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Welcome from the Dean

Ed Taylor 200x200The students you’ll read about in this issue of Undergraduate Academic Affairs’ alumni e-newsletter are all risk-takers in the best sense. They’ve pursued their interests on campus, in the city, and across the world. They’ve realized an expanded worldview and see themselves as global citizens. Read more >

In the Spotlight

Football intelligence: UW athletes squash stereotypes at the 2013 UW Undergraduate Research Symposium

John Timu Hau'oli JamoraWith all the excitement of a new Husky Stadium, it can be easy to forget that the players are students first. Two football players researched how athletes are portrayed in the media--you may think about those Saturdays in the fall a little differently after you learn about their work. Read more >


Oh the places they'll go! 15 new grads and their post-undergrad plans

Merzamie Cagaitan ToCTaking our inspiration from the classic children’s book (and perennial graduation gift), Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss, we asked some new graduates a couple questions about where they've been and where they're going. From Fulbright fellowships to graduate school, Teach for America and beyond, these new alumni have some amazing plans in the works! Read more >


A day in the life: Dawn Tuason

Dawn Tuason ToCIf the University of Washington were a swimming pool, Dawn Tuason has not only swam the length of it, she’s swam the width of it as well. Involved in service, research, and scholarship, Dawn exemplifies UW-ness like no other. Read what a typical day is like for this engaged and engaging student. Read more >


Leadership: Beyond the yellow brick road

Ackerley Family

How did Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion transform the Land of Oz? Teamwork, of course! Today, University of Washington students are developing powerful team leadership skills through two new opportunities: the Husky Leadership Initiative and the Ackerley Learning to Lead Together scholarship program. Read more >


What's new with you? Where are you living and working? How are you involved in your community? What have you accomplished recently? We'd like to hear about it!

Send a note to and share your news. We'll publish Alumnotes in the fall/winter issue of this e-newsletter. Send a photo along with your news!

News on the Undergraduate Experience

Honors student Genevieve Gebhart selected for Luce Scholarship

Gennie GebhartGenevieve (Gennie) Gebhart, a senior Honors student majoring in international studies and economics, was recently selected as a 2013-14 Luce Scholar. A graduate of Mercer Island High School, Gebhart is one of 18 students nationwide to receive this scholarship this year. Read more >

The Inspirers: 2013 Teaching Awards

Each year, the university honors select faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching. Learn which faculty members were honored for their teaching talents. View the photos >

Diversity graduation requirement for UW undergraduates approved

A long-time student-led effort to pass a diversity course requirement for all University of Washington undergraduates has come to fruition. The diversity graduation requirement will include three credits of coursework that focus on the sociocultural, political and economic diversity of human experience at local, regional or global scales. Read more >

Bonderman Travel Fellows selected

Where would you go with $20,000? Fourteen UW students were recently awarded Bonderman Travel Fellowships that will enable them to embark on solo journeys that are at least eight months long and take them to at least two regions and six countries around the world. Read more >

Alternative Spring Break

UW360 caught up with UW students volunteering in rural Washington over spring break. Watch the video and be inspired by the work these students are doing. Watch >


Spring/Summer 2013

Did you know...

93% of UW freshmen return for their sophomore year. Compare that retention rate to the 76.7% average among public research universities nationwide.

UAA's First Year Programs is hopping busy this summer welcoming and orienting entering new students--an important contribution to freshmen retention.

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