Thursday, November 1, 2012

UW EIC - Student Mixer Nights! Nov 7, 13

Student Mixer Nights - Food & drink provided!
If you’ve got a passion for cleantech, the smarts to play in the emerging green economy, and the desire to make an impact, the UW EIC provides the platform – AND a chance to win $10,000.

Looking for a team/teammate for the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge? You’ll find what you’re looking for in this speed-dating format.
Attend one or both of these sessions:
Tues Nov 13, 6-7:30 pm Savery Hall 260
This session follows the Environmental Innovation class which you’re welcome to attend:  “Kicking the Commodity Habit: On being Grown out of Place”, Dr. Steve Jones, Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences, Director of the Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, WSU. (4:20 pm - 5:50 pm)
To find out more about the UW EIC – watch this 10 minute video.

GSBA and Pride Scholarship Applications Open

GSBA and Pride Scholarship Applications are now online. Apply once and your application will go to both organizations and any of the special scholarships that your qualifications meet. Be sure to spread the word to your friends and classmates together with the Pride Foundation, we have over $500,000 to award this year! Applications are due by January 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM. You can access the application online.

More exciting news, *this year the GSBA Scholarship Fund will be awarding scholarships to graduate students*! You must be a current or past scholar to be eligible for these graduate scholarships. If you are in graduate school, considering applying, please apply at the above link. We are so excited to continue to support you on your next chapter!

Finally, we are looking for volunteers to present our scholarship opportunities at 3 Seattle high schools. Please let me know if you are available for any of the dates/times below. As scholars, you have the ability to connect with applicants and can share your application/interview experience with them.

Franklin High School--Tuesday, November 6th 12:10p-12:40p
West Seattle High School--Tuesday, November 6th 2:40p-3:40p
Nathan Hale High School--Friday, November 30th 11:45a-12:25p

I look forward to hearing from you and do hope you are able to lend a few hours to encourage others to apply for our scholarships.


*Jessica Wootten*, *Development Associate & Scholarship Manager*

USC Engineering: Visit to University of Washington

Thursday, Nov 8
5:30 PM – 7PM
Location: UW Career Center (LOBBY) 134 Mary Gates, Seattle Campus
Refreshments served

**Those that attend will be eligible for an application fee waiver ($85) if they choose to apply to a USC engineering graduate program.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

UW Information School Graduate Programs Preview Day

Attend the University of Washington Information School's Preview Day to learn how graduate study in the information field will help you reach your personal and professional goals. You will:
  • Learn more about our Master of Library and Information Science, Master of Science in Information Management and PhD in Information Science graduate programs
  • Attend a sample class by one of our faculty members
  • Get tips for the application process and find resources for financing graduate study
  • Speak to current students about their experience at the iSchool
  • Find out about career and research opportunities available to our students

Saturday, November 3rd

Check-in: 8:30am
Program: 9am-12pm
Johnson Hall, Rm 075

UW Pipeline Environmental Alternative Spring Break 2013

Interested in environmental education?
Thinking about what to do during Spring Break?
Want to work with amazing young people across the state of Washington?

Apply for Pipeline Project's 2013 Environmental Alternative Spring Break (EASB) program!

The Pipeline Project is sending two teams of five students to two Washington state schools (Quileute Tribal School, La Push & Brewster Elementary School, Brewster) during UW's spring break from March 24th-March 29th to work on an environmental education project. UW students will facilitate environmental science lessons with elementary and middle school students and learn about the local ecology and environmental issues of the region. This project is a part of the larger Pipeline Alternative Spring Break Program that facilitates literacy/arts projects across the state of Washington.

Environmental ASB members will enroll in a 2-credit EDUC 401 preparation seminar during Winter quarter 2012 (Thursdays from 4:30-5:50 pm) to plan, design and practice an inquiry-based, hands-on environmental science curriculum to be taught during spring break. Students will also explore issues of rural and tribal education in addition to the field of environmental education. In addition, students will tutor in a local environmental education program or K-8 classroom during the winter quarter for 2 - 2.5 hours/week.

Interested? Apply now! Applications due 5 pm on 11/16/12. Please visit our website for application instructions and materials:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Attn - EE Controls Capstone Change - EE 400 B a New 2-Qtr Controls Concentration Capstone

Hello EE Controls Concentration Seniors and advanced Juniors:

A new 2-quarter Controls Concentration Capstone option is available beginning winter quarter 2013, by registering for EE 400 B for winter, and EE 449 for spring. Please see the attached course description from Professor Chizeck.

Note: EE/AA 448 will still be offered through the AA department, and you may register for it using their SLN #10016 (see - ).

EE 400 (Winter 2013) and EE 449 (Spring 2013)
Design of Control Systems
EE and AA seniors, and "advanced" juniors (and new graduate students, with permission):

Looking for a chance to apply your robotics and controls (and/or embedded systems and signal processing and sensors) knowledge to a "real" problem? Maybe see if any of that stuff that we taught you can be made to work? Consider taking the Systems, Robotics and Control’s Capstone Design Course.
EE Systems, Robotics and Controls concentration students should ideally take this for two quarters. This will allow 20 weeks to do your project. AA, CSE, ME and BioE students are welcome to enroll in either 400 and 449, or else 449 only in the Spring Quarter.
Students will do a design project in teams of three students. Possible projects are gathered from various research groups at UW, local companies and affiliated institutions--anywhere an investigator needs a control system developed. So each team has a customer.

Teams are also encouraged to define their own projects if they prefer--as long as a "customer" for their work can be identified. Specific objectives of each project will be detailed by the team. You will choose and define your project based upon the skills and talents of your group.

What is taught in this course?

Project Management and Planning
A bit about intellectual property and technology commercialization
Some useful topics relating to control system design.
Some elements of digital control

Most of the course will involve project work--in various labs and facilities across campus. No homeworks or final exam--just one 20 or 10 week project.

Students who join the course in the spring (taking 449 only) will have the option of either joining an existing team (if they agree), or forming a group to do a new project.

Teams will upload their designs, progress reports, simulations, videos or whatever. The final report is in the format of a technical conference--with references to items available on line.
All student teams will also give a final presentation regarding their project.

The course will have a small number of lectures (in the “official” time slot. Most weeks each team will meet privately with the professor and TA (we are technical consultants to your teams).
Some weeks there will be either, short (5 minute) or longer (15 minute) progress reports, presented to all of the class (during the officially scheduled course time). Students will have an opportunity to give and receive technical evaluations and suggestions (from members of other teams). 

THIS THURSDAY EVENING: Cover Letter and Resume Workshop!


Are you having trouble fitting your jobs and extracurricular activities on a one-page resume?  Are you confused about how to write a resume that is going to be fed into a computer rather than read by a human being?  Are you having difficulty targeting your cover letter and resume for a particular position?  Well, the CLUE Writing Center is here to help!  

This Thursday evening, the CLUE Writing Center will be conducting a Cover Letter and Resume workshop.  Our workshop aims to guide students through the process of creating a resume and cover letter that highlights their relevant skills and effectively tailors their experiences to meet a potential employer's needs. 

Who is this for?
  • All students applying for full time, part time, and holiday or summer employment. 
What will participants learn?
  • How to determine which personal, technical, and transferable skills to highlight
  • Tips for determining employer needs
  • How to analyze different resume formats and select one that best markets their skills and abilities
  • How to create a tailored resume and cover letter
When and where is the workshop?
  • This Thursday, November 1st from 7:00-8:00PM! 
  • Location: Mary Gates Hall, room 242
Please feel free to contact if you have any questions or comments.  We hope to see on Thursday evening!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Penn State

  Program in Electrical Engineering

Goals: Providing high quality and balanced REU Site activities in electrical engineering to enable participation and to stimulate interests in future research careers for talented and diversified domestic undergraduate students.
NSF logo
Program Dates: May 28, 2013 - July 26, 2013
NSF REU Scholar Positions Available: 12
Stipend: $4500 for 9 weeks plus free housing and travel support

Click here for eligibility requirements and to access the online application.
Application Deadline: February 16, 2013

Financial Support: National Science Foundation

COM 597G Science Communication

COM597G Science Communication
Meets Tuesdays 930-1220 in CMU 242
Instructor: Usha Lee McFarling, Artist in Residence

This class is a seminar, discussion-based class that also provides skill development in communication. The course will teach you skills that will allow you to become a better communicator of scientific, technical or academic concepts in a variety of formats and also provide a forum for the group to take a deeper look at the many challenges -- and opportunities -- facing science communication and science literacy in our modern, highly technological age.

Please enroll early if you are interested as the class tends to fill.

For more information, contact the instructor, Usha Lee McFarling

Verizon info session for both co-op and FT entry-level engineers

Verizon Engineering Career Info Session and Pizza
Date:  Tuesday, October 30th
Time:  5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

LocationEEB 403 Electrical Engineering Building

Meet with several Verizon employees who are recent graduates of University of Washington and other colleges, enjoy pizza and learn about exciting technical opportunities for full time and intern positions with Verizon. 

1.    Verizon Engineering Leadership Development Program – multiple openings nationwide
2.    New college graduate engineering opportunities – Bellevue, WA and nationwide
3.    Co-op Electrical Engineers - 2 in for January-June and 2 for July-December positions – Bellevue, WA and nationwide

Preferred Majors:

·         Electrical Engineering
·         Computer Engineering

Apply for at and at the Husky Jobs site for consideration for an On Campus Interview.

OCT 29-30: D.C. Internships Info Sessions

Are you interested in doing an internship in Washington, D.C. and earning UW credit?

If yes, come to one of the six information sessions for The Washington Center that are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday:

 Monday, October 29
  1230-120 GWN 1A (ground floor of Gowen Hall)
  230-320  SAV 132
  330-420  SMI 115

 Tuesday, October 30
  1030-1120 GWN 1A
  130-220   GWN 1A
  330-420   SAV 132

The Washington Center (TWC) runs a full-time internship program in Washington, D.C., that is open to all UW students (all majors welcome) and provides comprehensive service, including internship placement and housing. Placements include government agencies, corporations, nonprofits, museums and international organizations. Hundreds of UW students have participated in this program since UW's affiliation in 1977, and many made connections that led to post-degree employment.

At the informational meetings, a Washington Center representative and I will discuss the structure of the program, scholarships and the application process.

For 2013 the quarterly program cost is $5,995 and the housing cost is $3,985. In addition, students pay for 15 UW credits, transportation, and personal expenses. Students are eligible to use their financial aid for this program and all UW students will receive scholarships of at least $2500 from TWC, which brings the cost of attending close to the cost of a quarter at UW.

TWC's facilities are accessible to students who have disabilities. In addition, their Disability Services Coordinator will assist with accommodation at the internship and programming sites.

These are the upcoming application deadlines (for a full list of organizations that have earlier deadlines see
 Spring Semester 2013, Regular: 11/16/12
 Summer Quarter 2013, Competitive*: 2/15/13, Regular: 3/15/13
 Autumn Quarter/Semester 2013, Competitive*: 5/3/13, Regular: 6/14/13
  * Deadline for additional scholarships ($2500 scholarship is automatic for all UW students)

Regardless of your major, there is an internship in D.C. for you! Whether you want to do an internship this year or in three years, come to an information session to learn more. If you can't make it, contact me, Meera Roy, for an appointment (available online at Information is also available at TWC's website,