The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is an internationally-renowned center of higher education, with world-class programs in science and engineering that favorably impact the Department of Chemistry's progressive research and graduate program. The main campus is located in Seattle, three miles north of downtown, on nearly 700 beautiful acres on the shores of Lake Washington and Portage Bay. Spectacular views of Mt. Rainier are among its many attractions. Take a virtual tour of the campus (including historical photos) for more information.
The Department of Chemistry coordinates campus interviews for graduates seeking permanent employment with local and national companies. Seminars and assistance in résumé writing, interviewing techniques, and job market research are also available.
Here are a few highlights from a comprehensive overview of student life at the UW:
The Intramural Activities (IMA) Building or the Waterfront Activities Center (WAC) offer a wide variety of exercise equipment and recreational sports. All registered students have access to these facilities.
Graduate student health insurance is provided without charge to Teaching and Research Assistants (50% for dependents) [full details].
One of the most comprehensive transportation management programs in the nation is in effect at the UW. U-PASS is designed to facilitate the coordinated use of public transit, carpools, vanpools, and bicycles in an effort to reduce congestion and surface parking lots and to maintain air quality. For a small quarterly charge, U-PASS provides unlimited bus riding to UW students, faculty, and staff, as well as access to a night shuttle program and merchant discounts.