Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts Essay Contest

Open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled at WaCLA institutions

Submissions must address the following prompt:

In 2012, Washington STEM’s Sandi Everlove and Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts Chair Michael Zimmerman stated in a Seattle Times OpEd:

"When an imaginary controversy is promoted between STEM disciplines and the liberal arts, all it does is divert our attention from focusing on the larger problems associated with the lack of public funding for higher education. Such false controversies make poor public policy."

With that conflict in mind, in no more than 500 words, please respond to the following adage: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”


The essay contest is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in WaCLA member institutions. Entrants will be divided into two categories: students who have freshman or sophomore standing at their institution and those who have junior or senior standing.


Awards will be made in two categories: freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors. Two awards will be made in each category: $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place. Winners will be announced by June 6, 2014.  

Deadline and Submission Instructions:

Submissions must be emailed to c21@uw.edu by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 30th.

HOPE Outreach event on April 28th

Please come to the outreach event sponsored by HOPE (Huskies for Opportunities in Prison Education) this Monday, April 28, at 6:00 pm at the Ethnic Cultural Center. HOPE is an SRO that came out of the Honors class last summer, in which UW students shared a classroom with inmates at the Twin Rivers Unit at the Monroe prison. At this outreach event, HOPE will be screening a prison-related film, “The Hudson Link Story,” holding a panel discussion with students who were formerly in prison, and showing a video made for us by some of our classmates at the Twin Rivers Unit at Monroe. If you can’t make it, join HOPE on facebook!

HSAP Open Mic on May 1st!

Back by popular demand: come join us for the second Honors Open Mic + Talent Show Night of the year on Thursday, May 1st from 7-9pm! We’re open to anything: come play a song, read a poem, juggle some balls, fling around a yo-yo. We want to see it all. The event will once again be held in Haggett Hall’s Gray Lounge.Sign up to perform here:

Want more information?  Like us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uwhsap

Research Funding Scholarships

Announcing two research funding opportunities. These two opportunities share a common application with a deadline of May 30 with funding starting next academic year.  Please share widely.

Washington Research Foundation Fellowships

Washington Research Foundation Fellowships (WRFF) for advanced undergraduates support promising students who work on creative and sophisticated science and engineering research projects under the guidance of UW faculty. WRFFs target undergraduates who have already participated in undergraduate research for at least three quarters and who are working beyond an introductory level in a project that requires creativity and advanced knowledge.

Undergraduates who are interested in devoting a significant portion of time to research, which both complements their coursework and furthers their professional goals, are especially encouraged to apply.

View more information here: http://exp.washington.edu/urp/wrff/
Deadline: May 30

Levinson Emerging Scholars Program

The Levinson Emerging Scholars Program supports talented and highly motivated UW juniors and seniors who want to pursue creative and advanced research in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, and related fields.

As Levinson Emerging Scholars, selected outstanding UW undergraduates will receive funding to support their research in these disciplines, including funding to present their findings at a professional conference.

By funding ten scholars each year, the Levinson Emerging Scholars Program nurtures a growing cadre of high caliber academic researchers who, in turn, will further innovation in biotechnology-related fields and enrich the future of academe.

View more information here: http://exp.washington.edu/urp/levinson/ 
Deadline: May 30

To apply for either or both of these opportunities, visit: http://expo.uw.edu/expo/apply/323

DC Internships: The Washington Center

Are you interested in doing an internship in Washington, D.C. and earning UW credit?

If yes, come to one of the six information sessions for The Washington Center that are scheduled this week on Thursday andFriday:

 Thursday, April 24
  930-1020 in DEN 306
 1230- 120 in EEB 003
  330- 420 in SAV 156

 Friday, April 25
 1030-1120 in CMU 243
 1130-1220 in EEB 031
 1230- 120 in BAG 106

The Washington Center (TWC) runs a full-time internship program in Washington, D.C., that is open to all UW students (all majors welcome) and provides comprehensive service, including internship placement and housing. Placements include government agencies, corporations, nonprofits, museums and international organizations, and associations,. Hundreds of UW students have participated in this program since UW’s affiliation in 1977, and many made connections that led to post-degree employment.

At the informational meetings, a Washington Center representative and I
will discuss the structure of the program, scholarships and the
application process.

For 2014 the quarterly program cost is $5,995 and the housing cost is $4,200 (there are additional charges for the semester program). In addition, students pay for 15 UW credits, transportation, and personal expenses. Students are eligible to use their financial aid for this program and many scholarships are available that often bring the cost of attending close to the cost of a quarter at UW. For Autumn 2014, TWC guarantees scholarships to all UW students, at least $2500 for residents of WA State and at least $1000 for non-residents (total cost is usually less than a quarter at UW for non-residents).

TWC’s facilities are accessible to students who have disabilities. In
addition, their Disability Services Coordinator will assist with
accommodation at the internship and programming sites.

These are the upcoming application deadlines (for a full list of
organizations that have earlier deadlines see
 Autumn Quarter (Aug-Nov)/Semester 2014 (Aug-Dec)
        *Priority: 5/7/13, Regular: 6/14/13
 Spring Semester 2014 (Jan-May)
        *Priority: 10/15/14, Regular: 11/19/14
 Summer Quarter 2015 (Jun-Aug),
        *Priority: 2/18/15, Regular 3/18/15
  * Deadline for most scholarships

Regardless of your major, there is an internship in D.C. for you! Whether you want to do an internship this year or in three years, come to an information session to learn more. If you can’t make it, you can make an appointment to meet with me individually (to use our online system go to https://depts.washington.edu/polsadvc/signup.php; if none of the appointments with me work with your schedule, email me to find another time). Information is also available at TWC’s website, www.twc.edu

Global Q! Wednesday’s from 1:30 -2:30 at the Q Center

Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 | Q Center (HUB 315)
Global Q is a casual discussion group that gets together for lunch and is open to people who identify as an LGBTQ international and/or transnational* student of the UW. With a group of supporting peers and allies, discussions are shaped around experiences relating to LGBTQ topics, culture, intersecting identities or anything the group brings up!
*Transnational here is defined as students who feel their identities resonate with not only their country of current residence but also other countries that have had a significant impact on their identity.
LGBTQ folks are also encouraged to bring allies for support!
Contact uwglobalq@gmail.com for more information.

Q Center’s Safe Zone Training - April 17th

The Q Center is hosting our Spring open Safe Zone Training on the 17th of this month in the Allen Library Auditorium from4:30-7:30.
The Safe Zone Project is a program we host dedicated to providing a space for people to improve ally work they do. We focus on educating about queer concepts (sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, and the various intersections therein), providing resources, and ultimately giving you the tools to make spaces safer. You do not become a successful ally in the space of a three hour training, but we’re here to start a conversation and help you hit the ground running.
We are providing food catered by Pagliacci! 
There are more details on our website!

Hear Paralympian Lacey Howard speak on April 30th

The Organization of Student Social Workers is sponsoring a talk by Paralympian Lacey Heward, who has conquered incredible odds to achieve her dream of being awarded medals for the Super G and Giant Slalom skiing events.  Her message is one of believing in yourself and not letting the short-sightedness of Able-ism define your dreams.\

When: 6:00 pm, April 30th

Where: HUB 250

RSVP @  http://on.fb.me/1k9WL62

Apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright U.S. Student Program – UW Information Sessions

Are you currently a junior, senior, graduate or professional student or a recent bachelor’s, master’s or JD graduatelooking for a fully-funded abroad experience during the 2015-16 academic year? Consider the Fulbright U.S. Student Program (http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html). This program is designed to give students, artists, and other professionals opportunities to pursue research, graduate study or English teaching experience in over 155 nations worldwide.

The application cycle for the 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Student competition will open on May 1, 2014. The campus deadline for applications is September 10, 2014.

  • It allows for individually designed study/research or an English Teaching Assistantship. You can propose a project and/or study plan that will take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.
  • It provides support for study/research/teaching in a single country. (Limited opportunities exist for traveling to more than one country.) You can meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.
  • It facilitates cultural exchange. Through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in daily tasks, you can gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.
  • It promotes mutual understanding. Through engagement in the community, you can interact with your hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.


Attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student program and how to apply.Please RSVP for one of these sessions, and register your interest in applying for Fulbright at http://catalysttools.washington.edu/survey/scholarq/36305:


To be eligible, you must be:

1)      A U.S. citizen,

  • International students interested in the Fulbright Program must apply through the binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies. Additional information is available at: http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/.

2)      A graduating senior or hold a B.S./B.A. degree, master’s or doctoral degree candidate, or a young professional or artist,

3)      Thinking of studying, teaching or conducting research abroad, and

4)      In good health. (Health conditions in some locations may be of concern and may require preventive measures to protect grantees and their families. In addition, medical facilities may be inadequate or unavailable for existing medical problems; this is the reason behind the requirement for a medical exam and medical clearance for a specific assignment.)

Complete eligibility details are at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/eligibility.


  • Awards grants in all fields of study.
  • Awards approximately 1,500 grants for travel to over 155 countries worldwide.
  • Offers one academic year of study, research, or teaching assistantship experience. Projects may include university course work, independent library or field research, or professional training in the arts.
  • Preference is given to candidates who have not had extensive recent experience abroad (excluding undergraduate study abroad) in the country of application.


·For graduate and professional students or alumni at Seattle or Tacoma:

Marilyn Gray, megray@u.washington.edu, G-1 Communications

·For undergraduate students or alumni at Seattle or Tacoma:

Robin Chang, robinc@u.washington.edu, 171 Mary Gates Hall

  • UW Bothell students of all levels or alumni:

Natalia Dyba, NDyba@uwb.edu, UW1-186

Please contact the appropriate advisor above if you have questions or concerns.