Graduate Profiles

Autumn 2013 - Summer 2014

The Honors Program salutes its graduates!

Welcome! Please join us in celebrating University of Washington's Honors graduates for the 2013-14 school year. Below you will find a list of some College, Departmental, and Interdisciplinary Honors students who have completed, or are about to complete, their degrees here at University of Washington. We invite you to view their profiles to find out more about these remarkable individuals and their exciting plans for the future!

Sincerely,

The Honors Staff

Profiles submitted by June 6 will also be featured in our Celebration of Distinction slideshow

(2012-13 graduate profiles are still available here)


  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Economics, Mathematics
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Migration and the U.S. Housing Boom and Bust
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Finishing packing, returning my RA materials, and heading out to a dinner with family.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I'll have finished the first year of my PhD in economics at Ohio State and (hopefully) enjoying the summer!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I hope to be an academic economist at a research university, studying problems at the intersections of urban, labor, development, and public economics. I'd love to be located in an urban area myself - engaging with its people, learning its culture, and working to address its issues.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Writing my Honors thesis in my junior year was a transformative experience. My first stab at research guided me to think seriously about the kinds of things that interested me and wanted to pursue further, and allowed me to build connections with some fantastic people along the way.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    See and enjoy as much of this university as you can! There will always be spots you haven't visited (yeah, even study spots), interesting clubs you haven't joined, people you haven't met, experiences you haven't shared. Go explore!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Civil Engineering
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Dynamic Concrete Creep Modeling
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    www.carsongbaker.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Taking the day off and enjoying the warm summer with college friends, then preparing to start work as an intern for KPFF Consulting Engineers.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Back to school! I will be attending Grad School again at the University of Washington pursuing a Masters in Structural Engineering.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Leading a family as we grow closer to God and each other, and managing projects at a small structural engineering firm from start to finish.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    It has allowed me to gain a more diverse and interdisciplinary education by training me in fields other than engineering, and given me friends outside of my specific academic interests. Additionally it has given me access to opportunities with faculty which have been incredibly valuable experiences.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    If you find you can meld your major with the Honors requirements, it is certainly worth sticking through to the end. You likely will not realize all the impact the Honors Program has had until you've come through it!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Nursing
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Adolescent sleep effect on body composition, activity level, and nutrition.
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I aspire to work as a critical care RN serving the diverse population at Harborview Medical Center. I currently serve on the Professional Organization of Nursing Students Executive Board and Student Council and hope to continue working with the UW SON Alumni Board following graduation.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will most likely be working in an Intensive Care Unit or Emergency Department, studying for the GRE and Critical Care Registered Nurse license, and preparing an application to apply to various Nurse Anesthetist programs.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I have traveled to Panama and Honduras with medical professionals to provide primary care in rural communities. I hope to continue traveling internationally throughout my career and create innovative approaches that empower families with preventative care knowledge and healthcare resources.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The honor's program through the UW School of Nursing has allowed me to diversify and strengthen my network in addition to participating in other opportunities such as research and presenting at various conferences.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Work hard and participate honor's programs because it will open up new windows of opportunity that will enrich your academic experience.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    International Studies
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://wandabertram.wix.com/wanda
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Outside, catching up on the Seattle education blogs I haven't been able to read, or with friends I haven't had enough time with! Or taking a class at the Northwest Film Forum.
    ... One year after graduating?
    On the Trans-Siberian railway to Ulaanbaatar, about halfway through my Bonderman Fellowship. :)
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Crashing my younger sister's ten-year high school reunion.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has really challenged me to reconsider how knowledge is shared between different kinds of scholars, and how scholarly relationships are structured in a university setting; e.g. the professor who had to miss class for an academic conference and sent us selfies of the cool things he was seeing.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Biology- Physiology
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Enjoying the sun at Gasworks with my family.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Finishing my first year of medical school at Dartmouth!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Working as a physician in a large coastal city.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The Honors floor of Lander introduced me to all of my closest friends- something I did not expect but will always be grateful for.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take advice from others with a grain of salt. We aren't that much older or wiser. Experiencing things for yourself is the best way to learn what is right for you.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Public Health
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    The Impact of Climate Change on Vector Borne Infectious Diseases
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    The day after graduation I plan to spend the day with my family and friends who came to Seattle for graduation. These celebrations will be followed by frantically preparing for the first day of graduate school which starts June 17th.
    ... One year after graduating?
    In one year, I plan to be at Seattle University working toward my Master's in Nursing to become a family nurse practitioner.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    In ten years I want to be working as a family nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric infectious disease. I plan to combine this clinical work with research in the field of infectious diseases. This work could have me in Seattle, somewhere in the United States, or on another continent.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Political Science and Communication
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    The New American Individualism and the Transformation of American Citizenship
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    With my friends and family, celebrating. And sleeping! Finally.
    ... One year after graduating?
    At the University of Washington School of Law. Because 4 years here obviously wasn't enough.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Geez, I don't know. Probably practicing law or working with a non-profit in Seattle.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors was great in both broadening and deepening my educational experience. While I was able to take classes far outside my major, I was also able to complete advanced courses and do research in my chosen field of study, political communication.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Don't forget that an incredibly important part of your college experience is learning to be a better person--and most of the time, that sort of education doesn't happen in the classroom. Make room in your life for things besides your classes.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Winter 2013
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Medical Anthropology and Global Health
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://michellebromberg.weebly.com/
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    This already occurred back in December. I think I spent a long time at a cafe watching people's interactions while pretending to read a book.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will embark upon an exploration of Israel and beyond.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Among other things unbeknownst to me, I intend to live in closer proximity to my family.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Living on the Honors floor introduced me to a few of the most inquisitive, talented, and wittiest minds I have ever encountered. As it turns out, the people attached to those brains also made for excellent friends. The academic requirements encouraged me to avoid academic complacency.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Find a way to make volunteer work a part of your life. It will likely end up being much more mutually beneficial than you initially imagined. My experience with serving food at a soup kitchen in the U-District has helped me connect with and learn from a wide variety of people in my community.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Mechanical Engineering
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    brownj28.weebly.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I will be finalizing logistics for a month long trip to Japan I will be taking with my best friend from high school.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I am working at Janicki Industries as an engineer, and will be living in the Bow/Edison area. I've never lived in a city with less than 100,000 people. Bow/Edison has just over 100. It's going to be an adventure--I can't wait.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of being asked this question.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The Honors Program kept me balanced. It was a break from equations, and allowed me to explore my auxiliary interests. In a world where specialization is emphasized, it was a place where I could embrace everything about myself rather than having to just pick one thing.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Hold on tight.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Summer 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    International Studies: Development track with Departmental Honors; Dance: Creative studies; Spanish minor
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Mapping Silence, Missing Borders: Performance and Politics in Rural Nicaragua
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I expect to be doing a happy jig. And, if it's sunny, lying outside with a good book. If it's raining, lying in my bed with a good book.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Hopefully researching and living in South America.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I'm not planning that far ahead yet! But perhaps working towards a PhD in the social sciences and incorporating dance. At the very least, dancing everyday in my bedroom.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has guided me to interdisciplinary classes with a strong focus on social justice issues, classes that have helped me see myself and my interests as fitting into a rigorous academic environment. It has also introduced me to professors and students who have become mentors and inspirations.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take classes that look interesting and inspiring to you, even if they're not in your plan.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Business Administration - Finance
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Relaxing with friends and family, reminiscing on the best four years of my life.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will be just finishing up my Bonderman Fellowship adventure around the world, thus I will most likely be doing some more relaxing and reminiscing before working and attend the Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Master's Program at UW.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Hopefully either working in technology or sports. I want to combine writing, finance and HCDE to create something that will hopefully change the way people live.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    As a business major in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, I was challenged to think differently and look at things from different perspectives. Likewise, I was able to bring my own unique perspective to the table, and often introduce an incentive-oriented approach to problem solving.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    1) Study abroad - You will not regret it. It gives you a broader perspective on life, the world and the human race. 2) It's ok to not know what you want to do right away - now is the time to explore, experiment and pursue your passions. 3) Take advantage of opportunities, but have fun
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    International Studies: Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    The Effects of Prolonged UNMIK Administration on Statebuilding in Kosovo
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Catching up on my sleep debt, spending time with friends and family
    ... One year after graduating?
    Working in program administration at a large international nonprofit, traveling frequently both for work and for pleasure, keeping up on my Russian
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Happy, busy, surrounded by people I love
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself. UW bureaucracy can be intimidating, but you have the power to make your experience whatever you want it to be. You just have to ask.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Psychology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    The Preliminary Efficacy, Feasibility and Acceptability of a Brief Audio-Guided Online Dialectical Behavior Therapy Mindfulness Skills Intervention for College Students
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Hanging out with friends and playing the fiddle until my hands fall off (it is a reversible process though).
    ... One year after graduating?
    Earning a PhD in clinical psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, trying hard to not complain about the heat and snow, and bragging to friends about how incomparably awesome the Pacific Northwest is. And maybe starting an urban farm for the school to replicate the awesomeness of UW Farm.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    1. Teaching random fun classes with bizarre titles at some community college in the middle of nowhere, and totally enjoying it. 2. Still playing the fiddle, in an Old Time dance band with some kind of weird name like Duck's Eyeballs or Buffalo and Chickens. 3. Practicing as a psychotherapist.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Conducting a research project from start to finish taught me so much about working with peers and mentors. Although I learned from it that a research career is not what I want, I enjoy the fruits of my hard work, and have discovered another future path that is more meaningful and motivating to me.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Plan, but savor the moment. Don't be afraid to drop and quit things that are draining and no longer meaningful to you. Less is more. All you need is to do one thing really well. Awards and honors are awesome, but what REALLY sticks with you is fun, friendship, and living each day by your values.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Biology (Molecular, Cellular, Developmental)
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Viral Evolution in HIV-1 Infected Women from Seroconversion to AIDS
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Savoring the relief and nostalgia that comes with the end of an undergraduate career.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Preparing to embark on the next big academic adventure of my life: a Ph.D. program in Molecular Genetics hopefully!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Probably still endlessly fascinated by the discoveries being made in the sciences and hopefully making some of those discoveries myself! Mostly, though, I hope to be with the people I cherish and always pursuing/doing the things I love.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The Honors Program has allowed me the amazing opportunity to build stronger liaisons with professors and challenge myself academically.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Never stop asking "Why not?".
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Biochemistry; Microbiology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Inactivation of PdpA results in attenuation for Francisella noatunensis infections in zebrafish.
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Touring Seattle with my family from overseas
    ... One year after graduating?
    Pursuing a PhD degree in Molecular Virology and Microbiology.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Devote yourself to what you enjoy will unlock doors to many opportunities, so work hard and be patient.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Geography and Communications
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Quality, affordability, and privacy: An exploration into perceptions and issues in student housing at the University of Washington
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    The day after Commencement I will be traveling to Alaska with my parents
    ... One year after graduating?
    Living in Seattle with a job that I enjoy (hopefully!). And discovering more of Seattle beyond the U-district
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Too far away to know!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    I really enjoyed being a part of the Honors program. It was challenging and overwhelming at times, but I have been working with a really great group of people and learned a lot in the last year.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    One year to work on a research project goes by quickly, but it all comes together in the end!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Anthropology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Drawing the Line: An Exploration into the Complex and Contradictory Relationships Between Humans and Other Primates
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Sitting on my parents couch with my cat and no assignments to worry about!
    ... One year after graduating?
    At the University of Notre Dame working toward a Ph.D. in Anthropology.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Hopefully teaching at the UW and chasing monkeys through the jungles of South America!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Participating in Honors allowed me to branch out of my department and meet some incredible professors and students that I otherwise might not have met.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Be persistent in your work and your goals! If you hit a roadblock, find a way around and keep moving. The hard work is worth it in the end.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Biology and Linguistics
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    An autonomous MuLE within a C class gene underlies double flowered varieties of Thalictrum thalictroides
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I expect to be at home with my family in Kirkland or trying desperately to pack up my stuff to move out of my apartment.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will be teaching high school Biology in Baltimore, MD. I am leaving shortly after graduation to move to Baltimore and learn how to be a teacher. I will begin teaching in the fall and I am very exited and nervous.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I plan to be back in Seattle working in the public schools. I will have gone back to UW and done the principal program here. I will hopefully be working as a principal in a south Seattle school.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors was a place for me to take exceptionally interesting classes from wonderful professors, meet people who have become wonderful friends and to explore the world via study abroad. It has been wonderful.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Don't be afraid to just take a class because it is interesting. Even if it doesn't seem to fit into a graduation requirement, some of my most fun and interesting classes were the ones I took just because I thought they would be interesting.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Autumn 2013
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Spanish
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    My thesis, written in Spanish, focused on how BartolomÍŠ de las Casas' rhetoric compelled the Spanish crown to change its brutal policies in the New World.
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Spending quality time with friends before moving away from Seattle!
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will be finishing my first year of medical school.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I hope to be fulfilling my dream of international medical work.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Accounting, International Business
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I will be going on a cruise to Alaska with all of my visiting relatives -- and then preparing for my trip to Greece!
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will be working at a consulting firm called Alvarez & Marsal as an Analyst. I hope I will be helping companies grow and develop!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Can't possibly plan that far, but hopefully I'll be working somewhere I love (perhaps internationally), creating a positive impact on the world!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    It has opened me to numerous new experiences and challenged me to venture out of my comfort zone. I have met many intelligent and inspirational individuals, and am grateful for the Honors program in acting as a medium.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    It's school, but remember to take breaks and have fun! Those are the times you'll remember most, so remember to make them!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Winter, 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Neurobiology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Microglia Toll-like Receptor and Interferon Signaling in Ischemic Preconditioning
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I graduated last quarter and the moment I came home, I passed out on the couch for three days. As the first to graduate college in my family, I thought I would celebrate after my last final. I guess I ended up celebrating in my sleep.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Now that I have graduated, I am currently studying for my MCAT and leaving my position as a research assistant in the Weinstein lab to gain experience conducting research in the area of infectious diseases, hopefully with the NIH. I will also travel to Nicaragua with the Global Medical Brigade.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I will obtain an MD or MD/PhD degree, and continue conducting research probably in Malaria. I see myself teaching at a university and/or traveling to my native country of Ghana to provide care at a clinic located in my neighborhood. I will start a scholarship program that supports females in school.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The honors program in Neurobiology provided the challenge I needed to blossom into the scientist I am today. The knowledge I gained allowed me to accurately interpret scientific data, conduct research independently, and write my senior thesis. I even published as a second author in an article!
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    At some point, there will be a voice in your head saying that you are incapable of achieving certain goals you have set for yourself. Do not listen to that voice. That voice told me not to apply to college, my major, honors, research opportunities, or scholarships. But I did, and received them all.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    English
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Relaxing with family, friends, and a big stack of long-delayed recreational reading!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Pursuing a career in editorial work, doing what I love (more reading).
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Being happy.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    I met the best friends, had the best experiences, and discovered that it's possible to spend life happy and always learning!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Winter, 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Interdisciplinary Visual Arts
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Celebrating, making plans to visit my Grandmother who recently beat cancer, and looking into traveling abroad.
    ... One year after graduating?
    While I am finishing my first graphic novel and working towards it getting published, I will be working in a business that utilizes the skills I learned here.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Successful career in comics industry with several published works that encourage a positive sociological mindset among my audience. At this point I will have traveled abroad as a way to both further my knowledge of the world that so fascinates me and celebrate life as well.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    My department's honors program encouraged to become a bold creator accustomed to criticism and deadlines. I can leave the University of Washington with my head held high and ready to face the challenges of the professional world without trepidation.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    In a decade no one will remember you for your accolades here but they will remember the person you were. If you see someone struggling be there for them. Seeing the friends I have made here succeed is worth more than what is written on my diploma any day.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Autumn 2013
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Computer Science
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    POMDP-Based Interaction and Interactive Natural Language Grounding with a NAO Robot
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    maxwellforbes.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Working in Raj Rao's and Maya Cakmak's robotics labs.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Working at Google in Fremont.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Post-PhD (fingers crossed), working on artificial intelligence. Think "Her" (the movie), but ... less so :-)
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Doing the honors summer study abroad to Amsterdam was transformative in several ways: taking seminars from the university there, Rob Corser opening my eyes for architecture, Clifford Tatum introducing me to social science research, and, of course, spending a summer in Amsterdam when you're 19.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Spend time with new people who are interesting and challenging, travel to dispel the idea that what you're comfortable with is normal (Europe doesn't really count), take a Clarke Speed class if he decides to stick around, and remember that your life is not your resume.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Psychology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Reward and Velocity Correlates in the Periaqueductal Gray
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Zzzzz...
    ... One year after graduating?
    Firstly, pursuing the goals I've set aside while in college: exploring the world, reengaging with the arts, and diving into the communities that surround the things I love. Secondarily, building the foundations of a career in my field or beginning grad school.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Happily settled into my career, the life I've built for myself, and engaged in the communities I love.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    It taught me about working hard in a manner different from anything I've done before, and gave me a much better insight into where I want to go and how to get there. Also, you need to engage in the community surrounding what you're doing or you won't go very far.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Keep going! You'll find you're capable of so much more than you ever thought. But, don't forget to take breaks! Laughter and rest will help you every bit as much as hard work and perseverance.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Neurobiology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Microglia Transfection Optimization and Interferon Signaling in Ischemic Preconditioning
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    khloehrsportfolio.weebly.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Hopefully spending time with friends somewhere sunny.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Possibly starting a summer clinical program in Washington or abroad, and recovering from my first year at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Practicing medicine in an underserved community somewhere . . . other than that, I don't have anything set in stone. Just planning to keep exploring what life has to offer and hopefully discover some new interests that will lead me to unforeseen adventures.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Although I really enjoy science, I appreciated that Honors gave me an opportunity to take interesting classes beyond the neurobiology and pre-med requirements. These courses drastically changed how I view the world and also my own identity. In addition, I loved being part of the Honors community!
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Don't get too set on the original plans you have for your college experience. Some of the most important and memorable things I did at UW completely contradicted my initial expectations, and it turned out much better that way!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Economics
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    The Higher Education Tuition Bubble
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Enjoying the sun with my friends and family.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Finishing up my first year at Stanford Law School!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Using my JD--hopefully back in Seattle :)
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Participate in student leadership! ASUW has been the cornerstone of my undergraduate experience.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Fall 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Architectural Studies
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Memory and the Image in the Reuse of Industrial Architecture
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    No idea.
    ... One year after graduating?
    No idea.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    No idea.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors was great because it introduced me to creative people and creative ways of thinking.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Make lots of friends and have lots of experiences, both inside and outside of the Honors Program! The University of Washington has a lot of incredible people.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    DNA-based Identification of Snailfish eggs laid in the gill cavity of King Crabs
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    jgardn92.weebly.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    One day after graduating I will be spending time with my family and friends.
    ... One year after graduating?
    One year after graduation I will hopefully be traveling for a summer after working for year and then heading off to graduate school somewhere.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Ten years after graduating I will hopefully have found a job that I love that allows me to do research and field work and maybe even teach.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has been such a great experience. It really helped me cope with how big UW is and I have absolutely loved every class I've taken.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take advantage of the awesome Honors classes. You get to take pretty much whatever sounds interesting and the professors are teaching what they love so it's a great time all around.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring, 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Environmental Studies & Economics (BS)
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Stay in Seattle and enjoy the city for the last few days.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will be enjoying the sunshine in California and finishing up my first year of graduate school at UC Berkeley.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Maybe Mars...who knows.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    It allows me to constantly challenge myself and pushes me to accomplish work that I did not expect myself to accomplish. What is the impact? I am tougher now.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Keep calm and carry on.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Public Health
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    'Inhabiting the Quake:' A Case Study of the 2010-2011 Christchurch Earthquake Series and its Application to Seattle
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Celebrating with family and (hopefully!) enjoying some sun.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Off wandering through South America and Africa on the Bonderman Fellowship!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Hopefully I'll be well-traveled (and still traveling), have my MPH, be working in a fulfilling job and be surrounded by friends and family (where we enjoy lots of adventures and summer BBQs of course).
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors shaped my undergraduate experience by providing me with a smaller community at the university and a great support system. It also provided me with some of my favorite classroom experiences and challenged me to think critically and creatively.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take risks, seek out unique opportunities and get involved in the Honors community.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Political Science; Economics
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    One day after graduation, I will be traveling to Portland with my family.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Hopefully, one year after graduation I will be working for an international organization either here in the US, or in one of the Western European countries.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    It is hard to tell what I expect to be ten years after graduation. However, I hope to have received my Masters degree and have built a successful career.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Business
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    In Seattle with friends and family
    ... One year after graduating?
    I wish I knew
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I also wish I knew this
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has opened my eyes to new ways of thinking and topics I wouldn't have had the chance to study otherwise that were some of the most interesting things I studied at UW. Some of the best professors and best advisors I had were in the Honors program and they helped me immensely
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take advantage of the opportunity to get to know your Honors professors and advisors - they are the best at the University
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Environmental Science and Resource Management
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Effects of Occasion Length on Occupancy Estimation Models
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I'll be down on the beach at St. Edwards State Park, relaxing and remembering the wonderful time I had at the University of Washington over the last couple of years.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I'll be back at the University of Washington studying badger gene flow for my Masters in Wildlife Science.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Hopefully I'll have both my Masters and PhD by then, and I'll be working as a research scientist!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Being an Honors student gives me pride because it's acknowledgement of all the hard work that I've put into my education.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    When times get tough, just remember the reason you started going to college in the first place. It will motivate you to excel.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Summer 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Environmental Studies
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Protecting Our Local Waterbodies: Waterkeepers and Citizen Enforcement of the Clean Water Act
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    https://www.linkedin.com/pub/amy-hersh/89/323/7a1
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I will be spending time with family and friends in the sun and reminiscing about all the good memories we have shared over the past 4 years. We may share some Mexican food and listen to the Doobie Brothers.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I hope to be traveling the world in pursuit of opportunities related to climate justice, environmental education, and water rights, or other opportunities that fit my mindset at the time. I hope to enjoy my freedom and see where life takes me within my passion for environmentalism.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I would like to be working in a field that makes me feel happy and fulfilled, spending my days with supportive friends and coworkers, and engaging in activist, legal, or policy work to ensure the health of our planet and society.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    I appreciated the opportunities Departmental Honors offered me in terms of classes, seminars, and study-abroad trips. I was able to qualify for a study abroad to India through Honors that was truly amazing. I am also grateful for the insight Honors seminars brought to my undergraduate experience.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Try to balance the importance of aspects of your life and not get bogged down in the relentless stream of grades and tests. There is so much more to life than midterms, papers, and participation points! Get outside, spend time with the people that matter, and make sure to enjoy every moment.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Psychology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    The Effects of the Availability Heuristic on Preventative Action
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I want to be lying around at home, lazing about, watching tv, playing cards with friends, and eating delicious food.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I want to be working, with a grad school lined up for the next school year. Something either around Seattle or in the Northeast. A school with a good eating disorder counseling/clinical program would be what I'd want.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    That's too far out to imagine. Maybe I'd be married, in a settled position at a well-known clinic. Who knows? Or I might be in Asia, traveling around and eating my heart out.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The Psychology Honors project was a really great way to initiate myself to research and the entire process of conception, development, analysis, and production. There's so many little steps and details that get overlooked when one is simply reading the final paper or taking part in a project.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    They'll be just fine.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Neurobiology & Linguistics
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    drinking, crying, packing up to move and start an internship the Monday after graduation
    ... One year after graduating?
    applying to grad school, spending way less time looking at a computer screen
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    learning new things about what it means to be human, reading, spending time with people I love
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    My best friends are the people I met on the honors floor my freshman year, and these are people that I want to be friends with for the rest of my life. That's pretty powerful. Honors classes and professors were also a godsend during the terrible quarters of science weed out classes.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    It's better to do a few things well than many things shoddily. I did not follow this advice and it made me overworked and sucked the joy out of my life. Do things out of interest, not obligation.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Honors English/Creative Writing
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    A Utopia Without Art
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I will be starting to read books from the massive backlog I have accumulated over the last three years. I can't wait to relax and read what I want to read!
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will be finishing the first year of the Master of Science in Information Management program at the University of Washington's iSchool and will (hopefully) have a nice internship lined up.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I hope to have a book published and a successful start-up that I can call my own. If not, you can bet I'll be working hard to make sure I do at some point!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors English allowed me to immerse myself in a wide variety of texts and theories. It allowed me to look at my work critically and hone my ability to communicate ideas and experiences through writing.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Don't panic.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Mechanical Engineering
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    benjaminjanickiuw.weebly.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Home with my family, celebrating.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Here at UW, pursuing graduate school in Mechanical Engineering.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Advancing my career in private industry while using my knowledge of engineering to make the world a better place.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has given me an irreplaceable sense of community within UW where I have made lasting friendships. Honors also allowed me to branch out and study topics unrelated to engineering to broaden and diversify my educational experience.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Go to the HSAP events! HSAP is the Honors Student Affairs Panel, and they throw all the fun Honors events! Half the point of Honors is the community, so "like" HSAP on Facebook and read the weekly Honors Tumbler email to keep an eye out for HSAP events!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    summer 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Biochemistry
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    In Seattle
    ... One year after graduating?
    Medical school
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I plan to be travelling back and forth from here to my country, Gambia.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    It's a good feeling. Being an honor student keeps me motivated.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Biochemistry B.S., Neurobiology B.S., Medical Anthropology & Global Health B.A.
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Small Heat Shock Proteins: Investigating Client Binding
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    ashwinsportfolio.weebly.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    In the bathroom, crying about being done with college and having to deal with the real world
    ... One year after graduating?
    In Seattle, finished with my first year at the University of Washington School of Medicine
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    In Seattle, practicing medicine and making videos for my YouTube channel
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors exposed me to certain realities of life sooner than I would have learned them otherwise. The most important one is that having multiple passions and skills is not only useful for any profession, but it also makes you an interesting person.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Do ALL the things! People say college is the time you need to start focusing on just one interest and slowly get rid of your hobbies. They're wrong. I think college may be the last few years of your life when you can get away with NOT focusing on just one thing. Do everything that makes you YOU.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Electrical Engineering
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Open-Sourced Optical Test Setup for Rapid and Affordable Silicon Photonic Biosensor Development; Health Data Recorder System
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Celebrating graduation and Father's Day with family and friends.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Hopefully preparing for my first year of medical school here or somewhere new!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Finishing a neurosurgery residency while being involved in the design of novel brain-computer interfacing technologies.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has taught me what it means to be a life-long learner. From delving into Honors humanities and science courses to applying the knowledge gained through Honors research, Honors has provided me with a well-rounded education that has prepared me well for a career in medicine.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take notice of what makes you happy and pursue it! Find mentors who share your passion(s) and learn as much as you can from them.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    N/A
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    www.la-honors.weebly.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Enjoying the first day of my first summer off since graduating high school! Which probably means a lot of sun bathing, reality-TV and napping.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I'll be finishing my first year of dental school! So I'll most likely be extremely sleep deprived, over worked and wondering how I survived my first year. I'll be busy but I'll be doing what I love most.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    In 10 years I'll hopefully have had finished dental school, finished my residency in some specialty and maybe also a Master's in Public Health? At this point I'll be extremely excited to be finally out of school and practicing in a dental community clinic.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    I found some of my very best friends through Honors. Friends who are like family and I can't imagine myself without the Honors community. I'm so thankful I had the chance to meet so many thoughtful and amazing students.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    College is competitive; but it's never a good reason to let it get in the way of making friends or collaborating with someone you think is your "competition". You'll forget those GPA's and decimal points but you'll never forget the college friends you loved enough to invite to your wedding.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Neurobiology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Learning and Memory: Investigating the Role of Circadian Rhythm in Hippocampal Adult Neurogenesis
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Playing with my kids some place sunny
    ... One year after graduating?
    Working full time in a lab which studies cell or neural function.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Fished with my PhD, and doing a post-doc in neural research
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Biochemistry
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    N/A
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://appk1992.wix.com/michellehnrs
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Showing my family around in Fremont and having lunch at my favorite spot, Royal Grinders. :D
    ... One year after graduating?
    I'll be working as a medical scribe for pennies during my gap year before applying to physician assistant schools. I'll also hopefully be making progress in my role as a volunteer co-project manager at the Living Earth Institute for a water sanitation improvement project in Myanmar.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I can't say where I expect life to take me at this point. Hopefully... happy.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    I met some of my closest friends through the Honors Program freshman year and they've been part of my support system throughout all four years of college.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    No matter how tough it gets, never forget that although it may take two to tango, it only takes one to hip hop...
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    BS Biochemistry
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    The Early Replication of Centromeres Prevents Genomic Instability
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I will be probably in a movie theater watching Godzilla.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will be in lab working while getting prepared for graduate school.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I will be working in lab as a Postdoc at another school.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Being enrolled in Honors has kept pushing me hard to the edge. It has been a great source of my energy and motivation.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Research and make sure to utilize the available resources that are provided to you by the school, such as undergraduate research, office hours, symposiums, honors programs, scholarships, clubs, good foods, good friendships (visit your friend's home in a different country during summer!), etc.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring, 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Anthropology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Comparative Bone Histology of Small Mammal Femora Across and Elevation Gradient
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://jlungmushonorsportfolio.weebly.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Brunch
    ... One year after graduating?
    Working on my next degree at the University of Chicago
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    In Africa, hunting for dinosaurs
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    I can't image my life in Seattle without this program and the wonderful people I have met in it. Thanks for making this place home!
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    You only get out of an experience, what you're willing to put into it. Invest energy in this place and these people, and it will pay you back ten fold.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Winter 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Biochemistry
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    With family and friends celebrating.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Still at the UW in Pharmacy School.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Probably working but hopefully doing something fun as well!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The honors program is amazing. I met my best friends there, made the greatest memories (Lander 8!) and learned from the smartest faculty and students.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Always go to the Honors Bake-Off because Honors students make the most amazing cookies! You don't want to miss it! And don't forget to smile, especially during finals week :-)
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Bioengineering
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Experimental method to analyze the effect of neighboring A1 and A3 domains on the mechanoenzymatic cleavage of VWF's A2 domain
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Starting an internship in Physio Control's Research Department, helping design the next generation of defibrillators.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Finishing up a year-long position as a visiting Fulbright researcher at Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait City, working on diabetes-related molecular research and educational outreach.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Probably still in school, finishing up my residency.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has surrounded me with a community of students who are somehow extremely motivated, involved, academic, passionate, well-rounded, high-performing, and fun all at the same time. This keeps me inspired to constantly stay motivated and engaged in academics, extracurriculars, and life in general.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Besides learning how to live and learn, networking is probably the most important thing you can get out of your college experience. So stay actively involved and always check your email for free food opportunities that offer a catered dinner and the chance to meet new people and learn new things.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Computer Science
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    DCDN: Efficient peer-to-peer for the web browser
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    In the mountains soaking in Washington's natural beauty!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Celebrating a year working at Google with friends new and old.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I wish I knew...
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    summer 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Bioengineering
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://TylerMaxfield.weebly.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    The day after graduation, I will be driving down to the Redwood Forest. During the following week I will explore what the national park has to offer.
    ... One year after graduating?
    In one year I hope to be graduating from the Bioengineering masters program. I have been given the opportunity to continue my research and complete a masters project within one year. One more year! The extra degree will open up job opportunities that would otherwise be restricted.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    The beauty of this question is that it bypasses my decision regarding graduate school. Whether I pursue a PhD or not, I will be working in industry developing the next generation of brain computer interfaces.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The honors program has allowed me to diversify my knowledge base. At heart I am a Jack-of-all-trades, so the opportunity to explore the workings of many different fields has been extremely valuable to my personal development.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Stick with it! I know that pushing a full credit load, quarter after quarter, is tiresome. Just remember the bright eyed freshman that started this journey and follow through!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Interdisciplinary Visual Arts
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://www.facebook.com/LindsayMcCoyModel
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Sleeping! That is certainly a given. On the 15th I will actually be hosting a huge graduation summer party and potluck to visit with many of my friends and celebrate my accomplishments while having some fun.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I plan on doing a lot of volunteer work, internships, and maintaining a small job while doing research to start Seattle's first non-profit wearable art fashion show with a friend. It's going to require a lot of time and effort, but will be well worth it.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I hope to be a non-profit business leader running my wearable art fashion shows, an established artist, have a few children's illustration books published, and continued success as a model.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Being in honors has given me more specialized attention and critique as an artist, an opportunity that's hard to get as often otherwise. It's satisfying to be known as one of the top students and also allows me more freedom as an artist since my instructors give me so much freedom.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Make use of all of your additional tools you gain as an honor's student, don't take them for granted. Some of the tools and resources you gain access to will not always be there for you.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Summer 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Comparative Religion
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    The Seal of Prophets
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    In Seattle
    ... One year after graduating?
    Out side the Washington State
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    It is a great opportunity to step into the world outside/beyond reqular classes, for it provides unique chances for further exploration.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Summer 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    International Studies
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    NA
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    NA
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Celebrating with friends and family in Seattle - and finally visiting the Space Needle!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Getting my postbaccalaureate and studying for the new version of the MCATS.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Reading, writing, traveling the world, and learning about medicine!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Summer 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Mathematics, Philosophy
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Celebrating my graduation with family and friends.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Volunteering for Heifer International as a farmhand on their ranch in Perryville, Arkansas and working with livestock such as water buffalo and camels or traveling throughout New Zealand with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and working on grass-based livestock farms with cows and sheep.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Running my own grass-based organic livestock and poultry farm.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    B.A. International Studies, minor in Political Science
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Spending the day with my family before flying back to Washington DC for my internship program through the State Department
    ... One year after graduating?
    Getting ready to start graduate school
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Living with my husband and two kids, working across the world somewhere with poor communities and governments building their capacity for progress and development :)
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has helped grow not only as a student, but as a person. I have repeatedly been challenged and learned how to overcome and take lessons from any experience. The Honors community has helped provide me a dynamic community in which to discover my strengths.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take it allllllllll in. Don't judge a book by its cover and accept sooner rather than later that you still have a lot to learn, and if you're not failing then you're not pushing yourself hard enough :)
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Public Health
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Follow the Money, US Health Care Expenditure
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    In Boston, preparing for my first day of work at Brigham and Women's Hospital
    ... One year after graduating?
    Starting my first year of medical school
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Finishing my first year as a board certified Emergency physician about to hop on the next flight to see my family in Kenya
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has allowed me to challenge myself and unearth potential I was not previously aware of
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Choose to do only those things that you are absolutely passionate about. That passion will be the only thing that will keep you going in times of doubt, and exhaustion.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring, 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    English and the Comparative History of Ideas
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Common Core, Common Tongue? An analysis of the role of language in the Common Core State Standards
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Sleeping in and putting together a list of books to read for fun (yes, for fun!) over the summer.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Wrapping up my Master's degree in Education Policy from the UW College of Education and looking for employment in the field!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Hopefully working in a public school district central office as an administrator or with an organization doing advocacy work for teachers. Considering applying to a PhD program perhaps? But, most importantly, hopefully living with two adopted pugs!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has played a central and invaluable role in my undergraduate career. The philosophy of the program, and the people who bring that philosophy to life, have shown me the value of reflection, intentionality, and the power of strong community.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    My advice is to learn how to say 'yes' to new things and to learn how to say 'no' to other things. Both lessons can be challenging, but both lead to profound growth if you allow yourself to be changed by the experiences you have!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Computer Science
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Sleeping!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Working, relaxing and smiling
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Who knows??
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Some of the teachers are really cool!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Nursing
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    The family factor: Influence on Depression in At-risk Youth
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Celebrating my academic accomplishment with friends and family
    ... One year after graduating?
    Starting the next chapter in my academic journey: The UW Doctorate of Nursing Program specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Working as a nurse practitioner within my own private practice
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Biochemistry
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Maturation of Nanodiscs to HDL-like Particles via Lecithin-Cholesterol Acyl Transferase
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://chinonsooparauwhonorsportfolio.weebly.com/
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    On my way home to Walla Walla to spend good quality time with family
    ... One year after graduating?
    Striving through medical school
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    A practicing physician
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    From living in Honors housing during my freshman year, I gained a wealth of friends that still matter today.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    It's not just about being an Honors student, it's what you do as an Honors student that matters.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Summer 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    English Literature
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    World Building and Foundation Shifting: Queer World Creation through the Transgressive and Obscene Literatures of Story of the Eye and Nightwood
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    In Iceland with a CHID study abroad program!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Brewing beer and cooking dinner with my future roommates, reading lots of books I never had time for in college, and paying off loans.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Growing an even thicker beard
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The honors program helped me to experience the University classes the way they should be offered; collaborative and intimate, a style of learning that fosters creative development and promotes intellectual maturity, something we all seem to lack sometimes.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    When people say something like "don't be afraid to challenge yourself", don't listen to them. Be afraid of challenging yourself, for sure. Just do it anyways.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Nursing
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Prevalence of Post Stroke Fatigue
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Opening an Orphanage in Turkey.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Pediatric ICU Nurse in San Diego, CA.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Public Health Nurse for the state. Wherever I may be.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has taught me to think more critically and to expose myself to new experiences.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Don't limit yourself. Search deeply, think critically and do amazingly!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Math and Spanish
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Flying to Chicago to start summer institute training with Teach for America
    ... One year after graduating?
    Finishing up my first year teaching high school math at Milwaukee Collegiate Academy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    10 years after gradation I want to still be teaching in a high needs school or to be involved in education reform in some other capacity.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors was a great way to make the large university community into something much smaller. Living on the honors floor my freshmen year allowed me to really figure out who I was as an honors student and gave me the opportunity to make some of my best friends while at UW!
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take advantage of all of the opportunities that UW has to offer! There are so many things to do, so try at least one thing that scares you.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Chemistry with Math minor
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    "Amino Acids and Pesticides in the Synthesis of Crystalline Optical Materials"
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    At an orthodontist appointment!
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will be continuing my education at the UW Graduate School pursuing a PhD in Chemistry.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Hard to say! I'd like to be working as a research scientist and have started a family.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors let me experience the work of a research laboratory and challenge me how I think about the information and communicate it.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Find the subject you have a passion for and have fun turning it into a career!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    English Language and Literature
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    GPS to Herland: Mapping the Universal and Particular in Charlotte Gilman's Utopian Novel
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Hopefully sleeping and resting up from such a crazy quarter!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Working during the week in the publishing/editing industry and enjoying homework-free nights and weekends with my dog, horses, family, and friends.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Ten years from now, I expect that I will have earned a masters degree, and I hope to be running my own publication!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    English honors has been the most difficult series of classes I've taken as an undergraduate student, but also the most rewarding. I had a rocky, love-hate relationship with my thesis paper, but it was all completely worth it.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take the hardest classes you can and make yourself give presentations and have experiences you're afraid of, even if you don't want to, and especially if you don't know what you want to do after you graduate. Challenging yourself now will make you prepared down the road for anything and everything!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 14
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Mechanical Engineering
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Finite Element Analysis
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    students.washington.edu/dpedroni/
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Enjoying life with my family, taking a nice break before starting work at Boeing.
    ... One year after graduating?
    In Renton working on a new idea to help improve the manufacturing process of airplanes.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Listening to proposals from the same job I started at for new inventions to help manufacture planes.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Sometimes it can be a struggle, but the end result will make you proud and hopefully help someone else someday.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    I know it can seem like a lot of work, but what you learn from putting forth the effort is worth it in the end.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    English
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Revisiting Linsanity: Understanding the Continued Cultural Significance of Jeremy Lin
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I'll be waking up from the crazy events of going from my graduation to my Dream Project mentee's high school graduation at Chief Sealth, to going to my other high school mentee's graduation party. I'll then go to the airport to see my brother off as he flies to New York for a summer program.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I'll be finishing up my Fulbright ETA in Vietnam and will be deciding between grad school programs at Penn / Stanford / Columbia and the desire to teach English in another country. I got the world on my mind, and education is the pathway to go about doing it.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I will have wrapped up my fifth to seventh year of teaching in a high need, low income high school in a state other than Washington (New York?). I will then use my experience of working with underrepresented student populations to apply for an Ed.D in education, where I will teach at the university.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Departmental honors gave me the creative freedom to research my thesis on anything I wanted while still be able to demonstrate the necessary analytically skills that I have honed through going the capstone projects.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    You have bonus opportunities like the Bonderman Fellowship and other programs. Take advantage of them and make sure you can be the best person you can be.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Microbiology and Biochemistry
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Delivering DNA cleavage enzymes for targeted provirus mutagenesis in HIV therapy
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Hanging out in the Seattle area with family and friends.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I'll be doing a post-baccalaureate training program at the NIH.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I hope to be back in the Seattle area studying viruses/infectious diseases as a physician-scientist.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The Honors Program has been absolutely fantastic. Each Honors class I've taken has added to my experience here at UW in its own unique way, and I'm grateful for the opportunity I've had to learn with/from some of the kindest and most interesting people here on campus.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Work hard, but take care of yourself. Enjoy every moment of your time here -- it goes by quickly!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Spanish major, Chinese minor
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    N/A
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    At Gas Works working on my tan and reading a book
    ... One year after graduating?
    In Taiwan teaching English through the Fulbright program and amplifying my concept of holistic wellness
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Teaching in some capacity, either in the weight room or in a classroom
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has shaped my UW experience. Living on the Honors floor my freshman year put me in contact with my current housemates and best friends. Furthermore, Honors classes have been my favorite. The individualized attention and liberty to choose my studies is something I haven't gotten anywhere else.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    If you are thinking about dropping the Honors program to make requirements for your major or graduate on time, really consider if there is no way you can't make it work. Even if you need to take one summer quarter or 18 credits at once, I think Honors classes are worth the extra time and effort.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    History
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    African-American Women's Transition from Slavery to Freedom: Family, Labor and Health
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Relaxing with my friends and family who will be here celebrating this accomplishment with me.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will be working on my M.A. in history at Western Washington University!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I hope to have completed my Ph.D and be teaching courses in U.S., African-American, and/or American women's history at a community college.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Being accepted to UW was such a tremendous accomplishment for me and being able to write a thesis on a topic that I am interested in has made me a much stronger writer, critical thinker and a much better future historian. The challenge is something that has helped shape my future.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Never doubt yourself, or feel you don't belong in Honors. You are just as smart as your cohorts. Believe in yourself and in your work, and always stay in touch with your Honors professor/adviser! Lastly, have fun with your project!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Philosophy
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Professional Ends: A Critique of Professionalism
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    At my best friend's Bachelor party!!!!
    ... One year after graduating?
    On a beach soakin' up some rays
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Growing grapes at my very own vineyard, and working on the first installation of my memoirs.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    It doesn't count if you didn't party
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Environmental Studies and Resource Management
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Biochemical Production by Endophytic Yeast
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Seattle, thanking my family and friends for their incessant support and encouragement
    ... One year after graduating?
    Pacific Northwest or the West Coast, working in a bioenergy lab or company while volunteering for various events or gigs happening around the region
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Being in a legit employment in Denmark or Norway while spending the cold winter occasionally in Italy or balancing the zen of life in Nepal
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    I'm more aware of opportunities available for students and have more confidence in doing various things at once
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Find yourself in the midst of the otherness
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Winter 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Linguistics; Speech and Hearing Sciences
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Social Connectedness of Japanese-Americans in the Pacific Northwest: A Sociolinguistic Case Study
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Back at my apartment, probably sleeping in. Also, attending my good friend's departmental graduation ceremony. And maybe heading back to my parents' house afterwards.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Working full-time, hopefully somewhere in the Seattle area. I probably won't be working in my field, though; I expect I'll have a temporary sort of job at that point.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Still working full-time, albeit in a career-type job that's hopefully in my field. If I end up earning my master's someday, I'll have finished it by then.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Completing my thesis helped me to feel like my entire course of study as an undergrad culminated in something significant, even though the process of completing my thesis relied on the knowledge and skills I gained in a only a few of my classes.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Keep at it! Fulfilling the honors requirements is a lot of work, but the sense of pride and accomplishment you feel when it's all over in my opinion is worth the effort. Also, communicate regularly with your mentor! They are a fantastic resource for all things related to your thesis, and more.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Public Health
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Poverty, Food Insecurity, and Poor Health: A Vicious Cycle for East African Refugees Living in the U.S.
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Celebrating my graduation and Father's Day with my family.
    ... One year after graduating?
    In graduate school at UW working toward gaining my Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Living in Seattle, working as a Sports Physical Therapist at Seattle Children's Hospital, and still religiously attending Husky football games.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has not only allowed me to challenge myself academically, it has also rewarded me with valuable networking opportunities. I've been able to connect with faculty while delving deeper into my coursework and these experiences have pushed me to discover my true passions.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take advantage of everything that Honors and UW has to offer you. Make time to engage with your professors, start a club, volunteer, and explore this beautiful city. Grow not just as a student, but as a person.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Finance and Accounting
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    The Effects of Bank Size on Profitability for Washington State Banks
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I will be relaxing in the beautiful Seattle sun.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will be working at Deloitte Consulting in the Strategy & Operations department in Seattle.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I will have graduated from an MBA program and working in consulting or investment banking.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The honors program enabled me to spend time researching topics that interest me outside of the classroom. The connections made with the professors who I did research with were invaluable in my education.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Winter 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Biology-Conservation, Ecology and evolution
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Overlooking the Puget sound on the porch of a long time family friend's house in Hansville Washington - a perfect place for reflection and, more realistically, simple, hilarious, relaxing "fam" time!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Summiting mountains, gaining ridiculously breathtaking and eye-opening views. If not literally, then figuratively...seeing the world in new ways and picking paths to follow from those moments of clarity!!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I would be disappointed if I had expectations for myself 10 years from now...wouldn't leave any room for those literal/figurative mountain-top views to change my path!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The honors college added another dimension to my education, one that stretched me in ways that I didn't know I should look to be stretched. And, even beyond my education, I gained relationships through the honors program that I hope to hold on to for a very long time!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Neurobiology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Impairment of Defensive Responses with Dorsal Periaqueductal Gray Lesions
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Sleeping in and then celebrating with family and friends.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Working in a community health clinic and enjoying evenings filled with family, friends, my dog, and skype calls while hopefully preparing for medical school the following fall.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Starting my career as a primary care physician with my future three dogs and loved ones at my side.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors have allowed me to develop close relationships with many while appreciating how everyone has something going for them. Everyone is great and passionate about something!
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Get involved and find an organization, group, volunteering, research, etc to throw yourself in!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Winter 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Law, Societies, and Justice; Economics
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Guilty But Innocent: Juveniles in Jail in Washington State
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://issuu.com/anunu/docs/policy_report/1
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I was in India! Or en route to India.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Traveling and working, if I can manage both.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Looking back at the last ten years happy with the various experiences I have had. Ideally with a Law degree working for a human rights organization.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    My Honors group shaped the person I am today. My interest for juvenile justice was pioneered by my Honors program, and I could not be more happy for this learning opportunity. The hands-on challenge with an amazing group of students will forever highlight my undergraduate career.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Enjoy the journey! It can be hard but it is well worth it. Plus, it will be over before you know it.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Chemistry and Neurobiology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Supercharging of Native-Like Proteins and Protein Complexes: Effects of m-Nitrobenzyl Alcohol versus Sulfolane.
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I will be attending the American Society of Mass Spectrometry 62nd Annual Conference from June 15 to June 19 which is actually the day after graduation! It will be held in Baltimore, MD.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I was recently awarded the DAAD German Study Scholarship, which will allow me to conduct research at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin, Germany. I will move to Berlin this September, and will stay there at least one full year.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I hope to have completed my Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry by 2024, but I am not sure what my plans will be after that. I love learning, research and teaching, so I would definitely like to remain in academia!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Physics, Astronomy (Mathematics Minor)
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Sleeping. Netflix binging 'Orange is the New Black' season 2.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Probably in Seattle still.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Retired, with a private island.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Push yourself, but also remember to breathe. (Remember that you've survived every "the world is going to end if I don't finish this" moment before this.)
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Biology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Evidence of Neurally Derived Tumors Due to Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Transplantation as a Means to Alleviate Functional Locomotor Loss in Chronic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Playing frisbee at Cowan park, running through the arboretum or swimming in Lake Washington.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Travelling, learning new languages, and applying to medical school.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Completing a medical residency while preparing to work for an international health agency such as Doctors Without Borders or the World Health Organization.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors allowed me to pursue an in-depth research project and take courses that I wouldn't have taken otherwise.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Travel!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Anthropology (Honors) & Eastern European Languages, Literature, and Culture
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Romani Musicians and their Impact on the "Roma Question" in the Czech Republic
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One year after graduating?
    In Baltimore, living as a member of Episcopal Service Corps and working with Interfaith Power and Light on climate change education, organizing, and advocacy!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Being a part of the Honors Anthropology program and having the opportunity to write a thesis was an incredible learning experience for me. I found out that I love doing research, and it gave me the chance to travel and do in-depth study on a topic I care about.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Computer Science, Economics
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    NFL Success and Crime in the Community
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Celebrating my birthday!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Still working at Amazon
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Celebrating my 33rd birthday
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Five years ago, the Honors Program sold themselves to me as a small-school feel inside a large school. This program delivered 100% on that promise.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Stick with honors. Make honors friends. Connect with the teachers and stay in contact with them, they care about you.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Materials Science and Engineering
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Characterization of Muscle Cell Proliferation on Chitosan-Alginate Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://ssytsma.weebly.com/
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Celebrating with friends and family--and sleeping!
    ... One year after graduating?
    My goal is to become an engineer in the materials or biotechnology industry. Whether I'm working in teams or in a lab, I want my work to be an innovative solution to today's problems. I also hope to travel and return to my study abroad spot in Rome, Italy.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    In ten years, I hope to be excelling in my engineering career where I have the most impact on products and people. I want to continue volunteering with my college organizations such as Society of Women Engineers, Phi Sigma Rho engineering sorority, and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    From living in a triple dorm in Lander Hall to completing my Honors Capstone in MSE, Honors has been alongside me every step of the way. I have made some of my best memories and even better friends. I especially thank the Honors Advisors and Professors Eric Liu, Dr. Andy Loveless, and Frances McCue.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Advice for undergrads: live in Honors community, use your resources, and stick with it!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Political Science and English
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    From Access to Privatization: Framing the Charter School Debates in Seattle and Los Angeles
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://lindsayszymanski.weebly.com/
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Immediately after graduation I will be boarding a plane for Houston Texas where I will continue my training with Teach for America to become a 10th Grade English teacher in the Fall.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will have just completed my first year of teaching 10th grade English at Sam Houston High in Houston Texas. While I anticipate to be nothing short of exhausted, I hope that with my first year behind me, I will have a better idea of how to provide my future students with a quality education.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    In ten years I hope to have graduated from law school or to be working towards my PHD in Political Science or Education Policy. Whatever the case, I hope to be working with young people, learning from their experiences, and mentoring them in whatever capacity they need to meet their own goals.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The honors program has been invaluable in creating a meaningful academic experience for me at the university. My honors thesis not only connected to influential and widely recognized scholars, but pushed me to think more critically about the implications of research on the broader community.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Get involved right away and don't doubt you academic ability. You have already been recognized by the university as possessing strong academic potential and don't be afraid to ask your professors to get involved in their research. The worst thing they can do is tell you no.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Biochemistry
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Cyclopropyl carboxamide (GSK2645947) resistance in Plasmodium falciparum parasites
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Time to travel!!! Driving down to Portland!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Attending graduate school at the Department of Chemistry here at the UW.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Hopefully working as a Post-doc or engaging in the teaching field.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The best experience I have had at the UW is to involve in the undergraduate research! The Honors program has forced me to work hard and think critically. Definitely, this experience made my college life more enriching and meaningful.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    WORK hard and PLAY hard! Take advantage of the program that the Honors society provide. Participate in undergraduate research and present your work at the symposium will definitely make you feel proud of your own achievement!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Summer 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Psychology
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/nancy-s-portfolio/
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Getting a good night's sleep for the first time in a long time.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Preparing to return from a year-long trip to Japan.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I have no clue where I'll be or what I'll be doing, and I wouldn't want it any other way.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The Honors program has taken me mentally and physically to places I never thought I could go. I've been to a prison, I've "created" a writing system, and now I'll be going to Japan.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Don't worry about how impossible something seems. It's worth it!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Political Science; Comparative History of Ideas (CHID)
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Vacating Convictions: The Efficacy of One Form of Relief from the Consequences of Conviction
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Celebrating with my friends, sleeping in, hiking with my family and my dog, and eating at my favorite fancy restaurants. Then, I'll start getting ready to travel in Israel for the summer!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Finishing up a year of living in New York City, working on grad school applications, and collecting "firsts."
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Hopefully I'll be somewhere entirely unexpected and doing challenging, inspiring, and beautiful!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    My departmental honors program challenged me in a way that none of my other courses could possibly match. I thrived in that context and produced some of my best work. The caliber of individual attention and guidance I received from professors and peers was crucial to my intellectual development.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take your work seriously, but don't take yourself too seriously. Life is too short for either!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    History & International Studies (Western Europe)
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Honors Thesis in History - The Influence of Popular Media on the American Public: Examining the Portrayals and Perceptions of Germans in the Post-War Period, 1945-1950
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://tarratheisen.weebly.com/
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Likely still in the graduation-haze, excited to have accomplished a degree, but equally as emotional about leaving my college years behind. Physically, I'll probably be corralling my dad into helping me move out.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I hope to be working in some type of government position, ideally abroad with some type of international agency. If I'm being ambitious, I'd like to have some type of internship with the UN working on global health policy. I'd also like to adopt a dog!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Be it a blessing or a curse, but long-term planning has never been my forte. I truly have no idea where I will be in ten years. My only goal would be to be happy. I'd like to have a family, to have the same dog I adopted right after graduation. A career would be nice. I'll take what I can get!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    As tour guides, we speak about the importance of creating a sense of community for yourself (especially at a larger institution like UW). Honors has been that sense of community for me. I still remember nights on Lander 8 Freshman year...we'd do everything together. It was a home away from home.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Don't take life too seriously. Embrace a balance of humor, failure, determination, and love for life. Respect the people that you meet, no matter what the circumstance. Understand that a 4.0 isn't everything (but boy, isn't it satisfying when you do it!)
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Communications
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Where Is the Beauty in Hatin' on Your Sistah? Penetrating the Color Complex within the African American Community
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I will be training in Chicago to become a middle school math teacher.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will be teaching middle school students geometry and algebra to help close the achievement gap and providing the tools for every child to get a quality education.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I expect to be a communications professional in the music entertainment industry.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors has challenged my intellect, capabilities, writing, and allowed me to truly engage in conversation around an issue I have experienced. Through conducting research I was able to provide some answers around the intra-conflict among young African American women and their perception of beauty.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Remember that the work you do is a contribution to a greater conversation and let that continue to be your motivation.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Physics, Astronomy
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Mars Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    On the road to Yellowstone National Park with my family! We've visited Yellowstone every summer since I was 4 years old.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Finishing my first year of grad school in planetary science at Caltech! I'll be done with finals and working on two research projects to prepare for quals.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I'll have my PhD! Hopefully, I'll be back in the city I love (Seattle) in a postdoc or faculty position doing what I love - research and teaching. By then, I should even have fresh data from the Mars 2020 rover!
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take advantage of unique courses and opportunities to do research!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Neurobiology
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    forwhenyouask.wordpress.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I've accumulated a stack of books over the quarter and I've been dying to read them. But more likely than not, I'll end up on a bench somewhere watching people walk here and there.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Working in the Neitz lab exploring models and questions relating to color vision. The world is colorful!
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Striving to finish the last year of a MD/PhD training program.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Everyone is always learning from each other because every student in this community holds unique experiences, goals, and ideas.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Keep an open mind because you'll never know what's waiting for you next. But at the same time, its easy to get lost in all the wonderful things out there and lose track of your passions. Say 'yes' often and learn from new experiences, but don't become a stranger to the word 'no' either.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Physics, Electrical Engineering
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I see myself laying in my bed staring blankly at the ceiling, planning out study schedules for the next week only to realize that nothing will come. Then, the reality of life beyond college will sink in, I'll call up my friends, and we'll end our time in one last great night together.
    ... One year after graduating?
    At this stage, I hope to be in a stable position at a company like Boeing or Intel or just anywhere back in California. On free days, I'll hop on a plane to Seattle, catch some concerts at my favorite venues, and remember the fun of living in a city like Seattle.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I'll be back in school, refreshed from my time away from academia and ready to learn once again, not for a degree, but for enjoyment.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The UW honors program exposed the complexity of the UW registration system and taught me how to contact the right people to get things done.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Always try more than you think you're capable of doing. You'll be surprised at what you can actually do.Don't let school consume your life.Have fun. It's college. It goes by quickly.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Elastic Modulus of Heated Concrete
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Either running around Seattle exploring all the restaurants I was never able to during the year...or sleeping 24/7. Probably somewhere in between.
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will have just returned from the Middle East, having finished traveling as a Bonderman Fellow. After that, the plans sort of stop and my plans are a whole lot of nothingness.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    See the previously mentioned nothingness.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors may surprise you when you least expect it. As long as you're open and flexible, you may discover a fascinating class, an amazing opportunity, or a lifelong friend.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    It's a balance. College requires dedication and responsibility to succeed academically. But you owe it to yourself to enjoy it and have a good time. A good friend of mine would say that you have to be "chall". But finding that balance is tough, it's something I'm still working on.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Winter 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Business Administration - Marketing
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://jasmineauriel.tumblr.com/
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Celebrating my 23rd birthday with my family.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Enjoying my life and finding my passion.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Have a job that I am passionate about, be surrounded by people I love and have the ability to travel as often as I can.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Honors gave me a smaller community at the UW that allowed me to make an easier transition and continually be challenged academically. I appreciate that they have given me a well-rounded and full education.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Travel, travel and travel. Do at least one thing in college you never expected yourself to do. Enjoy every second that you have left at UW, you are only young once.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Social Welfare
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    riabelle.weebly.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I'll be enjoying many fun-filled celebrations with family, friends, and other fellow graduates. And hopefully have the chance to finally sleep in!
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will be graduating all over again! This time I will be graduating with my Master of Social Work degree.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I am hopeful that I will have my PhD by then! If not, I'll be on my way to completing my doctoral studies in social welfare. I can't predict what the future holds but one certain thing is that I will continuously immerse myself with new and enriching learning experiences.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Pursuing Departmental Honors has allowed me to engage with more academically rigorous studies and diversify my undergraduate experience.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take advantage of the Honors office, other UW offices, and off-campus resources because they have a plethora of opportunities available for you.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Biochemistry
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Enjoying sleep, sunshine, and some good food!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Working on my dental school application.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Enjoying life! Working at a job I love while still having the opportunity to travel the world.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The most impactful classes I've taken at the UW were through the Honors program. They've challenged me to grow both inside and outside of the classroom. As a bonus, I also met some of my best friends through Honors.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Don't let your goals prevent you from trying new things! Take advantage of the opportunities available to you. Find time to take those random classes that interest you because you never know where they'll lead you.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Summer 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Biochemistry, Chemistry
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Synthesis of Small Molecules Units in Self-Immolative Polymer & Study of Mechanochemically Activation of Tritly Groups
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    One day after I will starting my new job as a Medicinal Chemist at Gilead, and hopefully afterwards I will be able to celebrate my completion of my undergraduate degree!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Hopefully I'll be traveling somewhere. Maybe Iceland? Or Nepal? And preparing to attend Medical School in the fall.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Hopefully I'm happy with where my personal and professional life is. And hopefully somewhere abroad!
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The honors classes I have taken have been some of my best classes, just because they have taught me how to think creatively and across many different disciplines.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Don't be afraid to take a class just cause! I have taken so many random classes, but have found that because of that I'm much more well-rounded now than I was 4 years ago.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Winter 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    American Ethnic Studies & Law, Society, and Justice
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    The Criminalization of African American Men throughout History
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I plan on celebrating Father's Day with my family and counting my blessings. I couldn't have completed college without their support!
    ... One year after graduating?
    Oh boy wouldn't that be nice to know! I will hopefully be going outside of my comfort zone and moving to another state to challenge myself and take advantage of any opportunity that comes my way.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Let's see, at 31 I hope to have completed my Masters and be working at a multicultural high school as the "cool" teacher. Outside of work, I hope to be starting a family with my future-husband and teaching our youngins lessons of life.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    It helped take my educational goals to a higher level allowing me to research topics I was genuinely interested in. I definitely became closer to the UW faculty, as well as the library, which was involuntary, but worth it.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Remember there is more to life than just college. There is a huge world outside of lecture halls, UW, Seattle, even the U.S. Go explore the world and expand your outlook on life!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring, 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Biochemistry, B.S.
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    In Vitro Analysis of Thymidine Kinase-1 Mediated Phosphorylation of Thymidine, 3'-Deoxy-3'-Fluorothymidine, and 4'-Methyl-Thiothymidine
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Immediately after I graduate I know I will finally get the chance to socialize with family and friends, catch up on some sleep, and relax.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Preparing for medical school, if accepted.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    Finishing Fellowship in order to officially be certified as an attending physician.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    Participating in Honors has increased my motivation to do well within research and academia. I was honored to have been given the chance to be recognized as a student with Biochemistry Departmental Distinction. Since my advisers saw highly of me, I wanted to make them proud by doing well in my work.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Keep up the good work and do not be afraid to ask for help.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Jun-14
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Interdisciplinary Honors
    Major(s):
    Neurobiology
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    http://annieyounghonors.weebly.com/
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Celebrating with my friends and a variety of inexpensive but classy alcoholic beverages. And filling out job applications.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Hopefully I'll be headed off to medical school to pursue and MD/MPH. Also reading The Winds of Winter if George R.R. Martin can get his act together.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I would love to be working in a low income clinic, addressing needs of individuals and the community. I'd also love to not be living in a basement! A girl can dream.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The best friends I've ever had I've met through the honors program. The study abroads I went on to Sierra Leone and Morocco through the honors department were some of the most amazing experiences of my life.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    The best friends I've had in college I've met through the honors program. The unhappiest people I know are the ones who only saw their peers as competition. The honors program isn't just about the program, it's about the people. Take advantage of that and you'll have a great experience!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Earth and Space Sciences: Geology
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Foraminifera Record Anthropogenic Pollution in Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, Washington
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    I will be spending time travel with my parents in Seattle
    ... One year after graduating?
    Move to Houston and finish my first year petroleum geoscience master program at Rice University.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I'll work as a petroleum geologist and enjoy my field works all around the world.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The honor program provides me a great opportunity to join research. I enjoy the challenge that I face in the research. It also provides a close collaboration with other scientists. These interactions often spark new ideas and fresh thinking, which helps shape my perspective.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Follow your heart, and enjoy everyday in college!
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    College Honors
    Major(s):
    Public Health
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Exploring the Relationship Between Mental Health and Homelessness
    Personal Website or Blog URL:
    denisezhang.weebly.com
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    Do you want the honest answer? Sleeping and being in a constant state of shock that I've graduated.
    ... One year after graduating?
    Who knows? Maybe I'll be traveling the world, maybe I'll have been accepted to Public Health graduate school in New York, or maybe I'll still be in Seattle working as a Research Coordinator at Harborview Medical Center. It's exciting to not know what my next step is going to be.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I don't even know what I'll be doing two hours from now, so asking me where I see myself in ten years is a whole new level of confusion. Hopefully by 2024, I'll have established a career that I'm in love with. Whether that career will be public health or art orientated is still up in the air.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The Honors program was absolutely amazing and exceeded my expectations. The classes I have taken through Honors are unforgettable and have dramatically influenced my experience at UW.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Take risks, get out of your comfort zone. I know Honors isn't for everyone but give it a good run. The courses offered through Honors are extremely diverse and they all have so much to offer so take advantage of the opportunity and you may be surprised to see how how it'll affect you.
  • Quarter and Year of graduation:
    Spring 2014
    Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
    Departmental Honors
    Major(s):
    Economics
    If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
    Employer's Learning Under Recession: a study of education and earning relationship in the US
    Where do you expect to be...
    ... One day after graduating?
    My parents are coming to Seattle for my graduation so I will show them around the campus and Seattle the day after graduation!
    ... One year after graduating?
    I will probably still be working in an investment management company if I am lucky enough to get a working visa. Or I will probably go back to school to get a master degree.
    ... Ten years after graduating?
    I don't know. Probably working in a boutique investment firm in New York or San Francisco.
    Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
    The honors program pushed me to do something out of my comfort zone. I tried a lot of things I thought I wouldn't like but it turned out I love them.
    Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
    Don't hesitate to ask for help.
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