Friday, October 30, 2015

NEW COURSE: INFO 201: Technical Foundations of Informatics

The Informatics program is excited to offer a new course this winter. INFO 201: Technical Foundations of Informatics.

INFO 201 will introduce students to the tools and technologies necessary to transform data into knowledge. This class does not have prerequisites and no previous programming experience is required. We hope to attract students from a variety of disciplines

This course will cover the full “lifecycle of information” and the current technologies used to improve it: how information is created from raw data, how it is collected and stored, methods of analysis and visualization, and how it may be re-used to generate new information.

Students will also gain technical skills through real-world, data-driven projects that may be applied to areas ranging from social sciences to digital humanities. Core competencies developed will include functional programming, use of databases, data wrangling, understanding of version control, and command line proficiency.

Please note that INFO 201 is listed as INFO 498F on the Winter time schedule. Even though it’s listed as a 400-level course, students can rest assured that this is indeed an introductory course.

INFO 498F (201): Technical Foundationf of Informatics
SLN: 15635 // 5 Credits // WF 1:30-3:20 // MGH 389 // Prof. Michael Freeman

In the future, INFO 201 will play a distinct role for future Informatics students, as well as non-majors seeking technical skills. For future intended majors, this course will provide the technical foundations necessary to succeed in Informatics courses. For non-majors, this course will enable students to bring information skills to their field.

Part-time opportunity - Vulcan Aerospace

Vulcan Aerospace (Seattle,WA) is looking for students to work up to 20 hrs/wk supporting the Program Planning Director in various technical tasks. Candidates must be a US person (i.e., US citizen or permanent resident) & may apply at this link:,Job

Thursday, October 29, 2015

IEEE Kickoff Event

I am pleased to announce that the UW IEEE will have their first kickoff meeting of the year on Wednesday November 4th, at 4:30-6:00PM in room EEB 303. At the meeting, we will introduce the officers, who will then talk about the benefits of joining IEEE and update everyone on future plans and events. There will also be food and drinks provided. We would like for everyone to come to our event to socialize, ask questions, and contribute any ideas!

Winter 2016 Career Classes

General Studies 297H
Title: Career Planning
Schedule: Wednesday, 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Tina Adelstein (Career Counselor)
Credits: 2
Size of class: up to 50 students
SLN: 14809

This course assists freshmen and sophomore students (first and second year students with 0-89 credits) with the process of exploring and designing their academic paths and internship/career options. Students will survey their own capacities, skills, and interests through assigned readings, reflections, and in-class activities.

General Studies 297H (“Career Planning”), is a 2-credit course (CR/NC) where students attend one 110-minute seminar each week. This course is designed to expose students to various co/extra-curricular campus opportunities and tackle the issue of “what can I do with a major in…”  Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge to make informed choices about possible courses of study, internships, jobs, volunteer/community service activities, and careers.  No pre-requisites are required.

Learning objectives:
1.       Build self-awareness and appreciation for one’s strengths, skills, values, and interests and apply this self-knowledge when making decisions and exploring academic and career options.
2.       Explore various academic/career pathways and acquire methods to research them
3.       Hone networking skills
4.       Build, refine, and practice effective application materials and strategies
5.       Clearly position their education and background in the marketplace and develop confidence in choices
Weekly course topics include:

·         Reflective practices
·         Decision making and design thinking
·         Dependable Strengths
·         Creative exploration of majors and careers
·         Prototyping and testing ideas 
·         UW Young Alumni Panel
·         Resume, cover letter, CV, and application materials
·         Internship Fair Prep
·         Digital identity
For additional details please contact Tina Adelstein in the Career Center (; 206-685-6216 ).

General Studies 391G
Title: Career Strategy and Job Search   
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:30-3:20; LOW 201
Instructor: Patrick Chidsey (Career Counselor)
Credits: 2
Size of class: up to 50 students
SLN: 14824

This course assists juniors/transfer students/seniors (3rd & 4th year students) with self-exploration, investigation of career options and development of career and job search strategy.  General Studies 391G (“Career Strategy and Job Search”), is a graded, 2-credit course where students attend two 50-minute classes each week. This course is designed for juniors, transfer students and seniors (3rd & 4thyear students) who have earned roughly 90 credits or more. No pre-requisites are required.

Learning objectives:
1.       Grow self-awareness and appreciation for your strengths, skills, values, and interests and learn how to use this important self-knowledge when taking action in job searching and building a career strategy.
2.       Build ability to effectively research career options and learn how to be successful in the competitive job market.
3.       Learn how to create effective resumes, cover letters, strong LinkedIn profiles (and online and in-person networking skills), grow interviewing skills and confidence.
Course topics include:

·         Dependable Strengths, Values, Interests
·         Career and Option Exploration
·         Researching Employers and Understanding the Job Market
·         Networking and Informational Interviews
·         Short and Long Term Planning
·         How Does your Major(s) and Experiences Relate to your Future?
·         UW Alumni and Employer Panels
·         Resumes, Cover Letter, Interviewing              
·         Social Media, LinkedIn and Online Presence/Digital Footprint
For additional details please contact Patrick Chidsey in the Career Center (; 206.616.5803).

USC Graduate Engineering: Info session at UW

Students interested in graduate study and paid summer research programs in engineering or computer science are invited to join this session.  We welcome students of all levels with backgrounds in engineering, math, computer science, physics, chemistry and biology.  May I ask you to kindly share this information with your students?
Wednesday, November 4
Husky Union Building, (HUB) 214

*Refreshments will be served and application fee waivers will be made available to attendees.

Health Innovation Challenge Monday, Nov 2 first Team Formation Night for the details

innovative? find your people.

Have an idea? Now you just need to build it, create a plan, do some marketing and find funding.
Don’t know how to do all of that?  No worries.
We know people who can help you.
And, we have Prototype Funding $$$!  We’ll tell you about that.
Come meet other students who share your interests.
RSVP’s are helpful…
·         November 2, Monday, 5:30-7:00, HUB 332
·         November 19, Thursday, 5:30-7:30, HUB 145 + Panel of Past Participants
·          December 2, Thursday, 5:30-7:00, HUB 332
Yes, there will be food & refreshments.
Find out about…

Need team members? Come give a 1-minute idea pitch.
Want to join a team? Come listen to pitches and meet potential teammates.
Students from all colleges and universities throughout the Pacific NW are welcome to attend.
Teams are cross-disciplinary, undergrads and grads.

Questions? Contact me at

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Register for Winter 2016 online courses

Register now for winter quarter online classes. Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of the University of Washington's online courses. As a UW matriculated student, this autumn you can take some of the most popular online credit classes as part of your normal tuition load and pay an additional online fee of $120 per class. These select online courses are offered in a group-start format, which means you can interact with your classmates and complete the course during the quarter. Online courses help meet graduation requirements and allow you access to the university when you need it. Check out the winter quarter 2016 time schedule. Simply register as you would for any other class using MyUW Online courses are housed at the UW Seattle campus. UW Bothell and UW Tacoma students should check with advising staff at their home campuses before enrolling in classes they expect to count towards their degree program. These courses do not count as residence credit; consult with your adviser if you have any questions.

The following courses feature the $120 fee and the group-start format. Please note courses marked with an asterisk which have a different fee:

ASTR 101: Astronomy (NW,QSR)
ASTR 150: The Planets (NW, QSR)
COM 340: History of Mass Communication (I&S)
COM 440/POL S 461: Mass Media Law (I&S)

COM/AES/GWSS 389: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media (I&S)
DANCE 100: Understanding Dance (VLPA)

DANCE 101: Dance and the American Experience (VLPA)
DRAMA 103:Theatre Appreciation (VLPA)
ESRM 100: Introduction to Environmental Science (I&S/NW)
GEOG 123/JSIS 123: Introduction to Globalization (I&S))
JSIS E 112: Elementary Modern Greek
LING 200: Introduction to Linguistic Thought (I&S/VLPA/QSR)

MATH 124: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (NW/QSR)
MATH 125: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (NW)
MATH 126: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (NW)
MUSIC 116: Elementary Music Theory (VLPA)
MUSIC 120: Survey of Music (VLPA)
MUSIC 131: History of Jazz (VLPA)
MUSIC 162: American Popular Song (VLPA)
MUSIC 185: The Concert Series (VLPA)
PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology (I&S)
PSYCH 202: Biopsychology  (NW)
PSYCH 205: Behavior Disorders (I&S)
PSYCH 206: Human Development (I&S)
SCAND 270: Saga of the Vikings (VLPA)
STAT 311: Elements of Statistical Methods (NW/QSR)

*ESRM 100 online fee is $350
†MATH 124, 125, 126 courses have no additional fee

2016 Bonderman Travel Fellowship - application available!

We write to share an extraordinary opportunity for travel, discovery, and challenge. The 2016 Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available and we encourage you to consider applying. This fellowship offers University of Washington graduate/professional and undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad.

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 2016. 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.

All applicants must be enrolled (“on leave” status is not considered enrolled) and in good standing at the UW during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent resident status. Additionally:

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS: All students in graduate or professional degree programs are eligible to apply.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: All undergraduate students with senior credit standing AND who also meet ONE of the following criteria are eligible to apply:
  • at least a 3.7 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2016; 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 2016. Undergraduates in one of these honors programs DO NOT need to have 3.7 UW GPA or higher to apply, but simply must be in good standing in their respective programs, whatever that might mean.
To learn more about this extraordinary opportunity, please attend one of the information sessions listed on the website.

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm (noon) January 11, 2016.

More information about the fellowship, information sessions, and the application can be found at:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Global Health Minor Info Session this Thursday 10/29 @ 3pm!

Global Health Minor Information Session

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Raitt Hall, Room 229

Interested in Global Health? The Global Health Minor is interdisciplinary and designed to complement ANY MAJOR!

·         Learn about major problems and policy issues in global health
·         Explore transnational responses to health problems, including health systems
·         Discuss historical, political, social, environmental, and economic determinants of adverse health in developing countries and low-resource settings in rich countries

This is your opportunity to learn more about the minor’s requirements and get any questions you may have answered. We will provide you with useful handouts and talk you through the requirements of the minor for the first part of the meeting, and will have time to talk to individual students at the end of the session.

We look forward to meeting you!

GEN ST 297 I -- Applying to Health Professional School

SLN: 14810, 2 Credits, CR/NC
Instructor: Dan Poux
Details: Winter Quarter, Tuesdays 2:30 – 4:20, MGH 241
The seminar will cover preparing an application, writing an effective personal statement, gathering letters of recommendation, choosing schools, and interviewing. Class time will be spent on group work, short lectures, and visits from experts, such as admissions officials. Grades will be based on in-class assignments, participation in interview exercises, and occasional out-of-class writing assignments, such as drafts of personal statements and professional school applications.
Unlike most academic seminars, this course will require students to direct their inquiry inward and assess themselves realistically and honestly in order to present themselves as unique and competitive candidates. Students will discover their own strengths and challenges in this process, and they will reflect not only on their readiness but also on their motivation and life experiences.
The seminar is open to anyone applying to graduate-level health professional school during the 2016 application season, including applicants to medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, podiatric, or veterinary medical schools.

CAREER PATHS TO REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL International Student Conversation Series

November 3, 2015 | 6-8 PM
The Career Center, Mary Gates Hall, Room 134
Please join a diverse panel of young professionals
across technology, education, public service, and startups
for an interactive workshop about utilizing your college years
to develop a thriving and meaningful career.
All majors are encouraged to attend.

Di Ye is founder and coach of ZHENNOVATE LLC, a talent development firm specialized in equipping people with skills needed to thrive in career and personal life. With her coaching and consulting services, Di supports her clients on personal development, career, and life decisions, as well as design thinking and leadership development. She also advises educational organizations in social-emotional intelligence development. Di is a former program manager for Microsoft, an MIT graduate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a founder of several mindfulness and educational initiatives. She has interned with Seagate, Qualcomm and researched with MIT Media Lab as well as Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Having grown up in China, Di supports international students on their cultural adaptation journey.

Kurt von Laven is a software engineer at Endless, where he helps develop an operating system for the developing world. While a software engineer at Google, he helped raise over $25,000 for a variety of initiatives increasing access to education for African children. He graduated in the top 20% of his class from Stanford in 2012 with a B.S. in Computer Science. He helped Stanford save trees and ~$100,000 by co-organizing a program to reduce paper towel consumption. Kurt is an American-Costa Rican and hails from Alabama. He cares deeply about helping others discover and pursue their passions.

Chelsea Lei is a public policy professional passionate about helping individuals and communities realize their potentials. She currently works as a performance auditor at the legislative branch of King County government. Prior to moving to Seattle, she was a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Chelsea holds an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.A. from Stanford University. During her student years, she completed internships at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Apple Inc., American Express, Community Service Society of New York, and The New York Times. Chelsea hails from China and now finds herself at home in the Pacific Northwest.

Bao Truong currently works as a nuclear engineer at TerraPower LLC, an energy innovation company. Bao is a graduate of MIT, where he earned his Ph.D., Master and Bachelor degrees in Nuclear Science & Engineering. He is on the board of the MIT Club of Puget Sound and interviews college applicants to MIT as an Educational Councilor. During his student years, Bao won various scholarships and fellowships to support his undergraduate and graduate studies. He also completed internships in organizations across academia, national laboratory and industry in the United States and Europe. Bao hails from Vietnam and now lives with his family in Bellevue.