Thursday, November 5, 2015

Title IX Panel November 16

UW students: You’re invited to attend a Know Your Title IX Team panel! 
Title IX is the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It aims to protect women, men and gender non-conforming students from sex-based discrimination, harassment or violence.
This event is your opportunity to meet and hear from University staff working in the areas of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, harassment and domestic violence and to share your ideas and concerns.  Snacks will be provided.  
What: Know Your Title IX Team panel
When: Monday, November 16, 4-6 p.m.
Where: HUB 145
Melissa Tumas, Training & Education Coordinator, Health & Wellness
Dana Cuomo, Health & Wellness Advocate, Health & Wellness
Natalie Dolci, Victim Advocate, UWPD
Matt Sullivan, Investigator, Community Standards & Student Conduct
Amanda Paye, Title IX Coordinator

Healthcare Innovation Weekend- November 20-22nd!

The UW Buerk Center and Cambia Grove are Hosting a Healthcare Innovation Weekend:

When: November 20-22nd, 2015
Where: UW and Cambia Grove
This will be great preparation for the Science and Technology Showcase!

*Healthcare Innovation Weekend*
Are you interested in improving healthcare? Looking for business expertise for the Business Plan Competition, EIC or Health Innovation Challenge? The Foster Entrepreneurship/VC and Healthcare/Biotech clubs are hosting a Health Innovation Weekend Nov 20-22. In partnership with the Buerk Center and the Cambia Grove, this three day event will join UW students from various disciplines to develop and pitch innovative product ideas and business models to healthcare professionals and investors!  Register here

INTSCI 492: Reflections on Undergraduate Research (2 Credits, NW)

Are you participating in undergraduate research in the biological, environmental, or physical sciences? Would you like to:
  • Demystify research culture and develop research skills?
  • Discuss research papers with a diverse community of undergraduate researchers?
  • Develop a research proposal and increase your competitiveness for research scholarships and graduate & professional programs?
  • Present your research in oral and written formats & improve your science communication skills?

INTSCI 492: Reflections on Undergraduate Research (2 credits, NW) is a discussion-based course that is designed to accompany undergraduate research experiences. Students engage in a reflective learning community with fellow undergraduate researchers to (1) learn about research culture, including mentoring relationships, (2) identify, analyze, and discuss research papers that are relevant to projects, (3) draft, comment on, and revise research proposals, and (4) present research in oral formats.

"Taking the class helped me to become a better scientist through analyzing my work more in depth, focusing on the correct questions to ask, and learning what should be said and what should be excluded in a scientific statement."

"Through interactions with my peers, instructor, and reading materials, I gained significant insight toward understanding myself as a science communicator and the professional nuances I will face during my future in research. ... I also made great progress with addressing my use of logic and organization when talking and writing about my research."

"The most important contributor to my learning was that we were a diverse group of undergraduate researchers. We were at different stages in our research and worked in different subfields, and, because of that, we had unique perspectives on research."

-- Past Students

INTSCI 492 will meet on Mondays, 3:30-4:50 p.m. Students must participate in undergraduate research concurrently. For more information or to request an add code, please email the instructor at:

Campus Sustainability Fund Brainstorming Workshop

The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) will be hosting a Brainstorming Workshop on November 12th from 5-7pm in HUB Room 145. Our goal is to engage the campus community in brainstorming the sustainability improvements we want to see at UW, and moreover, to empower students to make an impact by applying for a grant and starting their own project! This event will provide students and faculty with a background on the CSF's history and operations, a Q&A panel with active CSF project groups, and stimulating small and large group discussions on potential sustainability projects. (Also there will be snacks/drinks and free CSF merchandise!) All students and faculty are encouraged to attend no matter their department or current experience with sustainability work. We would sincerely appreciate if you could pass on this information along with the attached flyer to your students. Please email any questions or concerns to me at
Useful links--
CSF website: 
CSF newsletter sign-up:

The 17th Annual Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School

June 6th - August 5th, 2016*
Los Alamos National Laboratory
*Late arriving students on quarter system will be accommodated

Purpose: To focus a select group of upper-level undergraduate students and first year graduate students developing multi-disciplinary dynamic engineering system solutions to Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) mission relevant problems.

Focus areas: Students will learn about research in multi-disciplinary, dynamic engineering systems through tutorials and guest lectures, tours, and research projects.

1. Tutorials and Guest Lectures: Weekly tutorials and lectures with world class experts on various aspects of dynamic engineering systems (signal processing, system identification, embedded systems, model validation, nonlinear systems, and machine learning).
2. Projects: 3 person multi-disciplinary teams conduct research projects in an intense 9-week time frame. The goal is for the students to document and present their results at a professional conference. The 2016 Summer School students will present their research results at IMAC XXXV in Garden Grove, CA.
3. Fellowship amounts range from $7000 to $10,500, depending on academic status and the point of origin for the student’s travel to Los Alamos.
4. This program is limited to US citizens.

How to Apply:
Students should download an application form from and submit that with the following documents to

1. Resume
2. 1-page cover letter describing their interest in this summer school and multi-disciplinary, dynamic systems research as well as your near term (1-3 year) academic and professional goals
3. Complete transcripts (Unofficial is acceptable. Please mark through/black out any personal identifying information such as address, SSN, DOB, etc.)
4. At least one letter of recommendation

Applications will be accepted after Nov. 9, 2015.
Applications must be received by Jan. 10, 2016.
Acceptance notifications will be sent by Jan. 22, 2016.

Additional information can be found at
Please contact
Chuck Farrar at
Eric Flynn at or
David Mascarenas at

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

EE 399 Introduction to Semiconductors and Devices Winter 2016

Instructor: Tai-chang Chen
SLN: 21848
MWF 930-1020
THO 134

This class offers a thorough introduction to the physical properties of semiconductors and semiconductor devices.   It covers a review of the fundamental material science concepts, solid state physics, the properties of semiconductors, including energy bands, carrier concentrations, and conduction in more detail.  Then the class will introduce the principles of operations of the semiconductor devices, such as diodes, junction field effect transistors, and solar cells.
This class builds a solid physical concepts required for the understanding of semiconductor devices. Students will obtain a good foundation for higher level electronics and circuits related courses.
The structure of the class includes, weekly three one-hour lectures, weekly homeworks, midterms and one final.  There is no lab element for this class.

Prerequisite: EE 215

Community Based Leadership Courses in Winter Quarter

The Carlson Center is excited to offer two Community-Based Leadership courses for undergraduate students during 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, juniors, or seniors who have experience with service and who are interested in exploring what it means to do good. 

Read more about these two dynamic courses below, and please forward widely within your networks.

How Can I Help? An Introduction to Service and Community (General Studies 297B; SLN 14803)
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 two-credit seminar course is offered on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:20PM.  Request an add code by emailing

Are Do-Gooders Doing Good? Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement (General Studies 348A; SLN 14814)

Are you committed to giving back? Trying to make a difference? Want to get more out of your volunteer experience?  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; 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. 

Thriving in Graduate School with Peer Mentoring, Nov. 12th

Thriving in Graduate School with Peer Mentoring
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 3:30 pm  5:00 pm
HUB 332, UW Seattle
Facebook Event Page:

A panel and networking reception for Grads and Professional Students on fostering supportive and meaningful connections among peers. Free light foods and refreshments provided!
This event is organized by Core Programs in the Graduate School, with sponsorship from the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. 

Featured Grad Student Panelists:
Julie Cass - Physics Peer Mentoring Program
Federico Fabbri - Grads Guiding Grads (G3)
Jennifer Lang - School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Peer Mentors
Iris Viveros - Women of Color Collective
Sarah Vorpahl - Women in Chemical Sciences
Ben Wiselogle - Husky United Military Veterans

Accessibility Information:
The HUB’s front entrance is wheelchair accessible. The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264/Fax, or email

Graduate Certificate in Ethics: Program on Values in Society

The Program on Values in Society (POV) is dedicated to research, teaching, and outreach on ethical issues that arise across the disciplines.  The Program is committed to facilitating the multidisciplinary collaboration that is essential to finding practical and insightful responses to today’s myriad moral problems. The members of the Core Faculty are currently working on a variety of issues, including global climate change and geoengineering; immigration and international justice; and medical practiceand disability rights.

The POV Certificate in Ethics aims to facilitate graduate research in ethics as it arises across the disciplines. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for integrating ethics and ethics scholarship into their chosen field.

The curriculum is designed to accommodate diverse student interests and to facilitate cross-disciplinary conversations and scholarship. The core sequence, VALUES 511
provides students with the necessary groundwork for pursuing ethics scholarship as it relates to their field of study. A student’s faculty advisor will be in charge of helping the student select additional courses specifically suited to his or her interests to form a cohesive program of study. These courses range across disciplines. for a sample list of such courses, click here

This Winter, POV Professor Sara Goering will be offering "Ethics Matters" (PHIL 511), which is one of the courses in the core sequence and counts toward the certificate.

In Spring, Professor Carina Fourie will offer "Ethics in Practice" (PHIL 495) and be running the Capstone Workshop for the Graduate Certificate in Ethics (PHIL 513).

The graduate certificate program is only open to students already enrolled in other graduate degree programs at the University of Washington. Successful completion of the Certificate Program will be noted on official transcripts.

More information about the program's requirements, curriculum, and faculty can be found here <>. Please feel free to email me ( with any questions about the program.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New EE Entrepreneurial Capstone Option - Industry Projects!

SLN 21815 E E 400 E
M-F 430-620
EEB 054

The EE Department is excited to announce the launch of a new Senior Capstone Design option that will feature industry-sponsored projects performed via student teams this Winter and Spring, temporarily listed as E E 400 E for Winter 2016.

The new Capstone Innovation Partnership Program is an opportunity for our students to understand the entire engineering product development cycle and gain valuable project management experience. Student teams will be responsible for organizing, scheduling, budgeting, designing, constructing, documenting and presenting their results.

This new program offers select companies an opportunity to benefit from the vibrant innovation culture at the University of Washington's Department of Electrical Engineering.

Project will be system design challenges that emphasize depth of analysis and synthesis within the scope of research areas in the department: embedded systems, computing, communication, security, energy systems, sensing, circuits and VLSI, nanotechnology/MEMS/photonics, robotics and control, signal/image/video processing, and electromagnetics. The projects will be supervised by faculty and industry mentors, and will be expected to lead to a functional product prototype within six months.

Be on the lookout for this option at the Winter Quarter 2016 Time Schedule, and direct any questions to Profs. Payman Arabshahi or John. Sahr. Registration will be selective and via add-code and instructor approval only. Get your resumes ready!

NIAID NIH Training Program in the Biomedical Sciences

We are very pleased to have Dr. Wendy Fibison, NIAID Training Coordinator with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the University of Washington on
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
10:30 pm to 11:30 pm
171E Mary Gates Hall, Multipurpose Room  
Center for Experiential  Learning & Diversity

Dr. Fibison will talk about the various training programs in the Biomedical Sciences at the NIH with particular emphasis on the NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  This  will provide those advising  students with insights into the NIAID and overall NIH research application process, how to locate labs and what is needed to develop competitive applications.  The training programs provide individuals at all degree levels with stipends  for research work with a leader in global health research. 

The Summer Internship Program is for students who are at least sixteen years of age or older by June 15, 2016. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  U.S. citizens are eligible to apply if they are enrolled at least half-time an accredited college or university as undergraduate, graduate, or professional students. Permanent residents must be enrolled in or have been accepted into an accredited institution in the U.S. to be eligible.

NIAID offers clinical and laboratory research training programs for students and postdoctoral fellows. Programs include accredited medical fellowship training in allergy and immunology and in infectious diseases.  NIAID’s training programs provide a chance to obtain invaluable experience conducting research, while working side-by-side with world-renowned scientific investigators. NIAID also offers administrative training opportunities, where students and recent graduates can train in a variety of roles supporting their science.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards – .

Mu Sigma coming to UW

Mu Sigma is a leading provider of analytics and decision science solutions. They are looking to expand their reach and visibility to students with all interdisciplinary perspectives and are interested in seniors looking for careers in big data analytics. They will be hosting an information session on November 5th from 5:30-7pm in the Foster Career Center. Dempsey Hall, Room 102.

Junior Associate, Client Services

Multiple locations across the United States, Europe, and Asia
Mu Sigma is a category-defining decision sciences and big data analytics company, helping enterprises systematize better data-driven decision making. The company’s interdisciplinary approach and integrated ecosystem of platform, processes and people are redefining how companies approach problem solving in areas of marketing, risk and supply chain. With more than 3,500 decision scientists working across 10 industries, Mu Sigma is consistently validated as the preferred decision sciences and analytics partner for 140 of the Fortune 500.

What You’ll Do
Our client work will throw a variety of challenges at you, ranging from analyzing the chemical backings of pharmaceutical drugs, to optimizing the global supply chains of consumer product companies, to helping banks turn fraud detection into improved consumer experiences.
You will be assigned to a client location and work as a member of a globally distributed Mu Sigma team, one that bridges the client location and our India center. You will be asked to:
  • Engage clients to understand their business challenges and brainstorm how to solve them.
  • Solve data-intensive problems using Mu Sigma analytical frameworks and tools.
  • Present the results of your work to senior client management, offering actionable insights and recommendations that lead to measurable business impact.
  • Build relationships with clients, helping them improve their consumption of analytics to drive their business operations and decision-making forward.
Other analytics firms will operate on a project-to-project basis. We’re different. We operate problem-to-problem, helping our clients make better decisions in a world of muddy, inter-connected business issues. But in parallel, we help those same clients adopt a fundamentally new approach to decision making – a new art of problem solving. As a team member, you will be part of that client transformation.

What You’ll Bring To The Table
At Mu Sigma you’ll hear the phrase “Learning over Knowing.” It’s one of our guiding principles, and we expect every Mu Sigma associate to demonstrate a passion for learning. Here are some other characteristics that we look for:
  • A quantitative mindset. You don’t have to be a Statistics major, but you should be comfortable in working with numbers.
  • A critical eye. We want someone who asks questions, always probing for “Why?” or “So what?” We value contrarian thinking.
  • Interpersonal skills. The work involves consulting and client interaction. Clients have to like and respect you, even when you tell them they’re wrong.
Another of our guiding principles is to place a premium on interdisciplinary perspectives in how we approach our work and who we hire. To that end, we hire across all disciplines: Bachelors or Masters in Arts / Science / Business as long as you’re graduating December 2015 - May 2016.

What You’ll Gain From The Experience
  • Autonomy. We’ll encourage you to be an entrepreneur, pioneer, and problem solver with irreverence toward the status quo. You’ll participate in experiential learning environments, helping top global brands solve tough problems.
  • Mastery. We’ll invest in building your interdisciplinary skills in the white hot field of analytics and decision sciences. Engaging with and rotating across our cross-industry client base will broaden your perspectives even more. Purpose. We’ll help you participate in something bigger than just you. That purpose being to create a new art of problem solving in our clients.
As with life, we’re filled with paradoxes. Our vibe is methodical, yet vibrant. We’re irreverent, yet humble. And we’re geeky, yet cool. (In fact, we think geeky is cool.)

The Journey Begins In India – The Columbus Program
In the 15th century, Columbus set out for India seeking a key economic gateway in the spice trade. Fast forward to the 21st century, and you’ll find that India is much more than a gateway. The country has transformed into a rich source of talent, ideas, and innovation, and it’s Mu Sigma’s hub for innovation, scale, and automation.

So we established the Columbus Program as part of Mu Sigma University, bringing new hires to Bangalore for their first 4-6 months with the company. The curriculum combines immersive, workshop-based learning with on-the-job mentoring, and both educates new associates and inculcates them in the ways of Mu Sigma. Upon completion of the program, you will be deployed back to a client location. And don’t worry, we pick up the tab.
Email us:

ChemPoint Careers Event

November 4th, 2015 @ 5:00PM
ChemPoint Lobby - 10th Floor
411 108th Ave. NE Bellevue, WA

ChemPoint will be hosting an informal career and networking event at our office in downtown Bellevue. This will be an opportunity to learn more about ChemPoint's business model, our open positions, and connect face-to-face with members of the hiring teams from Marketing, Sales, and Operations. Light appetizers and complimentary refreshments will be provided. ChemPoint is looking for the best and brightest to join our team and that could be you! Can't make the event, but interested in joining the ChemPoint team? Check out our Careers Page and apply directly online.


Monday, November 2, 2015

ISE Grad School Info Session

Considering Graduate School

Want to know about successful application tips and post-undergraduate life? 

Come hear more from a panel of ISE graduate students and professors about application tips and grad student life.
There will be an open-panel discussion and Q&A session.
Link to the event can be found here:
(FREE FOOD Provided)

Who: All Undergraduates, Undergraduates interested in IE
Where: MEB 242 (Mechanical Engineering Building)
When: November 5, 5:30-6:30 PM

Hope to see you all there. 
Space may be limited so RSVP.

Student Assistant position in International Undergrad Admissions

  • Maintain a high volume of email correspondence with international undergraduate students, including freshmen and transfer prospective students, applicants, and students who are offered admission to the UW.
  • Answer a variety of questions about international undergraduate admissions, requirements, application status, orientation programs, registering for classes, housing, student support services, UW student life, and much more. Refer to campus departments and offices as appropriate.
  • Assist the International Admissions (undergraduate) team with daily filing and processing of applications.
  • Assist with day-to-day office duties and other areas of the Office of Admissions or Enrollment Services departments as needed.
Required Qualifications
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate student at the UW Seattle campus.
  • Must have completed at least 45 credits of undergraduate coursework at the UW (Seattle campus) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Outstanding communication skills, especially writing detailed and professional emails that represent the UW.
  • Strong knowledge of programs and services at the UW and ability to provide information to prospective international undergraduate students.
  • Ability to work independently in a very busy office with minimum supervision while understanding role within the team.
  • Experience working with people from different cultures, non-native English speakers, and a strong interest in international education.
  • Reliable, motivated self-starter with a high level of attention to detail and accuracy with a large volume of work.
  • Excellent problem solving and multitasking skills, and ability to understand a large amount of nuanced information.
  • Involvement with UW student clubs and/or organizations.
  • Comfortable and skilled at using MS Outlook, MS Word, databases, and other computer programs.
Pay & Hours
  • $11/hour, increasing to $13/hour in January 2016.
  • 15 hours per week, Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Hours may be flexible depending on class schedule. A quarterly schedule will be set based on the selected candidate’s availability.
How To Apply
  • Application deadline: Sunday, November 8, 2015 (11:59pm). Late applications will not be accepted.
  • On your résumé, include: 1) expected date of graduation, 2) number of credits completed at the UW (Seattle), and 3) cumulative GPA.
  • Email a cover letter and résumé to Sabrina Moss at
  • Include contact information for two references (preferably from the UW)
If you have questions regarding this position, please email Sabrina Moss at:

The White House Internship Program seeking interns for Summer 2016

The White House Internship Program is a public service leadership program that provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills.  
Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors, including (but not limited to) business administration, arts & social sciences, and STEM-related fields are encouraged to apply.
UW Information Session:
Thursday, November 19, 2015
5:30pm - 7:00pm
PACCAR Hall - Deloitte Commons
Hosted by Long Phan - UW Foster '06, White House Intern '14

Introduction to Resilience in College Winter 2016

EDUC 300 B
2 credits, CR/NC
Tues/Thurs 11:30-12:20
Miller 212
Instructors:  Polo DeCano & Jennifer Hoffman

SLN# 21696

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.