Friday, September 19, 2014

UW Women's Center Making Connections Program Join Our Community!

Join Our Community! 
Our Mission

The Making Connections Program started in 1998, assisting low-income and first-generation students with college-readiness and guiding them with their goals through a practical, committed, and mentor-focused approach. Now in its 16th year, Making Connections has increased its cohort of students to 105 students, ranging from 9th-12th graders. 

With the ever-growing demand for knowledge in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), young men and women seek access to resources that allow them to hone their skills in these disciplines. For first-generation and low-income students, there has to be a motivation, a keystone, that they can reach out to.

This is where Making Connections comes in.

Our program connects high school students with mentors, tutors, company and university partnerships, as well as specialized workshops, in order to best support our students' needs. By encouraging students in a focused, year-long mentorship program, Making Connections bridges the divide for students seeking to fulfill their dreams. 

Similar college-readiness programs in the nation average a success rate of 60% percent; in 2013-2014, 100% of the Making Connections senior students both graduated from high school and were accepted into college. In addition, students applying for scholarship aid collectively received $426,887. With access to scholarship awards, students are able to utilize the Making Connections program to become exposed to this financial aide.

Find out more information about our program here.

Want to be involved in what we do? See how below!

Become a Mentor!

Making Connections is a program that started and is fostered on the concept of mentorship. Students who go through our program are constantly being encouraged and informed by mentors and community partners who care about their success.

As a student at the University of Washington, or a community member who would like to be involved in our program, we encourage you to apply to be a mentor.
Mentors meet with their select student(s) at a minimum of 4-6 hours a month, guiding them through college-readiness concerns as well as academic support. 

Becoming a mentor is a humbling and powerful experience. It is also a challenging one as well. We are looking for mentors who understand the commitment that is involved with taking on a student and assisting them with questions they might have. As a role model, you might have goals similar to theirs, and it always important to reflect on your decisions might impact theirs. In the end, the relationships that are forged through Making Connections last, and mentors attest that they can learn a great deal in addition to their mentee(s). 

We have strong retention in our mentorship program--mentors often return to our program to continue working with their students, which is keystone of a strong mentor partnership. 

Be a mentor for the 2014-2015 Academic Year! We Are Accepting Applications Now!

Learn more about being a mentor in our program here

Tutor your Favorite Subject!

As part of the Making Connections Program, we facilitate an after-school tutoring program that allows students to come the UW Women's Center to receive advice on various subjects, such as computer science, biology, physics, and math. We also include writing workshops and tutoring, and also deal in the humanities. 

Do you like the concept of teaching others? Do you want to brush up on your own skills as a student, while at the same time fostering a relationship and community? Do you want to be involved with providing access and creating social mobility in issues related to higher education?

Well then, Come Join Us! We have work study options available to those who need it, and also accept volunteers. 

Check it out here

Volunteer with Us!

If you have other obligations, or just want to find out more about what do, there are always ways to get involved with Making Connections. Being an ally to our program, spreading the word, attending our events, are all ways you become part of the program. 

Examples of involvement include a program that has just been initiated by volunteers in our program. They have decided to partner with Making Connections to form a Girls Who Code club; the club meets on a weekly basis, to allow girls in the community to come together and learn how to code. This is just one project that started from interested volunteers. 

If you are interested in helping with events, possibly being a Guest Speaker, or you know and want to collaborate on an event with us, we would love to get in contact with you.

Want to get involved? Contact us if you have any questions at all. Also, find out more here

Modification of Analog Capstone Course EE 433

               Most of you are probably aware that EE 433 has traditionally been a capstone course for students on the analog track. However, our most recent ABET review revealed that too much lecture material was being crammed into a class which should be dominated by a “major design experience.” Also, as the students, and faculty, can attest this class was a painful amount of work. As such, the old EE 433 is now being split into two separate classes, one 5-unit lecture-based course, followed by a true analog capstone class which will be dominated by lab projects which indeed constitute a “major design experience.”  This change will be implemented this year in the fall and winter quarters. The lecture based class is being offered this fall with the same name, EE 433, with the lab-based course offered in the winter quarter, EE 400.
               Since the lab portion of EE 433 is being pushed to the winter quarter, the 5-unit class offered this coming fall will have an additional lecture every week (totaling 5 hours of lecture), and some additional course material. The intention is to prepare students in the fall 433 course, for the winter quarter analog capstone class (EE 400). Lastly, EE 433 will be required to take the lab-based capstone class (EE 400) in the winter quarter.
               The material covered in EE 433 this fall will all apply to both the winter quarter capstone course (EE 400) and those continuing on to take EE 473, EE 536, and EE 538. Topics planned for this fall’s lecture include:

-        Quick review of closed-loop op amp design and analysis.
-        Resistive Feedback Circuits
-        Static and dynamic op amp limitations
-        Active filter design
-        Designing closed-loop electronics for stability
-        Op amp circuit noise analysis
-        Non-linear circuits
-        Phased-Locked Loop (PLL) basic design and analysis : Time permitting

Again, the fall class (433) is lecture based and will consist of robust weekly homework, quizzes, a midterm, final exam, and a small design project (not in the lab) toward the end of the quarter. If you have questions about this class, please feel free to fire questions in my direction.

I hope to see some of you in class, next Wednesday.

Introducing the English Minor

Who is this minor for?  Pre-med, pre-law, and other pre-professional students, students applying to competitive majors where writing is an important part of the admission process, students planning for graduate study who want to enhance their writing ability, students planning for careers -- and for anyone who enjoys writing and literature.

What will the minor do for me?
  Employers across nearly all fields rate writing and communication at the top of their lists of the skills they seek when hiring new college graduates.  Some of the UW's most competitive majors have writing requirements or writing examinations as part of their admission process.  Medical/dental schools ask applicants to complete at least a year of English before they apply.  Pre-law students must have strong writing skills to survive law school.  And, someday, you might just write the great American novel!

What are the requirements? 
30 credits in English courses at the 200 level or above (20 of which must be taken at the 300 or 400 level).  More details can be found here:

How do I declare the minor? 
Check with your adviser in your major department closer to the end of autumn quarter to file a Change of Major/Minor form.

What is covered in the courses?  We post detailed quarterly course descriptions on our website at  For example, we offer many sections of ENGL 200-W, but each has its own theme -- from "Vampire Romance" to "Freedom, Race, and Slavery in the 19th c." to "Kitchen Poets" (see fall course descriptions for more details).

Where can I get more information? 
Please come by the English Advising Office if you'd like to talk about the minor or would like assistance in choosing classes that would be of interest to you.  We are located in A-2-B Padelford Hall, and we can be reached at (206) 543-2634 or

Thursday, September 18, 2014

UW SACNAS Polo Shirts: Let us know if you want one!

Hello UW Sacnistas!

We are ordering UW SACNAS Chapter Polo Shirts this year!  The chapter budget will be covering most of the cost of each shirt for student members, but we are asking that members cover $5.00 for their shirt if possible (total cost of each shirt is $22). Departmental staff and faculty are invited to purchase shirts also, but we ask that you cover the total cost of the shirt. 

The polo shirts will be ordered in time for the SACNAS conference and then can be used at UW SACNAS outreach events throughout the 2014-2015 school year. We are trying to order as many as possible to keep the cost low. If you would like a shirt, but will be unable to cover the cost, please let us know.

If you would like us to count you in for a shirt, please answer the survey ASAP below to tell us what size you want  (women's or men's shirt in size S-XL). Note, the women's polos are a bit shorter in the length of the shirt and the length of the sleeves. (if you have seen the polo I have, that is a women's medium). The polos will be purple with gold print. Please let us know ASAP, the shirts will be ordered in the next week or so.

Polo Shirt Survey

Thank you!
Erica Sanchez, UW SACNAS Chapter President

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Now Accepting BS-MS Program Nominations

UWEE has recently received permission to launch a BS-MS combined bachelors and master degree program.  This program is targeted specifically towards high achieving UW undergraduates, as well as EE undergrads from select partner institutions. 

This program offers early admission into the graduate program, with increased efficiency, security, continuity, and prestige for admitted students. The combined BS-MS degree program offers acceptance for highly qualified undergraduates who have just completed their Junior year. The process will involve four steps:

  1. Nomination to the BS-MS program. Please see below for nomination package requirements.
  2. Acceptance to the BS-MS program.
  3. Application to the MSEE program. Students who have been accepted into the combined BS-MS degree program are in effect pre-approved for acceptance into the graduate program, provided they meet all continuation requirements.
  4. Admission to the MSEE program. Students are expected to start their graduate studies in the following autumn quarter, after completion of the bachelor's degree.

Below you'll find application information and degree requirements to help you get started.

Nomination Requirements

  • Completion through junior year of undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • Transcript showing a GPA of at least 3.7.
  • Two (2) letters of nomination from EE faculty.
  • Written statement of purpose, which includes description of their intended thesis or project direction.
  • TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers. Please see Memo 8 for more information.
  • GRE is recommended.

Degree Requirements
The requirements for the undergraduate degree will remain the same, as will tuition and fees. MS students will be required to complete either a master's thesis or project.  With prior approval, a limited number of credits taken as an undergraduate may be applied towards your MS degree.  More information can be found at the following links.

Nomination packages should be received by October 15th, via Catalyst. We hope to have decisions sent out by November 15.

Please feel free to contact Bryan Crockett with questions about this new program.

Q Center Welcome Luncheon - October 3rd!

Q Center Welcome Luncheon
Friday, October 3rd, 2014
HUB Lyceum
12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lesbian? Gay? Straigh-ish? Trans*? Queer? Two-Spirit? Questioning? No labels needed? Excited about starting school? Us too!

Keep celebrating the Q Center at the University of Washington's 10th anniversary and the ASUW Queer Student Commission's general awesomeness and come on over to the HUB to be welcomed and celebrated!  We are kicking off the new year with a luncheon featuring free food, great speakers, and lots of fun for all!  

Community, alumni, faculty, and staff are welcome to come support our new and returning students at this annual luncheon.  Be there for all or part of the fun! 

For more information, call 206-897-1430 or email Jaimee Marsh at

Rainbow Grads Fall Kick-off Celebration!

Mark your calendars for the annual Rainbow Grads Fall Kick-off Celebration:

When? Thursday, October 2nd from 5-8pm
Where? Vista Cafe (Foege Genome Sciences Building)
Why? Re-connect with old friends and make new ones

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP on Facebook so we can plan accordingly: