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Year at UW: Fourth

Hometown: Arlington, WA

Gender: female

About me: Hello! My first name is Mackenzie, but I have always gone by my middle name: "Kyle". I am a senior here at UW majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish. I'm from Arlington, WA, where my family has a small farm co-inhabited by several goats, chickens, horses, two dogs, and two cats. This year I'm happy to be living in the U District after commuting from home all of last year, during which time I discovered the welcoming little community and space in the HUB known as the Commuter Commons! On campus I am delighted to be involved in Husky Running Club and to work as the undergraduate student assistant for the Undergraduate Research Program. Outside of school I love running, reading, and spending time enjoying nature--especially in our beautiful Pacific Northwest. Early during sophomore year I decided to focus on a single major in Biology to allow myself more freedom to get involved in and devote myself to other extracurricular experiences I care about. Around the same time, I became interested in midwifery, and I now hope to eventually attend Bastyr University to pursue that path. I'm also interested in conservation and intend to look into related jobs there for the immediate future. Being a part of the Honors community has enriched my experience here at UW and I'm so appreciative of the people, experiences, and opportunities I've encountered as a result. I would love to hear from you and answer any questions, offer advice, or help in whatever way I can.

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Email: kilmermk@uw.edu

In Person: Send me an email and I would be happy to meet up with you!


General area(s) of study: Natural Sciences, Pre-Health

Current or intended majors: General Biology

Current or intended minors: Spanish

Housing Experience

  • Honors Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Other Student Housing


Study Abroad: Partners in the Parks with UW Honors, Biodiversity/Sustainability/Conservation Exploration Seminar in Peru (Summer 2015)

Research: Pharmacology Lab on campus; Summer Undergraduate Research Program 2014

Volunteering/Service: Woodland Park Zoo; Dawg's (Move-In) Crew; Rick's Cafe (Haggett's Ice Cream Parlor);

Leadership: Dawg Daze Leader; UW Leaders Participant (2014) and Mentor (2016); Honors 100 PE (2014, 2015)

Clubs/RSOs: Husky Running Club (officer and group run leader)

Campus Jobs: Bio 220 Tutor; Student Assistant for the Undergraduate Research Program (MGH 171)

Scholarships: UW NASA Space Grant Scholarship; Biology Scholarships, Honors Scholarships, (Check out EXPD!)