The Honors Program at the University of Washington is an interdisciplinary program for undergraduates. Students can pursue Honors as a general education track, as an in-depth program within their majors, or as a combination of the two. Students may apply to the Program as new freshmen, at the end of their first year, or once they've selected a major.
Under the Umbrella - Autumn 2014 Newsletter
We're excited to bring you the latest news from Honors in our autumn 2014 newsletter! We've highlighted stories from our latest course offerings, recent alumni, experiential learning programs and international collaborations.
Bonderman Travel Fellowship
The Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available for the 2015 cycle!
Where would you go if you had eight months to travel solo? Which countries would you visit? How would you get there? Where would you stay? How would you be transformed?
This extraordinary opportunity for travel, discovery, and challenge is made possible by the generous donation of Mr. David Bonderman. It offers University of Washington graduate/professional and undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad.
Up to seven graduate and seven undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded in Spring 2015. Each Fellowship carries a $20,000 award to be used only for extended solo international travel. Fellows may not conduct research, pursue an academic project, or participate in a formal program or organization.
More information about the fellowship, eligibility criteria, information sessions, and the application can be found at: bonderman.uw.edu
Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm (noon) January 12, 2015.
Go! Get Out of the Country!
Over 1000 students visited the annual Study Abroad Fair at the HUB on October 24 to learn about the 500+ study abroad options offered by the University of Washington. The University Honors Program was among the 30 UW departments and 19 affiliated organizations offering international experiences to adventurous undergraduate and graduate scholars.
“These experiences are so valuable and immersive,” said Julie Villegas, Associate Director of the Honors Program and International Programs Director. Law Professor Greg Hicks elaborated on the wonderful diversity of viewpoints expressed during last summer’s León program, Wild Places and Forest Lands: International Environmental Law and Land Management, which he leads again next August/September. “We had Spanish students from the exchange program, a chemistry major, a filmmaker - just a wide range of students,” said Hicks. “All with very different backgrounds and all brought something to the party.”
Relational Poverty Network Launch Inspires More Collaborative Thinking Between Economic Classes and Disciplines
Hundreds of UW students and faculty joined visionaries from universities and organizations around the globe this morning to launch the Relational Poverty Network (RPN) co-founded by the new director of our Honors program, Dr. Victoria Lawson, and her colleague in the Geography department, Dr. Sarah Elwood, as a broad experiment bringing sciences and humanities together to build alternative understandings of impoverishment and forge social alliances to address poverty and inequality.