Friday, August 27, 2010

Apply by October 1 to be Overseas in 2011!

Now is a great time to apply to the Peace Corps.

We are experiencing an increased demand in volunteer requests from countries, meaning there are thousands of new volunteer positions open for 2011, many leaving as early as January, February or March.

Typically, the Peace Corps application process takes approximately nine to 12 months from the time an online application is submitted to the time a volunteer departs to one of 77 countries in which we serve. But with our recent growth, new opportunities are available. Programs fill daily, so…

Apply immediately if you’re available to depart for service in early 2011.
Apply by October 1 if you’re available to depart for service in mid to late 2011.

The Peace Corps is a 27-month commitment that provides the following benefits:
- Living allowance
- Language, technical and cross-cultural training
- Medical and dental care
- Travel to and from country of service
- 48 paid vacation days
- Possible student loan deferment and/or partial cancellation
- Graduate school opportunities during or following service

Volunteer positions are available in:
- Education – high demand
- Environment – high demand
- Agriculture
- Community development
- Youth development
- Health
- Business
- Information and Communication Technology

Feel free to contact me at if you have questions about the life-defining opportunities available with the Peace Corps.

Luce Scholars Program

Graduating seniors, recent alums, graduate and professional students at UW are encouraged to apply for the Luce Scholars Program ( for 2011-2012. The UW is able to nominate 3 students per year to compete for the opportunity to spend 12 months in Asia. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year.

Applicants must be American citizens who, by July 1 of the year they enter the program (2011), will have received at least a bachelor's degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday. Applicants should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. Additional details are provided in the Program Summary below.

Campus Application Deadline: Sept. 15, 2010. The online application is available at

Two offices at UW serve students applying for the Luce Scholars Program. Program Summary:

The Luce Scholars Program represents a major effort by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Launched in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia.

Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually any field other than Asian studies, including but hardly limited to medicine and public health, the arts, law, science, environmental studies, international development, and journalism.

Placements can be made in the following countries or regions in East and Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In spite of its name, the Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Some Scholars have been attached to Asian universities in teaching or research capacities, but none of the participants is formally enrolled as a student in a college or university and no academic credit is extended. Past placements have included an architect's atelier in Tokyo; a public health program in Banda Aceh; a Gobi regional initiative in Ulaanbaatar; a dance theatre in Kuala Lumpur; an agricultural and environmental center in Hanoi; a human rights commission in Seoul; a pediatric hospital in Bangkok; a TV network in Beijing; a national museum in Siem Reap; an international arbitration centre in Singapore; and English-language newspapers, local governmental agencies and NGOs in diverse fields throughout East and Southeast Asia.

Professional placements are arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his or her individual interest, background, qualifications, and experience. Each Scholar spends July and August studying the language of the placement country, and the work assignments run for approximately ten months from September until July of the following year. The placements are intended primarily as learning opportunities for the Scholars. Certainly it is hoped that a Scholar will be able to make a professional contribution to the host organization, but equally important is a willingness to learn some of the many things that Asia has to teach.

WANTED: Drumheller Senior Project Team Members [ME 495/499]

Are you interested in earning research credit this quarter, and work toward revitalizing a UW campus landmark? Well, the Drumheller Rejuvenation Project is entering its third quarter of research and we need students like you.

Our project is focused on developing a sustainable method of continuously cleaning the fountain basin. This quarter we will begin designing an energy efficient robotic cleaner, as well as an algae control technique utilizing nutrient control. We intend to start prototyping during winter quarter. However, participation during fall quarter will play a major role in reaching that goal.

Who's invited?
Junior/Senior Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, and Chemical Engineers are invited.

Hours per week?
Your involvement will include weekly team meetings and projects, as well as individual work on your own time. Expect to spend less than 10 hours per week on this project.

If you are interested please contact Ben Morgan at

4 Full-Time Positions with Intel

Opportunities in the Intel Architecture Group

Design Automation Engineer:
Degree qualification: MS/PhD- Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science.

Design Automation Engineer:
Degree qualification: BS- Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science.

EDA/Design Automation Engineer:
Degree qualification: BS/MS- Electrical or Computer Engineering.

Design Automation Engineer:
Degree qualification: BS/MS- Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

UW Alumni Association's Galvagno Scholarship

The University of Washington Alumni Association offers the Remo S. and Sheila A. Galvagno Scholarship, which is designed to support students who have balanced academic achievement and leadership with a strong work ethic. Awards will be given to recipients selected on the basis of their personal statement, scholastic achievement, leadership activities, community service and financial need, though all factors may not be weighted equally. Awards are full tuition for one academic year and are not automatically renewed for the subsequent year, although students are welcome to reapply.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Undergraduate junior or seniors, including transfer students, but not current bachelor’s degree holders
• Current residents of the state of Washington
• Will attend the University of Washington as a full-time student in Fall Quarter of 2010
• A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
• Has submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine level of financial need

Application form and all other information must be at the Alumni Association by September 1 (please note this is not a "postmarked-by" date, but a hard deadline).

Questions may be directed to Courtney Acitelli at (206) 685-2088 or

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

BSE 104 Products and Energy from Renewable Resources

Professor Kevin Hodgson, Bioresource Science and Engineering
SLN 20751, Autumn Quarter 2010 (5 credits) I&S/NW

• This an introductory bioenergy and bioproducts course offered by the School of Forest Resources in the College of the Environment.
• Are you interested in bioenergy biofuels, wind hydro and solar power?
• Do you want to learn how to produce bioethanol and biodiesel or how to generate wind and solar power?
• Grading is based on homework, 2 quizzes, and 2 midterm exams.
• Interested? Suitable for both nonscience and science majors.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

General Studies 344: Introduction to Service and Community

There are many ways to get involved in the community, and it can be difficult to know where to begin. This course will take a hands-on approach to helping students define what service means to them, provide a starting point for community involvement by arranging volunteer positions with a selection of local non-profit organizations, and offer support for thinking critically about the issues facing society today and how to make these issues personally meaningful.

This course will include a service-learning component of 3-5 hours per week at a local non-profit organization. Those interested in the course should fill out the online survey at