Are you a prospective student or applicant interested in the UW Honors Program? See our Applying to Honors page to request an appointment with an Honors staff member.
Note that drop-in advising hours are intended for current students only. Our front desk staff are happy to provide general information about our Program, but if you have more specific questions, please set up an individual appointment.
For Current Students
The Honors Program advisers hold drop-in advising hours for current UW Honors students during autumn, winter, and spring quarters. This time is great for quick questions -- if these times don’t work in your schedule, or if you have big picture questions that require a longer conversation, please schedule an appointment by contacting the advisers directly.
- 10:30-12:00 with Kim
- 10:30-12:00 with Aley or Brook
- 1:30-3:00 with Laura
- 2:30-4:00 with Carissa
- No drop-in advising
To schedule an appointment, you may contact an adviser to arrange a time that works best in both of your schedules. If you are not looking to meet with one adviser in particular, please complete the Honors Advising Meeting Request Form where you will be asked to provide your availability and a brief overview of what you would like to discuss. These dates/times must be given with AT LEASE THREE business day advanced notice. If you wish to meet with a particular adviser, you may email them directly. The Honors office is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during winter quarter.
Get together with fellow students, advisers, and experts from around campus for more information about topics relevant to you in our Group Advising series! Designed to provide vital information relevant to many Honors students, these sessions focus on topics that we see many students expressing interest in or curiosity about. In the past, we’ve held group advising sessions on scholarships, Departmental Honors, pre-health, nursing, and more. Stay tuned to this website and to your email for upcoming sessions -- and feel free to suggest topics of interest to us, too!
Please meet with us if you are concerned about your GPA or if you are having trouble in a class. We can point you to many different resources both within Honors as well as on the larger UW campus that can help with time management, study skills, tutoring services, and more. The earlier you ask for help, the better!
If your grades fall below a 3.3 cumulative GPA and you are put on probation in the Honors Program, you are required to meet with an Honors adviser. These meetings provide a helpful opportunity for students to discuss academic concerns and get support reflecting on past challenges and creating plans for successful change.
Please review our Honors Program GPA policy to determine if you are in a probation quarter.
Meet the Honors Advisers
Aley Mills Willis
Aley has been advising students in the UW Honors Program since Autumn, 2002. She completed her undergraduate studies at UW with an Honors degree in English Literature, and her graduate studies at UW with a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Policy Studies. She has focused much of her studies on how college students incorporate experiential learning opportunities into their curriculum. Before working in higher education, Aley worked in book publishing in NYC and Seattle and holds a particular interest in literature of the environment.
Aley has found advising students in the Honors Program to be a wonderful way to help motivated college students create an individualized path of study and reach their goals at the UW. When not working with students, or thinking about higher education, Aley spends as much time as possible with her family at home or in the mountains around the Seattle area. She has a passion for exploring and has spent much time traveling the world - mostly in search of more mountains. She is thrilled to help students imagine how to extend their education beyond the classroom both locally and abroad.
Brook has been advising in the Honors Program since 2005 and graduated from the UW in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science with College Honors and History. Brook was a 2003 Bonderman Fellow, and traveled throughout east Africa on her fellowship. She directs the Bonderman Travel Fellowship for the Honors Program, and leads our admissions efforts, in addition to advising.
Brook enjoys working with amazing students doing incredible things and helping them connect their studies to the rest of the world through service and experiential opportunities. She spends her time traveling, tramping the high country, working on her never ending house projects, gardening, canning, cooking, reading, and hanging out with her family and friends.
This is Carissa's first year working as an Academic Adviser with the UW Honors Program. She has been working at UW for the past two years as a Resident Director with Housing and Food Services. In this role, she had the opportunity to oversee the Honors Living Learning Community where she developed a strong appreciation for the UW Honors Program and the students within it. Carissa is originally from Brighton, Colorado and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado State University. She then moved to Baltimore, Maryland for her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Towson University. She now calls Seattle home and loves this part of the country. In her free time, she enjoys watching football and inspirational sports movies, spending time outside, and hanging out at home with her partner and grumpy cat named Buddy.
Laura has been advising in Honors since 2009, when she graduated from the UW with a degree in Women Studies and Comparative History of Ideas. As an adviser, Laura especially enjoys meeting with students and helping them make the UW their home. She also works on course planning and registration.
When not advising students, Laura enjoys exploring Seattle and the Northwest; rock climbing, backpacking, and hiking; taking advantage of the immense UW Library system; and planning travels around the world.
Beginning in autumn 2016, Laura will be working part-time in the Honors Program while she pursues her Masters in Social Work -- but she’s more excited than ever to meet with Honors students, so don’t hesitate to be in touch!
Allison has been collaborating with the academic services team since 2014, when she graduated from UW with bachelor degrees in Psychology and Communication.
Allison enjoys meeting with prospective students and families to help them decide if Honors is a pathway they would like to prioritize in their undergraduate experience. Current students can find Allison at the front desk, where she is happy to help with transactional advising (giving add codes, explaining registration policies, etc.) and other quick questions.
In her free time, Allison enjoys finding new parks or park-like environments to hang out in, spending time with friends and family, and bowling.
Kim has over ten years of experience working in higher education as an academic adviser and instructor at Olympic College and Edmonds Community College. She earned her BA in Communications and MA in Scandinavian Language and Literature from UW. She also holds an MS in Education from Old Dominion University. In her most recent position, Kim was an adviser for a scholarship program funded by the US Department of State providing professional development to underrepresented students from developing countries. Kim grew up in the Pacific Northwest and loves almost everything about this beautiful state. She has a passion for traveling and, prior to her career in education, Kim worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines. She spends much of her free time planning trips and reading guidebooks. She also loves hiking, snowboarding, listening to Moth radio, picnicking, and riding the ferry.