Friday, May 8, 2015

New Green Chemistry Course for Autumn 2015

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) - UW Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015; 6:30-8:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

In person
  • Thursday, May 14, 2015; Mary Gates Hall room 171, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  (with Christopher Carr from NSF)
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015; 10:30-12 noon.,  Allen Library auditorium (room 181L)
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.
First year graduate students (and sometimes second year students) can apply in the fall.
Undergraduates who will be seniors in the fall who are planning to attend graduate school can apply next fall and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend.  
The fellowship includes a $34,000 annual stipend and tuition.  For fellows at the University of Washington, 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 in all eligible fields to look into this fellowship.
Supported fields include (note, this is not an exhaustive list):
                Social Sciences (Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Linguistics, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Planning, etc.
                STEM Education
                Computer Science & Engineering
                Life Sciences
                Physics & Astronomy
The information session will cover the application process, strategies for successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship operates.  Application deadlines typically range from October 29 – November 4.
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
The 2016 materials have not yet been published, but we don’t expect significant changes from the last round.  2015 information can be found at:
Questions?   Please contact Marilyn Gray in The Graduate School Fellowships and Awards office at or 206.685-4249.

Thursday, May 7, 2015


The National Society of Leadership and Success is the largest leadership society in the country with over 470 chapters nationwide and over 450,000 members. The Society provides success and leadership programming for college students. Society membership provides students with the professional leadership training needed to gain a competitive edge in the employment market. In a 2014 national survey of Society members, 97% ied the Society has made it more likely they will achieve their life goals, and 97% ie the Society has made them more likely to land the job of their choice. While many chapters are established through an administrator or affiliated with a specific department, the Society also provides a developmental opportunity for outstanding student leaders to establish their own leadership program on campus.  

This two-semester paid leadership internship is for students of any major who want to develop real world skills in management, budgeting, communication, public speaking, marketing, and event planning. Reporting to a Student Program Director at our National Office, your role as an intern is to source and manage a team of student leaders to effectively plan a series of life-changing events on your campus. These responsibilities range from recruiting an advisor and executive board to researching and submitting any necessary paperwork to become a registered student organization or become affiliated with a specific department. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills and leadership skills. This internship is open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors only. This internship is conducted on campus.

What are some of the benefits of being a Society Intern?

  • Gain real world experience and receive a $1,500 stipend
  • Attend an all-expenses-paid leadership training retreat
  • On-campus internship with flexible hours around class schedule
  • Develop the essential leadership skills employers and graduate schools are looking for
  • Learn skills in the following: Management, Budgeting, Fundraising, Communication, Public Speaking, Marketing, Public Relations, and Event Planning
  • Get more students involved on campus and build a legacy

If you have questions, email or call 201-204-4095. If this sounds like something that you would like to be a part of, please visit our website to submit your resume and application:

Apply now as only one intern is hired per campus and qualified candidates are accepted immediately upon successful completion of the recruiting process. Please note that students at schools with existing chapters are ineligible for this opportunity.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Graduate School Fair

Thursday, May 14th
12:00 - 3:00pm
Mary Gates Hall Commons

There will be representatives from over 40 graduate programs from UW and around the country covering many disciplines, including a rep from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. 

Please have students RSVP using this link:

We hope to see you there!

UW EIP/McNair Team

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Exciting summer quarter opportunity: Earn a Certificate in Business Essentials

Students will get a thorough grounding in the fundamental aspects of business: marketing, management, accounting and finance. In three complementary courses, students will learn about customer markets, business models, people management, core business processes, financial basics, ethics and other topics. The program includes a capstone project that requires students to author a business plan for a startup venture, product line or existing organization. Taught by Foster School faculty. (12 credits)
Appropriate for all students, especially those interested in starting their own business or in pursuing management positions. Course credit cannot be applied towards a UW Business degree.
Please contact Rick McPherson ( if you have questions.

Health Graduate School Fair - Next week!

Have you been thinking about pursuing an advanced degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, rehabilitation medicine, or other health-related fields? Please come join us for the 2015 Health Graduate School Fair.

Health Graduate School Fair
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015; 2-5pm
Mary Gates Hall, Commons

The Health Graduate School Fair is hosted by the Career Center and Alpha Epsilon Delta(AED), is a great opportunity for you to connect with representatives from over 45 health-focused graduate and professional programs, who will be on-hand to meet with our UW talented students and alumni interested in continuing their education in the health sciences. Whether you want to attend graduate school at the UW, elsewhere in the United States, or even internationally, the Health Graduate School Fair has something for you!

For a complete list of registered programs and institutions, as well as tips on how to prepare, please visit

Questions? Please contact or 206-543-0535. We look forward to seeing you on May 13th!

PHYS207 Physics of Music Autumn 2015

General Information: This course is for anyone interested in the interplay of Physics and Music. There are no prerequisites, apart from the desire to learn something new and willingness to work on it. We cover a very broad range of topics, from the basic properties of vibrations and waves, through the almost-miraculous sound perception by the cochlea and analysis by the brain, all the way to the issues of consonance and dissonance, tuning and temperament. We also include some discussions of the sound technology (microphones, speakers, room acoustics etc) as well as the use of modern computers (MIDI sequencers, sound analysis and synthesis, CDs and MP3, computer analysis of music scores and more).

Throughout the course the course, considerable emphasis is put on the Music aspects, so that students will learn about counterpoint and fugues and other musical concepts as they relate to musical acoustics. Consequently, the enrollment usually represents a rich mix of students from the Humanities as well as from Math and Science departments. Since we start with everything from scratch, and a large part of the grade comes from an essay on student's choice (see below), the final course grades come out quite independent of the student's previous exposure to science or music.

Lectures will complement rather than regurgitate the text. Also, there will be many demonstrations, both physical and musical. Therefore, it will be essential for students to come to class – this is not a course where you can stay home and just read the textbook. Near the end of the course, we will make a “field trip” to experience the UW pipe organ in the Kane Hall.

Lectures: Monday Wednesday Friday 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM in Physics/Astronomy
bldg. room A118

Instructor: Vladimir (”Vladi”) Chaloupka, Professor of Physics Emeritus
past Adjunct Professor, School of Music
past Affiliate, Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center
past Affiliate faculty in DXARTS,
and an amateur organist
(all these attributes will be obvious in just about every lecture ....)
+ past Adjunct professor at the Jackson School (in this course: in TGIF moments …)
Physics Astronomy Building room B309
tel. 206-543-8965 FAX 206-685-9242
office hours: after each class, and by appointment
Textbook: Manuscript of a textbook by the Instructor scheduled to be published in 2016 by Morgan & Claypool / Institute of Physics

Spring 2016 UW Exchange Program Deadline - May 15

Hello from International Programs and Exchanges!

Are you interested in studying abroad for a semester or a year on a UW exchange program? We are currently accepting applications for programs beginning in winter and spring 2016. Exchange program participants earn UW credit for their coursework overseas and are able to use UW financial aid and scholarships towards program costs. The priority application deadline is May 15.

To explore exchange programs or start an application, visit If you have questions, please contact us by e-mail at or stop by 459 Schmitz Hall. Drop-in advising is available daily from 10am-4pm.

We look forward to receiving your application!

FREE Practice GRE and GMAT

Golden Key UW is holding a free practice GRE and GMAT through The Princeton Review. To register for either test session, go to  select the test you wish to take, and enter "98195" for the zip code. Then, on the menu bar at the top of the page, select "Free Practice Tests, Events, and Seminars." From there, select the event you wish to register for.

Saturday, May 16th beginning at 1 PM in the first floor Suzzallo Library computer lab.

Sunday, May 17th beginning at 1 PM in the first floor Suzzallo Library computer lab.

If you have any questions, please email our Princeton Review rep, Cassie Gawron, at

Monday, May 4, 2015

Fall Course - Intro to Resliency in College

Introduction to Resilience in College
Autumn 2015

EDUC 300
2 credits, CR/NC
Tues/Thurs 11:30-12:20
Instructors: Polo DeCano, Jennifer Hoffman,

 Course Overview

This course focuses on a Universal Prevention Program that offers resilience and social-emotional training. This course presents skills and strategies that have been shown to reduce stress, improve mental health and interpersonal relationships, decrease risk-taking behaviors, and improve physical and academic performance. This class emphasizes skills such as: cultivating willpower, mindfulness-based practices, identifying negative thoughts and developing more positive ones, managing intense negative emotions, connecting with others in meaningful ways, making healthy lifestyle choices, and the importance of getting good sleep. Offered with an emphasis on learning resilience skills in educational settings and how these skills benefit all students.

Open to all undergraduates.

Q Center Advising

We are Daniela Baumgarthuber and Yang Chen, first-year MSW practicum students at the Q Center. We offer one-on-one advising sessions with students who want to discuss coming out, explore their sexuality and gender identities, address mental health concerns, and talk about adjusting to university life. We are available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 am to 6 pm, but can also meet on Thursdays and Fridays on request. You can find our contact information on the Q Center's advising page. 

Call for Papers: International Conference of Undergraduate Research

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the third annual International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR).

ICUR is a unique, two-day event which connects students from eight universities worldwide via video-conference.  University of Washington students will have the opportunity to share their research and scholarly work with peers from Kyushu University in Japan, Monash University in Australia, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and the University of Western Australia.  

The conference is an exclusively undergraduate forum designed to showcase the best in undergraduate research from across the globe, and to provide a supportive yet critical environment for talented young scholars.  ICUR is intended to help students: 

1) internationalize their university experience by presenting on the world stage 
2) understand how to articulate the importance of their research across disciplinary boundaries
3) develop an appreciation of how local specificities or global imperatives shape their research area.

We anticipate diverse contributions to make ICUR 2015 a conference to shift your thinking, expand your network and transform your approach to research.

Abstracts from all disciplines are sought.  The theme of the conference is “Current research issues in your discipline or area”. Students are invited to submit abstracts of 250 words via the online application.

WHEN: Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 28-29, 2015, 3:00-9:30 PM PDT daily
WHERE: Video-conference studio in UW Odegaard Undergraduate Library
DEADLINE: Friday, May 22, 2015

All current UW undergraduate students are eligible to apply.  UW alumni may apply to participate up to one year after graduation, as long as the work presented was part of the student's academic or extra-curricular activities while actively pursuing a Bachelor's degree.

All presentations will be oral talks.  Orientations will be held in September to acquaint all presenters with the videoconference format and technology, and allow presenters to interact with their international colleagues prior to the conference.

Send questions or comments to