Friday, December 6, 2013

2014 Bonderman Travel Fellowship

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available for the 2014 cycle. This extraordinary opportunity for travel, discovery, and challenge is made possible by the generous donation of Mr. David Bonderman. The criteria for application eligibility is outlined below.

Please note that the eligibility requirements for undergraduate students have been revised for 2014. We are instituting these changes on a trial basis and will review and make changes as needed annually in response to the donor’s recommendations.

University of Washington students in the following categories are eligible:

  • graduate or professional degree program students;
  • Undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) with senior credit standing and a degree application on file, who also meet one of the following criteria:
    • at least a 3.8 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2014; or
    • participation and good standing in the University Honors Program (Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors) or in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program, by the start of Winter 2014.

Additionally, applicants must be enrolled and in good standing during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent residence status.

David Bonderman - the donor - wishes to give students an opportunity to experience learning and growth in new and unexpected ways. Bonderman Fellows will undertake international travel on their own for eight months, to six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. Through solo travel the Fellows will focus on exploration and discovery, learning about the world and themselves in it.

Up to seven graduate and seven undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded in Spring 2014. Each Fellowship carries a $20,000 award to be used only for extended solo international travel. Fellows may not conduct research, pursue an academic project, or participate in a formal program or organization.

To learn more about this extraordinary opportunity, please attend one of the following sessions.

Information Sessions
  • Wednesday December 11, 2014, 9:30 a.m., webinar
  • Monday December 16, 2014, 11:30 a.m., webinar
  • Friday, January 10, 2014, 2:30 p.m., room to be announced
Question and Answer sessions

The application deadline is Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12 noon (PST).

Information about the fellowship and the application can be found at:

If you do not have the chance to attend one of the information sessions and you have questions about this award, please review the Bonderman Fellowship FAQ and watch the Webinar recordings (to be posted after December 11, 2013).  If you still have questions you may contact us at

$45K in Prototype Funding for the UW EIC-Deadline 12/16/13

UW Environmental Innovation Challenge
$45K Available for Prototype Funding - Deadline 12/16/13
Funding will be announced by January 8, 2014.
Questions? Pam Tufts,

Student teams from Washington State schools are invited to apply…
for funding to build prototypes for the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge, which will be on April 3, 2014. These funds can be used to purchase materials, rent equipment, purchase safety gear, or hire short-term workers with skills beyond a team's capacity. Application here -

Although the applicant must be from a WA State school, the team
may consist of students from multiple schools throughout the Pacific NW.

·         Washington State Schools - Available Funds $5K
WRF Capital has provided $5K to teams who are serious about environmental innovation.

·         WA State-Clean Energy Institute - Available Funds $15K
The Clean Energy Institute has provided $15K to fund prototype development for student teams from across the state of Washington. In order to qualify, teams must focus on tech innovation in solar energy, electrical energy storage, and/or the software or hardware for renewable integration with the grid.

·         UW Seattle Campus (may include students from other schools) - Available Funds $25K
The UW College of Engineering has provided $25K for teams entering the Challenge. Although the team may include students from other discipline and other schools, the application must be submitted by a UW engineering student who is on the team.

Note: teams that receive funding agree to participate in the Challenge on April 3, 2014.  If you receive funding and then drop out, all funds must be returned to The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Interdisciplinary student teams define an environmental problem, design and develop a solution, and work together to produce both a prototype (proof of concept or computer simulation) and a 5 to 7-page business summary that outlines the market opportunity.  At the Challenge on April 3, 2014, students pitch their concepts and demonstrate their product/idea to a group of judges that includes technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors. Teams are judged on their prototypes, business summaries, and potential for impact.
Total prize money=$27,500. Many teams decide to go on into the Business Plan Competition.

·      Prototype funding application due  Dec. 16
·      Resource Nights, Winter Quarter, Thurs, 6-7:30. Highly recommended for EIC teams and open to students from other schools – drop in, no rsvp required. We find that a number of EIC teams decide to continue on to the BPC.  Having attended Resource Nights is excellent preparation for both.
Video will be available on our website.
·      January 22, Panel of Past EIC Participants & Team Networking Night – excellent place to fill out your team or find a team to join.
·      February 2, Intent to Submit online preliminary team information only.
·      February 23, Official Team Entry. 5 to 7-page Business Summary. Describe the problem, the solution, the team, market opportunity, and prototype or computer simulation. Feedback to each team will be provided by a panel of judges to each team.
·      March 12, Pitch Workshop 6-8:00 p.m. Mandatory for all teams within the Seattle area. At least 1 member from each team needs to attend.  More are recommended.
·      March 30, 1-page Business Summary: describe the problem, solution, team, market opportunity, and potential for impact and describe the prototype, computer simulation or proof of concept.
·      April 3, Thursday Challenge Day! Team set-up in the morning, judging 1-5, followed by the reception and awards ceremony from 5-7 pm.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Study Abroad "Engineering Jordan: Water in an Arid Land" (Early Fall 2014)

Exploration Seminar - Study Abroad "Engineering Jordan: Water in an Arid Land" (Early Fall 2014) 
-- open to undergrad and graduate students.

Interested in Study Abroad? The CEE department is offering the study abroad course, "CEE 497 / CEE 598: ENGINEERING JORDAN, WATER IN AN ARID LAND" in late August/Early September.

This course examines water engineering from water resource to wastewater reuse in the backdrop of one of the most water-poor nations in the world. Students in the course live and study side-by-side with students from the Jordan University of Science and Engineering. This will be the third year in which this class has been offered and it has been getting rave reviews from past students. Space is limited and applications to enroll must be submitted during winter quarter.

Want to know more? Come meet Dr. Heidi Gough, who leads this study aborad, during the following office hours specially for those interested in this study abroad.

More Hall Room 306
Friday Dec 6 12:00 to 12:45PM
Wednesday Dec 11 1:30-2:30PM

University of Washington Environmental Health Summer Research Program

Dates: June 23rd – August 22nd  2014 in Seattle, WA
Stipend: $5,200
Application Deadline: February 14th 2014

The UW Environmental Health Research Experience Program (EHREP) is a funded, nine-week summer experience for undergraduates from any 2 or 4 year college or university with an interest in environmental health sciences. EHREP provides students with hands on experience in laboratories of leading researchers, introduces them to key environmental and occupational health issues while offering research exposure that will help them become competitive applicants for graduate study.  Students will work full-time under the supervision of a faculty mentor and will receive a stipend of $5,200.
One of the goals of this program is to increase and diversify the pool of future applicants for graduate study in this field, leading to more outstanding scientists selecting Environmental Health Sciences as a career focus.  We strongly encourage students who are underrepresented in the sciences to apply.
To learn more about the program and the application process, please visit our website:

City of Seattle Internships

The City of Seattle is currently recruiting for several winter quarter internships, including IT, GIS, Emergency Management and Civil Engineering.

Also available are Spring and Summer 2014 internships with the Seattle City Light, including Student Accounting Intern, Student Engineering Intern, Student Business and Management Intern, Student Technology Intern, and Student Environmental Studies Intern. Application is being accepted until February 18th @ 4:00 pm.

Spring quarter internships with other City departments will be available in early February, and Summer 2014 internships will be available in early April.

To apply: please visit our employment website:

Valeo Automotive Innovation Challenge

International Student contest
Design and build the product or system that will make the cars of 2030 smarter and more intuitive.
Top prize is  100,000 euros.

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes 2014 applications now open!

The US-UK Fulbright Commission has opened applications for the UK Summer Institute Award Programmes for US Citizens!

Each Programme varies in duration, from three to six weeks, and offers students a fantastic opportunity for first and second year American university students to be immersed in the study of British academia and culture. Students will take part in cultural events, research, collaboration, and presentation at an esteemed British University.

Students from all areas of study are encouraged to apply. We offer nine Summer Institutes, each of which will cover a different theme. These institutes include:

-Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute
-University of Bristol Summer Institute
-University of Exeter Summer Institute
-Queen’s University Belfast
-Scotland Summer Institute
-Wales Summer Institute

To meet the minimum eligibility, applicants must:
  • be a US citizen (resident anywhere except the UK) and possess a US passport;
  • be at least 18 years old;
  • have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.5 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);
  • have completed no more than two years of university study; i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded;

The Awards will cover the majority of all costs incurred, including flights to and from the UK, university fees, and room and board at the host UK University.

Application instructions are on the website for student reference and we recommend they read all the information on the website before beginning an application as it may answer many initial questions. 

Applications for the 2014 Summer Institute Awards are due 27 February or 6 March, 2014 – depending on the Institute. Please make sure to check the specific Institute page for the particular deadline.

Specific details about the UK Summer Institute Awards can be found at:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Master of Science in Information Management Information session

Greetings from the University of Washington Information School! You are invited to attend an MSIM information session on

Thursday, December 5th from 6-7pm in Allen Auditorium,

No RSVP is necessary for this session, but if you have questions or need directions, please contact the UW Information School’s Office of Student Services at 206-616-5541.

For additional information session and web chat dates, visit the iSchool recruiting calendar,

Reminder – $10,000 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

A kind reminder that the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is offering a competitive $10,000 scholarship for University of Washington students who are in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) disciplines. Awardees will receive funding for their 2014-2015 academic year. A scientist/professor must send your nomination packet to Space Grant by February 7, 2014.

Be proactive and review the following URL for application details:

You may contact me regarding this opportunity at  Answers to Frequently Asked Questions may be found at the provided link above.

NASA Opportunities

NASA national internships – One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI)

NASA is currently recruiting talented college undergraduate students, who are pursuing Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) degrees, for summer internships at NASA centers around the country.

The summer internship application is open and closes on March 1, 2014. 
To apply visit the following URL:

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium
Johnson Hall room 141

DXARTS 490 Special Topics Art Studio Class - Art and the Environment - ****Winter Quarter 2014***

DXARTS 490: Art and the Environment, Winter 2014
Monday 10:30 - 01:20 RAI205
Add code is required; please contact Yolande Harris directly at <>.


Yolande Harris is a visiting artist who is an internationally renown composer and artist who is engaged with sound and image in environment and architectural space. Her most recent artistic research projects Sun Run Sun: On Sonic Navigations (2008-2009), and Scorescapes (2009-2011) explore sound, its image and its role in relating humans and their technologies to the environment. These works consider techniques of navigation, sound worlds outside the human hearing range, underwater bioacoustics and the sonification of data. They take the form of audio-visual installations and performances, instruments, walks, performative lectures and writings.


Artists play an important role in investigating changing human relationships to the environment. In recent decades scientific research has revealed systemic environmental transformations on a global scale. Given this context, artists are increasingly aligning their roles within collaborative, social and technological projects that often emphasize complex interactions at scales beyond human perception. Beginning from this general background, the seminar will operate on three integrated levels: research, lab visits and production. Topics will include: making the inaudible audible and visual, underwater sound, sound and energetic transductions, field recordings and displaced sound/image, mapping visualizations and navigations. Presentations, readings and discussions will locate these topics within a dynamic aesthetic and theoretical context, including land art and acoustic ecology, eco-art and locative media. Students will design questions for research visits to UW labs that sp!
 ecifically use audification, sonification and visualization to research aspects of the environment. We will discuss a variety of artistic approaches to environmental technologies and research, to experiment with when working towards a final artistic project.

Amgen Scholars Program Info Sessions this Week!


Interested in learning more about science and biotechnology research as a career? The UW Amgen Scholars Program provides a transformative opportunity for some of the nation's top undergraduates to explore and prepare for careers in scientific research. For more information, visit:

The application for the 2014 UW Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program is now live!  APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 3, 2014. 

To learn more about the program, register to attend an upcoming Amgen Scholars Program Information Session:


--Thursday, December 5th - 3:30-4:30 pm in MGH 171
--Friday, December 6th - 12:30-1:30 pm in MGH 171

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Winter Quarter Community-Based Leadership Classes with the Carlson Center!

The Carlson Center is excited to offer two Community-Based Leadership courses during the upcoming Winter Quarter!

How Can I Help?: An Introduction to Service and Community is ideal for students in their first or second year at the UW who have an interest in getting more involved in their community through service.  Are Do Gooders Doing Good?: Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement is ideal for sophomores and older who are currently engaged in service in their community.  Read more about these two dynamic courses below.

How Can I Help?: An Introduction to Service and Community (General Studies 344; SLN 14508)
Many UW students are interested in exploring service and volunteer opportunities in Seattle; however, it can be difficult to know where to get involved, how to find a good fit, and how to most effectively work in a community-based setting.  How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community is a three-credit service-learning course that will offer a basic foundation on community service for students in their first or second year at the UW. 
Through participating in a quarter-long service-learning commitment, visiting local non-profit organizations, and participating in in-class discussions, readings, and activities students will gain a deeper understanding of the wide array of ways they can most effectively partner with their local community and integrate a commitment to service into their academic and professional futures.
This course is offered on Thursdays from 3:30 – 6:20 PM.  Request an add code by emailing


Are Do-Gooders Doing Good?:  Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement (General Studies 348; SLN 14510)

Do you volunteer?  Are you committed to “giving back”? Do you want to make a difference? During Winter Quarter, we invite you to join in a critical reflection on what it means to “do good”. 
General Studies 348 will offer a hands-on opportunity to explore the concept of civic engagement.  Students will critically reflect on their own service experiences through the lens of academic theories, engage with principles of community work, and learn from the experiences of community leaders.  The course will draw heavily on students' involvement in service and will weave these together with elements of other academic coursework and future academic/career goals.
The course has a required service-learning component (20-40 hours working in the community during the quarter); students are encouraged to utilize current service commitments toward this requirement, though individualized support will be offered to those looking for a service opportunity.  This is a three-credit course that is offered as credit/no credit.  Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:20PM in Mary Gates Hall.  Those interested in the course should email with questions and/or to request an add code.  Space is limited.  Add codes will be distributed as requests are received. 

Lecture by Pavel Safarik of Philips on "Designing for Quality and Reliability"

Hello EE Students:
The Mechanical Engineering Social Club invites you to join them for a presentation by Pavel Safarik, Director of Product Development at Philips CL, Oral Healthcare - Sonicare, on "Designing for Quality and Reliability".
Jimmy Johns will be provided by Philips, and everyone (not just ME students) is welcome and encouraged to participate.
Next quarter on January 10th, we will be kicking off with a two part Astronomy series featuring Alexander Fry (PhD candidate) and Dr. Chris Laws who will talk about their work, and potentially bring some engineering project ideas they have (potential capstones?).
Please join the Facebook group if you're interested in future events:

Department of Energy Scholars Program

The Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting
applications for Summer 2014.
Visit for more information or to apply - deadline is January 12, 2014!

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency's mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:
  • Career possibilities with the nation's leading sponsor for scientific research
  • Opportunities to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts
  • Stipends of up to $650 per week (depending on academic status) 
  • Travel arrangements to and from appointment site

 Applicants must be US Citizens and undergraduates, graduates or post-graduates of an accredited college or university.  The program is open to majors in: Engineering; Physical Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Computer Science and Information Technology; Physics; Business; Policy; Program Management; Mathematics; Statistics; Safety and Health; Accounting and Finance; Law; Communications; and other related areas.

Want to learn more about the DOE Scholars program? E-mail or visit*.*

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program 2014/2015

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program 2014/2015 Academic Year (NESSF14)

NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals entitled NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program 2014/2015 Academic Year. This call for graduate fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. Universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Masters or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and Space Sciences, or related disciplines, at respective institutions. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA s scientific goals outlined above.

Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities with the advisor serving as the principal investigator.

The financial support for the NESSF Program comes from the NASA Science Mission Directorates (SMD) four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics. For the 2014/2015 academic year, NASA expects to award approximately 50 new graduate fellowships in Earth Science, 3-5 in Heliophysics, 10 in Planetary Science, and 6-10 in Astrophysics.

Submission Deadlines:

Deadline for receipt of NEW applications: 11:59 p.m. EST, February 3, 2014

Deadline for receipt of RENEWAL applications: 11:59 p.m. EST, March 17, 2014

Announcement of Selections:

The target date to announce selection of new applications for award is May 15, 2014, with the start date of the all new fellowship awards of September 1, 2014. The target date to notify renewal students concerning the continuation of the fellowship award applicants is June 16, 2014.

For further information contact:

Program Administrator for NESSF Earth Science Research

Claire Macaulay at 202/358-0151 or by e-mail at Program Administrator for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research

Dolores Holland at (202) 358-0734 or by e-mail at

Please share this information with those you know, who may be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Interested in Being a Science Educator or Writer?

UW's new Integrated Sciences Program will be offering INT SCI 301, our Integrated Sciences Careers Seminar, in Winter 2014.  INTSCI 301 is geared towards science majors and is the prerequisite for INTSCI 401, our science careers practicum course, which we plan to offer in Spring 2014.

This seminar introduces students to scientists or science educators who are actively engaged in careers that require an integrative science perspective, including formal and informal science education, museums and science centers, and science communication organizations. The focus varies from quarter to quarter, with sessions devoted to contemporary issues in integrated sciences, such as science education, science communication, law, policy, and similar topics.  The course is offered credit/no-credit only.
Course:  INTSCI 301 - Integrated Sciences Seminar
Instructor:  Julie Lutz
Credits:  1
Days:  Tues
Time:  4:00-4:50PM
SLN:  21170

A sample syllabus for INTSCI 301 can be found at:

Students interested in obtaining an entry code should complete the survey at:

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Panel, Wednesday, Dec. 4

Wednesday, December 4
MGH 258

December 1st was World AIDS day; an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. Peace Corps Volunteers work all over the world in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs. Come to this Brown Bag lunch to hear from returned volunteers about their services and their experiences working to prevent HIV.