Welcome from the Dean
Students who entered college in the fall of 2010 are
finishing their first year as University or Washington undergraduates. The very
same students I met at orientation and convocation from high schools across the
state, nation and world are now no longer in transition from high school to
college. They are UW students and identify with the University as opposed to
their high school. It’s a significant moment. Friendships are formed, learning
is happening, community is forming. Part of the joy of this work is seeing
these students triumph from struggle. Over the course of the year,
Undergraduate Academic Affairs has made some changes to continue to steward and
be a voice for the UW undergraduate experience. More...
In the Spotlight
Computer models to fly you to the moon
For alum Peter Norgaard, ’04, research was an integral
component of his undergraduate years. He conducted research as a NASA Space Grant and Mary Gates
Research Scholar, presented in the Undergraduate Research
Symposium multiple years, and was selected for a Goldwater Scholarship, a
national scholarship for science-major students. Read about Peter’s work in
computational modeling, a field with broad application and implications. More...
Undergraduate service makes a difference for the community
In the 2009-10 school year, University of Washington
students devoted an astounding 619,222 hours to public service, engaging in the
community in meaningful ways. And alumni continued their dedication to service
and volunteering as well. Catch up with two alumni and two students in this
celebration of service and leadership. More...
Robinson Center alumni and friends connect over chocolate
Last February, the Robinson Center for Young Scholars hosted
an open house for Robinson Center students, parents, alumni, and parents of
alumni. Conversation was bright, friendships were formed and renewed, and
chocolate flowed freely from the chocolate fountain. Enjoy a few alumni,
parent, and student reminiscences on their favorite memories of the Robinson
Donors recognized at Dean’s Club event
Celebrating the inaugural year of Undergraduate Academic
Affairs' Dean's Club, Ed and Sue Taylor hosted a cozy reception for Dean's Club
members. Enjoy a few photos from the event. More...
UW Dream Project to expand and deepen programming thanks to
support from the Gates Foundation
The Dream Project, a
college access and retention program housed within Undergraduate
Academic Affairs, is taking bold steps to expand, deepen and evaluate
its work of helping first-generation and low-income students attain
their higher education and raise awareness among university students
about the issues of educational opportunity and social mobility. More...
UW senior selected for national fellowship for aspiring
teachers of color
University of Washington senior and Issaquah, WA, native Emily Lee was
recently named one of 25 fellows selected through a competitive process
for the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for
Aspiring Teachers of Color. More...
Robinson Center students provide insight into their
This fall, the Robinson Center produced a series of videos with students
in the Transition School, Early Entrance Program, and the UW Academy.
Students talk about why they wanted to join this unique learning
UAA in the News
Honors students prep for a national poetry slam, a
record-number of students present their research, Distinguished Teaching
Awardees are announced, a Mary Gates Scholar talks about his troubled past, and
more. See who’s making news in UAA.
Check out what some alumni of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
are doing now, in our first Alumnotes column. Then send a note to UAAalum@uw.edu and let us know what’s new with
you. What contributions are you making to your community? Where are you living
and working? We want to know! We’ll publish them in the Alumnotes section of
the fall issue of this e-newsletter.