The Honors Program at the University of Washington is an interdisciplinary program for undergraduates. Students can pursue Honors as a general education track, as an in-depth program within their majors, or as a combination of the two. Students may apply to the Program as new freshmen, at the end of their first year, or once they've selected a major.
Bonderman fellows prepare to embark on solo journeys
We were thrilled to welcome and celebrate the 2015 Bonderman Travel Fellows at recent reception that brought together past fellows, selection committee members, and some of the many UW staff who help make this fellowship such a success! Starting this summer, the new fellows will embark on solo journeys to at least two regions and six countries over at least eight months long, and may not pursue academic study, projects, or research while traveling.
Collectively, the 2015 Bonderman Fellows will travel to Colombia, Brasil, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Patagonia, Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Iceland, Mexico (Chiapas), Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Palau, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Russia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Japan, China, Singapore, Bhutan, and Tibet.
Their travel interests include folk music and poetry; sacred spaces and spirituality; human connection to the ocean; the environment; urban development; biodiversity; indigeneity; the care of ageing and dying populations; music as a bond, and much, much more. We wish them safe and adventurous journeys!
Learn more about the Bonderman Travel Fellowship and view the Fellows' travel plans »
Stanford Resilience Project comes to UW Campus May 6-7
Uncredited photo found on Creative Commons 4-27-15
Bill Gates: “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
Undergraduate Academic Affairs is hosting a series of events and conversations in collaboration with Stanford's Resilience Project. See the web page for the full schedule and descriptions.
Honors especially recommends the student sessions on how failure promotes growth and the evening panel on May 6 featuring our Program Director, Vicky Lawson, continuing to explore her personal experiences with resilience in conversation with Dean Bob Stacey and other faculty panelists.
Reflections on Rejection: David Domke, Kate Starbird, Vicky Lawson, & Bob Stacey
5:00–7:00 p.m., Intellectual House
Dinner at 5 p.m., Discussion at 5:30 p.m. Well-known UW faculty reflect on their accomplishments by sharing the challenges, setbacks, and road blocks they have faced.
Learn more and register for events HERE.
Reserve a Seat at the April 30 Honors Hearth
HONORS HEARTH is presented by HSAP and the University Honors Program as a unique interdisciplinary dialogue in a cozy setting.
Join Bob Stacey, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and Honors Program Director and Geography Professor, Vicky Lawson, in a discussion on the importance of the humanities and education of the "whole person." Learn more about their individual personal and professional journeys and the advice each has to offer on how to think big and live according to your values at any stage in your career.
Stay after to chat with others in the community and enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of Honors.
This community event is free to all, but advance registration is required.
Thursday, April 30
Haggett Residence Hall, Grey Lounge
UW Seattle Campus
In case you missed our very first Honors Hearth on February 5th, you can view the recap below by student videographer Andrew Croneberger.
"Crash Course" videos from Honors 231C
Special thanks to first-year Honors student Spencer Peters for allowing us to share his wonderful final project. He insists we recognize the great work of his student collaborators in Winter Quarter 2015 Honors 231 C and provided this description to help us understand the work.
What is the “Honors 231 Crash Course”?
First off: Honors 231 C refers to a class called “Bull of Heaven and Earth: From the Paleolithic to the Chicago Stockyards.” It’s a hard class to pin down, but Honors 231C focused on how different cultures viewed and lived with animals, specifically cattle. The first week of classes, we watched a documentary on cave art, which offers an interesting lens into how prehistoric humans thought about animals before domestication. But the documentary wasn’t quite as interesting as it could be—it was very slowly paced and soporific. So I actually wrote my first paper on how the documentary could be turned into a modern piece of YouTube edutainment—a Crash Course, after the popular YouTube series of the same name. When I got the paper back from our professor Dr. Walker, written across the bottom was “Maybe a final project idea?”
At the time, I thought that was crazy. But as the course progressed, tracing one exciting thread through time and cultural space, I realized the course itself made terrific Crash Course fodder. Furthermore, my classmates had been giving interesting presentations—could these be condensed into Crash Course episodes? With Dr. Walker’s input and lots of help from my awesome classmates, the Crash Course idea evolved into the videos below. They don’t quite capture the entertaining quality of the YouTube masters, but I think they cover a lot of really interesting material.
Lost but not forgotten
A group of UW Center for Human Rights students and faculty recently conducted research and video documentation in El Salvador supporting efforts to connect families with the children who were displaced during the country's violent civil war. Honors student and Peer Educator Nicole Einbinder reflects on the experience in this article: El Salvador families search for dissappeared children decades after war
(Photo by Linda Hess Miller via Wikimedia Commons)
Varsha Govindaraju wins prestigious Luce Scholarship
Varsha Govindaraju, a senior Departmental Honors student majoring in anthropology and law, societies, and justice with minors in human rights and diversity, was recently selected as a 2015-16 Luce Scholar. A graduate of Federal Way Public Academy, Govindaraju is one of only 18 students nationwide to receive the award this year.