8th Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium

The application for the 18th Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium is now open!  The Sym­po­sium will be held on May 15, 2015 in Mary Gates Hall.  Last year, more than 1,000 under­grad­u­ates par­tic­i­pated.

To learn more and start an appli­ca­tion, visit the Under­grad­u­ate Research Sym­po­sium sec­tion of the URP web­site. All UW under­grad­u­ates involved in research are encour­aged to apply. The appli­ca­tion dead­line is Feb­ru­ary 23, 2015.

Inter­ested stu­dents are also encour­aged to attend one of our upcom­ing Sym­po­sium Info Ses­sions. The first Information Session is Monday, January 26, 3:30-4:20 PM.
When you are ready to apply, sign up for one of our Abstract Writ­ing Work­shops.

Not yet involved in research? Vol­un­teer or stop by on the day of the event to learn more about the research that UW under­grads are par­tic­i­pat­ing in, from projects in syn­thetic chem­istry to new ideas in the realm of dance.

If you have any questions, contact urp@uw.edu.

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Free MCAT 2015 Practice Test Announcement

Dear Pre-Med Students, Altius Test Prep is offering a FREE PRACTICE MCAT EXAM. This will be 1/2 length and cover the MCAT 2015 material. This is a great opportunity to get a look at what the new test will be like and see questions on the new material for MCAT 2015. Altius Test Prep has created 10 FULL LENGTH PRACTICE TESTS that will match MCAT 2015 in content and question type. Altius exams were created with the help of over 40 Ph.D.’s using the same double-blind, peer reviewed, standardized development process used by the AAMC. Because they are standardized we believe our tests will be STATISTICALLY IDENTICAL to the real MCAT. When: Saturday, January 24th from 9:00am-2:00pm Where: Physics & Astronomy Auditorium (PAA), Room A110 (Bring Laptop) Sponsored by the Physics Club Please RSVP to todd@altiustestprep.comtodd@altiustestprep.com> to reserve your seat, and please tell me which school you are from. See our statistics and find our more at http://www.altiustestprep.com. Todd McPhie 435-671-5783 todd@altiustestprep.comtodd@altiustestprep.com> **************************************************

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Presenting ASA’s first Annual Mr. and Ms. Africa Pageant!

University of Washington African Students Association is proud to present its first Annual Mr. and Ms. Africa Pageant! This is an event that will enrich the community by showcasing individuals that embody the rich and diverse cultures that populate the African continent. The event will also strive to portray Africa more positively in light of conventional stereotypes. We are looking for students of African descent that understand the day-to-day struggles of African students at UW as well as who can convey their experiences in the diaspora and are active contributors to the community.

Students- $10
$15 at the door

Proceeds of the event will go in celebrating and honoring our graduating black seniors. Black graduation is an integral part of our experience so please help us in making it happen.

If you’re interested in being contestant please sign up at http://students.washington.edu/uwasa/asa-mr-ms-africa-sign-up/

You can buy tickets from any of the ASA officers at red square from now till the event or from their advisers Adiam Tesfay/Senait Habte.

Watch the promo video here!


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Pre-Health Students: Looking for a Last-Minute Leadership/Service Opportunity?

Academic Support Programs, which runs the Gen Studies 101 classes to help struggling students, is looking for Tutor Mentors for Winter Quarter. Tutor mentors work closely with Gen Studies 101 students to help them master academic and life skills such as organization, note-taking, and study skills. Previous Tutor Mentors have found the experience to be incredibly rewarding.

The Tutor Mentor class (EDUC 401) meets for 80 minutes on Mondays – one section at 3:30 and the other at 6pm. It’s 2 credits if you work with one Gen Studies 101 student (two 90-minute sessions per week at a time and place of your choosing) or 3 credits if you work with two.

If you’re interested, please email Ahnya Redman at aredman@uw.edu. ASP can waive your late registration fee.

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Pre-health drop-in advising schedule for winter quarter

Pre-health drop in advising starts next week!

UAA pre-health advisers will hold weekly, drop-in, group advising sessions for students with pre-health questions.  These sessions will be held in a classroom setting and will allow students to drop in when they can and collectively ask questions of the pre-health advising team.  All are welcome!

Pre-health drop-in advising schedule – Winter 2015

Day Date Time Location
Tuesday 20-Jan 12 noon – 1:30 PM MGH 171 E
Tuesday 27-Jan 12 noon – 1:30 PM MGH 171 E
Tuesday 3-Feb 12 noon – 1:30 PM MGH 171 E
Tuesday 10-Feb 12 noon – 1:30 PM MGH 171 E
Tuesday 17-Feb 12 noon – 1:30 PM MGH 171 E
Tuesday 24-Feb 12 noon – 1:30 PM MGH 171 E
Tuesday 3-Mar 12 noon – 1:30 PM MGH 171 E
Tuesday 10-Mar 12 noon – 1:30 PM MGH 171 E


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Recruiting for First-year Interest Group (FIG) Leader and Orientation Leader (OL) student positions!

First Year Programs is currently recruiting for our First-year Interest Group (FIG) Leader and Orientation Leader (OL) student positions!

The FIG program is looking for students from all departments who are UW-Seattle undergraduates with strong organizational skills (i.e., not over-committed), and a genuine interest in working with freshmen as they face the challenges and opportunities presented to them as new students.   For more information please attend one of our information sessions listed below or email figs@uw.edu

Orientation Leaders play a vital role in the orientation process, working closely with new students and their families on a wide variety of topics including academics, student involvement, housing options, and more. Orientation Leaders work during summer quarter and are paid 30-40/hrs per week.   Please email us at uwao@uw.edu or come to one of the information sessions below with any questions.

Leadership in FYP Workshops:  (All workshops will be held in MGH 120)

  • Thursday 1/22 – 3:30pm
  • Monday 1/26 – 10:00am
  • Friday 1/30 – 1:30pm

Applications are available online at fyp.washington.edu/apply.  The application deadline is Monday, February 2nd by 8:00am.

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2nd annual QSC Ball will be TOMORROW

ASUW | Queer Student CommissionThe 2nd annual QSC Ball will be TOMORROW at the ECC from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  We are also looking for more volunteers so if you are interested, please e-mail asuwqsc@uw.edu.  Thank you so much!!



Friday, January 16th, 2015

6:00 to 8:30pm // Doors open at 5:45pm

Ethnic Cultural Center Unity Ballroom

3931 Brooklyn Ave NE





Celebrate and boogie in your gender with your queer and trans community!  Campus and local organizations will also be tabling with activities.  No dress code; don’t be afraid to be bold and daring!  Cosplay, drag, formal-wear, t-shirts, and more are all welcome.

Performance by special guest and renowned singer:  MICHAEL CAGLE!!  Ed McMahon called him: “A Powerful Vocalist who can hit notes so big and long, you could drive a truck on them.”

The Facebook event link can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/606064559498663/

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The Seattle Race Curriculum Controversy: How Exactly Did a Well-Established, Celebrated Study of Race Get Shut Down and What Can We Do to Prevent Such a Situation from Ever Repeating?

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Odegaard Undergraduate Library (OUG) ROOM 220

In 2012 the Seattle School Board passed the landmark policy, Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity, which put into ink Seattle Public Schools’ color-conscious approach to race. That same year the district supported one white family who complained and pushed for a colorblind approach to race: first, by suspending the race curriculum and then by transferring its teacher. These actions proved to be a prime display of white privilege—even in a district and city with stated commitments to equity and racial justice. What strategies were used to attack the study of race? And why was the teacher, despite positive yearly evaluations and numerous accolades, so vulnerable to this attack? Learn not just the answers to these questions, but also learn about the inspirational resistance efforts of current and former students, as well as of many in the greater Seattle community, including prominent elected officials. Though the battle reached resolution in August of 2014, the question remains: How can educators protect themselves and the classroom as a safe forum for understanding race and challenging racism?

Jon Greenberg is an award-winning public high-school teacher and writer. Creator and facilitator of the celebrated curriculum Citizenship and Social Justice, he has dedicated his career to social justice and civic engagement for nearly twenty years. Greenberg gained broader recognition for standing up for racial dialogue in the classroom—with widespread support from community—while a school district attempted to stifle it. He recently joined Everyday Feminism as a contributing writer and is currently working on a project about the Race Curriculum Controversy. He has recently launched a website.


Faculty contact is Eva Cherniavsky at ec22@uw.edu.



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One Night Count Youth Survey needs volunteers

Count Us In is our community’s count of homeless and unstably housed young people ages 12-25. In 2014, 779 homeless and unstably housed young people were counted at over 45 partner locations across King County. Count Us In provides supplemental data to King County’s One Night Count, a point-in-time count for homeless people all across the county. Though the One Night Count is one of the best-established in the nation, it isn’t set up to have detailed demographics. Often times, when volunteers are counting homeless people in parks, under bridges, or in doorways, it is difficult to determine sex, race, or age. As a result, the number of homeless youth counted in the One Night Count is underrepresented. Count Us In provides richer data and increased awareness around the homeless youth population. This volunteer will conduct the count at different branches of the Seattle Public Library.

You can help! We need volunteers comfortable talking to youth in transition and approaching strangers! Volunteers commit to one 2 to 4-hour shift on January 22nd, 2015. Volunteers are also required to complete a training component (one hour) covering how to conduct the survey.

This is a great opportunity for those to get involved who are not able to participate in the One Night Count.

There is a training to complete before January 22nd, the information about the training dates and times are listed in the link below.


Thank you and we look forward to you signing up!

Samantha Stork
MSW Planning & Public Policy Intern
United Way of King County



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Winter Dawg Daze – Welcome Pre-Health Transfer Students


Winter Dawg Daze – Welcome Pre-Health Transfer Students!

Thursday, January 22 – 1:00 to 2:00 pm – Room 171 E Mary Gates Hall 

What resources are here at UW for you?

Who are the advisers and how do I make an appointment?

Bring your questions, pick up a snack and meet pre-health advisers and other pre-health students.

No need to sign up. Contact: Joyce Fagel, fagel@uw.edu


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Diversity Career Fair is coming up on January 27

The annual Diversity Career Fair is coming up on January 27

JOBS!  INTERNSHIPS!  Something for ALL UW students! A fantastic opportunity!

What:     Diversity Career Fair

When:   Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Where:  University of Washington – Husky Union Building (HUB) Ballroom

Time:     5:30PM-8:30PM

All Majors (Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts & the Sciences)

All Class Levels (Freshman,Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Grad, PhD)

Dress: Business Casual

List of participating employers:  http://students.washington.edu/uwnsbe/corporate/students.html

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AAMC’s 2015 Fee Assistance Program

The AAMC Pre-Med Outreach team invites you and your advisees to learn about the AAMC’s 2015 Fee Assistance Program and options for financing medical school at our upcoming webinars and Twitter chat.

These two FREE one-hour webinars and a Twitter chat will occur this month. We will talk about:

  • The 2015 Fee Assistance Program application process, eligibility requirements, and benefits
  • Strategies for borrowing smart to minimize your educational debt
  • Actions you can take as a pre-med student to help your financial situation later
  • New financial literacy tools available via the AAMC’s FIRST program
  • Benefits of using the MedLoans Organizer and Calculator as a medical student
  • And much more!

Join us and make sure to bring your questions for the 30 minute Q&A session at the end of each webinar or just tweet at us during the Twitter chat.

Webinar: “What Every Pre-Med Student Needs to Know: AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program and Paying for Medical School”

These sessions are identical, please sign up for one.

Twitter Chat: “#askAAMC: AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program and Paying for Medical School”

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Join the conversation by tweeting us at @AAMCPreMed and including #askAAMC in your question. You can tune in by searching the #askAAMC hashtag if you do not have a Twitter account.

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Career Center is in need of volunteers

The Career Center is in need of volunteers for the upcoming Internship Fair on 2/12/15 from 2-6pm in the HUB Ballrooms. Shifts will be available from 8:00am-7:30pm, with a minimum time commitment of 2 hours.

Why volunteer?

  • If you need to fulfill volunteer hour requirements, look no further! Complete your hours with flexible shifts at this high-energy event.
  • Interested in Event Planning? As a volunteer, you’ll work closely with the UW Career Center’s Events Team to put on our biggest event of the year. Learn the ins and outs… then put it on your resume!
  • Some volunteer shifts will work directly with employers, where you will have direct access to network and connect with them.  Keep in mind- they are all hiring and/or have internship opportunities!

Interested? Shoot me (Dean Kirkpatrick) an email at CCFair@uw.edu  with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your hours of availability on the day of the fair 2/12/15 (Thursday)

Please send this to me as soon as you can. By 2/5/15 (Thursday), we’ll be in touch to confirm your schedule and shift assignments. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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For International Students: Intro to the U.S. Legal System

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System by the Student Legal Services Office

Student Legal Services (SLS) is a law office on the UW-Seattle campus that provides confidential legal advice and representation to its students. Students often come to SLS with issues involving landlord/tenant, contracts, family law, criminal law, and estate planning, but we also provide assistance in other areas. SLS helps to educate individual students about their legal rights and responsibilities, which enables them to make educated legal choices.

Come learn about the basics of the U.S. legal system and how to navigate U.S. law as an international student!

Wednesday, January 21, 12:30-1:30pm

Please check in with ISS at Schmitz Hall 459 at least 5 minutes prior to the workshop. Space is limited and is on a first come first serve sign up list. Sign up for the workshop will begin at 12:00 pm the day of the workshop. 

For more information about other quarterly ISS workshops, please visit, https://iss.washington.edu/resources/workshops


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MEDIC meeting: January 12 from 5 to 6:30

On Monday, January 12 from 5 to 6:30, MEDIC will be holding a meeting in Health Sciences T-wing room T498.

This week at MEDIC Shahar will be leading a discussion surrounding stigma and discrimination against obesity in the health care industry.
• This cnn article gives a insight into discrimination against obese people (specifically women) in the clinical world: http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/01/21/obesity.discrimination/
• This article is very long but very interesting. The most relevant section is titled “A threat to quality health care”. Covers similar information as the cnn article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2866597/
• Discusses the issues surrounding employer based financial incentives for weight loss:http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/bias/Monetary_Incentives_for_Weight_Loss_AJPM_3.14.pdf

Navigating the Health Sciences building can be tricky. Enter through the main T wing entrance (bridge across Pacific St), turn right right before you get to the Overpass Cafe. Bring your friends! Snacks will be provided!

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at medicuw@uw.edu and be sure to like us on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/medicuw for updates about MEDIC and bioethics in the media.

Hope to see you there!

MEDIC Officers
Jane Kwon, Shahar Levari, Julia Buschmann, Kaia Barth and James Gillespie

University of Washington Student Organization
Affiliated with Bioethics and Humanities




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