Friday, October 25, 2013

OCT 28-29: D.C. Internships Info Sessions and Upcoming Deadlines

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 28
  130-220 DEN 217
  230-320 GWN 1A (ground floor of Gowen Hall)
  330-420 GWN 1A

 Tuesday, October 30
  1130-1220 GWN 1A
  230-320   DEN 305
  330-420   DEN 305

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 2014 the quarterly program cost is $5,995 and the housing cost is $4,200. 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 are guaranteed minimum scholarships from TWC that along with reduced UW tuition charges bring the cost of attendance close to or below the cost of attending a full-time 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 2014, Regular: 11/13/13
 Summer Quarter 2014, Competitive*: 2/19/14, Regular: 3/12/14
 Autumn Quarter/Semester 2014, Competitive*: 5/7/14, Regular: 6/11/14
  * Deadline for scholarships above the minimum guaranteed

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,

Barry M Goldwater Scholarship -- Campus Deadline Friday, November 15, 2013

•  2:00 – 2:50 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, MGH 173R
•  3:30 – 4:20 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, MGH 173R

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.   The awards will be distributed on the basis of merit.  The University of Washington is eligible to nominate up to four outstanding candidates who are of sophomore or junior standing during the 2013-2014 academic year. 
To be considered for campus nomination, a student must:
1.       Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of high education during the 2013-2014 academic year.  Sophomores are eligible to receive up to two years of funding. 
2.       Have a college grade-point average or at least a “B” (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
3.       Be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or a United States national.  Nominations from permanent residents must include a letter of the nominee’s intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Permanent Resident Card.
4.      To be competitive at the UW, students must have a minimum of three quarters of research experience and a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.
Applications for this years' campus nominations are available online via the Goldwater Website.  Students must submit the completed application, including essay and list of three to five faculty who are familiar with your work and you prospects and would be willing to write a letter of recommendation if you are selected.  A faculty committee reviews application materials and four finalist are nominated for the national competition. 
2013-2014 Campus Nomination Procedures:
Each applicant will need to submit the following:

Using the Barry Goldwater Online Application,  
·         Complete the Goldwater Application.  NOTE: Do not complete the recommenders section in that it will prompt each name listed to write a letter.  We do not need that information for the campus nomination application.  Also do not submit the application – that will not be needed for the campus nomination process.
Using the Catalyst "Collect It' tool, please upload the following materials (Research Essay, Unofficial Transcript, List of Recomenders) labeling each using your first name, last name, item name --
Campus Deadline:  Tuesday, November 15, 2013, 11:45 p.m.
More information can be found at the Barry M. Goldwater website:  or at on the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards webpage: If you have any questions about the Goldwater Scholarship, please direct questions to:  Mona Pitre-Collins,

Psychology Post-Doc Looking for EE Help

I am a post doc in the psychology department here at the UW and am interesting in working on a short-mid term basis with an undergraduate student to help improve the design of a homegrown automated behavior maze. I lack the expertise required to design a maze with minimal electrical noise for use during in vivo electrophysiology. I can't currently offer financial compensation for the work but I am more then happy to at the least acknowledge the work in any future publications with the maze. Additionally a poster for an undergraduate competition could result from the work. For more information, contact Philip Baker.

IMPORTANT event from PHILIPS - what employers really want when they hire students!

Join Philips’ Google+ Hangout on Monday, October 28th  at 12pm CST to get the Inside Scoop on What Employers REALLY Look for in New Grads
The session will be hosted by renown career expert, Penelope Trunk, who is the co-founder of Brazen Careerist, named the #1 career tool for recent graduates by Mashable, and she’ll be joined by a recent Philips hire, and Philips Campus Recruiting Team to give you a 360 perspective on how to actually get hired for the job that’s right for you.
Oh, and by the way, three lucky participants will win a one-on-one coaching session with a Philips Recruiter!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cardinal Scholars Hiring Part-Time Tutors

We’re Hiring!

Cardinal Scholars is an in-home and online tutoring company that matches exceptional tutors affiliated with top universities with elementary, middle, and high school students in need of additional academic support. We are offering our services to  the Seattle area and seek tutoring candidates who meet the following hiring criteria:

  • Are fantastic teachers and have experience teaching others
  • Are academically curious and intelligent
  • Love working with kids and are comfortable working in a home environment
  • Are responsible, creative and motivated
  • Attend or have graduated from University of Washington as either an undergraduate or graduate

There are many benefits to working with Cardinal Scholars. These include:

  • Freedom to work within your own schedule (we expect you to be taking classes yourself!)
  • Tutor between 2-15 hours per week
  • Competitive compensation starting at $25/hr
  • Get to know great families from the community who will really appreciate your help

Interested? Apply here ( To learn more about our company, visit

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

NSF Fellowship Panel Discussion: 10/24 @ 5:00 pm JHN 102

If you are working on, or researching opportunities regarding, NSF Fellowship applications, then

graduate students and undergraduates alike, please join us for an panel of locals who are knowledgeable about NSF Fellowship applications (subject to change):
Jody Bourgeois - ESS Faculty
Sarah Gelman - ESS Graduate Student
Heidi Houston - ESS Faculty
Helen Obradovich - Graduate School Fellowships & Awards Director
Jill Schleicher - ESS Graduate Student
Ed Waddington - ESS Graduate Program Coordinator

The panel will be on October 24 (Thursday) after the seminar, so 5:00 pm. We will meet in Johnson 102.
Let us know if you can make it:

UWRA Scholarship in Aging


Up to three scholarships of $4,000 each will be awarded to UW students studying toward a career in aging-related research or provision of services to older adults
You are eligible to apply if you are a currently enrolled UW undergraduate, graduate or professional student and your career emphasis is on aging. You may apply as a student pursuing that focus within any academic major. Both U.S. and international students are eligible; all applicants must complete a 2013-2014 FAFSA form as a means to determine financial need.

Scholarships are based on demonstrated interest in aging-related issues and financial need. Applications will be evaluated based on candidates’ experience in and commitment to paid or volunteer work benefiting older adults; academic performance; communication skills; financial need; and humanitarian perspective.

Download, complete and submit an application using the Catalyst dropbox:

Deadline for online receipt of all application materials is 3:00 p.m., Thursday February 6, 2014

Info Session for CS Study Abroad in Budapest! Tuesday October 29, 3:30 pm in CSE 691

NEW! An extraordinary study abroad program, AIT Budapest, for students interested in computing, design, and entrepreneurship.
The program includes innovative courses in topics like Computer Vision for Digital Postproduction, Mobile Software Development, Quantum Probability and Quantum Logic, and many others. You can hear about this in detail from one of AIT’s Professors visiting UW at CSE 691 (Gates Commons) on October 29, 3:30 pm (pizza and refreshments will be provided).
AIT also offers summer internships at major Hungarian software companies including LogMeIn and Prezi.
AIT also offers a one-month summer session from late May to late June.  You can combine that with the spring term to take additional courses (mobile software development and/or a course on the history of Budapest) – making the AIT spring + summer term equivalent to two academic quarters of credit.  You can also apply to just the AIT summer program.
While many AIT students are CS majors, the program welcomes all students with an interest and background in computation.  For example, students contemplating their own tech startup or with interests in application areas such as computational biology are likely to find the program compelling and rewarding.  CS majors will find that AIT offers a number of courses that are required for their major (e.g., theory of computation, algorithms, and others), making it possible to take both traditional major courses while also taking other courses that are unique to AIT.
The AIT program has a first-rate faculty including professors such as Erno Rubik (inventor of the Rubik’s Cube and recent recipient of the U.S. Outstanding Contributions to Science Education Award) teaching an extraordinary collection of courses, many of which are not available at most colleges or universities.
All classes are conducted in English on AIT’s lovely campus on the banks of the Danube River.  Students live in vibrant neighborhoods of Budapest and have ample opportunities to interact with Hungarian students and explore Hungary and the region.
AIT is small and friendly, with typical class sizes of 5-15 students.  Here are the schools from which students have come to AIT:  Amherst, Arizona State, Brown, Carleton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Grinnell, Gustavus Adolphus, Hampshire, Harvard, Harvey Mudd, Knox, Lewis and Clark, Macalaster, Mt. Holyoke, Oberlin, Olin, Pomona, Princeton, RPI, Rhodes, Rochester, Skidmore, Smith, St. Olaf, Swarthmore, Vassar, Williams, U. of Puget Sound, U. of Washington, Wesleyan, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Yale.
The program also includes Hungarian students from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
Applications for Spring 2014 are due November 1, applications for the summer term are due March 1, and applications for Fall 2014 are due April 1.
The AIT website and application materials are available at:
Prof. Ran Libeskind-Hadas ( and Prof. Michael Orrison ( at Harvey Mudd College are serving as the North American Co-Directors for AIT and are happy to answer any questions that you might have and/or put you in touch with current and former AIT students so that you can get their impressions directly.

USC Graduate Engineering Seattle Recruiting Events

We will be hosting two info sessions about graduate engineering opportunities at the University of Southern California.  We have received great interest from applicants at University of Washington in the past, and it would be greatly appreciated it if you could share this information with students who may be interested in Master's, PhD, or summer research programs.  In addition, for those who choose to apply to a graduate program, I will have a limited number of application fee waivers ($85) that will be provided to qualified students.
Information and registration can be found via our website and I have listed the details below for your convenience.

Tuesday, November 5
Hotel Monaco
1101 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Wednesday, November 6
University of Washington Career Center
134 Mary Gates, Seattle Campus
Refreshments will be served. 

Study in Tokyo at Waseda University, Honors Global Leadership Program

We are currently taking applications for a year-long study in Japan during 2014-2015. During the year long program at Waseda University, UW students will engage with a cohort of students from Waseda and from U.S. universities who are part of the GLP cohort through the Zemi academic model.

Students will receive Honors credit and also departmental credit per their course schedules. To see a list of course offerings visit:

Housing costs are covered through the program.  

Please see the Honors GLP webpage for more details and to apply.  Current sophomores and juniors from all majors are encouraged to apply for this new Japan/U.S. program. Language fluency is not required.

Deadline November 15! 

Information sessions:
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 12:00, Honors 206
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 12:00, Honors 206

Attend the Study Abroad fair on Wed., Oct. 23, 10:00am-2:00 pm in MGH Commons-- Honors will have a table at the fair with information about all of our 2014-2015 international opportunities:

Rome--Summer A 
Amsterdam-- Summer A
Oxford--Summer B
Spain--EFS (September)

Direct Exchanges:
Utrecht and Maastricht, Netherlands, language proficiency not required
Germany (Berlin) per UW wide exchange, language proficiency not required
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Spanish 3rd year)
Tokyo, Japan (GLP), language proficiency not required

Monday, October 21, 2013

Entry-Level Positions with Georgia-Pacific plus Info Session


Come learn more at our INFO SESSION  on October 22nd, 2013 in Benson Hall, Room 117 starting at 5PM!

Georgia-Pacific creates long-term value by using resources efficiently to provide innovative products and solutions that meet the needs of customers and society, while operating in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible, and economically sound. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the worlds leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs more than 30,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North and South America.

Entry-Level Engineers at Georgia-Pacific are encouraged to stretch beyond established boundaries with innovative manufacturing solutions to
advance our companys competitive position. Georgia-Pacific provides innovation growth opportunities for new engineers such as:

·       Investigating and evaluating long-term compatibility of emerging technologies in the industry
·       Maintaining close working relationships with equipment and raw material suppliers to advance our current technologies and create more value
·       Facilitating technology development and benchmark work between manufacturing operations at different facilities
·       Participating in activities with professional associations, universities and technical institutions

Entry-Level Engineers generally will be placed into one of the following roles: Process Engineering, Project Engineering, Manufacturing
Engineer, Reliability Engineering, Process Control Engineering or Research and Development.

Basic Qualifications:

·       Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Industrial, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering
Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Environmental, Reliability or Systems Engineering.
·       Minimum 2.8 GPA

Preferred Qualification:

·       Previous internship, co-op or work experience in an engineering discipline


·       Analytical skills
·       Able to work independently and manage multiple tasks
·       Interpersonal communication and collaborative teamwork
·       Effective oral and written communication skills
·       Ability and desire to follow detailed safety precautions

To be considered please visit and apply to a relevant job posting listed below:

Entry-Level Chemical Engineer 018407
Entry-Level Civil Engineer - 018410
Entry-Level Mechanical Engineer 018408
Entry-Level Electrical Engineer 018409
Other Entry-Level Engineer Disciplines - 018413