Friday, January 7, 2011

Service Opportunities Fair: Tuesday, January 11, 3-5pm

*Service Opportunities Fair*
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Mary Gates Hall Commons

Join the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center in welcoming over 40 non-profit organizations from around the greater Seattle community as they come to the UW campus to share opportunities to serve and help the UW community find ways to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service.

* Find on-going service opportunities
* Find opportunities to volunteer during the MLK Day of Service (Monday, January 17)
* Find out about AmeriCorps funding to support your service
* Learn more about the issues that are affecting our local community
* We welcome UW students, staff, faculty, alumni, family, & friends

* Also: don't miss the post-graduate service opportunities panel immediately following the Fair sponsored by the UW Career Center. "Transform Your Life and Theirs: Service Opportunities After College" will be held from 5:00-6:30pm in the Career Center Lobby (MGH 134) and feature panelists from PeaceCorps, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, and Jesuit Volunteer Corps discussing opportunities to serve after graduation.

GRE Prep and Basic Math Refresher courses offered Jan 15 - Feb 5

GRE PREP ­ Jan 15, 22, 29 and Feb 5, 10:00am ­ 1:00pm
Instructor: Elisabeth Heftel
The purpose of this course is to offer graduate school applicants the opportunity to refresh content knowledge, build strategy skills, and gain confidence in preparation for the GRE. As a class, we will get to know the structure and content of the exam and review the necessary verbal, mathematical, and analytical skills. This course will include a large volume of practice problems, specific outlined study approaches to each section, and the development of effective timing and answering strategies. Some out-of-class work will be expected of students who are committed to success.

Thursdays, January 20 and 27, 6:00 ­ 8:00pm
Instructor: Elisabeth Heftel
The Math Refresher course is a 2-week review of Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and basic Trigonometry. This is the perfect opportunity for students preparing for the GRE or GMAT to start at the basics of mathematics and work up to the highest levels of math that will be seen on the exams. This course is entirely content-based, a perfect complement to the more strategy-based GRE course. Our classes will incorporate significant visual examples to make the mathematical concepts as clear as possible. Asking questions is encouraged!

Register online at:, or call 206.685.1090.

Spring 2011 UWRA Scholarship in Aging

The University of Washington Retirement Association (UWRA) announces the
availability of one to three Spring 2011 scholarships of up to $3,000 each
for undergraduate or graduate UW students studying toward careers that focus
on aging-related research or provision of services to older adults.

To be eligible applicants must have established financial need. Financial
need is determined from information filed on the 2010-2011 FAFSA with
Student Financial Aid. (For this purpose applicants who are international
students should also complete a 2010-2011 FAFSA.)

Deadline: Monday, February 7, 2011.

For further description and details about on-line application submission go

Applications are available on-line at
Scroll down to the link to the application form. Complete and save for
submission as one Word document, including other documentation required.

All applicants are notified by mail about their status approximately six
weeks after the deadline. We do not provide application status information
by phone.

Awards are credited to student accounts in Spring 2011. Winners are expected
to attend a recognition luncheon, scheduled for April 28, 2011, as guests of
the UWRA.

Questions in advance of the deadline? Contact the UWRA office by emailing or calling 206-543-8600. (Please note that the office is
closed on Mondays.)

Arup is Recruiting Electrical Engineers

Arup is currently looking for graduate electrical engineers who have an interest in multi-disciplinary power engineering. You can learn about the position here:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

National Student Exchange!

I am writing to invite you to consider the National Student Exchange
(NSE). NSE gives you an opportunity to experience a different area
with its unique cultural and academic opportunities. Since NSE's
beginning in 1968, more than 94,000 students have had the opportunity
to participate in NSE, giving them the opportunity to:

· broaden their personal and educational perspectives
· experience new cultures
· explore new areas of study
· learn from different professors
· access new courses
· experience personal growth
· meet new people
· make new friends
· live in a different area
· investigate graduate schools
· seek future employment

Many returning UW students describe NSE as a life-changing experience
which has made them more independent, self-confident and resourceful;
expanded their risk-taking capabilities; and helped them better define
their academic and career objectives. Students who have been on
exchange return to UW with lasting friendships formed with students
from all over the country.

Prior to exchange, you will develop a written agreement to ensure that
the work you satisfactorily complete on exchange will count toward
your degree program here. NSE operates with tuition reciprocity
(tuition paid to our campus or at the in-state rates of the host
campus) and federal financial aid portability. Your nomination for
participation will be done by NSE @ UW, with selection by the host
campus being completed in March. With placement rates of 97 percent,
our students can generally find a location to meet both their academic
and personal objectives.

Think about it. Visit Talk with your parents,
adviser, and professors about this exciting opportunity. Then, plan to
attend one of our information sessions where we will explain the
details of the program, provide brochures, outline application
procedures, and answer all of your questions. The session schedule is:

Friday January 7, 1:00 - 2:00 MGH 224
Tuesday January 11, 12:30 - 1:30 MGH 224
Wednesday January 12, 3:00 - 4:00 MGH 224
Thursday January 20, 1:30 - 2:30 MGH 136
Tuesday January 25, 12:30 - 1:30 MGH 224
Friday January 28, 10:30 - 11:30 MGH 224
Monday January 31, 3:30 - 4:30 MGH 224
Friday February 4, 10:30 - 11:30 MGH 224

Applications for next year’s exchanges are due by February 4th, with a
space-available deadline until Feb. 18th.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Jan. 14 - BE A MENTOR FOR A DAY! - Pacific Science Center w/ Elementary Students

What: A Day To Remember the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr - Make it a “day on” as a volunteer.

- LEAD groups of MESA elementary school students through a day of interactive science exhibits in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- INSPIRE and MOTIVATE children to explore Math and Science
- Be a ROLE MODEL by sharing your experience with MESA school children

Where: Pacific Science Center

When: Friday, January 14, 2011 (please note this event does not fall on the observed holiday, Monday January 17).

Time: 8:30 AM-2:15 PM

To volunteer, please email no later than Monday, January 10. Once an email is received volunteers will be sent a background check which must be completed prior to the event.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math students (undergraduates/graduates) are encouraged to participate. Staff are also welcome to attend.

Deadline for University Exchanges is January 15th, 2011!

Here’s your chance. Applications for the UW Exchanges operating in Fall Semester/Full Year 2011 are due January 15th. Please note that many of our Direct Exchanges now offer you the chance to take coursework in English and require no previous language experience to participate!
These include, but are not limited to, the following exchanges:

Charles University – Czech Republic
Jagellonian University – Poland
American University of Cairo – Egypt
Bogazici University – Turkey
Chinese University of Hong Kong – China
University of Aarhus – Denmark
University of Copenhagen – Denmark
University of Iceland – Iceland
University of Oslo – Norway
Uppsala University – Sweden
Stockholm University - Sweden
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – South Africa


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Summer Research at Caltech

Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at or (626) 395-2887.


The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, and first-generation college
students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Support: MURF students will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program.
Additional housing and travel support may be provided.

Application: Online applications are due January 12, 2011.

For more information, please visit


Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $5500 award, round-trip air transportation, a generous housing allowance, and a food allowance.

Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2011.

For more information, please visit


Have you thought about life after graduation? Consider graduate school.
Offered in Winter 2011, ENGR 498b will demystify the grad school process
and help you think about whether it is a good option for you. Learn what
it's really like to be a grad student, what sort of work you can expect
to do while you're in grad school, and what opportunities will be open
to you after grad school. Find out how to choose schools to apply to,
how to make your application as strong as possible, and how you can get
your education paid for. We'll address the GREs, letters of
recommendation, and ways to get an undergraduate research experience.
This course is open to all undergraduates interested in engineering, but
is particularly targeted at sophomores and juniors. We especially
encourage students from underrepresented groups to enroll, including
women, minorities, and students with disabilities.

ENGR 498b meets W 11:30-12:20 in MGH 248.

For more information, please visit

or contact the instructors:

Brian Hutchinson (brianhutchinson@ee)
Julie Medero (jmedero@u)


WASHINGTON -- NASA is seeking applications from graduate students for
the agency's new Space Technology Research Fellowships. Applications
are being accepted from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of
graduate students interested in performing space technology research
beginning in the fall of 2011.

The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who
show significant potential to contribute to NASA's strategic space
technology objectives through their studies. Sponsored by NASA's
Office of the Chief Technologist, the fellowships' goal is to provide
the nation with a pipeline of highly skilled engineers and
technologists to improve America's technological competitiveness.
NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative space
technology research today while building the skills necessary to
become future technological leaders.

"Our Space Technology Graduate Fellowships will help create the pool
of highly skilled workers needed for NASA's and our nation's
technological future, motivating many of the country's best young
minds into educational programs and careers in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics," said NASA Chief Technologist Bobby
Braun at the agency's Headquarters in Washington. "This fellowship
program is coupled to a larger, national research and development
effort in science and technology that will lead to new products and
services, new business and industries, and high-quality, sustainable
jobs. Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding young researchers
and technologists positioned to take on NASA's grand challenges and
turn these goals and missions into reality."

The deadline for submitting fellowship proposals is Feb. 23.
Information on the fellowships, including how to submit applications,
is available at:

To learn more about NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist and the
crosscutting space technology areas of interest to NASA, visit:

January Scholarship deadlines for undergraduates

Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award - Campus Deadline: Jan. 10, 2011 - for graduating seniors and recent alums planning to start graduate school in fall 2011 in Art, Performing Arts, Creative Writing, Dance, Design, Drama/Theatre Arts, Fine Arts, Industrial Design, Music, Radio/TV/Film fields. Provides up to $50,000/year for up to 3 years of graduate study in the US or abroad.

Beinecke Scholarship - Campus Deadline: Jan. 11, 2011 - for juniors (based on graduation date) with financial need planning to graduate between Dec. 2011 and Aug. 2012 and planning to attend graduate school in Arts, Humanities or Social Science fields. Provides $34,000 for graduate study in the US or abroad.

Boren Scholarship - Campus Deadline: Jan. 11, 2011 - provides up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study languages abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. This application cycle is for students planning to study abroad during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Of course, these are just a few of the scholarships with deadlines this month. Undergraduate students (and advisers) are encouraged to use the search tools and listings on our website to find more:

FLAS Undergraduate & Graduate Fellowship information sessions this week

Three more opportunities for undergraduate and graduate/professional students to learn about the Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship have been added to the schedule this week. Please let your interested students know:

FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. Attend an information session to learn more about the program and application process.

Application Deadline: Jan. 18, 2011
Undergraduate application and information is available at
Graduate application and information is available at

January Information Sessions:
Tuesday, Jan. 4, 3:30-4:20, Parrington 120
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 12:30-1:20, Law School 117
Thursday, Jan. 6, 12:30-1:20, Paccar 456

Monday, January 3, 2011

Transform Your Life and Theirs: Service Opportunities After College

Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm
Location: The Career Center Lobby (MGH 134)

Interested in gaining leadership experience, helping others, and having the adventure of a lifetime? Learn about life-defining service opportunities with the following service-oriented organizations:
· Peace Corps
· Teach For America
· AmeriCorps
· Jesuit Volunteer Corps

At the event, panelists from these organizations will share their personal experiences and provide tips on how you can get involved after graduation. Hear from real people who have dedicated their lives to service and see how you can make a difference!

Also, don’t miss the Service Opportunities Fair, hosted by the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center just before the panel on January 11th! For more information please visit

Winter Quarter 2011 Pre-Law Workshops

Exploring Law School Workshops (for students considering law school and not applying this year)
Tuesday, January, 18th
Monday, February 7th 3:00PM-4:00PM
Wednesday, March 16th 3:30PM-4:30PM

Law School Applications Workshops (for students applying to law school for Autumn 2012)
Thursday, January 13th 1:30PM-3:00PM
Tuesday, February 15th 10:30AM-12:00PM
Monday, March 14th 10:00AM-11:30AM

Strategizing for Law School Workshop
Thursday, February 24th 3:00PM-4:00PM

Amgen Scholars Program Info Sessions


Interested in learning more about science and biotechnology research as a career? The UW Amgen Scholars Program provides a transformative opportunity for some of the nation'
s top undergraduates to explore and prepare for careers in scientific research. For more information, visit:

Applications for this summer's UW Amgen Scholars Program are now available! APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2011.

To learn more about the program, register to attend an Amgen Scholars Program Information Session:


--Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room 258 MGH
--Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 from 4:00-5:00 pm in room 258 MGH

eScience Open Mic , Tuesday January 4th, 4pm

Please join us for The first eScience Open Mic of 2011.

Open Mic will be held the 1st Tuesday of every month and will cover a variety of topics.

This Tuesday, our team will be discussing The eScience Institute and how we can help you with your data problems.

Pizza will be provided.

Tuesday, January 4th, EE 303 4pm.

LabVIEW Training Course - Winter 2011

We are offering the LabVIEW training class again this Winter Quarter. Please visit the online registration if you are interested:



Location and Time:
The sessions will take place in Sieg 232 on Tuesdays from 10:30am-11:50am. Sessions start the second week of the quarter (1/10). Enrollment is 45 seats. Lab sessions will be held Thursdays from 1:00-2:30pm also in Sieg232.

Ten Week Introductory LabVIEW course. Experience with data acquisition will be provided. CLAD certification exam offered during finals week after satisfactory completion of course. Special topic lectures will be provided at request.

This course will take you through the fundamentals of the LabVIEW environment in preparation to use it as a powerful T&M tool. Each week will have one 1.5 hr lecture and a follow-up homework assignment afterwards to re-emphasize the lecture material.

At the end of the sessions, anyone who has completed eight or more sessions with satisfactory homework grades will be eligible to take the NI CLAD certification test. This test is normally $300, but NI is offering it for free given satisfactory completion of the course.