Thursday, February 2, 2012

Paid Summer Research - Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium is happy to announce that the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) application is now open. SURP is a 9 week summer undergraduate research opportunity at the University of Washington for students majoring in the STEM fields.

University of Washington research labs and/or faculty who are recruiting STEM undergraduate students or that have a specific student that they would like to co-fund with SURP may apply for the program by activating the 'Faculty Request' hyperlink located on the webpage listed below. Space Grant - SURP supports summer undergraduate research only.

The application due date is April 13, 2012 and the 9 week summer research student stipend is $4,000 for full-time or $2,000 for part-time work .

You may find SURP details and the Catalyst WebQ application at the following link:

Questions may be directed to me at

SEBA Spotlight Series

We'll have food at both events, and there will probably be a few engineers from Synapse around for networking after Scott's talk. 

Wednesday, February 8th, 6-7 PM, EEB 303 - Scott Bright, CEO of Synapse Product Development - Drawing on a decade of experience and over 250 unique projects, Scott Bright, CEO, Synapse Product Development, will talk about how Synapse's multidisciplinary engineering and project management teams select and then implement success in the projects they undertake. We'll have food, and there will probably be a few engineers from Synapse around for networking after Scott's talk

Please RSVP

Monday, February 12th, 5-6 PM, EEB 403 - Aaron Coe, of Alliance of Angels & Calistoga Pharmaceuticals - Join us for an evening with Aaron Coe as he shares his experience of success after success in the start-up world. After earning his MBA from UW, Aaron joined Alliance of Angels as a Preston Gates & Ellis Fellow where he coached 133 start-up companies and entrepreneurs.  Most recently Aaron was the first non-founding employee of Calistoga Pharmaceuticals, a development stage small molecule company working on inflammation and oncology. 
Please RSVP so we can order enough food.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Upcoming Undergraduate Research Info Sessions and Workshops

Undergraduate Research Symposium Information Sessions

Friday, February 10 - 12:00-1:00pm, Mary Gates Hall 171

We will discuss topics such as the Symposium Day schedule, the difference between poster and oral presentation sessions, connect you with additional resources to assist you through your application and presentation preparation process, and answer any questions you might have. In addition, we highly encourage you to also attend an abstract-writing workshop prior to completing your application.

Register here:


Abstract Writing Workshops

Monday, February 6 - 2:30-3:30pm, Mary Gates Hall 171
Monday, February 13 - 3:30-4:30pm, Mary Gates Hall 171
Friday, February 17 - 12:00-1:00pm, Mary Gates Hall 171
Tuesday, February 21 - 3:30-4:30pm, Mary Gates Hall 171

Abstract Writing Workshops are tailored to students who are applying to the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, but are open to everyone.

The abstract writing workshop includes information on what exactly is an abstract, how to write one, and what information to include. If you already have a draft, you may also bring this to the session for feedback.

Register here:


Undergraduate Research General Information Session

Friday, February 17 - 11:00am-12:00pm, Mary Gates Hall 171

URP Information Sessions address how the Undergraduate Research Program can help the student pursue her/his research interests.

Primarily for undergraduates who have yet to begin research, the sessions provide research resources, information on funding, and suggestions for approaching faculty. Additionally, the sessions are highly student-driven, with an emphasis on student questions and concerns. Students interested in attending the UW, including community college transfer students, are welcome to the sessions.

Register here:

Next week The Career Center's all about internships!

Employer Conversations: Internships 101
Monday, February 6th
4:30-6:30pm, Miller 301

Our Employer Conversation offers a panel of employer representatives sharing their thoughts on the importance of doing an internship, how to do it well, and how to represent it when job-searching.  Moderated by one of our senior career counselors, the panel will also offer an open Q&A period with attendees, as well as a post-panel networking session.  No RSVP necessary.

Internship Fair
Tuesday, February 7th
1:30-5:30pm, Mary Gates Hall Commons

Up to 50 employers will be on hand to recruit University of Washington students for internships available with their organizations.  Employers represent government, non-profit and private sector industries, with the commonality that they're all interested in recruiting Huskies!  For additional details and a list of attending employers, please visit .

Go Government Webinar: Land Your Dream Federal Internship
Wednesday, February 8th
2:00-3:00pm, The Career Center (134 Mary Gates Hall)
This Call to Serve webinar is for students interested in finding and applying for internships for Summer 2012, as well as those advisors looking for more information about federal opportunities to share with their students. During this session, we will highlight a number of exciting internships across government, and show you how to research, find and apply for an internship that's right for you.   No RSVP necessary. NOTE: Students and advisers can also access this webinar from home computers during the timeframe listed.  If interested in instructions on how to do so, please email

Questions on any of these events? Please feel free to call 206.543.0535 or email

EScience Seminar: Collaborative Clinical Genomics Data Analysis with Sage Bionetworks Synapse

Please join us Tuesday, February 7th, 4-5pm in EE303. Refreshments (drinks and pizza) will be provided.

Mike Kellen (Sage Bionetworks)
Dr. Kellen is Director of Technology and Software Development at Sage Bionetworks, a non-profit research institute focused on improving human health by promoting open science.

The past two decades have seen an exponential growth in the technical ability to generate genetic and biomolecular data fueled by advances in measurement technologies.  However, with a few exceptions, these data have failed to improve prevention or treatment of common human disease.  A fundamental reason for this discrepancy between data generation and clinical improvement is the immature development of analytical techniques to meaningfully interpret these new data types.  As with any new field, analytical methodologies need to be iteratively developed and refined. The difficulty of accessing, understanding, and reusing data, analysis methods, or models of disease across multiple labs with complimentary fields of expertise is a major barrier to the effective interpretation of genomic data today.  Additionally, much of the relevant data to answer a particular research question is spread among multiple public and private repositories.  Sage Bionetworks' mission is to catalyze a cultural transition from the traditional single lab, single-company, and single-therapy research paradigm to a model founded on broad precompetitive collaboration on analysis of large-scale biological data.  In this talk we will focus on the technology component of Sage Bionetworks' solution strategy, Synapse, an informatics platform for open data-driven collaborative research.  Synapse provides programmatic access to a variety of clinical and genomic data sets, tracking of analysis workflows, and integration with common analysis tools like R/Bioconductor.

Study Abroad and getting started

This is just to remind you of the various ways you can explore your study abroad and global opportunities offered at the UW!  In addition to our study abroad resources located on our website: , we have expanded our advising services and information sessions

Attend a Study Abroad 101 Information Session (NEW):

General study abroad information sessions are held every Wednesday, from 4-5pm, in 490 Schmitz Hall. If you are unfamiliar with UW study abroad programs and processes "Study Abroad 101" is a good introduction that will provide you with details about program options, credits, financial aid, and next steps.  

Meet with an IPE study abroad advisor (EXPANED)

Once you have narrowed your options to several programs or locations, visit IPE and meet with a study abroad advisor to discuss your selections and ask questions. Study abroad advisors are available to meet on a drop-in basis Monday-Friday, from 10am-4pm, during autumn, winter and spring quarters and from 10am-2pm during summer quarter.   Program evaluations written by former UW study abroad participants are also available for your review in UW Study Abroad

You can also meet with a study abroad advisor for "International Quick Questions" in the Center for Undergraduate Advising, Diversity, and Student Success located in 141 Mary Gates Hall each Wednesday from 1:30-3:20pm.  

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Upcoming Co-Op Student Panels

no RSVP required!

Students from all engineering departments with work experience will be talking about:
  • How to get offered a valuable engineering internship or co-op job offer
  • What's expected of you once you're on the internship
  • Why students think industry experience is important
  • How the Engineering Co-op & Internship Program helps students
  • A free copy of Ana's Job Search Advice Kit (part I)
  • Who's hiring right now:  Aerojet, Cisco, EMC, Mozilla, Philips, Red Dot, Sierra Surgical, Spacelabs Healthcare, T-Mobile, VMware

Simply show up to one of the following!

Wednesday, February 1
Loew Hall, 014A
Students in this panel worked at McKinstry, Decide, Inc., Intel, and UW Office of Ed Assessment

Thursday, February 9
Loew Hall, 014A
Students in this panel worked at City of Seattle, Wordrake Holdings, Philips, HTC, TSMC, and Genie

Tuesday, February 14
EE Building, Room 403
Students in this panel worked at NASA, Philips, Traylor Bros, Frontier Kemper, Genie and City of Seattle


Go Government Webinar: Landing Your Dream Internship

This Call to Serve webinar is for students interested in finding and applying for internships for Summer 2012, as well as those advisors looking for more information about federal opportunities to share with their students. During this session, we will highlight a number of exciting internships across government, and show you how to research, find and apply for an internship that's right for you.
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Pacific Time
Location: The Career Center, 134 Mary Gates Hall

You may also attend this webinar from your own computer. Below is the information you will need to log in to the webinar.


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2012 UW iGEM Team Looking For New Members

Interested in using biotechnology to solve real world issues?  Then come join the grand prize winning UW iGEM Team.

The International Genetically Engineered Machines competition (iGEM) is a Synthetic Biology competition for undergraduates.  Each summer iGEM teams from universities around the world engineer new biological systems to create some of the most innovative solutions to the worlds most pressing needs.

The University of Washington has organized a team for the competition every year since 2008, along with universities from countries in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The team is comprised of undergraduates from UW and advised and mentored by PhD students and faculty. Each year the UW team has put up an incredible effort and undergraduates students from the humanities, arts, and sciences are all encouraged to join.  You can learn more about the UW iGEM teams at:

Meetings on WEDNESDAYS in Health Sciences Building T-747 @ 5:00pm.

If you are interested in learning more about iGEM please contact

Monday, January 30, 2012

UW Environmental Innovation Panel - What Does it Take to Win the EIC?!

UW Environmental Innovation Challenge
Tuesday, January 31 Panel of Past Winners
6-7:30 p.m., Denny Hall 216 - FOOD!
What does it take to win the EIC?
Find out at this panel discussion with past competitors.
We will be running the event similar as Q & A - asking them a series of questions about preparation, what they got out of it, and how they could have better prepared, etc.

Still looking for a team/teammates?  Mix and mingle on Tuesday - and connect via EIC Facebook.

Friday, February 10, 2012
Intent to Submit Due (Preliminary Team Information)
If you believe in the need to create "solutions for the planet," then put your passion to work. The cleantech sector is exploding!  Make connections and get started NOW.  And, if you're thinking about entering the Business Plan Competition with your cleantech idea, competing in the EIC a great way to get experience and visibility. The Intent to Submit link will be available here in early Feb:

Learn more about the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge: