 11:59 PM.

How have you developed as a leader?  What does leadership mean to you now?  How will you continue to lead and contribute to your communities after graduation?  The Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center is seeking Huskies who practice leadership in a variety of ways. Our leaders are change-agents, entrepreneurs, scholars, activists, athletes, educators and more. This is your opportunity to reflect on and demonstrate your leadership development and experiences!    

Through the Husky Leadership Certificate (HLC), students identify, articulate, and demonstrate their leadership learning, growth, and accomplishments. Students create a leadership e-portfolio and are matched with a mentor (faculty member/staff member/alumni) who helps them reflect upon their experiences. Students must be a senior or 5th year student to be considered.  

For more information and detailed program requirements, please visit the program website. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at uwhlc@uw.edu

GRDSCH200: Preparing for Graduate Education

GRDSCH200 is a course designed to help undergraduate students ask and answer the questions about graduate and professional school that will help them find the path that’s right for them, whether they decide to pursue an advanced degree at the UW or look into other options. It offers an overview of the structure and organization of graduate education, and focuses on helping students learn the skills to find resources, build a network and make decisions about continuing their studies beyond the baccalaureate.

What this class is

  • An opportunity for you to find out about graduate school, the application process and work on developing materials for the application
  • A chance to really think about what you want to do in life and if graduate school is a part of that
  • A large lecture style class dependent on student engagement and involvement. You will be helping each other throughout the course.
  • A fun way to get 2-credits while doing things you would normally have to just do on your own at home

What this class is NOT

  • A set of hard and fast rules about graduate education and/or the application process
  • A class to tell you that you SHOULD go to graduate school
  • An individual assistance course on the application process.
  • A guarantee that you will get into graduate school.

Why should I take GRDSCH200?

GRDSCH200 is for students who are sure they are going to apply to graduate school and for students who are unsure if graduate school is the right option for them or want more information in order to consider pursing a graduate degree. Graduate school is a large commitment and big life decision. Being clear about why you want to go and what you intend to pursue helps you make the most of your time, energy and money. We want to help you make better decisions towards your academic and career goals and carefully consider your options.

Who takes GRDSCH200?

GRDSCH200 is an open course offered to juniors, seniors and non-matriculated post-BACC students from all majors and disciplines. Students taking the course apply to a wide range of schools and programs located all around the world. Here are just some of the highlights about the over 450 students who have taken our course over the past 5 years.

  • Students enter the course with a range of preparedness for graduate school; from just seeking information to knowing exactly when they want to apply and to which specific program(s)
  • The course serves students from varying educational backgrounds including first-generation, transfer students and international students.
  • Roughly 30% of students are from natural science programs, 37% of students are from the social sciences and 33% of students are from humanities – making it an equally diverse course in terms of disciplinary field
  • Students in the course apply to programs all over the world, not just UW
  • Students in the course also apply to programs seeking a wide variety of potential graduate degrees; While the majority apply to MS and PhD program, many of our students apply to professional programs and other terminal graduate degrees

When is the best time to take the class?

There is no “right” time, but feedback from students has given us some insight on the timing for students to take the course. Graduate school applications are typically due between December and February for Fall admissions. For students who want to transition straight from their Bachelor’s degree into a graduate program, this generally means apply during the first quarter of their senior year. Seniors who have taken the course in the Fall right before their application is due have reported feeling very pressured to get the content out of the class in time to apply. For that reason, students who want to transition straight from their undergrad to graduate school we recommend that you take the course either Spring or Summer quarter finishing your junior year. However, the class can benefit you no matter where you are at in the application process even if it’s doing to the application while taking the class or if you might choose to take a gap year or more.

Is GRDSCH200 only for those interested in applying for graduate school at the UW?

NO! We want to help prepare UW undergraduates to be the strongest applicants possible regardless of where you want to pursue graduate school. While we would love for our undergraduates to apply to graduate school at the UW, we also are thrilled to see UW undergraduates applying to programs world-wide.

How do I register?

This 10-week, 2 C/NC course is for juniors and seniors who know they want to pursue, or are considering the possibility of, graduate education; learn first-hand from faculty and staff involved in graduate admissions how to find a good program fit and how to prepare effective application materials.

The course seeks to engage students in determining the right “fit” for their individual graduate education goals through three primary objectives:

  • Investigation: What is your desire to attend graduate school?
    • What you need to know about the graduate school experience
  • Revelation: What do graduate school admission committees actually expect?
    • Demystify the process
    • Personal statements, resumes/CVs and letters of recommendation
  • Preparation: How does investigation and revelation lead to finding a “good fit,” and how do you chart a course of action?
    • Why do you want to go? When do you want to go? Where do you want to go?
    • What do you want to do? How can you do it?

Human Centered Design and Engineering Major Info Session

Wed., 11/15, 3:30-4:30PM, remote via Zoom (Note: Students will need to be logged into a Zoom account to join this session) there will be an info session for the Human Centered Design and Engineering major

Transfer students visiting UW Seattle for Transfer Student Preview Day (TSPD) can also chat with an HCDE peer adviser during our TSPD drop-in advising:

Thurs., 12/14, 1-2PM in Sieg 423

More information about applying to the HCDE major, including our admission prerequisites, application deadline, and frequently asked questions can be found on our BS admission page. Scheduling a prospective BS student appointment with an HCDE peer adviser is also a great way to learn more about applying to HCDE.

Questions? Contact us at askhcde@uw.edu.

ASUW Gender Equity 2023-2024 Applications

The ASUW Gender Equity Commission is hiring interns for the 2023-2024 school year, and I wanted to pass on the information to see if you’d be able to share it forward!

The Gender Equity Commission (GEC) is an entity within ASUW that advocates for students on the basis of gender identity by way of policy, event planning, and community building.  

The GEC intern team is comprised of four essential teams: community outreach and education, marketing, programming, and policy and activism. With these teams, we hope to spotlight our interns’ passions to uplift community through collaboration on multiple fronts.

The intern positions and descriptions can be found here, and the application and deadline can be found here. If you know any student who may be interested, please share this information with them!

Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship (https://beineckescholarship.org/) seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and to be courageous in their selection of graduate programs. The scholarship provides $35,000 for a research-focused master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences to juniors (based on graduation date) who have financial need.

UW nomination required. Students from all 3 campuses are welcome to apply for nomination:

    — UW application deadline: Jan. 31, 2024, 11:59pm

    — UW application and nomination information: https://new.expo.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/beinecke

    — UW online application form: https://new.expo.uw.edu/apply/715

    — Questions? Concerns? Contact: Robin Chang, robinc@uw.edu, in the UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards.

Scholarship & Application Benefits:

If you are considering graduate studies in an arts, humanities or social science field, have a passion for that field, and financial need, consider applying! In addition to being considered for the scholarship, you can use this scholarship application process as a helpful way to get well ahead of the game in preparing for future grad school apps!

The financial benefits the scholarship provides include:

    — $5,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and

    — $30,000 while attending graduate school.

The scholarship can be used at any accredited school in the US or abroad, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants.


To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:

    — Be a United States citizen, or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

    — Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2023-2024 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2024 and August 2025.

    — Plan to enter a research-focused master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences.  Please note: Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship. Also, students who plan to pursue professional school programs that emphasize skills and practical analysis over theory and research (such as law, business, education, architecture, journalism, clinical psychology, social work, etc.), are not competitive for selection at the national level.

    — Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during their undergraduate years, with a preference for Pell Grant recipients. Other evidence of meeting this criterion is a student’s history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.

    — Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during their undergraduate career.

Please feel welcome to contact Robin Chang in the UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (robinc@uw.edu; 206-543-2603) with questions or concerns, and please find additional details at https://new.expo.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/beinecke and https://beineckescholarship.org/.

HONORS 397: Prison Education and Freedom in WA State

If you’re passionate about issues surrounding mass incarceration, prison reform, prison education, and the rights of incarcerated individuals, take this 2 credit course! This is an opportunity for social justice-oriented students to get involved with organizing surrounding these topics, to engage with and support cultural groups in prisons, and more! 

Time Schedule listing: Honors 397: Prison Education and Freedom in WA State

Course description:

This 2-credit peer-led course critically analyzes issues surrounding incarceration and the criminal legal system. Through student-led projects, we will collaboratively explore themes surrounding decarceration, abolition, and coalition-building that center the voices of incarcerated people and their work in prison organizing. The course will incorporate various forms of media including artwork, readings, speaker testimonies, legislative material, etc. Group projects, reflective essays, and other assignments will be organized based on students’ selected topic. Topics include (but are not limited to): art as liberation, legislation as a tool for community organizing, politics of reintegration.

HONORS397 Flyer

Geography Awareness Week

Get the word out and mark your calendars for a week of geographic exploration and excitement at the UW’s Geography Awareness Week (November 13-17, 2023)! This week is an annual celebration that underscores the importance of geography education and how geography shapes both the physical and human aspects of the world. The 2023 observance at UW, hosted by the Department of Geography in partnership with GeoDat: Society for Geography and Data Science, aims to elevate public understanding of geographic concepts and the relevance of geography to current global issues. The week-long event promotes exploration and appreciation of the planet’s diverse landscapes and cultures, and encourages the UW community to engage with and reflect on how geographic knowledge is integral to addressing environmental challenges and fostering global interconnectedness. Through various interactive activities and educational events, participants are invited to deepen their spatial understanding and contribute to a broader dialogue on the importance of geography in society.



Using generative AI platforms, design an image that effectively encapsulates one of the pressing challenges confronting humanity, society, or the Earth. The most compelling artworks will be accorded recognition and will be prominently displayed on the official UW Geography website for broader academic and public engagement. Visit the contest webpage for details and submit your artwork by November 9! 


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 | 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

All over the University of Washington, Seattle, campus, twenty items are hidden, and participants must navigate to the hidden locations to find the items. Bring the found item to the Department of Geography in Smith Hall and win a prize! Visit the event website for full instructions and learn more about geocaching.



GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings. GeoDat: Society for Geography and Data Science at UW hosts this tournament with snacks and drinks provided. The winner will receive a $25 gift card and a vintage map! (Competition is open to UW students only.)



Join the Department of Geography community for our annual event featuring three alumni sharing their experiences as geographers in practice! Featuring James Alexander, Program Manager, U.S. Department of State; Ashley Fent, Campaigns Researcher, HEAL Food Alliance; and Hamdi Mohamed, Senior Project Manager, General Mills. Visit the event website for details and register now! 


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 6:00-7:00 PM | MUS 213

Featuring Dr. Yu (Dora) Dong, this is an enlightening piano performance seminar where music and geography converges. This seminar offers attendees a dual experience: the enchantment of piano performances and an exploration into how Chinese aesthetics in these compositions are deeply connected to geographical notions of space and place. Visit the event website for details! 

Geography Awareness Week

Careers in Social Media Alumni Panel

The Career & Internship Center and the UW Alumni Association are proud to co-host a series of Alumni Panels throughout the 2023-24 academic year. Next week we’re excited to offer the following session, where students will be able to hear tips, experiences, insights, and recommendations from 2-4 UW alumni. The panel discussion will start as a moderated panel, and then move into an open Q&A with the audience. Most of our sessions throughout the year will not be recorded, so we look forward to “seeing” our participants virtually, in real-time.

November 15th, 4:00-5:00pm: Careers in Social Media

  • If you’re interested in exploring roles and opportunities in social media, join us to meet and learn from UW alumni currently working in these roles across a variety of fields. You’ll hear their tips and insights on the industry and their experiences in social media roles.
  • Panelists:
    • Kara Bonilla, ’16, Field Marketing Manager, PackageX
    • Hailey Bortel, ’15, Marketing Manager, Seattle Aquarium
    • Christina Tran, ’16, Social Media Specialist, Valerie Madison Fine Jewelry

For questions or more information, please email cicevents@uw.edu.