Friday, September 28, 2012


The Quizbowl Team at UW is looking for new members to compete in buzzer-based trivia competitions against other colleges from around the country.  Quizbowl is similar to Knowledge Bowl, Science Bowl and Jeopardy, and it tests your knowledge across a wide range of subjects, both academic and pop culture.  It's a fun way to show others what you've learned, and to learn lots of new things in the process.

We practice on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8 PM in Room 158 of Savery Hall.  New members are always welcome at any practice.  Anyone is welcome to join the team--no prior experience required and there are no try-outs.

For more information about the club, please e-mail You can also find us on Facebook at

Thursday, September 27, 2012

2013 Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition


February 25 – March 1, 2013
Seattle, WA, USA

Applications will open summer 2012

Submit your best social business idea
Qualify as a semifinalist
Get a travel scholarship to attend GSEC Week 2013 in Seattle, WA*

Why Participate?
GSEC is the place for students to learn about harnessing the power of commercial strategies to reduce poverty and affect positive social change in developing economies. 

Each year, 15-20 semi-finalist student teams worldwide are selected from the applicant pool, paired with mentors and are invited to participate in GSEC Week, February 25 – March 1, 2013, in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Throughout the process – from application to GSEC Week – students receive expert guidance, refine their business skills, develop their networks, and gain access to new resources. 

GSEC Week teams present to 500+ professionals and compete for monetary prizes, awarded to teams that develop businesses with the most innovative solutions to problems of poverty and the best integration of financial and social returns on investment.

GSEC 2013 expects to award at least $30,000 in prizes.

How To Apply
Application instructions & eligibility: GSEC Rules & PrizesApply by November 8, 2012!

GSEC is open to currently enrolled students at any academic institution of higher education worldwide.

GSEC business plans may focus on any subject area.   Multi-disciplinary teams are strongly encouraged.

Need a team or team member?
Post an announcement on the GSEC Facebook discussion board


Organizers & Sponsors
GSEC Week provides exclusive opportunities for semi-finalist teams to benefit from invaluable resources and expertise in the Seattle region: every year over 200 professionals volunteer as mentors, judges, and sponsors, providing critical expertise and resources. Individuals volunteer from organizations such as: Costco, Gray Ghost Ventures, Microsoft, PATH, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Smith Barney, Seattle International Foundation, the Grameen Foundation, the Washington Global Health Alliance, and UW Department of Global Health.

GSEC is organized by the University of Washington’s Global Business Center at the Michael G. Foster School of Business, with the support of Microsoft Corporation and UW Department of Global Health (prize sponsors), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (travel scholarship supporter).  View all GSEC program sponsors

**Travel scholarships available for qualifying 2013 international GSEC teams, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. See the GSEC Rules & Prizes page for more information

Upcoming On-Campus Interview resume duedates

Position Title and ID Number
Resumes Due
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Advisory Risk Consulting Associate (Full-time) Summer/Fall 2013 (63753)
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Advisory Management Consulting Intern Summer 2013 (63751),
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Advisory Management Consulting Associate (Full-time) Summer/Fall 2013 (63752)
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Advisory Technology Consulting Associate (Full-time) Summer/Fall 2013 (63754)
PolyOne Corporation
Sales Development Program (63831)
Trinity Consultants
Environmental Consultant (63783)
Eaton Corporation
Power Systems Engineer – Electrical Services and Systems Business (63536)
Eaton Corporation
Eaton Multicultural Summer Program - Power Systems Engineer (63537)
Groupon Engineer - Chicago (64376)
Groupon Engineer - Seattle (64377)
Groupon Engineer - Palo Alto (64375)
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
& Intermediate Maintenance Facility
Entry Level Engineer  (64556)
Access these opportunities (as well as many others) through your HuskyJobs account: .

Join the US Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Officer Program

An opportunity below to join the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program.

In addition, LT Kristine Hime, LT Caleb Wines, and LT Monica Coxe from the Navy will be holding 2 information sessions with EE students on Monday October 22. Times are at noon and 1 PM in Loew 355. Lunch will be provided.

Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program

Job description: Technical supervisor for reactor and steam plant operations aboard aircraft carriers and submarines. Receive unparalleled training in reactor theory, design and operations along with leadership and management experience.

Salary: $15000 bonus upon passing technical interviews

$2317/month base pay plus $1323/month housing allowance during undergrad years; $2828/month base pay plus housing allowance (varies by geographical location) upon graduation

Full medical and dental insurance

Responsibilities: As an undergrad, your responsibility is to maintain your grades and stay within height/weight standards - no additional training is required; uniform and grooming standards not required while completing degree.

Upon graduation, you will attend Officer Candidate School and Nuclear Power Training. As an officer, you could be in charge of a multi-billion dollar engineroom at sea; work on design and troubleshooting of reactor plant components as a Naval Reactors Engineer in Washington, DC; or teach future fleet operators the fundamentals of nuclear power in Charleston, SC. Regardless of which path you choose, you will have the opportunity to travel and gain valuable technical as well as leadership skills to make you extremely competitive for future hiring.

Eligibility requirements: Must be a US citizen, 19-29 years old, enrolled in 4-year degree program. Must be within 30 months of graduation and have completed 1 full year each of Calculus and Calculus-based physics with a C or better. Must meet height/weight standards and medical requirements for service. No outstanding legal or moral issues.

For more information, please contact LT Kristine Hime at 425-308-0092 or

Find Kristine on Facebook!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Teaching Opportunity at Seattle University

We're looking for an adjunct to teach ECEGR 407 – DSP Laboratory in Spring 2013. The course is scheduled for Thursdays, 1:30-5:50pm and the syllabus from the last time it was taught is shown below. The textbook can be changed and we're open to discuss modifications to the course based on the experience and expertise of the instructor. Could you forward this to your PhD students and postdocs who are looking for some teaching experience? They can email me at if they would like to apply for this opportunity or have questions.

ECEGR 407 – DSP Laboratory

2010-2011 Catalog Data:                                                                             2 credit hours

Use of modern Digital Signal Processing (DSP) software development systems. Debugging and analysis of program operation on DSP integrated circuits. DSP IC architectures. Analysis of test data in time and frequency domains. Prerequisite: ECEGR 312. Co-requisite: ECEGR 403

Prerequisites:                       Linear System Analysis; Corequisite: Digital Signal Processing
Textbooks:                             Digital Signal Processing System Design 2nd Ed., Kehtarnavaz, Academic Press, 2008
Course Objectives:               Give students a facility in the use of two commercial DSP hardware and software development systems. Familiarize them with debug techniques and analysis techniques such as profiling to determine real time parameters and data analysis to validate correct design. Introduce students to two popular DSP architectures.
Topics Covered:                    Analog Devices’ Visual DSP++, Texas Instruments’  Code Composer Studio, Introduction to MatLab DSP Toolbox and link to T.I tools, Profiling, A/D and D/A conversion, Practical Digital Filter design and implementation,Debug tools, Architecture of Analog Devices’ SHARC 21065L, Architecture of Texas Instruments’ TMS 320C6711, Fast Fourier transforms, Data-Rate Conversions
Class/Lab Schedule: One 50-minute lecture and one four-hour laboratory session per week.
Professional Component Contribution:
ECEGR 407 is an elective lab for both electrical engineering majors and for those taking the computer engineering specialization.   It is designed to give facility in commercially popular DSP ICs and software development environments.
Course Coordinator: Alvin Moser  August 2010

Course Outcomes:
At the end of the course students will be able to
1. Create a new project on Code Composer Studio and Visual DSP++, enter and edit source files and build the project to executable code.
2. Transfer programs to the target device on the respective evaluation boards and carry out basic debug   activities such as setting breakpoints, running the program and examining data.
3. Perform simple analysis of test data in both time domain and frequency domain.
4. Show familiarity with the architecture of the DSP chips involved in the evaluation boards in use, being able to draw a block diagram of the various components of the chip and describe their use.

Save the date: Out at Work Panel Discussion and Professional Meet and Greet October 11 from 11-2 in HUB 145

The QFSUW, OMA/D, Q Center, and Career Center would like to invite you to the 2012 Out at Work Panel. This year’s event will be taking place on National Coming Out Day, October 11, from 11-2 in HUB 145. In addition to our annual panel discussion, we will be hosting a professional meet and greet for students to gain experience in professional networking and to chat with potential employers in the Seattle area. For those who are interested, the Career Center will be offering a networking workshop that week in preparation for the event. Please email your name and I will ensure you get final details once they are available.

The purpose of the event is to provide our students with an opportunity to look forward towards establishing a career and to make informed choices about being out in the work place. Our intention is to expose students to established professionals who can provide insight about their experiences and advice about how to navigate professional life and the pitfalls that exist in a heteronormative society which employs members of the LGBTQ community.

We are extremely excited about this year’s panelists and about the employers who will be present to chat with students!

Scholarships for Research or Graduate Study in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service's (DAAD) Study Scholarships provide highly qualified individuals in all fields of study with an opportunity to do independent study/research in Germany or to complete a full Master's degree program at a German university. Graduating seniors, recent alumni and graduate students are eligible to apply, including foreign nationals attending US universities (see complete eligibility details below).

The program provides scholarships for one academic year (2013-14) with the possibility of a 1-year extension for those completing a full degree program in Germany; a monthly living stipend of approximately 750 Euro, health insurance, and a travel subsidy (1,075 Euro from the west coast). Limited additional funds may be available for a rent subsidy and family allowance.

This year's application cycle is for research or study in Germany during the 2013-14 year (with the possibility of extension to include 2014-15). Complete information about this scholarship program and application materials are available at;jsessionid=8haf9qdklhulh.

UW is a partner university within this program, which gives UW students and alumni several options for applying, depending on field:

  • Applicants in all fields EXCEPT music, visual arts and performing arts* wishing to compete for UW's one priority nomination must submit their applications by the campus deadline of Oct. 31, 2012 at 12:00pm (noon). Priority nomination provides competition in a smaller pool of national applications.
  • Applicants in all fields EXCEPT music, visual arts and performing arts* not wishing to compete for that priority nomination, but simply to compete in the general national application pool should submit their applications by the extended campus deadline of Nov. 9, 2012 by 5:00pm. UW will mail all applications on to the DAAD national office by the national deadline on your behalf.
  • *Music, visual arts and performing arts applicants can apply directly to the national office by Nov. 1, or can have their application materials forwarded by UW. Please see an adviser for details and questions.
Two UW offices support students applying for the DAAD Graduate Study Scholarships, answer questions, and accept application materials, based on student status. Please feel free to contact us for further information or questions:
  • Graduate students interested in applying should contact Marilyn Gray, Assistant Director of Fellowships & Awards in The Graduate School:, (206) 543-7152, G-1 Communications.
  • Undergraduate students and Bachelor's alums interested in applying should contact Robin Chang, Assistant Director, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards:, (206) 543-2603, 171 MGH.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Graduating seniors (fourth-year students in Canada), graduate students and recent graduates who have completed their Bachelor's degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline are welcome to apply. Students who are in the first year of a full Master's degree program in Germany may also apply to fund their second year of the Master's programs.
  • Applicants in all academic fields are welcome to apply. For study in the fields of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine, contact DAAD.
  • If you are a graduating senior (last year of undergraduate studies) or a graduate student, you must be enrolled at an accredited North American university at the time of application. (Those who have already completed an undergraduate degree do not need to be currently enrolled.)
  • Recent graduates should have received their bachelor's degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline.
  • Recent graduates who are currently in Germany (for no longer than one year at the time of application) are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should be US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students at an accredited US or Canadian University for at least two years at the time of application.
  • At the time of application, applicants may not be living in Germany for a period of more than one year.
Important Considerations for Applicants:
  • Applicants for Master's programs should have a study proposal explaining why a particular program has been chosen and how it will further the applicant's educational and career goals. As German university deadlines are later than our deadline, you may not have yet been admitted to a German university; however, if already enrolled in Germany and applying for the second year of the Master’s, applicants must submit evidence of admission to a German university. Those beginning their Master’s do not need to submit any evidence of contact with a German institution.
  • Applicants for independent study are expected to have a well-defined study or research project that makes a stay in Germany essential and should have an invitation from an academic partner at a German university or research institution. Scholarship recipients are required to complete two courses per semester and obtain "Scheine" (certificates of credit) for them.
  • Applicants in the arts, humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.
  • Applicants may not hold a DAAD grant and a grant from another German or German-American organization/German-Canadian organization concurrently for the same project. Prior recipients of a DAAD grant should contact DAAD New York before applying to determine their eligibility status.
Please contact Marilyn or Robin for further details or with questions. Thank you!

Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards fall scholarship search and application workshops for undergrads

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will be offering upcoming sessions on searching for scholarships, writing personal statements, writing CVs/resumes, and getting great recommendations:

Freshman Scholarship 101: Getting Started in the Search for Scholarships

Specifically designed for freshmen and sophomores, this introductory workshop provides students with information to begin the scholarship search and to develop a competitive edge for merit-based scholarships.   
    October 16, 2012, 3:30-4:20pm, MGH 171
    Oct. 31, 2012, 2:30-3:20pm, MGH 171
    Nov. 15, 2012, 3:30pm to 4:20pm, MGH 171

Please RSVP to attend any of the sessions at, though drop-ins are also welcome!

Scholarship 201 for Continuing Students: The Search for Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships
This workshop provides assistance to continuing undergraduate students looking to fund undergraduate academic years and graduate school. This will include information on discipline specific scholarships, campus funding opportunities, scholarship search sites, and tips to develop competitive applications.
    Oct. 23, 2012, 3:30-4:20pm, MGH 171
    Nov. 7, 2012, 2:30-3:20pm, MGH 171
    Nov. 29, 2012, 4:30-5:20pm, MGH 171

Please RSVP to attend any of the sessions at, though drop-ins are also welcome.

CV Writing Workshops:
    Oct. 22, 2012, 2:30-3:20pm, MGH 171
    Nov. 16, 2012, 12:30-1:20pm, MGH 171
    Nov. 28, 2012, 4:30-5:20pm, MGH 171
Develop your undergraduate CV/Resume for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities, and graduate school applications! A Curriculum Vitae ("CV" or "vitae") is a comprehensive, biographical statement emphasizing your professional qualifications and activities. A CV is similar to a resume, but an advantage to the CV format is the significant freedom to choose the headings and categories for your information and the strength reflected in their arrangement.
Bring a working draft, such as an existing resume, and a list of activities including: Honors, Awards & Prizes received no longer than 5 years ago, Academic and Research Activities, Community Service Involvement, Work History, and Activities outside of the Academic Environment. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work with Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards staff to develop and strengthen a draft of your CV!
Please RSVP to attend at

Personal Statement Writing Workshops:
    Oct. 23, 2012, 12:30-1:20pm, MGH 171
    Nov. 13, 2012, 4:30-5:20pm, MGH 171
    Nov. 29, 2012, 3:30-4:20pm, MGH 171
The Personal Statement is an important part of an application package. Applying for scholarships, internships, and graduate/professional programs often requires a personal statement or application letter. This type of writing requires you to outline your strengths confidently and concisely, which can be challenging.
Personal Statement Workshops will provide students with essential information to develop an understanding of not only writing about their interests, eligibility and suitability for applications, but also to learn how their statements provide evidence of their achievements that aren’t reflected in other parts of an application.
Please RSVP to attend any of the sessions at

Getting Great Recommendation Letters Workshops:

    Oct. 10, 2012, 2:30-3:20pm, MGH 171
    Oct. 16, 2012, 4:30-5:20pm, MGH 171
    Nov. 5, 2012, 3:30-4:20pm, MGH 171

This workshop will help you plan ahead for developing strong relationships with faculty and other mentors, asking for letters of recommendation, and preparing your recommenders to write you stellar letters.
Please RSVP to attend at though drop-ins are also welcome.

Scholarships from the Mary Gates Endowment for Students

The Mary Gates Endowment for Students is currently accepting scholarship applications.  Mary Gates scholarships provide $4,000 ($2,000 per quarter for two quarters) for students to pursue leadership or research projects of their own choosing and design with guidance from a mentor.  Previous recipients have come from all fields of study, including the arts, humanities, social sciences and STEMM.

Mary Gates scholarships benefit students in the current academic year, and are open to all UW undergraduate students regardless of class year, major or residency status.  Students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses are all encouraged to apply.  Deadlines are coming up soon, so students should begin the application process and attend an information session and application workshop.

Information Sessions
10/1, 1:30p – Leadership Scholarships
10/1, 2:30p – Research Scholarships
10/2, 2:30p – Leadership Scholarships
10/2, 3:30p – Research Scholarships
10/3, 12:30p – Leadership Scholarships
10/3, 1:30p – Research Scholarships
10/4, 3:30p – Leadership Scholarships
10/4, 4:30p – Research Scholarships

Application Workshops
10/9, 4:00-6:00p – Leadership Scholarships
10/10, 4:00-6:00p – Research Scholarships

10/15, 5:00p – Leadership Applications DUE
10/19, 5:00p – Research Applications DUE

All information sessions and application workshops will be held on the Seattle campus in the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) in Mary Gates Hall room 171.  Another round of applications will be accepted in Winter quarter, but it’s good for students to start planning now!

More information and the application login can be found on our website,  Email with any questions.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition (NSSSC)… Opportunity for Undergraduates to Participate in a Real World Research Experience

Ask yourself the following questions:

·         Are you looking for a real world design problem?
·         Do you want to participate on an interdisciplinary team?  
·         Do you want experience with mechanical components, optics, electronics and software?
·         Are you looking for an independent study or a capstone project?
·         Do you want to travel to the 'Big Sky' state?
·         Do you want a chance to win scholarship and travel prizes?

If you answered yes to these questions then this competition is for you! Get your team of 3 to 6 students together and register today.

The yearly National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition (NSSSC) is Montana Space Grant Consortium's Education and Public Outreach (EP/O) Program for NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission. A Spectrograph is an instrument used to measure properties of light over a specific portion of the electromagnetic spectrum by separating the incoming light into its characteristic frequencies of wavelengths (spectrum).  Spectrographs have a wide range of complexity from simple grating or prisms to the cutting edge IRIS spectrograph. 

The NSSSC provides students from across the country the opportunity to work as part of an undergraduate interdisciplinary team to design, build and test a ground based solar spectrograph. Over the course of nine months, teams come up with their own science goals and then build an instrument to collect data in support of their goals. Teams then travel to Bozeman, MT to demonstrate their instruments and present their results in a competitive science fair environment. There are four judged categories:  best build, best design, best science and best presentation.  Each student on the winning teams receives a scholarship award of $3,000 and a travel award to a NASA launch.

College students interested in designing a spectrograph can now register for the 2012-2013 competition.  Build awards of $2,000 per team are available for teams that register by Sept. 30.

Comments about the NSSSC:

"NASA is in a unique position to use scientific space missions like IRIS to foster student interest in science and engineering," said Diane DeTroye, of NASA's education office in Washington, D.C. "Giving students a chance to get hands-on experience often encourages them to pursue and continue STEM studies. This helps build an important pipeline of talent for future NASA missions."

“The concept of having undergraduates design, build and test a scientific instrument is certainly unique as far as I know. This is a marvelous opportunity for young people to develop high level skills in instrument building.  Using the instrument to answer science questions makes it even better.  I commend and thank you for this wonderful experience.  All of us will learn so much as we successfully complete this project.  NSSSC provides participating students a better chance for admission to the graduate school of their choice.  Also, they will receive better fellowships when they are accepted to graduate school.  It will give some of them a direction for their career.  I know of no other opportunity to engage in instrument design and application.”  – Edmond Wilson, Faculty Advisor Harding University

“The opportunity to work on a real project has been a true motivation for our students who can feel isolated at a small school with no significant research going on.” – Jim Boger, Faculty Advisor Flat Head Valley Community College

The 2012-2013 Final Competition Dates are May 15-18, 2013 in Bozeman, MT.  Any questions please contact Randy Larimer at or 406-994-6085

Registration and more information is available at   

2013 Cornell Cup USA Presented by Intel Competition - Team Registration

Have you Heard about the Cornell Cup USA Presented by Intel Competition?
It’s a college-level embedded design competition where student teams compete to create the next greatest embedded systems invention. The competition is designed to work with senior-level design courses and M.Eng Capstone projects.
This year we are expecting to host up to 40 students teams from top universities across the nation.

Register your team today and get the chance to win a
$10,000 Grand Prize
Click the Become a Team button found on our website

Contact us at with any questions.

NASA information session October 12

NASA Kennedy Space Center – Information Session
Friday, October 12, 2012
Loew 355 Conference Room
1:00pm – 2:30pm

NASA Kennedy Space Center – Information Session
Friday, October 12, 2012
MEB 242
3:00pm – 4:30pm

At Kennedy Space Center (KSC), a flexible, mission-focused workforce is key to our success. KSC serves as NASA’s Center of Excellence for both launch and payload processing systems. Today, NASA is on the edge of a bold new challenge: deep space exploration. NASA is creating an exciting future where it will develop capabilities for the next generation to explore space, expand commercial access to space for crew and cargo, and develop many more missions to explore our home planet, the solar system and the universe beyond. We want you to be a part of this great legacy, by joining our team!

For KSC Employment Internships & Opportunities, please visit
For NASA Education Internships & Fellowships, please visit
For NASA Full-time Employment Opportunities, please visit
For NASA Employment Internships & Opportunities, please visit
U.S. Citizenship Required