Friday, October 11, 2013


JOINT INFO SESSION: City Year and Teach For America
Monday, October 21 • 5:00-6:30 PM • Dempsey 024

Teach For America Application and Resume Workshop
Wednesday, October 23 • 4:30-6:00 PM • Savery 138

Office Hours
Every Wednesday • 12:00-1:00 PM • Suzzallo CafĂ© (look for the TFA sign)
Start and application here!

Educational opportunities should not be determined by your family’s income or the neighborhood in which you live. Teach For America is developing a movement of leaders who will help drive change at every level of our education system toward the goal of closing the opportunity gap in America. These leaders start their paths as corps members who teach for two years in urban and rural high-need communities and help students make the academic progress that expands their opportunities. Deeply affected by their teaching experience, our alumni continue to advocate for students and build lasting change in many different roles and fields.

This year, 11,000 corps members are teaching in 48 regions across the country, while nearly 32,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the changes necessary to make a great education a reality for all.

You have the power to change things. Apply to the 2014 Teach For America corps.

For additional information, explore our website and youtube channel or contact Katherine Kleitsch at

11/2 Green Dot Invite!

Hey UW Student Community,

We need your help to reduce power-based personal violence on campus! We believe you are in a position to use peer influence to change the world we live in. Help us intervene in dating violence and sexual assault. We are excited to announce the next FREE Green Dot Bystander Training for UW community student leaders only on Saturday November 2th from 10:00am-4:00pm in the Ethnic Cultural Center’s Unity Room.

At the training, you learn specific skills about how to do green dots, how to recognize the warning signs/red dots and how to change culture and prevent power-based violence at UW by being an active bystander.
Here is the catalyst to sign up: Lunch from Chipotle and plenty of snacks.

Critical Language Scholarships for intensive summer institutes - UW info sessions

Undergraduate and graduate students in all fields interested in studying critical languages may be interested in applying for the Critical Language Scholarships for intensive summer institutes offered by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers in any field.

Last year, 10 UW students were selected to participate and studied languages in Jordan, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Tajikistan, India and Russia.

Languages offered:
·         Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
·         Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
·         Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

Eligibility requirements:
·         Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
·         At the time of application, applicants must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate’s, bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s, doctoral, or professional degree) level. 
·         Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution that is physically located in the United States or its territories. U.S. students enrolled in a degree-granting program at a foreign college or university are not eligible for the scholarship. Students currently on a semester or yearlong program abroad are eligible as long as they are still currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student at their home college or university, or if they intend to return to their degree-granting program and institution in the U.S.
·         Undergraduate students must have completed at least one academic year of study at the college level by the program start date (two semesters or three quarters).
·         Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the start of the summer program.
·         Applicants must be in acceptable mental and physical health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Information Form and Physician’s Statement.
·         Ability to participate in the CLS Program is contingent upon an applicant’s ability to receive a visa to the CLS institute host country. Although the CLS Program will work with awarded students to secure a visa for the CLS institute host country, the program cannot be held responsible for other countries’ visa requirements and/or the denial of a student’s application for a visa. CLS awards are contingent upon the participant securing a host-country visa, and all awardees must meet deadlines and host country requirements set for obtaining a visa.

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards supports undergraduate students applying for this program and will hold information sessions for interested students on:

Deadline to apply for summer 2014 programs is Nov. 15, 2013! Complete details and the online application are available at

Graduate Fellowships - Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium (Space Grant) is currently offering graduate fellowships for students who are pursuing a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) degree(s) at the University of Washington (UW). The fellowship deadline is November 12, 2013 and the application details may be found at the following URL:

Space Grant fellowships are designed to give a UW graduate student one quarter 'off' from their TA or RA duties so that she/he may concentrate on progressing and/or completing their dissertation work.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about this opportunity.

J.Carlos Chavez
Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Diversity in EE Focus Group

You have a great opportunity to influence change in the Diversity Climate of the Department of Electrical Engineering! .

If you identify with any of the underrepresented groups within engineering (i.e. women, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ students, low-income students, and students with disabilities), and you are a continuing student (this is not your first quarter at the UW), we invite you to participate in a Focus Group with staff from UW Center for Workforce Development (CWD). We hope you will participate! If you have already confirmed your participation, thank you.

The focus group will only take one hour of your time and is in the EE Building. Questions will be asked about your experiences at UW, your perceptions of faculty and students, and suggestions for improvement. CWD will keep your responsesconfidential; the results will only be presented in aggregate form so that individuals cannot be identified in the final report.
The focus group session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 5-6pm, in EEB room M406. CWD will provide food and beverages during the session.
IMPORTANT: Please respond via e-mail to Cate Samuelson at: to let us know if you can participate. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cate directly via email or telephone at 206-685-7012.
Thank you for participating - and making EE a better place for all,
Brenda Larson,
Lead Academic Counselor, Undergraduate Programs
Stephanie Swanson, Academic Counselor, Undergraduate Programs
Cate Samuelson, PhD,
Senior Research Associate, Center for Workforce Development

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Entrepreneurship Minor Info Breakfast

Interested in start-ups? Think you'd like to run your own business? Curious about entrepreneurship? 

Attend the
Entrepreneurship Minor Info Breakfast on Thursday, October 17 to learn how YOU can get the business know-how you need to transform your idea into a reality.

Open to all undergraduates in Engineering. Free coffee and breakfast snacks provided!

Date: Thursday, October 17
When: 10:30-11:20
Where: Electrical Engineering Building 303

Help us get a headcount for the coffee & food and RSVP on Facebook!

ABSAxSASE Major Night:

Host: Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers & Asian Business Student Association
(The event is NOT exclusive to Asians. We promote diversity on campus. Everyone is welcome.)

Goal: Freshmen and sophomores come to learn about the school, each department, registration systems, and registration tips. Provide guidance and advice to the attendees on choosing majors.

How to help:
1. Bring any material that you want to talk about your major with (old tests, lecture notes, and event posters).
2. Share everything about your major with attendees who are interested in the major, what you like & hate, major’s atmosphere, courses to take, what you are learning, are professors nice, internship…etc.
3. Contact information exchange is also welcome.

The event will take place on the 11/06/2013 at 6:00PM and will look like:
1. A brief opening and introduction about the event, clubs, and what we are going to cover in the event.
2. Overview of the school, departments, majors, registration system, tools, and tips, such as DARS, 5:55am not 6:00am, course evaluation, schedule finder…etc.
3. Have the attendees to choose upperclassman or graduate student to talk to based on their interest (each table has one upperclassman, 3-5 attendees per table per time, 10-15 minutes rotate, rotate 3-5 times in total).
4. More questions?
5. Closing (Approx. 2~3hours)

If you are interested, please contact Josh Kao by email

Biz Career Fair 10/9. All UW Students welcome

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
2-6pm, HUB Ballrooms
**Who’s coming? ***
List of attending employers, visit us online at:


CITY OF FOREST GROVE invites applications for the position of: Electrical Engineer

SALARY: $5,813.00 - $7,071.00 Monthly
OPENING DATE: 10/01/13
CLOSING DATE: Continuous
To perform professional level duties and responsibilities in support of the City's electrical engineering and construction projects; to prepare and review drawings, plans, specifications, contracts, legal descriptions, and other technical documentation for capital improvement and electric distribution construction projects within the City; to serve as project manager on assigned engineering and construction projects; and to perform a variety of duties relative to assigned areas of responsibility.

To perform electrical engineering operations, projects, and activities within the Light and Power Department; to ensure compliance with professional engineering standards and principles; to analyze future power requirements and plan facilities and systems to meet those needs; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Engineering Manager.

Current recruitment is for one position to be hired immediately. An eligibility list will be established for future vacancies for up to six months.

This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union.

1. Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, within departmental policy, appropriate service levels.
2. Oversee the preparation of bid documents, contract documents, specifications, cost estimates and engineering drawings for assigned projects.
3. Perform design work on substations, SCADA systems and related electric facilities and systems; prepare and review wiring diagrams, relay settings and related components.
4. Conduct studies to determine the feasibility or impact of current and proposed engineering projects; research, compile, analyze, evaluate and present economic, demographics, engineering and environmental concepts, statistics and data; research applicable statutes, laws and regulations; prepare and present written and oral reports, graphs, tables and other technical documentation.
5. Assist in the preparation of construction drawings, specifications and technical documents  or assigned projects; review plans and specifications; draft drawings from engineering  sketches, survey field notes and other data using a variety of specialized computer software and equipment.
6. Perform drafting assignments including complete sets of working drawings for projects; provide as-built drawings upon completion of the project and transfer information to plans; revise maps and other drawings as appropriate.
7. Prepare and update maps consistent with project improvements; utilize specialized geographic systems information software to generate, update and maintain mapping systems.
8. Review submittals, designs, engineering plans, specifications and professional reports for compliance with engineering standards and integration into existing electric distribution systems; negotiate, review and draft change orders; advise consultants and recommend changes to specifications for compliance as necessary.
9. Serve as project manager for electrical distribution engineering projects; meet with residential or commercial customers and consultants on electrical needs and expansion projects; forecast future consumption requirements; perform studies to maintain a balanced and efficient system; design electrical facilities based on customer requirements for subdivisions and commercial or industrial facility demands.
10. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and
innovations in the field of electrical engineering.
11. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited university, with emphasis in power systems studies, by the time of appointment.

One year of related engineering experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience enabling incumbent to perform the essential functions of the position. Intern or cooperative education experience accepted.

License or certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid appropriate Oregon driver's license.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions
Environment: Normal office setting with some travel between work sites and to attend meetings
or conduct site investigations.
Mobility: Incumbents require sufficient mobility to work in an office setting, operate office
equipment, and perform site investigations in rugged terrain while carrying surveying
Vision: Vision sufficient to read small print, computer screens, drawings and other printed
documents, and to distinguish colors.
Selection Process
Submit completed City application. Appropriate documentation verifying veteran's status must be submitted if claiming veteran's preference. Application materials will be evaluated based on
experience, education and training. Finalists will be invited to interview. Reference checks will be made on finalists. Employment is contingent upon verification of an acceptable driving
and criminal record. Open until filled. Deadline for first review of applications is 9:00 a.m.
October 21, 2013.
1924 Council Street
Forest Grove, OR 97116

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program information sessions

The Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards will offer the following information sessions this week:

Webinar:   Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register at:
In person:  Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Undergraduate Scholarship Fair Fair, Mary Gates Hall room 171E
In person:  Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Loew Hall room 101

NSF’s GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund your graduate study.  It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.  This includes a $30,000 annual stipend and full cost of tuition/fees covered.  For UW graduate students, GAIP health insurance is also covered.

While there may be an assumption this funding would be only for the “usual suspects” (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), there are a surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology.    We encourage students who have a scientific focus in their research to look into this fellowship.

Seniors who are planning to attend graduate school can apply now and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend.

The information session will cover the application process, strategies for successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship operates.  Application deadlines range from November 4-8, 2013.  Students should start their applications now.

Basic eligibility criteria:

  • research in an eligible NSF research area (includes several of the social sciences)
  • US citizens or permanent residents by the application deadline
  • students in their first year of graduate study or at the beginning of their second year of graduate study (with some limitations)
  • students who have not earned a previous graduate degree
  • graduating senior undergraduates who plan to apply to and begin graduate student by next fall

Full eligibility information is detailed in the program solicitation.

Due the federal government shutdown, the NSF websites are not currently available.  A copy of the current solicitation for applications can be requested from the Office of Fellowships and Awards at

oSTEM New resource for LGBTIQQAP+ Physicists

Welcome to the first website for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual, pansexual, not-cisgender and not-straight (as well as friendly cis and straight) physicists. This resource website has come out of a need for resources for LGBTIQQAP+ physicists. It is our hope that it expands into a networking resource for young TIQQAPBLG+ physicists and students to find mentors, a place to find resources for laboratories and universities to make their physics departments more BTIQQAPLG+ friendly, as well as a hosting of information of get togethers of GLBTIQQAP+ physicists and friends.
We have recently completed our Best Practices Guide for physics departments! It includes a list of suggestions that your department can enact to make it more inclusive and welcoming towards LGBT+ students and faculty.
If you would like to join our mailing list, please join the the Google Group below. If you are an out physicist, please consider e-mailing us so that we can add you our Out Physicists List, which will help other physicists network with you. If you would like to offer your skills and talents towards this cause, please contact us.

Non-profit & Government Career Fair

Greetings from the Career Center!
Are you interested in gaining a career opportunity working in a non-profit or government setting? Then you will definitely want to attend the Non-profit/Government Career Fair sponsored by the Career Center on October 21st. We are combining the two fairs to give you the convenience of interacting and connecting with the non-profit and government employers with part-time, full –time and internship opportunities and are looking to HIRE Huskies. Please bring your resumes and come join us!

*Non-profit & Government Fair *
WHEN: Monday,  October 21st, 2013
:  1:00 - 5:00pm
HUB North Ballroom
DRESS CODE: Business Casual
Open to all majors and class levels and alumni from all three UW campuses!
 **Who’s coming?  How do I prepare? **
For a complete list of attending employersvisit us online at . Researching companies prior to attending the fair is a great way to show interest and preparation - two key things employers look for in a candidate.
Also, check out  for information on how to dress for success, how to prepare your resume, and what to expect.
Contact  or call 206.543.0535.  
Don’t miss this perfect employment opportunity! We look forward to seeing you on October 21st!

Monday, October 7, 2013

GSEC Information Sessions! This week - Thurs, Oct 10!

For all UW students – undergraduate, graduate and professional

Join us for one of two information sessions to learn more about the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC)!

We are hosting two information sessions this week on Thursday, October 10th. One session on north campus and one on south campus.

North campus:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
12:30pm – 1:00pm
MacKenzie Hall Room 137, McCabe Room (in the Global Business Center) in the UW Foster School of Business

South campus:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
4:30pm – 5:00pm
Harris Hydraulics Laboratory (Department of Global Health), Large Conference Room – Room 322

GSEC is an international student social business plan competition that challenges university-level students worldwide to use business principles to create sustainable, positive solutions to some of the world’s most challenging issues—poverty, health and development. Semi-finalist student teams from around the globe are invited to Seattle to present their ideas to coaches, mentors and judges and compete to win prizes.

Join us to learn how, through GSEC, you could win $12K, get exposure to 400+ professionals, and receive expert coaching to develop a social venture in developing economies. A great place to find team members/join a team! Did you know that GSEC offers a Global Health prize of $10,000 for the most innovative and transformational GSEC business plan that has a primary focus on alleviating health disparities, improving the health of poor or marginalized populations, and/or promoting the capacity of a community to deal with health problems?

Deadline to apply is November 12, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time!

Student Product Developers – Smart and Healthy Lighting System

Ario Lighting is a startup company located near University of Washington looking for students in EE and CSE to become part of a team developing an innovative and health-promoting system of solid-state light fixtures and controls.   Light at night (LAN) and rapidly spreading LED lighting in particular present an array of health problems that are becoming better understood every day.  It is possible to build lighting systems that support healthy circadian rhythm and avoid these problems.  That is the aim of our startup.
Dale Dell’Ario, founder, has been investigating LAN, health impacts, LED technology, and building prototype light engines for several years.  He needs your help to develop this new lighting system.  Your expertise in hardware or software can make a critical contribution to this effort. 
The system will use proprietary or specially chosen LEDs in its light engines, and will include dedicated control and communication I.C.s. in the fixtures.  The light engines will incorporate thermal and real-time color feedback for fixture local color control.  Fixtures will be networked to a central controller and ambient light sensors.   For reliability the network will operate in dual modes via RF link and power line.  Applications will coordinate the fixtures within this controller and link to the user’s smart phone.
The project team will develop prototype light fixtures and a controller.  It will write fixture local color and command routines, and at least one system control application.  Ario Lighting will provide a system specification to be refined by the team, parts for the prototypes, and funding for project material.    Ideally this project could become one or more Capstone efforts that possibly collaborate with a business team at UW as part of the Environmental Innovation Challenge.  At the least, motivated team members are welcome as candidates for long-term involvement in this start-up.  Interested students should contact Dale at  or 206 852-4877 for more information and to discuss this opportunity.

This Week's CTF Meeting -- Be a Security Consultant!

This week's UWctf (Batman's Kitchen) meeting is on Wednesday, 9 October, at 5:30p in CSE room 303.  Amanda Crowell from iSEC will give a talk about her job in a security company.  Her talk will cover:
  •  Her path to the security industry (she didn't know what C++ was when she first stepped foot into college...)
  •  What is "security"?   What does it mean?  What kinds of security are there?  What kinds of defenses are there?
  • What's it like to be a consultant?
  • The Seattle security scene
See you Wednesday!

Upcoming URP Information Sessions (space available)

Upcoming URP Information Sessions

Primarily for undergraduates who have yet to begin research, the Information 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.

There are plenty of seats available in all of the upcoming sessions:

Monday, October 7, 2013, 2 - 3 pm
Monday, October 14, 2013, 3 - 4 pm
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 2 - 3 pm
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 2 - 3 pm
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 3 - 4 pm

All sessions will be held in Mary Gates Hall 171

Register now!

New: URP Blog

We just wanted to let you know that the Undergraduate Research Program now has a blog where you and your students can find news, events, and opportunities related to undergraduate research and experiential learning.  We often heard about lots of exciting opportunities but didn't have a good way to get the word out without spamming our listserv.  Now you can find these on the blog. 

You can visit the URP Blog ( or subscribe with your preferred RSS reader to get updates delivered to you.

Some things you can expect to see on the blog:
- Recent postings to our Research Opportunities Database
- Scholarship and fellowship opportunities
- Conferences, research presentations, and other events
- Anything else that comes our way...