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Annual Retreat and Symposium on Molecular Pharmacology

Every September, the Pharmacology Department hosts a retreat for all students, faculty, and research associates. The retreat is headlined by research symposiums, formal presentations, and student poster sessions, which showcase the program's achievements over the past year. Many faculty and students take the opportunity between sessions to bike through the mountains, play volleyball, or head into downtown Leavenworth, which is modeled after Bavarian villages. The food is simply delicious, and there's plenty of it. Of course, no retreat would be complete without some hilarious entertainment from the Pharmacology second-year students.

This year, the Pharmacology retreat will be held Thursday, September 21, and Friday, September 22, 2017, at Islandwood/Bainbridge Island

Annual Holiday Party

In mid-December, the program throws a holiday party at the renowned Faculty Club on the UW campus. All students, faculty, and staff are invited, along with any family or significant others, to enjoy incredible food, a welcome address from department chair Dr. Catterall, and some laughs from more second-year student entertainment.

Student Life

Seattle Living

Seattle is a great place to live. A vibrant culture coupled with great outdoors opportunities make the "Emerald City" an ideal place to call home.

The Mountains, the Sound and breathtaking views:

One of the best things about living in Seattle is its close proximity to the mountains. Whether you like to hike, bike, rock climb, camp, ski, snowboard or snowshoe, the Cascade Mountains offer a beautiful place to do it. Within 40 miles of downtown Seattle, it's possible to go for a picturesque hike along the Snoqualmie River or enjoy the breathtaking views at the top of Granite Mountain. About 90 miles south of Seattle is Mt. St. Helens, an active volcano around which you can hike and even climb to the rim. The highest peak in the Cascade Mountain range, Mt. Rainier, is located about 50 miles southeast of Seattle and is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states. Its majestic greatness can be seen from Seattle on clear days.

One of the most common phrases in Seattle is "When it's raining in the city, it's snowing in the mountains." There are many places in close proximity to the city where one can take advantage of the snow whether it be on skis, snowboard, telemark skis or snowshoes. Crystal mountain is located about 2 hours from Seattle and is touted as Washington's largest ski area. Still closer is the Summit at Snoqualmie. One great advantage of Seattle is its relatively close proximity to Whistler Blackcomb, the internationally renowned mountains in British Columbia.

Lake Washington, Lake Union, Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean also offer beautiful venues for outdoor activities. Kayaking and sailing abound, especially when the weather is nice. The Seattle Yacht Club offers sailing classes for those who are looking to pick up the sport. You can also rent kayaks from the Agua Verde Paddle Club on Portage Bay right next to the University of Washington. The Pacific Ocean is on a few hours west on the other side of the Olympic Peninsula.

The city of Seattle:

Seattle is truly the city of coffee. It seems that almost every block contains a coffee shop so there is no need to worry about where you will get your next caffeine fix. Starbucks originated here in 1971 and the original store can still be found downtown in the Pike Place Market. The best coffee shops, though, are the small cozy neighborhood spots that attract locals on a daily basis. Some great examples can be found here.

One of Seattle's most famous attractions is the Pike Place Market. Started in 1907 and considered to be "America's premier farmer's market," Pike Place Market is the best place to get fresh fish, meat flowers and produce on a consistent basis. It is a permanent fixture on Seattle's waterfront and features everything from flying fish to street performers.

Music is another component of Seattle's culture. Venues to see concerts range in size from very large (The Gorge or Paramount Theater) to intimate (Chop Suey). The Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony and the Pacific Northwest Ballet also offer other ways to experience the arts in Seattle. In the summer, there are outdoor movies to enjoy.

Seattle is a very physically fit city and there are many ways to get athletically involved. Organized sports teams and clubs abound including soccer, volleyball, basketball, rowing, triathlon, and cycling. The 27-mile Burke-Gilman trail and the 3-mile trail around Green Lake are popular places for walking, running, biking, and rollerblading. If golf is your favorite pastime, Seattle's municipal courses offer fantastic venues at very affordable prices.

Of course, Seattle is not without its major sporting events. The city is home to professional sports teams, most notably the Seahawks (football), Mariners (baseball), as well as Division 1 college sports with the University of Washington Huskies. Seattle also hosts a popular maritime festival every summer called Seafair, which showcases commercial, military, and private vessels, and is capped off with speed boat races and air displays by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.