Tuesday, December 23, 2014

National Student Exchange Information Sessions

I am writing to invite you to consider the National Student Exchange (NSE). NSE gives you an opportunity to experience a different area with its unique cultural and academic opportunities. Since NSE's beginning in 1968, more than 96,000 students have had the opportunity to participate in NSE, giving them the opportunity to:

  • broaden their personal and educational perspectives
  • experience new cultures
  • explore new areas of study
  • learn from different professors
  • access new courses
  • experience personal growth
  • meet new people
  • make new friends
  • live in a different area
  • investigate graduate schools
  • seek future employment

Many returning UW students describe NSE as a life-changing experience which has made them more independent, self-confident and resourceful; expanded their risk-taking capabilities; and helped them better define their academic and career objectives. Students who have been on exchange return to UW with lasting friendships formed with students from all over the country.

Prior to exchange, you will develop a written agreement to ensure that the work you satisfactorily complete on exchange will count toward your degree program here. NSE operates with tuition reciprocity (tuition paid to our campus or at the in-state rates of the host campus) and federal financial aid portability. Your nomination for participation will be done by NSE at UW, with selection by the host campus being completed in March. With placement rates of 97 percent, our students can generally find a location to meet both their academic and personal objectives.

Think about it. Visit http://www.nse.org. Talk with your parents, adviser, and professors about this exciting opportunity. Then, plan to attend one of our information sessions where we will explain the details of the program, provide brochures, outline application procedures, and answer all of your questions.

The NSE information session schedule is:
Jan.13, 3:30pm
Jan. 15, 12:30pm
Jan. 19, 1:30pm
Jan. 21, 11:30am
Jan. 23, 10:30am
Jan. 26, 2:30pm
Feb. 2, 3:30pm

All sessions take place in Mary Gates Hall 173R (enter through MGH 171).

The priority deadline for application is February 6, 2014. Applications received February 7th through February 13th will be considered on a space-available basis.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ethics minor!

Here is the link to website for more info:

The minor code is "ETHICS".

Briefly  --

The Ethics minor is at least 27 credits, to include the following:

* Three courses in which normative thinking and conceptual analysis of values and frameworks are central (These are mostly ethics courses from the philosophy deepartment.  See the website List A Courses link for a complete list). At least one of these must be a 300-level or above.

* Two courses in which values-laden issues are central (These can be in the students major.  See the website List B Courses link for a list.  We do allow exceptions!)  At least one of these must be 300-level or above.

* Completion of VALUES 495: Ethics in Practice (2 credit capstone -- ideally sort of a thoughtful volunteer/internship experience)

* A minimum of 15 credits  used for the minor must come from outside a students major.

Arecibo REU 2015

The Arecibo REU 2015 is now open for applications. As last year, we are following a two-stage process whereby students need to register by January 26 and then have their supporting documents (essay, transcript, and references) in by February 2. Applications are online, at http://www.naic.edu/reu_program.html

Applications now accepted! Mary Gates Scholarships

The Mary Gates Endowment for Students is currently accepting scholarship applications.  Mary Gates scholarships provide up to $4,000 ($2,000 per quarter for up to two quarters) for students to pursue leadership or research activities.  These scholarships benefit students in the current academic year, and are open to all UW undergraduate students regardless of class year, major or residency status.  The quarter break is a great time to begin working on applications!

Information Sessions (select one):
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2:30-3:20 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 8, 3:30-4:20 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 9, 12:30-1:20 p.m.
Leadership Application Workshop:
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 4:30-6:20 p.m.

Research Application Workshops (select one):
Thursday, Jan. 22, 4:30-6:20 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 26, 4:30-6:20 p.m.

Leadership Deadline: Jan. 26, 5:00 p.m.

Research Deadline: Feb. 2, 5:00 p.m.

All information sessions and application workshops will be held in the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity (EXPD) in Mary Gates Hall (MGH) room 171.

Begin the online application and learn more on our website, expd.uw.edu/mge.  Email mgates@uw.edu with any questions.