UW Undergraduate Academic Affairs E-news
April 2010

Welcome from the Dean

Dean Ed Taylor
Dean Ed Taylor

Many of you participated in a Freshman Interest Group—a FIG—during your first quarter at the University. FIGs are one way we welcome freshmen to the University of Washington and help students find an academic community. A student’s first-year experience can often determine whether she will not only return for her sophomore year but also factors into whether she will persist through graduation. More...


In the Spotlight

Madeleine & Rob McKenna

Service, Leadership Roots Run Deep for Honors Alumnus & Daughter
We asked Washington State Attorney General and Honors alum Rob McKenna, '85, and daughter Madeleine McKenna, a current Honors student, to share the roots of their commitments to service and leadership. More...

Faculty perspective video

Alternative Spring Break Is Expanding!
Spring break 2010 was the 10th anniversary of the Pipeline Project's Alternative Spring Break. Starting in 2001 with four students going to four sites, this year 50 students went to 31 sites. Now, thanks to a gift from Alyson McGregor, the program is taking its first step to expand beyond the spring break week. More...

Film Celebrates 10 Years of ASB
A short film by UAA alumna Sophia Agtarap, '01, who participated in UW's first Pipeline Alternative Spring Break, takes a look at the program 10 years later. Through interviews with Director Christine Stickler, '87, former participants and leaders, this film illustrates experiential learning through Pipeline ASB. More...

Honors Program Launches New Curriculum
This fall the Honors Program will roll out a new core curriculum that emphasizes the principles of community, diversity, leadership, lifelong learning, global and community engagement and research beyond traditional advanced courses. More...

Distinguished Teaching Awards Showcase

2010 Distinguished Teaching Awardees & UAA's Annual Showcase
The UW has some of the best teachers in the world. Meet the 2010 DTA Awardees and join us on May 7 to experience our first-class teaching in person. More...

Sharla Semana

Come to the Spring Celebration
of Service and Leadership

Join us at this event that showcases undergraduates' dedication to service and leadership and the commitment of our community partners and faculty to service learning. More...

The Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Research Symposium
Ranked 16th by the 2009 Academic Ranking of World Universities, the University of Washington should be proud—but for students involved in research, the benefit of this ranking is more than a status symbol. More...


UAA in the News

Robinson Center Welcomes New Director
We are delighted that Professor Nancy B. Hertzog will be joining Undergraduate Academic Affairs as the director of the Robinson Center for Young Scholars! More...

Hello in There

Students, Senior Center Connect Over Oral Histories
Hello in There looks at what happens when UW anthropology students are matched with the Pike Place Senior Center to gain experience in qualitative research methods. More...

Jesse Burk-Rafel

Honors Student Named Luce Scholar
Jesse Burk-Rafel, a senior Honors student in bioengineering, was recently named a 2010-11 Luce Scholar. The Bainbridge Island native and graduate of Bainbridge High School is the first UW undergrad to receive the scholarship since 1977 and one of 18 students nationwide awarded the honor this year. More...

Volunteers at Food Lifeline

UW Recognized for Community Service
The University of Washington has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The UW is Washington state's only public, four-year institution to receive this honor this year. More...

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Undergrad Academic Affairs

Pride Points

Of the 5,338 UW students enrolled in the 2009 freshman class:

  • 33% are the first in their families to attend college
  • 42 are National Merit finalists
  • They hail from 44 states,
    D.C., Guam and 27 countries.

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